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Date: Aug 2016

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

Kevin J. Manning Academic Center

On Aug. 30, the SU community, alumni, and friends joined together to celebrate the opening of our new Academic Center at Owings Mills North, ready to receive students for the fall 2016 semester. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by campus and community leaders.

With its expanded classroom, laboratory, and studio space for the School of the Sciences, the School of Health Professions, and the School of Design, this impressive building also offers a Learning Commons, student lounge areas, and art exhibition space. The Academic Center will provide an optimal learning environment for our students for many years to come.

President's Perspective

Throughout history, universities have been both symbolic and practical.

Universities foster values and a spirit of optimism. And the university experience creates the future through innovation and technology while helping people formulate plans of study for their careers and lives. Stevenson’s motto—For Learning. For Living.—embodies these ideals; we have essentially been a case study on effective growth through practical change.

As a sign of this optimism and our commitment to preparing students for their futures as citizens and working professionals, Stevenson celebrated the opening of its new 200,000-square-foot Academic Center at Owings Mills North on Tuesday, Aug. 30. This is a significant milestone in our history, and I thought it would be of interest to Ventures readers to briefly review what has happened since 2000 in terms of achieving Stevenson’s vision and mission.

By 2000, Villa Julie College had grown as much as it could in its small, private college form. Since its 1947 start, the College had made significant contributions through its many graduates. But with limited space and infrastructure on our original campus, it was impossible for the College to grow any further, which impacted our ability to serve students and the community.

Also from its start, Villa Julie focused on serving many firstgeneration college students. This aligned with the mission of our founders, and now neighbors, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. However, the leadership of the College, including the Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet, was concerned that if we did not expand the campus and its offerings, the ability to achieve our mission would be severely hampered.

With the Board’s encouragement, we began to formulate plans for a new campus in Owings Mills. After an extensive and thoughtful three-year process, in 2008, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of Stevenson University through both a careful process and a common method of naming a university: after its geographic location. Although we preserved the name of Villa Julie for our Greenspring Campus, the Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences, we chose the name “Stevenson” to help eliminate potential confusion for those outside Baltimore; the VJC name led many people to think we were still a women’s college.

The new University needed a student housing component that could not be accommodated on the original Greenspring Valley Campus. We were fortunate to be able to elicit the support of Bank of America as our primary lender and worked closely with committed area developer Howard Brown as our primary contractor to develop the initial Owings Mills Campus. Subsequent to the university status change in 2008—including the ultimate creation of seven distinct Schools—Stevenson University has grown dramatically, doubling in student size, faculty, and staff. During that time period, we also have expanded our operations budget from $25 million to $150 million and focused on expanding our online graduate and professional programs.

Returning to the notion of a university connecting the merger of symbolism and practicality, our new Academic Center embodies this approach. This building opportunity was the result of the purchase of the former Shire Pharmaceuticals site that physically connects to our Owings Mills Campus from its athletics fields. Our “smart growth” included relocation of the School of the Sciences to that building, and the recently opened School of Design will expand from its neighboring building to more space in the same Academic Center. The Center will also serve as the home of our new School of Health Professions. Additionally, we will complete a lighted boardwalk that will permit students and visitors to walk easily between the two Owings Mills Campuses.

The Academic Center truly represents the Stevenson experience— our commitment to meet the needs of our students through academic excellence and career preparation. We look forward to a bright and exciting future with this progressive expansion.

Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.


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