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Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Date: Nov 16, 2018

President Elliot Hirshman

As the year winds down, it is a great time to reflect on the many things we have accomplished in the past year. At Stevenson, we have created a new Quad at Owings Mills and are now opening a Reading Room for quiet study. Our photo spread gives you taste of this new facility in Garrison Hall.

This is also a time of year when we enjoy sharing a variety of traditions with family and friends. That includes celebrating the traditions and values we share as the Stevenson University community.

In this issue of Ventures, you will read about traditions at Stevenson that are as old as our founding as Villa Julie College in 1947. In one of our feature articles, Stevenson History Chair and Archivist Glenn Johnston provides a “look back” to our past to reveal some of these traditions still found here, albeit in new forms and expressions.

Close-knit community and focusing on the individual success of every student are two more traditions that our founders espoused and you will still find at Stevenson. These are expressed today, in part, by our Service, Leadership, and Honors Scholars programs. The three programs are designed to create a community where students can flourish by sharing similar experiences and interests with other highly motivated peers. Together, the students are given extraordinary opportunities to discover and develop their potential in community service, in leadership activities, or through scholarly research. You will learn more about these growing programs in our feature article.

Lastly, as diverse as our holiday traditions are, they often express a common theme of gratitude for the gifts and opportunities that we have been given. I cannot say enough about the generosity of our alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, foundations, and corporations who have made supporting Stevenson’s students a priority. You will have the opportunity in this issue to learn more about some of these individuals and what motivates them to give of their time and resources to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!

Service Scholars students at Second Chance

On Oct. 17, Service Scholars joined with the Sisters of Notre de Namur for a Live the Good service project. In the morning, students helped out at Second Chance, a nonprofit that deconstructs buildings and homes and salvages usable materials that they then make available to the public through its 200,000 square feet of retail space. Afterward, the students went to the Sisters' convent, which neighbors the Greenspring campus, for lunch and reflection on the meaning and value of serving the community. Afterward, Service Scholar Lauren Novsak (business communication '19) said, "I enjoyed learning more about the history of the values of Villa Julie and Stevenson and their connection to Sister Julie. Through the reflection with the Sisters, we were able to understand our common interests in serving the community."

For more about the Service Scholars, see the feature article "Challenging Students to Go Further."

A review by Naseehaa Bacchus (business communication ’19)

Naseehaa Bacchus (business communication '19), had her review of Center Stage's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" published in Baltimore Style magazine. Bacchus told the department, "I just wanted to share my work with you that was published for Baltimore Style magazine! I considered much of what I learned in Journalism, and I think it’s safe to say it's paying off." Of the play, Bacchus describes it as "a thrilling insight into the turbulent mix of love, deception, and forgiveness."

Read her complete review here

Laura Gerrick (left), Board Chairman James Stradtner, and Alyssa Laue at GBMC on Oct. 17

On Oct. 17, Chairman of the Stevenson University Board of Trustees James Stradtner arranged for students Alyssa Laue (biology '21) and Laura Gerrick (nursing '21) to attend a meeting of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Medical Ethics Committee. The students were able to learn about the challenges and complexities posed by questions of medical ethics.

"As a pre-med student, this was a valuable and unique experience to get to see more of a 'behind the scenes' view into the medical world and how tough decisions are made," Gerrick said. "It was quite interesting because the committee was composed of current and retired doctors as well as others not explicitly involved in the health care industry. This experience left me with a better sense of the importance of collaboration when trying to problem solve in such situations."

Stradtner noted, "This was a great opportunity for two of our Leadership Scholars to see firsthand the complex issues that arise in the care of patients. Observing real-life discussions about these problems gives our students insight into their own chosen career paths and how they will need to work and collaborate with others in fields such as healthcare."

Chris Noya and her friends and family

Friends, family members, and colleagues of Chris Noya, Assistant Professor of Business Communication (shown above with her family), gathered on Sept. 6 to celebrate her 33 years of dedication to Villa Julie College and Stevenson University and wish her well as she begins her retirement. From her first position as a special assistant to Dean Rose Dawson to directing career services and experiential learning, Noya has served in many roles during her more than three decades here. Her colleagues and friends reflected on her commitment to creating community and helping students, the university, and her colleagues succeed.

Several people commended Noya's legacy, including Laurel Moody, Assistant Professor Nursing. "I want to publicly and personally thank you for your mentorship during these past six years," she told Noya. "One day, I hope to inspire others new to Stevenson University as you have inspired me."

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Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D.

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James B. Stradtner, CFA

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