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Stevenson Steps Up!

Saluting Members of Our Campus Community

Day-to-day, amazing things are happening at Stevenson, and we salute all the members of our campus community stepping up during the disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak.

From small but significant actions to large undertakings, our focus on student success is strong and our community spirit thrives. Here are some—but certainly not all—who are making a difference today at Stevenson through their dedication, innovation, and care for our students and our campus community.

GBMC Donation

School of Nursing and Health Professions
School of the Sciences Lab Services team

The School of Nursing and Health Professions, together with the School of the Sciences Lab Services team, donated 350 boxes of gloves, 16 boxes of surgical masks, 6 boxes of face masks with shields, 2 boxes of isolation gowns, and multiple PPE kits to GBMC hospital. A special thanks to Judith Feustle, Karen Currie, Brandon Smith ’13 ‘14M (pictured), Sarah Brush, and the SNHP/SOS Graduate Assistants, including Lindsey Weishaar (pictured) for pulling these items together so quickly, to Meredith Durmowicz for taking the supplies to GBMC, and to Ralph Bridges, who helped load the supplies into Merrie’s car. 

Tom Swisher

Tom Swisher
Professor of Counseling & Human Services 

Tom Swisher wrote and performed a COVID-19 ballad to cheer and inspire his students. Watch him perform his song here.

Brianna Hughes

Library Staff

Library staff, including Sue Bonsteel, Elizabeth Fields, Sara Godbee, Brianna Hughes (pictured), and Don Osborne, have stepped into the faculty role to serve as instructor 20 sections of online courses put in place for a handful of study abroad students who had their semesters cut short by COVID-19. Each librarian is “adopting” a student and ensuring academic continuity while providing connection to Stevenson’s supportive community. 

Kelsie Rites '16

Kelsie Rites '16
Adjunct Instructor, School of Education

Kelsie taught as an Adjunct Instructor this past fall. While she is currently a Learning Center teacher in Montgomery County and not actively teaching at Stevenson this semester, she volunteered to develop a module on best practices in special education when she heard the School of Education was working on instructional activities to allow seniors to complete their internships.

David Nicholson

School of Education Faculty

When Stevenson pivoted to remote instruction and with the uncertainty of schools reopening,  School of Education faculty Ted Fischer, Clotile Galbraith, Beth Kobett, Bob Pelton, and David Nicholson (pictured), have collaborated to prepare and deliver meaningful learning activities/modules so that School of Education seniors could complete their full-time internship requirements.

Missy Craig

Missy Craig
Assistant to the Dean, SOS & SNHP

Missy is working with our team of graduate assistants to keep our students and faculty in the School of the Sciences and School of Nursing and Health Professions engaged in fun ways from a distance using social media.

Gordon Hicken

Gordon Hicken
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Bands and Assistant Director

Gordon transformed his Music History classes to an online format with less than a week’s notice and over spring break. Even more impressive is that he turned the Percussion Training class, a performance-based class, into an online format.

Nadine Edwards and Jenna Campos

Nadine Edwards
Director of Learning Technologies
 and Instructional Design Services

Jenna Campos

Instructional Designer

Nadine and Jenna converted two in-person classes on Office 365 to webinars within a few days to enable participants to be trained.

Tim Dwyer and Ben Wilson

Tim Dwyer
Professor of Chemistry

Ben Wilson
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Tim and Ben are continuing the weekly Cookies with Chemists and Math Department Teas via joint BlueJeans sessions. Students, faculty, and staff are participating in these sessions, connecting for conversation, games, and self-supplied cookies and tea.

Sarah Longwell

Sarah Longwell
Director of the Academic Link 

Sarah held required training sessions for all of the tutors and peer-assisted learning leaders in order to prepare them to provide online tutoring and help sessions for students to ensure continuity of academic support services. 

Jake Quimby

Jake Quimby
Assistant Director, Communications, Admissions 

Jake has been central to the success we have seen from our recent virtual Open House and Accepted Students’ Day. Even before our staff began working from home, when he saw this could be a possibility in mid-March, he created and executed well thought-out plans for the first two virtual events of their kind that we’ve ever offered to ensure our prospective students and families received the appropriate SU content to aid in their college search despite the closures.  

Kayla Gunn

Kayla Gunn
Assistant Director of Admissions

As the interim supervisor of the student ambassadors, Kayla has worked closely with them to ensure that they remain engaged and motivated to interact with our prospective students virtually. She has created schedules for their participation in live Q&A sessions, both for daily sessions and for our virtual Open House and Accepted Students’ Day, and is training ambassadors for virtual targeted student panels in the near future.  

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