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From its beginning, Stevenson has aimed to educate the heads, hearts, and hands of students, inspiring them to put their knowledge to work in their communities. The Leadership Scholars program does just that.
Maiya Lyons, Business Administration major set to graduate in 2021, has used her position as a Leadership Scholar to build her community service roles. Even though she is still fairly new to Stevenson, she has already been a part of various community roles on campus, including: helping girls be more interested in STEM programs; participating in Santa’s Helpers Anonymous; volunteering at the Maryland Book Bank; member of Stevenson Sovereign Steppers Step Team; and a member of the Phi Beta Lambda, a national business society club on campus designed to helps students of any major build up their professional skills and develop self-confidence.
Maiya comments on her Stevenson experience this far in relation to being a positive influence on campus, and an eventual positive influence on the world: “My time at Stevenson has helped me develop a broader spectrum of the world. I’ve been introduced to a far more diverse environment. Not only was I introduced to other cultures, but I learned about them as well as Stevenson strives to be a University that is inclusive and welcoming to all.”
The Service Scholars initiative is a comprehensive program that offers participants the opportunity to extend their civic engagement in the community, reflect upon possibilities for personal and social change, as well as develop the necessary skills to succeed in the classroom and, eventually, in the workforce.
Chemistry major Joseph Battiato has "already learned more in his short time at Stevenson than he did all of the rest of his life," he explains.
As a Service Scholar, Joseph has been volunteering for the Food Pantry on campus as well as volunteering with the Food Recovery Network. He is also the current SGA senator for Mission: I’m Home. The Mission project at Stevenson is an alternative spring break initiative that sends students to places where there is a high need for rebuilding. Joseph traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana for his past break.
In addition, Joe was the Executive Producer for TEDx StevensonU, and he was recently named Director of Philanthropy on the Student Government Executive Board.
Stevenson’s philanthropic traditions are felt throughout the school. Part of the reason he decided to come to SU was because of the time and effort given to charitable and community-based opportunities that better the school and the environment around it.
“I feel like through the service programs I am in, I have this unquenchable thirst for making the world a better place, whatever that may entail,” Joe says.
As an incoming student, almost nothing feels better than belonging to a community of individuals to whom you can relate, who help you grow as an intellectual and who value the same kinds of things as you. The Stevenson Honors Program is that community.
Nursing Major Alicia O’Neil is experiencing the intellectual freedom one may expect of upper classmen classes in her freshman college experience.
“The honor classes have provided so much opportunity for discussion,” she explains. “I would recommend the Honors program to all incoming freshmen that wants to explore their intellect."
Despite still trying to learn the ropes as far as balancing work, life and school, Alicia has found time for extracurricular clubs as a member of Best Buddies and the National Student Nursing Association, proving that time management skills are a required, perhaps learned skill of the Honors Program.