Learning Outside the Classroom: Stevenson Holds First ‘Experiential Expo’

April 29, 2016 7 AM

More than two dozen Stevenson University students showcased their diverse efforts taking place outside the classroom at Stevenson’s first Experiential Expo, Friday afternoon in Rockland Center.

Through oral presentations and poster displays, students presented on experiences ranging from study abroad trips and research projects to service-learning initiatives and campus employment reflections.

“Our students are out there in the field, serving the community, doing great research projects and internships,” said Christine Moran, Ph.D., Dean of Student Success. “We wanted to give them an opportunity to highlight the great things they’re doing.”

The fact that the Experiential Expo was interdisciplinary in nature was another major benefit of the event.

“The great thing is that this event wasn’t about one school or one program,” Moran said. “It’s a chance to break down silos and give students the chance to see what their peers in other majors are doing.”

Special recognition was awarded to:

  • Best Presentation: Jack Rizzo — Social Media: Connecting the University
  • Best Poster/Display: Renee Green — Stevenson University and the One Love Foundation Fan
  • Favorite Oral Presentation: Samantha Smith and Krystal Carpintieri — Creating a Call to Action: Producing Videos for Irvine Nature Center
  • Fan Favorite Poster/Display: Emilee Thursby, Elizabeth “Liz” Marx, and Sarah Healy — Relay for Life: The Mindset Behind the Mission
  • Most Entertaining: Peter Hoblitzell and Neill Baker — Improving Wetland Accessibility: Trail Building at Marshy Point Nature Center

Experiential learning involves a process of learning, doing, and reflecting and provides Stevenson students with the opportunity to acquire first-hand experience. Stevenson offers students a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, practicums, clinical, undergraduate research, service-learning, and study abroad. Learn more at /academics/experiential-learning/.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.