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Winter 2016 | Ventures

Center for Environmental Stewardship

Since 2013, the Center for Environmental Stewardship (CES) has been a part of the Fine School of the Sciences. The center’s mission is to “cultivate an environmentally literate citizenry and support educational opportunities and programs in environmental science and sustainability.” By promoting civic engagement and volunteerism, the CES works to keep the environment and neighboring communities healthy.

Kimberly Pause Tucker, Ph.D., Director, Center for Environmental Stewardship and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, says that she and her students have worked hard during the past few years to get the CES where it is today.

"We are excited that there are so many great faculty, staff, and students who are interested in sustainability, and we hope that through our efforts and the efforts of others that sustainability and community service become an even bigger part of the SU culture."

Learn more about these and the many other completed and upcoming projects at stevenson.edu/ces.

New Look At Campus

In October, Stevenson launched new interactive campus maps to make it even easier to navigate its two campuses. When prospective students and their parents—as well as alumni coming back to see what else is new—visit campus, the University wants their experience to be a great one.

Visitors can now refine the search for their destination by campus, including a more specific breakdown by academic building, residence hall, athletic areas, dining facilities, parking, and shuttle bus stops. Other miscellaneous categories include campus stores, areas reserved for meditation, and quads.

Each location is marked by an icon and accompanying description. For added convenience, there is also a comprehensive search feature where any name or keyword of a campus structure can be entered with results immediately yielded in real-time.

Want to see what our campuses look like today? Go to stevenson.edu/maps.

New Academic Center, Two Schools Named

Announced as “Breaking News” in the fall issue of Ventures, the new, state-of-the-art, 200-000-square-foot building that opened at the start of the fall semester officially has been named the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center. During the Aug. 30 opening of the Center, it also was announced that the University had received naming gifts for two of its Schools.

The naming of the Center honors Stevenson’s president, who will be retiring in June 2017 after 17 years of leading the institution.

Kevin Manning is the visionary who took us from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University,” says James Stradtner, Esq., CFA, Chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees and Senior Advisor for Century Equity Partners. “It is only fitting that we name this signature building in recognition of all that he has accomplished.”

The first naming gift, from Malcolm and Sandy Berman, created the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, named in honor of her dedication to philanthropic work toward improving healthcare and education.

Married for nearly 60 years, the Bermans have shown their commitment for supporting a wide range of institutions and causes. Sandy Berman began her tenure on Stevenson’s Board of Trustees in 2013. She has worked to help ensure that the greater Baltimore community has a qualified pool of capable and well-trained nurses and healthcare professionals. One of these efforts was the establishment of an endowed fund at Stevenson to provide scholarships to nursing students. “

The nurses I’ve met at area hospitals I’m associated with who graduated from Stevenson are extremely compassionate and knowledgeable,” Sandy Berman says. “I can tell that they’re getting a great education. I took a few classes when the University was known as Villa Julie College, and to see how it has expanded through the years is remarkable.”

Malcolm Berman made the donation because of his wife’s involvement on the Board of Trustees and the University in general. “She loves her activities on the Board, and she’s actively involved with Stevenson because healthcare and education are important issues to her. I’m just so very proud of all that she does.”

The second gift, from the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, under the direction of its trustees Louis and Phyllis Friedman, created the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, also housed in the new Academic Center.

As trustees of the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, the Friedmans decided that the opportunity to name the School of the Sciences in memory of Jerome Fine’s wife, Beverly, was the right decision for the philanthropic interests of both the Fines and the foundation.

“Opportunities like this rarely present themselves, and Phyllis and I were both delighted to be able to reflect the wishes of the Fines in naming the School of the Sciences for Beverly,” says Louis Friedman, Mr. Fine’s attorney for many years. The Fines lost their daughter, Diane, at an early age; she was an English professor and adjunct professor at Villa Julie College, which created the connection to Stevenson, says Phyllis Friedman.

“This was an incredible opportunity to memorialize Beverly by naming a school targeted to young people who will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for jobs in our new workforce,” she adds. “This gift expresses in a most positive way Beverly’s concerns for society that the foundation and its mission reflect.”

The Friedmans, as Trustees of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation, have also committed funds for the naming of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation SoLVE Center at Stevenson. The SoLVE Center (Solutions for Learning in a Vibrant Environment) offers an innovative cooperative learning support program for students studying the sciences and nursing at Stevenson.

At the opening ceremony, Manning said, “This day has been a dual honor for me as president. The naming of the Academic Center is certainly humbling, but the generosity of the Bermans and the Fine Foundation also gives confirmation to the goals that we collectively set forth more than a decade ago: to complete our transformation into a university. We could not have reached this point without the dedication of many employees as well as friends and supporters of Stevenson.”

Advancing the Mission

We are grateful for the scholarship support provided by these new members of Stevenson Partners:

  • Element Financial Corporation
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Mister, Burton & French
  • Xenith Bank

We also recognize the ongoing support of these members that have chosen to renew their commitments:

  • Asset Strategy Consultants
  • Beverly Bareham CPA, PA
  • M&T Bank
  • PMM Companies
  • PNC Bank
  • RC Contractors
  • Toyota/Lexus Financial Services

Alumni, we want to hear from you!

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 stevenson.edu/ventures.


Pedestrian Walkway

Boardwalk Construction is underway for a pedestrian walkway through the forest buffer between the main Owings Mills Campus and Owings Mills North to provide easy access for students, faculty, and staff. Check out aerial drone footage of the process.

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