Stevenson University’s School of the Sciences Receives Naming Gift

August 30, 2016 7 AM

School Will Be Called the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Stevenson University has received a major naming gift for its School of the Sciences from the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation. The School will be named the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences. The gift, made possible by trustees of the Fine Foundation, Louis and Phyllis Friedman, was announced Tuesday, August 30, during the grand opening celebration and dedication of the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center, Stevenson’s new 200,000-square-foot academic facility on its Owings Mills North campus.

“We are truly honored by this generous gift to Stevenson,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University. “The Friedmans and the legacy of the Fines will make a tremendous difference for our students as well as for our science faculty and staff who are working to prepare the next generation for a workforce and economy driven by scientific research and technological applications.”

As trustees of the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, the Friedmans decided that the opportunity to name the Stevenson University School of Sciences in memory of Jerome Fine’s wife, Beverly, was a perfect fit for both the philanthropic interests of the Fines and the Foundation.

“Opportunities like this rarely present themselves, and Phyllis and I were both delighted to be able to reflect the wishes of the Fines in naming the School of the Sciences for Beverly,” said Louis Friedman, Mr. Fine’s attorney for many years.

The Fine’s daughter, Diane, who they lost at an early age, was an English professor and adjunct professor at Villa Julie College. This created an immediate connection to Stevenson, Phyllis Friedman noted.

“This was an incredible opportunity to memorialize Beverly by naming a school targeted to young people who will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for jobs in our new workforce,” she added. “This gift expresses in a most positive way Beverly’s concerns for society that the foundation and its mission reflect.”

The Friedmans, as Trustees of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation, have also committed funds for the naming of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation SoLVE Center at Stevenson. The SoLVE Center (Solutions for Learning in a Vibrant Environment) offers an innovative cooperative learning support program for students studying the sciences and nursing at Stevenson.

Stevenson’s Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences currently serves more than 400 undergraduates pursuing degrees in applied mathematics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. The School also offers pre-professional preparation for post-graduate studies in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. With the opening of the University’s new Academic Center at Owings Mills North, the School has tripled the size of its facilities for study, research, and administration.

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.