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Alumni Awards

Left to right: tammy Schneider '98, Lauren Humphries '08, and Fran Gunshol '67.

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors alumni who demonstrate the Stevenson tradition of excellence through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, and humanitarian service.

Tammy Schneider '98

Since her graduation from Villa Julie College, Tammy Schneider has worked in public accounting for 20 years, rising to the principal level. In January 2016 she started her own firm, Taurus CPA Solutions, a boutique tax and accounting firm. Throughout her career, Schneider’s accomplishments have been recognized in publications such as The Daily Record, The Baltimore Business Journal, and most recently, Smart CEO Magazine. She is dedicated to increasing the role of women in business and has demonstrated her commitment to the greater community by serving on various local and national boards.

Schneider views Stevenson University as a strong institution and looks forward to seeing the continued commitment to students, to education, and to the community.

Alumni Loyalty Award

This award is presented to alumni who continually demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the Stevenson University community by devoting their time and talent to enhance the overall success of the University.

Fran Gunshol '67

Fran Gunshol’s decision to attend Villa Julie College was encouraged by her family. She was involved in various extracurricular activities and looks fondly upon her student experience, noting that her professors and the sisters affirmed her abilities and gave her great confidence. Throughout her career, Gunshol has been responsible for moving organizations forward, raising funds and friends for non-profits, and connecting people and projects. She returned to campus where she thrived in her role as the Director of Alumni Relations, serving as part of the team behind many major achievements for the University.

Gunshol is impressed with the growth of Stevenson and hopes that the University will continue to adapt, grow, and stay loyal to its mission as it has faithfully done since the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded VJC in 1947.

Young Alumni Award

This award recognizes graduates from the past 10 years who have achieved success while remaining engaged with the University.

Lauren Humphries '08

While attending VJC, Lauren Humphries was an accomplished and active student-athlete. 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 a marketing professional, Humphries recognizes that the skills she acquired as a business communication major have served her well professionally and in her volunteer efforts. At the request of her college mentor, Chip Rouse, Associate Professor, Business Communication, and other faculty and staff, she has visited campus several times post-graduation to participate in panel discussions and networking events with current students.

Humphries has inspired others through her personal accomplishments. In 2015, she modeled in the first fashion show featuring women with dwarfism during New York Fashion Week and was the first person with dwarfism to run the Chicago Marathon.

Humphries appreciates the opportunities that Stevenson has created to engage alumni and values the importance of supporting future generations of Stevenson students.

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 .

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.


Fall is an invigorating time of year with the air turning crisp, the leaves donning bright colors, and students beginning a new academic year. For many, the return to campus is only possible through the generous aid of scholarships. We extend our warm appreciation to the donors who fulfill this crucial need. Highlighted here are some of the scholarship funds helping our students to meet their goals.

Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship Fund

Shannon Henretty Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship fund was created last year as a tribute to the late Shannon Henretty ’14, a graduate of the nursing program and a student-athlete who was much admired by the SU community. We launched the Shine Like Shannon campaign to build the fund, and the Shannon Henretty Memorial Walk was held on October 20, 2015, with 122 participants helping to raise money and celebrate Shannon’s memory. Another event is planned for Sept. 10. We were able to begin awarding the Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship in fall 2015. The fund currently stands at more than $20,000, with a goal of $50,000 to establish a permanent endowed scholarship fund so that Shannon’s legacy will help others in perpetuity. We are grateful for the support of the community in honor of such a worthy cause. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227 or make a secure gift online at

Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (CWNF) is continuing its support of Stevenson students who are beyond the traditional age of undergraduates by granting an award of $20,000 for a second year. The Foundation provides scholarship funds to institutions that are particularly welcoming to mature women students and serve them well. These scholarships are awarded to women over the age of 25 with financial need who have earned at least 60 credit hours toward their first bachelor’s degree. From its inception in 1979, CWNF has provided a total of $21.5 million in grants for Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students at 60 colleges and universities. Last year, Stevenson University was fortunate to receive its first award of $20,000 from the Foundation: $10,000 was distributed in tuition support among nine deserving female students; the remaining $10,000 formed an endowed scholarship fund. All institutions receiving awards from CWNF are required to match the funds; thus, Stevenson provided an additional $20,000, divided between the awarded scholarships and the scholarship endowment. With the renewal of this grant, we will again offer scholarships to students who meet the criteria, we will add to the endowment, and we will work toward matching these dollars. To learn more about supporting this fund, contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227.

Keelty Scholars

Keelty Scholars

Keelty with some of his Keelty Scholars in May 2015.

Stevenson University has been honored to count Joseph S. Keelty among our most generous supporters, and we were saddened by the news of his passing on April 10 at the age of 93. As our friend for more than 30 years, Keelty established the University’s first endowed scholarship in 1986: The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Scholarship. It began awarding students in the fall of 1991 and is now in its 26th year. In 2002 he established a second endowed scholarship to benefit students in our nursing program, The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Nursing Scholarship. To date, a total of 123 students have received more than $600,000 in tuition support. These endowed funds will award in perpetuity, ensuring that Keelty’s philanthropic legacy will continue.


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