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Phonathon caller CierraEach month, we profile one of the amazing Phonathon students working in SU's call center. This month, we sat down with student caller Cierra '20, a business administration major from Washington D.C.

Why did you choose to come to Stevenson?
I love the diversity and welcoming atmosphere that Stevenson offers. The community here is very family-oriented and vibrant!

What do you like best about SU now that you're here?
I love the social activities that the clubs and organizations present for all of the SU students in order to connect us to one another.

What activities to you enjoy outside of class?
I am a student-athlete. I run track and field here at Stevenson.

What do you like best about being a student caller?
I love being able to talk to alumni about their experiences while they were here at Stevenson. I also love to get advice and connect with alumni who's had similar interest and studies as me.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I intend to be working in the fashion industry, either styling or in retail. Either of these options will help me reach my ultimate goal as an entrepreneur in fashion.

Just a few years ago, Esther Ford ’11, walked into her class to discover that she was the only minority student. Six years later, dozens of students walk through the doors of the newly opened Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

The new Center for Diversity and Inclusion

 A place for reflection, prayer, and celebration of culture, the Center facilitates meaningful discussion and fosters understanding among students. Audrey Yankah ‘18, a junior Legal Studies student from Ghana, who works in the Multicultural Affairs Office calls the Center, "the Center of Acceptance."

"No matter who you are, you have a place to go, a place to be yourself,” says Yankah.

Since the Center’s grand opening, the Assistant Vice President of Multicultural Affairs, Natalie Gillard, has organized a plethora of events to celebrate Black History Month. They include:

  • Trip to the African American museum in D.C.  
  • The History of Soul Food
  • Lunch and Learn: Hair Texture and Skin Tone Complexities, The African American Experience

As Black History Month draws to a close, this month’s events are only a highlight of Stevenson’s efforts to celebrate diversity.

The Multicultural Affairs Office welcomes and encourages alumni to attend their upcoming events:

The Pulse: viewing and discussion of the documentary "Thirteenth"
March 2rd, 7-10pm Rockland (The Pulse talks are held every first Thursday of the month)

Diversity Career Expo: learn how to positively promote your diversity, skills, and strengths while networking with companies for internships and jobs
March 7th, 1-3pm Rockland

For more information on Stevenson's diversity initiatives feel free to contact Natalie Gillard,  

The search for Stevenson University’s new president is nearing its final stages. The Presidential Search Committee—chaired by T. Scott Pugatch, Vice Chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees—includes representation from the Board of Trustees, faculty, and the student body. The search firm contracted by the Board received inquiries from well over 100 interested candidates and presented 20 top candidates to the Search Committee for initial review. In December, the Committee conducted interviews with eight candidates whose professional experiences and accomplishments most closely matched the qualifications sought for the next president of the University. From this group, four final candidates have been selected for additional confidential interviews with the Search Committee joined by the Advisory Search Committee representing Stevenson faculty, staff, and alumni through the Dean’s Cabinet, the President’s Cabinet, and a Stevenson alumnus.

The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Jim Stradtner, has informed us that the candidate pool has been incredibly strong and diverse, and we are confident that this process will produce an outstanding leader for Stevenson University. We expect an announcement about the selection of the new president to be made in early March. In the meantime, Claire Moore will continue to serve as the Interim President and will remain in this position until the new president officially takes office, which we anticipate will be July 1, 2017.

As former President of Villa Julie College serving from 1965-1999, Carolyn Manuszak was vital to this institution's growth and successful future, and many of our alumni carry fond memories of her. In keeping with her dedication to the University, Manuszak made provisions in her will to ensure the long term support of students. 

Former President of Villa Julie College from 1965-1999, Carolyn Manuszak

Since her passing in February 2016, Stevenson has received a bequest of $1.2 million from her estate. This generous gift supports the Carolyn Manuszak Scholarship in Memory of Dr. T. J. Manuszak. Established in 1998 to honor her late father, the scholarship provides tuition assistance for promising incoming freshman and transfer students. It is fitting and not surprising that her legacy lives on through helping more students on their paths to a bright future.

Each month, we profile one of the amazing Phonathon students working in SU's call center. This month, we sat down with student caller, Howard '17, an English Language and Literature major from Pikesville, MD.

Phoneathon caller Howard

Why did you choose to come to Stevenson?

I was given an opportunity to receive a transfer scholarship after I left my former school.

What do you like best about SU now that you're here?

I love the small classes and it allows you to get to know your professors if you really want to.

What activities to you enjoy outside of class?

Outside of class I'm usually found writing or doing something musical.

What do you like best about being a student caller?

Sometimes you'll find a few alumni that have a great story that they want to share with you as well as awesome advice.

What are your plans after graduation?

Post-graduation, I intend to start my career in the publishing/editing track. Long-term, I hope to head my own publishing house or literary magazine with a focus on young writers.

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