The Young Alumni Award is presented to a graduate of the past ten years who has achieved extraordinary success while remaining engaged and connected to the University. This year the Young Alumni Award recipient is Amanda “Mimi” Tinkler, from the Class of 2009.
Mimi recalls the camaraderie and personal development that she experienced as a student at Stevenson to have been just as much a part of the “college experience” as earning credits towards her degree. From her roommates and friends, to her professors and college administrators, nearly everyone she encountered showed a vested interest in the success and development of each and every student. This holistic approach to learning prepared her well for her post-college career.
Mimi was very involved as a student and consistently sought out opportunities to be a part of the campus community. She was a founding member of the Mustang Activities and Programming Board, the Student Government Association, and various class councils. She was inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was recognized as a member of the Honors College. As a business communication major, she was also a co-editor for The Villager.
For over six years, Mimi has been working in development at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. Starting out as a manager of donor relations, Mimi quickly advanced her career and is currently the Director of Development. She is the youngest director within the organization and manages a team that has raised over $22 million to support critical health care programs and services that directly impact our community.
Mimi feels that her education at Stevenson prepared her well for the workforce, equipping her not just with the applicable technical skills to succeed, but also with strong interpersonal, analytical, and critical thinking skills, vital to her daily work. She loves that although she graduated eight years ago, the Stevenson community still embraces her as if she never left.
Her wish for her alma mater is that the University continues to grow while staying true to its core identity. In her eyes, what makes Stevenson so special is the individualized attention given to its students. She hopes that the University will continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities, guided by its founding principles.