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Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Date: Nov 2018

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."

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.

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Christopher R. Vaughan

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