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True to Stevenson’s collaborative approach to learning, The Mill Agency is a unique, student-driven environment where School of Design majors interact and work on communication and design solutions to meet clients’ needs in an agency-like setting. 

mill logoStudents use design thinking and creative strategies to execute professional solutions through research, discussion, iterative making, and formal presentations—all for real-world clientele in the Baltimore area. From writing press releases and contacting media to curating social media posts, shooting video, and designing brands and collateral, the Mill goes beyond classroom walls as Stevenson’s full-service, student-run communication agency. 

Dr. Leeanne M. Bell McManus, professor of communication, says the course operates like an internship. “It’s a good class for students to take because it allows them to get that experience that some of them might be lacking. They realize how to manage their time—there’s a lot of work that needs to get done.” 

Past clients have included: Baltimore Greenway Trails Network, BricknFire Pizza, the Eastern Communication Association, the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Stitching Maryland Together, and the University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 

“The Mill offers a unique experience that incorporates professional work from a classroom setting. Essentially, it’s an internship that prepares you for work in the real world. Not to mention, the variety of disciplines represented in the class that allow you to cultivate skills for a variety of fields.”

—Ryan Patrick, Business Communication '22

 Parent Perspective Boyd

About Marriah: Marriah is a Business Communication major with a minor in Legal Studies. In addition, she is in the University’s Bachelor’s-to-Master’s program pursuing her Master of Science in Communication Studies. Outside of the classroom, Marriah is a Presidential Fellow, the current President of the University’s Best Buddies Chapter, a Resident Assistant, a Media Editor for the Greenspring Review, a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Student Advisory Board, as well as a member of the University’s Lambda Pi Eta Chapter. She also works on campus as a Student Ambassador. 

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Q: How did you and your child come to choose Stevenson? 

A: Marriah initially researched universities all along the East Coast. She determined that Stevenson might be a good fit for her due to Stevenson’s impressive academic curriculum, as well as their emphasis on forming community on campus. We visited the University campus on several occasions and, following her acceptance to the University, ultimately decided to attend. We were all impressed with what Stevenson had to offer. 

 

Q: As a parent, what do you like best about Stevenson?  

A: We like the size of both the campus and student body population (it is not too big, but also not too small). The smaller class sizes, clean and modern facilities, as well as the amenities offered are also things that we like about the University. We also feel that the professors at Stevenson are knowledgeable and have been great supports and role models to our daughter.  

 

Q: How have staff members helped support you and/or your student? 

A: The staff members at the University have offered guidance and encouragement to Marriah throughout her years at Stevenson. For instance, her freshman year success coach served as a mentor to Marriah as she adjusted to college living, as well as advised her as she navigated the process of changing her major.  

 

Q: How have professors helped support your student?  

A: They have been encouraging and helped her secure several meaningful internships; these internships have given her valuable work experience and experiential learning opportunities. For example, one of Marriah’s management professors recommended her to apply for a position as a marketing intern within the company he worked for. Through that internship experience, she gained great networking connections and was able to hone professional and transferrable skills applicable to the marketing communications world.  

 

Q: How would you say Stevenson has helped prepare your student for life after graduation?  

A: When Marriah started at Stevenson, she was unsure of her career direction. With the assistance of SU staff and faculty, Marriah has been able to narrow her field of interest and find a clearer career path. Classes such as the Internship Prep course, in addition to the multitude of networking events hosted by University departments, has helped Marriah to acquire skills transferrable to many different occupational fields. In many of her classes, there is also an added emphasis on career connection as students have the chance to apply textbook learning to real-world examples and situations. We truly feel that Marriah is prepared to meet the challenges and tasks that will come with working a job in the professional setting.  

 

Q: How has your student grown since starting at SU?  

A: Marriah has become more confident over her years at Stevenson. She has also made deep, meaningful friendships that are certain to continue for years to come. Professionally, she feels well-prepared and ready to enter the workforce, too. It has been great to see her develop as a student leader during her time at SU.     

 

Q: What piece of advice would you give the parent of a high school senior as their family is making their college choice?  

A: Do your research, visit college campuses, and listen to your child regarding what they want in a college experience.  

 

Q: If you could say only two sentences to tell a parent of an incoming student anything about Stevenson, what would you say?  

A: We have been very pleased with the Stevenson Experience. SU has been very supportive in helping our child grow and achieve both her educational and occupational goals. 

 

Q: Is there anything we didn’t cover in the previous questions that you would want the parents to know about your personal experience?  

A: The University has provided a well-rounded experience that has helped Marriah develop personally and academically. She has loved her time at the University and looks forward to the future as she completes her final semesters as a Stevenson Mustang. 
Check out our Parents and Families page to stay in the know about important admissions deadlines and explore frequently asked questions. 

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In Session: BME 205: Problem Solving and Design

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Biomedical Engineering program has already hit the ground running, providing Stevenson students hands-on experience in the research and development of medical technologies and devices. The three-student team in the BME 205: Problem Solving and Design course was tasked with developing a system that provides insight into the sleep patterns of college students. 

BME 205 StudentsFollowing the engineering design process and tools covered in the classroom, the three-student team developed a complete set of requirements, system conceptual designs, and then selected one design concept to pursue.  During the balance of the semester, the students worked together in the BME lab while following social distancing, as well as remotely, to develop the mechanical, electrical, and software components of the system.  Since the device was to be wearable and needed to be lightweight, all mechanical components would be made using the 3D printer in the BME laboratory. 

Using an accelerometer, the system could detect when the wearer stopped moving and was, therefore, asleep and should start recording heart rate data—which was stored on an SD card.  As the end of the semester approached, the system was assembled, the software was finalized, and it was then worn by each team member to collect their own sleep data. 

After recording and analysis, the students presented their results in class and created a poster display in the Manning Academic Center on campus.  The system met all of the project requirements and clearly identified known patterns in heart rate that indicate different sleep patterns. Reflecting on the project, the students identified a number of ways the system could be improved in future iterations.

Ashlyn Bray, one of the participating students, says, “The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

“It was funny seeing the device tell me I did not have a good night sleep like I thought otherwise,” says Kaye Lumayog, who also worked on the project.

“The hands-on experience of applying the material that we were learning in class was a great way to not only help reinforce the knowledge that we had learned, but also see its application to real world problems.” 

Pictured above: The three-student team from left to right: Kaye Lumayog, Ashlyn Bray, and Celestin Munyaneza (wearing the assembled sleep monitor).

The Biomedical Engineering program at Stevenson prepares students to solve important human health-related scientific problems through the application of engineering principles, ideas, methods, and inventions. Learn more at stevenson.edu/biomedical.

emmy award greg st clair jr

Greg St. Clair, Jr. ‘17 recently won an Emmy award for his work as an associate producer on the “NFL 100 Greatest” television series. 

Although a graduate of Stevenson’s Accounting program, Greg ultimately fell in love with film after declaring a minor in Film and Moving Image. “Although I am not pursuing a career in accounting, the networking and relationship building opportunities provided by SU’s Accounting department have helped me in advancing my current career path in film. One reason I received a job opportunity from the Baltimore Ravens was due to a networking connection,” Greg says. 

After taking an elective English course where the students had to dissect movies and stories into common themes, Greg felt that film was his true calling. While part of the Film and Moving Image program, he had the opportunity to attend the SXSW Film Festival in 2016: “[this] really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities in film.” 

As Associate Producer on “NFL 100 Greatest” for the NFL Network, Greg produced a handful of segments, including pieces on Ozzie Newsome and Super Bowl Halftime shows. You can find these works here. One day, when Greg opened a package in the mail to find an Emmy award with his name on it, he felt what he could only describe as surreal.  

“I feel validated on my decision to pursue my minor as a career path in lieu of my major, that I’m on the right path, and that I am good enough to be in this industry. That being said, my goals are still greater than this award and the part that I played, as I am continuing to grow and develop my skills as filmmaker and as a storyteller. That’s what I continue to strive for.” 

Looking back at his time at Stevenson University, Greg says, “Stevenson is like the land of opportunity. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Stevenson."

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With the beginning of the fall season upon us, this upcoming admissions cycle is unlike the ones before it. The Class of 2025—newly high school seniors—are in peculiar circumstances; though we are all adapting to our "new normal," as seniors, they are beginning to take the first steps in their college application process: discovering which college will best fit their needs and exploring what their future career might look like.

However—for now—much of their search process will likely take place virtually. Whether attending virtual Open Houses, navigating virtual campus tours, or simply scrolling through Instagram, you can still get a sense of a college's vibe through the digital space.
 
Here at Stevenson, we are ready to get to know our future Mustangs through these new and dynamic means. For the students and families feeling thrown off course by this untraditional time, here is our advice for navigating the application process now:

Optimize your virtual search.

See how other schools approach remote learning.

Learn about how the Stevenson community stepped up and adjusted to online learning in March. Even when we eventually transition back to in-person instruction, it's important to be aware of how colleges adapt to new situations and support their student body. Our faculty and staff’s dedication to our students remains steadfast. We are committed to providing you an exceptional college experience, a connection to career from the first day on campus, and a close-knit, supportive community centered on your success.

Attend virtual Open Houses.

Stevenson will hold multiple virtual Open Houses this fall. You can register for our upcoming October 17 event here. By signing up for these events, you get exclusive access to content about academics, admissions, student life, and more.

Visit schools in-person if allowed.

Stevenson University now offers on-campus, single-family tours for those looking for an in-person experience. We are providing tours to groups of four via golf cart at this time, with proper precautions in place for the health and safety of our guests and our community.

Prepare for your next steps.

Already thinking about your career path and how you'll get there? Through the Stevenson Career Connection Center, our students receive individualized career counseling from on-site advisors and mentors, engage in skill-building workshops, and network at career fairs with field professionals and potential employers.

Reach out to your assigned admissions counselor.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to chat about the application process, please reach out to your assigned admissions counselor. They are your point of contact at SU and here to help you navigate this process.

We’re all working through this time together, and look forward to connecting with you and continuing to guide you through your important college decision. In the meantime, you can schedule a visit with Stevenson that best suits your schedule and needs here.

 

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