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Ventures | Summer 2018

Date: May 29, 2018

claire moore

Imagine someone who has dedicated her career to her alma mater, striving to create a positive, meaningful experience for thousands of students over decades. And imagine that person leading with enthusiasm, and helping to transform a two-year junior college into a four year university. How does a community honor someone who has made such an impact? By following her example and focusing on students—by creating a scholarship in her name.

In 1982, Claire Moore ’67, returned to Villa Julie College to serve as the Director of Student Activities. Through her leadership and collaborative spirit, she developed the residence life program, established an athletics program, and helped to create the Wellness Center. After serving as Vice President of Student Affairs for more than 10 years, in 2016, Moore was selected to serve as Stevenson’s Interim President upon the retirement of President Kevin J. Manning. As Stevenson’s fifth president, she continued her unwavering commitment to our students’ success, growth, and well-being. When Moore announced her intention to retire in December 2017, the Senior Class Council decided to honor her in the most fitting way they could imagine: by creating an opportunity to help students. The Claire Moore Scholarship Fund will provide tuition support to a senior who has contributed to the Stevenson community.

Claire Moore ’67, ’03 is the person who made Stevenson a home for so many students. Throughout her 35-year career at Stevenson, she led the university with her heart and kept her focus on its students.

phi beta sigma logo

After assessing student interest and requests, Stevenson University has decided to invite two national fraternities, Phi Mu Delta and Phi Beta Sigma, to colonize on campus. They will complement the university’s two sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Phi Sigma Sigma.

A committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives was created to consider the Stevenson community’s needs and expectations, to evaluate proposals from fraternities, and to select groups to invite to campus. After a thorough review of the proposals and community meetings, the committee offered two nationally recognized fraternities the opportunity to become part Stevenson’s new Fraternity and Sorority Life community.

Starting in fall 2018, Phi Mu Delta and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., will begin the process to become Stevenson’s first two fraternities. Representatives of each organization will host interest and informational events on campus in the fall, dates to be announced, for students who wish to become founding members of the fraternities in fall 2018.

lortz and army band

This spring, Mark Lortz, Interim Director of Music and Director of Bands, had the honor of directing the United States Army Field Band as they prepared for the Norsk Militær (Norwegian Military) Tattoo. The tattoo, which was held April 20-21, is a military music show held every two years with participants from Norway and abroad. With more than 800 participants on stage, it is Norway's largest indoor show.

Lortz was contacted by the Army Field Band—  one of six premiere military bands in the world—to help design the show and then teach it to the band members. “Many of the band members have never had marching experience, except for boot camp,” Lortz explains. “I met with the design team to get an initial idea of the program and offer suggestions on what would be the most impactful moments of the show.” He also spent several rehearsals with the band working on marching fundamentals, choreography, and musical performance.

“The Army band was the only U.S. band invited to the prestigious international event and represented our country proudly,” says Lortz.

To view a video showing the band practicing and an interview with Mark Lortz, click the link below.

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villafest brunch

In celebration of the foundation laid by Villa Julie College that is carried on with pride as Stevenson University, VillaFest Weekend is an important tradition, bringing students, alumni, and families together. Volleyball tournaments and a food truck rally were part of the community activities, and former soccer players showed that they still have the Mustang spirit as alumni from the men’s and women’s teams continued their own tradition through friendly matches at Mustang Stadium.

VillaFest Celebrates Our Past and Future The heart of VillaFest is the Reunion Brunch, held on April 29, which brings VJC and SU alumni back to renew friendships and build new ones. Current students also attended, comparing experiences with alumni of campus life then and now, maintaining the connection that brings our past and future together under one vision. Special acknowledgment was made of members of reunion classes ending in 2, 3, 7 and 8 as well as Jubilarian Society members from the classes of 1949-1969.

move in day helpers

Life as a student creates myriad memories, many cherished and some, perhaps, filed under “lessons learned.” We want to help you make new memories. The Office of Alumni Relations strives to make the alumni experience more meaningful by creating satisfying opportunities to engage with current students and add value to their Stevenson experience. You can make a difference from the moment they set foot on campus to the moment they turn the tassels on their graduation caps. Whether assisting at a college fair, an Open House, an Accepted Student Dinner, an Adulting seminar, or a milestone occasion such as Commencement, alumni have the ability to make a meaningful impact.

One opportunity that provides the chance to truly be hands-on is New Student Move-In Day each August as incoming freshmen, new transfer students, and their families face the exhilarating but daunting task of moving into the residence halls. Alumna Donna Kahoe ’99 is an enthusiastic champion of her alma mater and also serves on the university’s Board of Trustees. She has assisted at Move-In Day for the past two years and provides these insights into the experience.

SU: What do you enjoy most about assisting with New Student Move-In Day?
Kahoe: The excitement of both the incoming students and their parents/family. Everyone is excited, some are bit apprehensive, and if we can tap into that with them it becomes infectious. So I would say helping to calm nerves and make the day less sad and stressful is the biggest plus for me. I think the appreciation from the students and their families for us doing that is a great feeling. SU does such a terrific job in coordinating the entire day, which is much appreciated and somewhat unexpected. The experience makes me very proud to be a part of the SU family.

SU: Do you have a favorite memory from Move-In Day in 2016 or 2017?
Kahoe: The comments from students and parents are amazing:
“Everyone’s smiling here!”
“Wow, we don’t have to move anything?”
“This is SO organized!”
“Other schools could take a lesson from SU on how to do this!”

My best memory is Dr. Hirshman walking amongst the students and trash bins full of stuff in the parking lot to greet the parents and students—it was great.

SU: What compelled you to volunteer at Move-In Day a second time?
Kahoe: It is fun! And it is also a great way to interact with the current and incoming students.


Would you like to make a difference? Contact Allison Humphries ’11, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, at or 443-334 2063.


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