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Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Date: Nov 16, 2018

CIO Brian Fodrey

This October, Brian Fodrey began his tenure as the university's new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Previously, Fodrey was the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Dean for Facilities and Information Technology with the School of Government and the Assistant Dean for Information Technology with the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With two master's degrees and more than 14 years of IT experience, Fodrey has managed all aspects of information technology including infrastructure, application development, information security, user service and support, and facilities management.

Senior quarterback Dan Williams

This summer, senior quarterback Dan Williams (business communication '19) was among some of the nation's best quarterbacks when he served as a college counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La.

In its 23rd year, the academy is an annual football camp organized by the famous football Manning family (father Archie and sons Peyton, Eli, and Cooper) that hosts more than 1,200 quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, and tight ends to receive some of the best coaching in the country. Williams was among other notable college quarterbacks—from programs such as the University of Alabama, University of Georgia, University of Missouri, Purdue University, University of Washington, University of South Carolina, and University of Tennessee—who acted as counselors for the youth and high school players in attendance. An invitation to serve as a counselor is generally reserved for the best quarterbacks in the nation—mostly representatives from the NCAA Division I level.

Aside from coaching at the camp, college counselors also had the opportunity to participate in personalized training sessions both on and off the field with the Mannings themselves as well as some of the best quarterback coaches in the country.

Women's Ice Hockey Team in Houston

Members of the women's ice hockey team traveled to Houston with Stevenson's Mission: I’m Home over the summer. Head Coach Tracy Johnson had discussed the possibility of the team working with the service-learning organization with its founder, Morgan Somerville, Director of Student Engagement. After Hurricane Harvey hit the city, the two women decided to coordinate a trip for the team to help with rebuilding. A group of players, the team's three coaches, and other students—including two women's golfers—spent a week working on a home belonging to a displaced resident. This trip was one of many service activities the team contributes to each year.

Hypolite (right) with scholarship recipient Rachael Steelman ’17 (left).

by Ebony Harmon Hypolite ’06

Though I have been out of school and in the workforce for over a decade, my heart still beats strongly for my alma mater, and I’ve made it a point to stay connected with Stevenson through the giving of my time and my resources. When I was presented with the opportunity to create and fund a Stevenson scholarship in my name three years ago, there was no hesitation from me. I enthusiastically said, “Sign me up!” It’s true—I was excited about giving money!

To understand my enthusiasm for giving and supporting education, you must know a little about me and how this foundation was established in me through my family line. When learning about my lineage, I discovered that my great-great-grandfather was an educator in the Alabama school system for nearly half a century. This was a happy discovery, especially considering that his mother, my great-great-great-grandmother, had been enslaved and didn’t have many of the basic human rights we may take for granted—including the opportunity to read and write. My great-great-grandfather had a daughter, my great-grandmother, who was also an educator. And her daughter, my great-aunt, was an educator. I attended my great-aunt’s kindergarten for two years and attribute my love for learning to her. So I come from a great line of educators, and although my parents are not educators by trade, they were my personal teachers and a huge objective for them was to make sure I went to college. They were unable to establish a college fund for me, but with their will being strong and unyielding, the way would eventually present itself.

When Stevenson University offered me a 4-year full tuition scholarship, it was such a blessing and a weight off our shoulders. With the financial support of my parents and some small student loans, I was able to pay for my fees, books, room and board without stress. When I graduated from Stevenson, my parents had zero debt associated with my college years and that’s exactly how I wanted it. I also was able to enter the workforce with very manageable student loan payments.

I am and will forever be grateful to all of the donors who generously gave to Stevenson University so that I could receive a scholarship that would grant my parents and me peace of mind. I am a living, breathing, embodiment of the hope that has been passed down to me through my ancestral line starting with my great-great-greatgrandmother, Emily. I hope that the SU community will always be grateful givers—thankful to those who give to us and honored to give forward to others. I hope that the recipients of my scholarship will be grateful givers and one day give back to this amazing university that nurtured them, and continue the line of giving.

Ebony Harmon Hypolite, CPA, is a senior manager with SC&H Group’s Business Performance Management consulting practice, and a member of Stevenson University’s President’s Advisory Council. She is one of four leaders recently named to the Maryland Association of CPAs 2018 “Women to Watch.”

Left to right: Carolee Martelle ’63 ’89 ’97, Kevin Motz ’09, Beverly Bareham ’01

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors alumni who embody the Stevenson tradition of excellence through personal accomplishment, professional achievement, and humanitarian service.

Beverly Bareham ’01

Beverly Bareham chose to attend Stevenson University, then Villa Julie College, because she needed to invest in an excellent education. She was raising a young child at the time and had to consider the logistics of juggling childcare with the demands of being a full-time student. Bareham was happy to find a strong sense of community among her classmates and values the lasting relationships built with faculty members.

As a student at Villa Julie, Bareham landed a part-time position as a staff accountant through the college’s Career Center. Following graduation, she took a tax position and quickly decided to pursue a master’s degree in taxation at the University of Baltimore, where she obtained the highest GPA in her program. It was at this time that she began her extensive volunteering efforts across various organizations within the accounting industry. Bareham has chaired the State Tax Committee, served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of CPAs, and has presented at continuing education seminars nationally. In 2014, she decided to start her own practice and was soon joined by her husband, Andy—also a CPA. In 2017, she hired her first Stevenson accounting student as a tax season intern.

Bareham is proud to call Stevenson her alma mater and she is paying it forward. When asked why she funds an annual scholarship each year for accounting students, she replied, “A scholarship can make the difference between a college education or not. My scholarship made a significant difference in whether or not I could attend Villa Julie and obtain my degree.”

Loyal Alumni Award

This award honors alumni who consistently demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the Stevenson University community by devoting time and talent to enhance the overall success of the institution. The recipient should be an advocate for their alma mater, maintaining a strong connection to the University beyond graduation, and should demonstrate consistent philanthropic support of Stevenson.

Carolee Martelle ’63 ’89 ’97

Carolee Martelle credits her first college experience to her mother, a firm believer in higher education. During the ’50s and ’60s, career opportunities for women were limited. Martelle opted to pursue the secretarial field and entered Villa Julie’s two-year legal secretarial program. She recalls “hitting the ground running” and made many fond memories during her time on campus, expanding her knowledge of the arts, history, and law.

After working as a secretary, administrative assistant, and client liaison, Martelle transitioned to the IT division of a major corporation, which led to her telecommunications role at Alexander & Alexander, the second largest insurance brokerage firm in the nation.

It was at this time that she decided to further her education in Villa Julie’s burgeoning IT program, first pursuing an associate’s degree in computer information systems and then a bachelor’s in business information systems. These accomplishments led to a promotion from a telecommunications analyst to a project manager.

Martelle’s passion for her alma mater extends beyond her role as a life-long student. She has enjoyed being a part of the Stevenson community through the years and has embraced the growth and success of the institution. She is a proud member of the Greats Oaks Society, having named Stevenson as a beneficiary in her estate, and has always found it important to give back of her time, talent, and resources. In 2016, she fully endowed a scholarship that will support students in perpetuity.

Young Alumni Award

This award is presented to a graduate of the past ten years who has achieved extraordinary success while remaining engaged with the University.

Kevin Motz ’09

Kevin Motz, M.D., is a surgical resident in his fifth year of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Moving forward, he plans to complete a laryngology fellowship and become an airway and voice surgeon. His goal is to become a clinician scientist at an academic hospital so that he can do research, take care of patients, and train future otolaryngologists.

Motz looks back fondly on his time as a student and often says that he owes a lot of his success in life to faculty, friends, and coaches at Villa Julie, now Stevenson. During his time on campus, Motz was a proud member of the School of the Sciences, played on the men’s golf team, served as a Resident Assistant, and taught in the Supplemental Instruction program. Seizing opportunities to increase his responsibility allowed him to embrace his natural leadership tendencies and harness the confidence necessary to pursue his career goals. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stevenson, Kevin received his doctorate from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

His success beyond graduation and determination to see his dreams become a reality are true motivation for the next generation of Stevenson students. In honor of his Stevenson family and his student experience, Motz supports the University by directing his gifts to the areas about which he is most passionate.

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