The Young Alumni Award is presented to a graduate from 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 Lauren Humphries, from the Class of 2008.
While attending Villa Julie College, Lauren was an accomplished and active student-athlete. She served as a writer and editor of The Villager, Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and a member of Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Alpha Pi, and Sigma Tau Delta.
In October 2004, as a student-athlete, Lauren won the North Eastern Athletic Conference women’s tennis singles championship. She made the Dean’s List and was named MVP of Women’s Tennis in 2004 and 2005. As a graduating senior, she was the recipient of the Elizabeth McWethy Award, the Fighting Heart Award, and the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as well as being recognized by Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.
Lauren’s accomplishments are not limited to her years as a student. Since graduation, she became certified as a group fitness instructor, teaching classes at Towson University and during the national convention for Little People of America. She modeled in the first fashion show featuring women with dwarfism during New York Fashion Week in February 2015. In October 2015, she was the first person with dwarfism to run the Chicago Marathon.
She now works as the Marketing Manager for LUNGevity, the largest national lung cancer-focused nonprofit. Her skill set developed during her time as a Business Communication major has served her well in the positions she’s held professionally and as a volunteer. She is eternally grateful for the relationship she’s maintained with her college mentor, Chip Rouse. At the request of Chip and other faculty and staff, she has visited campus several times post-graduation to participate in panel discussions and networking events with current students.
Lauren appreciates the opportunities that Stevenson has created to engage alumni, and values the importance of supporting future generations of Stevenson students. With regards to the University’s future, Lauren notes that President Manning’s retirement marks a tremendous legacy of transformative change. She hopes that Stevenson University will continue to grow and expand, allowing more students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to be part of this great institution.