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In The Company of Alumni

As our alumni move through their careers, many choose to establish businesses of their own. These entrepreneurs seek employees who can help them to grow and achieve success, and some have recognized that the best resource is in their own backyard: Stevenson graduates.

Classmates and visual communication design graduates Bryna Stello Colley ’06 and Rebecca Smith Biello ’06 founded 2fold Collective in 2012. Their company’s mission is to help clients love their brand, and their team treats each project as an opportunity to make that brand a little more amazing. To help accomplish that goal, Colley and Biello brought two SU alumni— also visual communication design majors—onto their team: Alyson Cockrell ’14 and Alex Neric Pak ’15.

When asked why she looks toward Stevenson graduates, Colley explains, “We have a great relationship with Stevenson and meet many students at portfolio reviews and networking events. We like to support Stevenson—and the students—however we can. In addition to being great designers, Stevenson students have a well rounded liberal arts education. Being a designer isn’t just about making something ‘look pretty,’ it’s about communicating effectively and thinking about your work from a business perspective, not just a creative perspective. An education at Stevenson prepares students to approach design in this way.”

From Student to Employee

Networking, applications, interviews—remember how intimidating it can be? Before our students step into the professional world, they must be prepared to successfully navigate these crucial steps that lead to employment or even internships. Many of our graduates can attest to the important role of the Office of Career Services in helping with these skills and offering opportunities to connect with employers.

More Than a Business Investment

“ Through my relationship with clubs like ENACTUS and our partnership with the Career Center, I have been able to connect with Stevenson students and hire them into our company. At Enterprise, we believe in giving back to the organizations that support us, and one way we can do that is with the scholarship grant.” – Elizabeth Hardesty, Enterprise Holdings

Stevenson has built strong relationships with a variety of local businesses: vendors who have provided crucial services over many years, companies that offer student internships and employ our graduates, and others who recognize the benefits of collaboration. Many of these businesses have taken the next step and become members of Stevenson Partners, providing vital tuition support to our students. Nearly 30 corporate members contributed $85,000 in scholarship awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. This generosity in turn benefits those companies because Stevenson Partner members employ more than 200 SU graduates, helping students to succeed who may one day be part of their team.

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If you would like information about how your company can partner with Stevenson, contact Derek Spahr, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Special Gifts, at dspahr@stevenson.edu or 443-334-2195.