Looking Ahead: What Will 2018 Bring?
With 2017 nearly finished, it’s time to get a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018. Stevenson University has pledged to offer students an exceptional college experience, a connection to their career, and a community focused on their success. The university is entering the new year with several programs and initiatives to further meet those promises.
EXCEPTIONAL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
Renovations in Garrison Hall
To further support students, the university is renovating the first floor of Garrison Hall North, located on the Owings Mills campus, to serve as a student club and activities center. Among other exciting new features, the center will include clubs sports offices, three meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a console game room.
The center will also serve as the home for Stevenson’s eSports team, which will have its own eSports room. The team will be covered in the next issue of Ventures, but in the meantime, take a sneak peek at their goings-on at stevenson.edu/esports.
The arts are alive at Stevenson University! From guest speakers, film screenings, and theatre productions to music performances and exhibitions, SU’s cultural events inspire creativity, learning, and discovery.
Additionally, beginning this fall, Stevenson began to supplement the Cultural Programs and Exhibitions schedule with a series of Pop-Up arts experiences, creating a robust, arts-rich campus community. Pop-Ups include hands-on design workshops, impromptu musical and theatrical performances, creative conversations, and more. These arts experiences will be hosted outside of the University’s traditional venues at a variety of campus locations at the heart of student engagement and activity.
To learn about cultural events during the upcoming spring semester, visit stevenson.edu/arts.
Introducing Professional Minors
In fall 2018, Stevenson will begin offering Professional Minors that can be paired with a variety of majors to give students a professional edge and additional career options through their academic studies. The first five Professional Minors are Applied Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, Human Resources, Real Estate, and Software Design and Coding.
Each of the five Professional Minors consists of four courses tied to a specific industry or profession. Professional Minors are intended to give students additional career options, a competitive edge in the job market, and an opportunity to shape their Stevenson experience to meet their specific career goals. Professional Minors can be paired with different majors.
Examples of Professional Minors in Practice include:
- A Professional Minor in Software Design and Coding can help English majors put their words and ideas to work in emerging careers in gaming, virtual reality, web content design, digital publishing, and creative entrepreneurship.
- Students majoring in the visual and performing arts can prepare to launch their own innovative enterprise with a Professional Minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development.
- A Professional Minor in Human Resources can prepare psychology majors for careers in human resources management; employee recruitment, training and development; employee compensation and benefits; or labor relations.
- Students majoring in Legal Studies can explore opportunities residential and commercial real estate with a Professional Minor in Real Estate, working for such employers as law firms, financial institutions, real estate development firms, insurance companies, government agencies, and more.
- A Professional Minor in Applied Management can open doors to leadership careers in the scientific industry, clinical management, or business for students majoring in a program in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences.
Interested in learning more? Visit stevenson.edu/professional-minors.
New VP for Career Services Announced
The university has appointed Susan B. Gordon as its new Vice President for Career Services. She will start in January 2018. Gordon holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from American University and a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavioral Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Two counseling credentials (Licensed Clinical and Professional Counselor/LCPC and National Certified Counselor/NCC) and a certification for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) round out her robust portfolio.
Since 2009, Gordon has served as Director of Career Development at American University where she has played an important role in advancing the integration of career development into a liberal arts curriculum. She is also active in a variety of professional organizations, including the National Career Development Association, Maryland Career Development Association, and National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Three Degrees to Change Names
Effective fall 2018, three of the university’s bachelor’s degree programs will be renamed. Visual Communication Design will become Graphic Design, Human Services will become Counseling and Human Services, and Digital Marketing will become Marketing. These changes were made to better reflect what the programs offer and what degrees prospective students are searching for.
Scholars Programs Promote Success
Stevenson offers three programs that allow students to enhance their educational experience in supportive communities of their similarly motivated peers.
The Service Scholars program gives students opportunities to extend their civic engagement in the community, reflect upon possibilities for personal and social change, and develop the necessary skills to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce.
The inaugural class of Service Scholars enrolled in fall 2016. Today the Service Scholars Program provides students the opportunity to continue to serve in the community and develop further as civically engaged citizens. Service Scholars work directly with nonprofits in the Greater Baltimore area to support the needs and clients of the community partners.
Freshman Honors students can take one to two honors courses per semester during their freshman year with similarly motivated students in small class sections. While approaches differ by course, students work closely with their faculty in Honors courses to take a deeper look at material through discourse and analysis.
To expand the Freshman Honors experience, the University will launch an Honors Program in fall 2019. This robust, four-year program will bring together Honors general education classes and Honors experiences in individual majors to help students become independent, creative, and analytical thinkers. The Honors Program will be a place for students build relationships and make connections between disciplines and with faculty and fellow students.
Leadership Scholars is comprehensive initiative through which students can engage in leadership education through personal exploration, community engagement, and collaborative problem solving. Guided by its theme, “Leadership through Action, Not Position,” Leadership Scholars will develop effective and ethical leadership skills that prepare them to make a positive difference on campus and in the larger global community.