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Fall 2016 | Ventures

Date: Aug 11, 2016

Emily Haas

For the second consecutive season, Stevenson women’s golf junior Emily Haas was the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative gradepoint average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships. A fashion merchandising major, Hass carried a 4.0 GPA. She was presented the award during the championship banquet prior to the opening round. Haas finished tied for second at the MAC Championship, carding a two-day total of 176 to help lead the Mustangs to their second straight conference title and second straight NCAA appearance. She was the recipient of last year’s then-Elite 89 Award at the 2015 NCAA Championship as Stevenson made its first appearance in the women’s golf championship. Haas posted 11 top-10 finishes during the 2015-2016 season, including four finished in the top five.

Dick Watts Hall of Fame

Eight individuals and one team will comprise the 2016 induction class into the Dick Watts Athletics Hall of Fame. President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., will be the first to be inducted in the Emeritus category. Field hockey and women’s lacrosse player Tracey (Whetstone) Cantabene ’95, men’s lacrosse player Peter Nee ’96, field hockey player Holly Chattin-Smith ’00, women’s soccer player Adrienne (Justis) Tamanini ’03, men’s basketball players Wade Henninger ’05 and Anthony Fitzgerald ’06 and longtime athletic department administrative assistant Fran Fidler will be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Hall of Fame banquet during Homecoming and Family Weekend. In addition, the Hall of Fame will also recognize the 2005-2006 men’s basketball team as a Team of Tradition.

Including this year’s class, the Dick Watts Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame, founded in 2014 as the University celebrated the 20th anniversary of the start of NCAA Division III athletics in 1994, consists of 24 individuals and four Teams of Tradition. Nominees for this year’s class include those who graduated from Stevenson (formerly Villa Julie College) in 2006 or earlier.

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Helen Bentley

Stevenson University is saddened by the passing of Helen Delich Bentley. The former Maryland Congresswoman had a long and active record of service to the University.

Bentley’s history with SU goes back to its days as Villa Julie College. She was invited to join the Board in October 1974 and served until January 1994. She was reelected in July 1996 and served a second term until September 2005. During that time, she supported the College in numerous ways, including making gifts as well as soliciting them on our behalf. Additionally, Bentley supported the approval of VJC’s Paralegal Studies program in January 1985 and was the VJC Commencement speaker in 1986, when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Outside of Stevenson, Bentley, who graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, had a lively and varied career path. After accepting the position as the maritime editor of the Baltimore Sun in 1945, she became devoted to maritime issues. In 1969, she was appointed chair of the Federal Maritime Commission, the first woman to hold the post. She also served as a member of Congress, representing Maryland’s Second District from 1985 to 1995. Her achievements were well noted: She was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2006, as part of its 300th anniversary celebrations, the port was re-named the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.

“We greatly appreciate that Helen found the time, among her other important contributions, to support and advocate for us over several decades,” said President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. “She will be missed, but her legacy of tireless service will never be forgotten.”

2016 Alumni Board

Members of the Stevenson University Alumni Association Board remain an integral part of the SU student experience well after graduation. They act as ambassadors, work to engage fellow alumni, design and support programs and events to foster a strong sense of community, and preserve the Mustang pride that alumni developed during their time as students. On July 1, leadership positions were appointed to several dedicated board members who will work to enhance the Stevenson alumni experience.

2016-2017 Alumni Association Board Leadership

Matt Johnson ’98 Immediate Past President, Board of Trustees Ex-Officio member
Shervonne Cherry ’05 President, Executive Committee Chair
Anthony Davis ’02 ’03M Vice President, Nominations and Awards Committee Chair
Angela Davis Pallozzi ’05 Events Committee Co-Chair
Christina Bowman ’02 Events Committee Co-Chair
Blaire Miller ’05 Engagement Committee Chair
Tonia Cristino ’08 ’10M Athletics Committee Chair


President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., spoke with Stevenson alumni employed at Hertzbach & Company.

In June, Stevenson’s Office of Alumni Relations hosted a luncheon at Hertzbach & Company, a certified public accounting and consulting practice in Owings Mills. Many of Stevenson’s 23 graduates who work for Hertzbach gathered to learn about the strong partnership between SU and Hertzbach from colleague and Alumni Association Board Member Jennifer Verch ’01. The program also included a University update from President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., and remarks from Chair and Professor of Accounting Barbara Rowell.

Along with establishing a strong internship and recruitment program at Stevenson, Hertzbach has contributed to the success of our students through scholarship support. Since fall 2004, 11 accounting students have been awarded a total of $23,000 from the Hertzbach & Company Annual Scholarship, and then the Hertzbach & Company Endowed Scholarship, which became fully funded in fall 2015.

Alumni@Work is an initiative that helps strengthen the relationships among Stevenson University, our alumni, and our corporate partners. Through this program, we reach out to businesses that employ graduates to hold events where alumni can network with their colleagues and maintain a valuable connection with their alma mater. If you work alongside several SU alumni and are interested in learning more about our Alumni@Work events, please contact Allison Humphries, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at 443-334-2063 or .

Alumni, we want to hear what you’ve been doing!

Please send us your news and photos on personal and professional achievements, marriage, family, travel, and memories of your time at VJC/SU. Submit your news and photos via mail to Alumni Notes, Stevenson University, Attn: Carolyn Douglas, 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson, MD 21153-0641; via e-mail to ; or submit them online at


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