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Leslie McAlister
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Mount Airy, Maryland

Major
Business Communication

Involvements
Member of Mustang Activities and Programming Board (MAP), Member of the Homecoming Planning Committee, and Senator of Cru 

Fun Fact
In spring of 2019, I earned my black belt in Budo Taijutsu (a self-defense form of martial arts). This took over four years to earn and was a year-round commitment. In addition to attending my own martial arts classes, I volunteered as a SWAT member, which stands for Special Winning Attitude Team. As a SWAT Member, I helped teach younger martial arts students techniques. 

Favorite Thing about SU
I love the small class sizes and community on campus. The professors know you by name and they will do anything to make sure you are successful.

Advice for New Students
Get involved in at least one club or organization. It is the easiest way to make friends on campus and meet others with similar interests as you.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Kirsten Blades
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Hurlock, Maryland

Major
Medical Laboratory Science

Involvements
Chair of Academics for Women of Resilience, Tenacity, and Humility (W.O.R.T.H.), Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (N.S.L.S.), and Member of the Tri-Beta Honor Society

Fun Fact
My favorite animal is a wombat and I got to pet one when I travelled to Australia in 2019. 

Favorite Thing about SU
I love that there is always something to do at Stevenson. With all of the clubs and sporting events, there are so many opportunities to have fun, meet new people, and make memories. My favorite event on campus was when they brought a hypnotist here because it was so crazy to see hypnotism is action, especially since I was initially skeptical about it. I definitely believe in it now!

Advice for New Students
Take advantage of the resources that Stevenson and its faculty offer, such as going to your professors’ office hours. This sets you apart from your peers, shows that you have initiative, and you are able to get the help you need to be as successful as possible.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Elisabeth Degenford
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Marriottsville, Maryland

Major
Nursing

Involvements
Emcee and secretary for Cru, Leadership Scholar and serve on the Leadership Advisory Board, and a member of NSNA (National Student Nurses Association) 

Fun Fact
I love houseplants. 

Favorite Thing about SU
I love the talented professors, friendly community, and beautiful campus! 

Advice for New Students
I would definitely recommend getting involved with clubs on campus.  It can be intimidating at first, but people want to get to know you!

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Jarrett Porter
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Denton, Maryland

Major
Accounting

Minor
Economics

Involvements on Campus
Senior Ambassador, Resident Assistant, Phi Mu Delta Fraternity, Accounting Association, Stevenson Club Baseball 

Fun Fact
Even though it is different, I do not eat chocolate or drink coffee

Favorite Thing about SU
The sense of community I felt when I stepped on campus as a prospective student. You can be walking around campus and someone you do not know may say hi to you! 

Advice for New Students
Do not isolate yourself in your room! Attend events, join clubs, and go meet new people as you can possibly meet your best friend then. These spontaneous actions you make may be your most memorable college moments!

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Mide Pecku
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Laurel, Maryland

Major
Psychology

Involvements on Campus
African Student Union (ASU) and Black Student Union (BSU)

Fun Fact
I have a twin sister! She goes to Temple and she is like my best friend. The thing is though, you wouldn’t think we were twins. Not even sisters! We don’t look alike at all.

Favorite Thing about SU
The class sizes. You are really able to connect with your professor and they are able to really get to know you as a person as well as a student.

Advice for New Students
If you’re struggling to make friends and connections, stick to your majors! It’s a really good tactic as students seem to follow the suggested course schedule. You’re able to be in classes with your peers over and over again. Friendships are bound to happen then.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Marissa Brooks
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Taneytown, Maryland

Major
Nursing

Involvements on Campus
Orientation Leader (OL), Peer Tutor, Student Ambassador, Exec position for Phi Mu (Director of Harm Reduction and Prevention/Social Chair), Leadership Scholar & mentor, National Student Nurses Association(NSNA), and member of Emeralds dance line

Fun Fact
My favorite animal is a jaguar and I am obsessed with coffee and Grey’s Anatomy!

Favorite Thing about SU
There are plenty of academic resources and student activities on campus. SU is committed to our students’ success.

Advice for New Students
Get involved on campus but be sure to manage your time wisely. Experience new things to grow as an individual. 

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Dayveon Elliott
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Baltimore, Maryland

Major
Film and Moving Image

Involvements on Campus
FMI Club, Club Creator 

Fun Fact
I’ve been making music for three years and can be found on all streaming platforms, even TikTok and Instagram.

Favorite Thing about SU
I love the sense of community, and togetherness. The moments of meeting new people and making new friends.

Advice for New Students
Never be afraid to try new things, and especially, never be afraid to ask for help. There is someone willing to help.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Jemari Hardy
06/01/2021
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Hometown
White Plains, Maryland

Major
Business Communication

Involvements on Campus
Senior Ambassador, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, and Leaderstang member

Fun Fact
I am left handed and I like to draw and paint.

Favorite Thing about SU
How helpful and friendly all of the staff is. They always do above and beyond to ensure student success.

Advice for New Students
Find a club or organization on campus that interests you and get involved! Being a part of something on campus makes you feel connected and like you are a part of the community here.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Zak Rutsch
06/01/2021
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Hometown
Frederick, Maryland

Major
Business Administration

Minor
Marketing

Involvements on Campus
Football

Fun Fact
I love nature. I jump at the opportunity to do any sort of outdoor activities!

Favorite Thing about SU
I enjoy the food options, there are so many options of what to eat from many different places located around campus.

Advice for New Students
Be outgoing, everyone is trying to make friends in their first year of college, don’t be shy and be active in the community.

Orientation and Welcome Leader
Marie-Clare Ofoegbu
05/22/2020
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Hometown
Falling Waters, West Virginia

Major
Communication Studies

Involvements
Senior Orientation & Welcome Leader, Resident Assistant, Programmer for Mustang Activities and Programming, Newman Civic Fellow, the Stevenson Representative for the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Board, Student Ambassador, Member-at-Large for Phi Sigma Sigma, and a member of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion Student Advisory Board

Fun Fact
I am able to crack both of my thumbs simultaneously and speak three different languages: German, Igbo, and English.

Favorite Thing about SU
My favorite thing about SU is your ability to get to know everyone on campus through one’s involvement in clubs and in the classroom. There was never a time on campus that I couldn’t wave to someone I knew or stop to have a quick chat with a friend on the way to a meeting or class.

Advice for New Students
Use the first couple of weeks on campus to get acclimated and find clubs on campus that pique your interest. Before you know it, you have people to go to when you need to study in the reading room late at night, got to a club event with, or go for a late run to WAWA for a F’Real milkshake.

Senior Orientation and Welcome Leader
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