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Patricia McNally Ellis, Esq., Special Assistant to the Dean

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) recently announced the retirement of Patricia McNally Ellis, Esq., Special Assistant to the Dean, following 28 years of teaching and administration.

Professor Ellis was hired in August 1987 as a full-time Assistant Professor of Business & Law, Chairman of Business Division and Director of Business Community Liaison. She spent several years as a professor of law and business teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses. In July of 2008 she became the Associate Dean for GPS Undergraduate Programs and then in 2013, the Special Assistant to the Dean of GPS. Throughout her career she made a great impact on her students and colleagues. The entire Stevenson University community will miss her.

As a way to honor Professor Ellis' retirement, we are seeking to increase the size and impact of the two funds near and dear to her heart and hope you will consider a making gift to one or both of them in her honor.

A fund for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, where she has devoted nearly a third of her time at Stevenson, assists with the school's programming needs.  (To donate, select Academics and then the School of Graduate and Professional Studies).

The Duncan-McNally Accounting Scholarship Fund, established by Professor Ellis in memory of her father in 2005, provides assistance to full-time students seeking a baccalaureate degree in accounting.

Phyllis Strader ’15

Phyllis Strader ’15 (center) was featured in the Carroll County Times for receiving a well-deserved honor that recognized her hard work as a non-traditional student at Stevenson University. She was selected as the Learner of the Year by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)....Learn More

On December 1, we're holding our first-ever #Giving2SUday.
Coinciding with #GivingTuesday, we're asking the SU community to help Stevenson students make a difference. In the earliest years of Villa Julie College, our students served their communities through efforts like entertaining chronically ill children at local hospitals and collecting clothing, food, and bedding for families.
For nearly 70 years, Stevenson University students have served the community.
Group of students in 1961
Today's students are helping to solve critical social issues through initiatives like Mustangs Make a Difference Day, Relay for Life, Mission: I'm Home, and classroom projects.
Group of students performing service today
We hope you will take part in #Giving2SUday by making a gift to support Community Service + Service Learning at Stevenson University. When you do, we hope you will encourage others to participate by sharing your gift with friends and family using the unique hashtag #Giving2SUday on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


“Be nice.”

“Be brave. Take chances.”

“Effort and attitude.”

“Know your options.”

In four words or less, our alumni panelists from last night’s Adulting 101: Where Are They Now? event, shared advice with graduating seniors and upperclassmen. Five wonderfully-talented alums joined the Senior Class Council on the Owings Mills campus to talk about the unique trajectory of their professional careers.

Angela Harris ’08, Veida McCampbell ’04, Steve Morrill ’99, Megan Lanasa ’08, and Brian Swing ’12

From left to right: Angela Harris ’08, Veida McCampbell ’04, Steve Morrill ’99, Megan Lanasa ’08, and Brian Swing ’12.

Steve Morrill ’99, a former Stevenson employee and current Director of IT at Loyola Blakefield, emphasized the importance of identifying strong mentors who believe in you and motivate you. Steve also shared his unexpected passion for teaching both at the college and high school levels. Although he never anticipated teaching, it is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

Veida McCampbell ’04 graduated with a degree in Business Communications and went on to get her J.D./M.B.A. She moved across the country to California to pursue a career in television. She became a Production Assistant for the Grammy’s and then a Producer on multiple E and Bravo shows. She is now back in Maryland working as a Client Experience Professional for a media company. Talk about a unique career path! “If you want it, you can have it. But you have to be willing to fight for it,” she told students in the audience.

Angela Harris ’08 moved to London just weeks after graduating from Stevenson. She went alone and knew no one. She took a risk and had an experience that she will carry with her for a lifetime. After returning to the states, she began working at the National Institute of Health in a position that allows her to work with individuals pursuing doctoral degrees while utilizing much of  what she learned as a Business Communication student.

Megan Lanasa ’08 has worked in most positions the restaurant industry has to offer. She decided a few years after graduation that it was time to "do her own thing." She started her own business, a coal-fire pizza truck called BricknFire Pizza Co. As a result of her hard work, she will soon have a brick and mortar location in the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

During his senior year, Brian Swing ’12 accepted a position as a Stevenson Intern at Fuchs North America, a local seasoning manufacturer in Reisterstown. Upon earning his degree in Chemistry, Brian began his career working in a field he’d never expected to end up in, food science. He wanted to find a job that kept his interest and allowed him to be creative and he was successful.

The Adulting 101 series has concluded for the fall semester and will begin again in the spring. If you’re an alum interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with graduating seniors, please let us know! You can contact Allison Humphries '11, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

Student desk during finals

Finals are just around the corner. Stevenson students will be hard at work studying, finishing projects, and writing papers. Many parents have taken advantage of a special offer to send their student a Mustang Finals Care Package through the Office of University Advancement....Learn More

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