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2016 Commencement

Stevenson celebrated its 63rd spring Commencement on May 18 for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and on May 19 for its traditional undergraduate students.

[My mom] said, ‘Brad, you’re looking at it all wrong. Instead of dreading every morning where you lose your vision, you have to look forward to the end of every day where you get your vision back for a while.’ It was a very rapid lesson for me to learn that there’s always a way to reframe our perspective, that there’s always a way for us to look for that silver lining, to look for the good in every person we interact with, to find good in every situation and in our futures, and leverage that positive perspective.

The keynote speaker for the undergraduate Commencement was U.S. Navy veteran and Paralympian swimmer Brad Snyder. A retired Navy Lieutenant, Snyder was severely injured in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2011. He sustained complete vision loss from the explosion. As a part of his rehabilitation process, Snyder, who served as swim team captain while at the Naval Academy, returned to the pool. After a few months of training, he was able to earn a spot on the U.S. Paralympic National Swim Team. At the 2012 Paralympics in London, he competed in seven events, earning two gold medals and one silver medal. His victory in the 400-meter freestyle occurred on September 7, 2012, which marked exactly one year from the day he suffered his vision loss. Snyder is currently training for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He first spoke at Stevenson in August 2014 when he addressed incoming freshmen and their families at the University’s Convocation.


Stevenson also recognized Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, with the University’s 6th Annual Social Entrepreneurship Award. Stewart leads the U.S. network of nearly 1,200 local and state United Way campaigns in an effort to create changes to improve lives. Under her leadership, the U.S. network engages thousands of local partners, more than 11 million individual donors and volunteers, and raises more than 3.9 billion dollars each year to rally around initiatives in these vital areas.

Both Snyder and Stewart received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Stevenson University’s highest academic honor.

Serving as keynote speaker for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies was Bradley Chambers, Senior Vice President of MedStar Health and President of Good Samaritan Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital. In this role, Chambers is responsible for the strategic and operational direction that enhances performance and supports ongoing efforts to build a stronger, more effective integration between these two hospitals, as well as system-wide clinical platforms.


SUTV, Stevenson University’s Web TV station, is providing an in-depth look into campus life, academics, faculty, sports, and career preparation at Stevenson through original, fresh, and daily video updates.

“We realize there is so much happening at Stevenson on a daily basis," says John Buettner, Interim Vice President for Marketing and Digital Communications. "We've set up this Internet TV station to serve as a video hub for all things Stevenson. We're very proud of the final product and we're confident this is a platform that the campus community, prospective students, and alumni will enjoy.”

SUTV highlights what makes Stevenson the place to be. Watch now.

Vietnam Faces

Since 2014, students and faculty from Stevenson University’s Public History program have aided Maryland Public Television (MPT) in what the station dubbed the largest initiative in its history. Throughout this spring and summer, “MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans” honored men and women who served in the Vietnam War with a series of programs and events, including “Maryland Vietnam War Stories,” a three-hour documentary aired in three parts from May 24-26.

To preview the documentary and to help raise money for the project, MPT aired its “Vietnam Initiative Preview” on April 21. The program included an interview with Glenn Johnston Ph.D., Chair of Stevenson’s Public History program and the University’s Archivist. Johnston, along with 34 Public History majors and one program alumnus, spearheaded the effort to locate and provide images of the 192 Maryland natives who are not represented with photos in Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s “Wall of Faces”—an online database commemorating service men and women killed in action. Since Stevenson began its involvement, the team has unearthed images for 122 of those 192 individuals through historical research and public engagement.

Baltimore Speaker Series

On Tuesday, March 22, the Baltimore Speakers Series presented by Stevenson University announced the speakers for its 2016-2017 season. Marking its 13th season, the series offers seven evenings of diverse opinions and world perspectives on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The 2016-2017 Baltimore Speakers Series will open on Sept. 27 with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, followed by former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak on Oct. 25. Additional speakers include Academy-award-winning actress Rita Moreno (Nov. 15); Monty Python co-founder John Cleese (Jan. 17, 2017); former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (Feb. 21, 2017); and broadcast journalist Ted Koppel (March 21, 2017). A panel discussion on Racism & Reconciliation in America with former NPR host Michele Norris; Wall Street Journal columnist and author Jason Riley; and Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will close the season on April 25, 2017.

Dean of School of Health

Stevenson University has appointed Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as Founding Dean of Stevenson’s new School of Health Professions, the University’s seventh academic school. Geiger-Brown began her role as Dean and as Chief Administrator of Nursing on April 18.

Geiger-Brown previously served as an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate students for the last 14 years. She has conducted extensive research in the area of occupational sleep deficiency and served as the Assistant Dean for Research for the school. She also has an extensive background in nursing accreditation. A graduate of Temple University, Geiger-Brown holds a B.S. in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, an M.S. in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

“I am very pleased to join Stevenson University and work with the faculty as the founding Dean of the School of Health Professions,” says Geiger-Brown. “Opportunities for careers in the health professions have never been brighter, and the Stevenson faculty are highly committed to the success of each student.”


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