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Ventures Summer 2019

Ventures Summer 2019

Faculty member Kim Tucker, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Inna Alesina, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, has been recognized by Good Design for her Corcl boat design. Alesina’s Corcl design was among the 2018 winners in the sports and recreation category. Good Design is “the oldest and the most prestigious Global Awards Program for Design Excellence and Design Innovation.”

Rivka L. Glaser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was one of 18 researchers and educators accepted for an invited session on genetics education at the 2019 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of human genetics professionals.

Jamie Goodall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, was selected for the International Visiting Fellows Scheme at the University of Essex for summer 2019. Stevenson’s Public History program received a $10,000 grant from the Council for Independent Colleges Humanities Research for the Public Good program to support student research in the humanities. The funded project, “Frozen in Time: A Survey of Washington City's Indigent from 1847,” will be undertaken in partnership with the Stevenson Library, and students will practice hands-on archival research in Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

Anna Kayes, Ed.D., Professor of Management, and Ryan Clark, M.F.A., Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theatre, had their manuscript “Building Leadership Storytelling Skills: A Collaboration between Management and Theater Students,” accepted for publication by SAGA Journals.

Christopher Metzger, M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, published an essay in Public Art Dialogue on “Public Art as Political Action.” The essay is accompanied by his photo work, including the front and back covers for the journal.

Christine Moran, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Student Success, was selected by the IMPACT Conference as the John Sarvey Administrator of the Year for her work with service-learning, civic engagement, and student success.

Monibo Sam, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, published the article “Maintaining links with the homeland through marriage and naming: An exploratory study among Nigerian immigrants in the US” in African Diaspora, an international peer-reviewed journal.

Kim Tucker, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Educator of the Year Award. The award includes a $2,500 grant and honors a Maryland educator who has shown outstanding commitment to environmental education, conducts outdoor field experiences, motivates and inspires students on environmental awareness, and serves as a respected resource to colleagues and community leaders. She also received a $24,860 grant as part from the Lyme Disease Research Foundation. The grant will provide funding for student research on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases found in Maryland.

Congratulations to Maria Wong, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, and Vivi-Anne Griffey, MLS(ASCP)CM, Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Medical Laboratory Science, who are the 2019 recipients of the Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards are presented annually to recognize two exceptional Stevenson faculty members, one full-time and one part-time, who exemplify the art of teaching as mentors and as scholars. The awards were presented on May 28.

former Assistant Professor of Business Communication Chris Noya

The Stevenson community is saddened to announce the passing of Christine Noya, former Assistant Professor of Business Communication, on March 7. A few months prior, in September 2018, family, friends, and colleagues celebrated her retirement after 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson.

“Chris’ big heart is what we will miss the most,” said her longtime friend and colleague, Chip Rouse, Associate Professor of Business Communication. “She loved people, loved to listen to their stories, loved to advocate for them, and rejoice in their success. She was proud of being honored with the President's Medal, but she was equally proud of having been the coach of the cheer team in those early Villa Julie days.”

There were few parts of the university where Noya had not served in one capacity or another during her lengthy career here. From her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson and later directing career services and experiential learning, to helping new students transition to college through the Faculty in the Halls program, it was clear that Stevenson students were her number one priority.

“She loved Stevenson and would go to any lengths to help a student succeed,” said Claire Moore, retired Vice President of Student Affairs, who worked together with Noya throughout her 33-year career at Villa Julie and SU. “She has made a loving impact on Stevenson and its students that will forever be part of our history and culture.”

Dyer Bilgrave, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Dyer Bilgrave, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus this May during Stevenson’s 66th Commencement. Professor Emeritus is a distinctive honor, conferred by Stevenson’s Administration and Board of Trustees upon a retired faculty member who has demonstrated a distinguished professional career and made significant contributions to the university. Bilgrave is retiring from full-time service after a 32-year career at Villa Julie and Stevenson. He led the development and implementation of the Psychology degree program and served as the Psychology Department Chair from 2002 to 2005. In 2004, he received the Rose Dawson Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Student studying biomedical engineering

After approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission in January, Stevenson’s bachelor of science program in Biomedical Engineering will welcome its first students this fall. The biomedical engineering field has grown swiftly in recent years, fueled by breakthroughs in medical research and engineering technologies. It has become an integral part of efforts to deliver more effective and efficient medical care through enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, and the development of new medical technology and devices.

“Our program emphasizes critical and creative thinking in addition to developing students’ technical skills and knowledge,” said Meredith Durmowicz, Ph.D., Dean of the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences. “A strong foundation in basic sciences and math—including biology, chemistry, physics, and data analysis—coupled with specific biomedical engineering coursework will give our students a broad interdisciplinary background.”

The demand for biomedical engineers is expected to grow as the pace of technological innovation increases, new medical technologies and devices are brought to market, and the aging population expands. Stevenson’s program is configured to prepare students to fulfill this demand across a wide spectrum of industries such as rehabilitation engineering, medical and bioinformatics, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. In addition, the program can offer a springboard for students who want to pursue graduate studies in applied or basic research and graduate health professions such as medicine, physical therapy, and pharmacy.

Spring athletes at Stevenson

The Stevenson Mustangs had a phenomenal spring, with five teams capturing their respective conference championships. The men’s tennis team won the MAC Commonwealth championship for the first time in program history by besting Messiah 5-1, and then posted a 5-0 win over Clarks Summit in its NCAA debut. Evan Clifton was selected as Coach of the Year.

Both golf teams captured their respective conference championships. The Mustang women won their first MAC title since 2016 and third overall, defeating second-place Alvernia by 19 strokes. Junior Julia Kline and freshman Amanda Perez tied for the top spot, with Kline winning conference Player of the Year honors in a playoff. The Mustang men edged Lebanon Valley by one stroke in a nail-biting finish to win their fourth straight MAC Commonwealth crown.

In lacrosse, the Mustang men overcame a slow start to win their seventh consecutive MAC Commonwealth title with a convincing 23-4 win against Lycoming, then rallied for a 12-9 win against Franklin & Marshall in their NCAA opener. They made it to the third round of the NCAA tourney, falling to Tufts. The Mustang women won their first conference regular season title since 2013, going 8-0 with a group comprised mostly of freshmen. They won 12 in a row before being stopped in the MAC Commonwealth championship game by Lebanon Valley.

The men’s track and field program captured both the MAC indoor and outdoor championships for the second straight season. Dave Berdan was named Coach of the Year in both seasons, and during the indoor season, three student-athletes— sophomores Ritchie Case and Dereck Davis for the men and junior Kimberly Hammond for the women—qualified for NCAA nationals.

Men’s volleyball won a program-record 30 matches and ranked as high as No. 3 in the country while capturing a share of the MAC regular season title. Landon Shorts, senior Business Administration major, became the all-time leader across all NCAA divisions in career service aces (see page 11). The Mustangs were edged 3-2 in the conference championship match and based on other results around the country, missed out on a second straight trip to the NCAAs.

The women’s tennis team qualified for conference tournament play for the first time since 2013, posting an overall record of 8-7 and a 4-2 MAC Commonwealth record.

Men’s basketball pulled out to a 7-1 start and qualified for the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the first time since 2016. Both the Mustang men and women’s basketball teams qualified for the ECAC Championship, with the women making their sixth straight postseason trip, while the men were in it for the first time since 2015.

John Stuhltrager was named the MAC Coach of the Year in women’s swimming for the second time in three seasons after guiding the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish.

Baseball and both the men and women’s ice hockey teams were in contention for conference playoff spots until the final weekend of regular season play. In women’s ice hockey, Kellen Wittman ’20M was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year, while freshman Nikki Kendrick earned Rookie of the Year accolades.

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