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Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Ventures Winter 2018-2019

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.

Angela Davis Pallozzi ’05

by Angela Davis Pallozzi ’05

When I decided to become a lawyer it was to practice law, not marketing. But the reality of the current private legal market is that everyone has to be in business development. When I started at my firm, I was strongly encouraged to build a network of people who were not lawyers. The problem was that, after three years of law school and two years of clerking, everyone I knew, aside from my family, was a lawyer. How was I going to meet non-lawyers?

One colleague recommended I get involved in something, anything non-lawyer related that I cared about. I thought a lot about this and realized I cared about education and promoting higher education. So I went to an alumni event at Stevenson University. Not knowing anyone, my introverted side kept me circling the room not talking to anyone. Fortunately, I met a very kind woman who chatted with me and introduced me to a few other people. Since then, I have become very involved with the alumni board and have held several positions. I know everyone on the board and never go to an event without knowing someone. Everyone is super nice and has the same goal—to make SU great and get more alumni involved.

Over the years, I learned that building real relationships with people is how I prefer to “develop business.” I intentionally use quotes because I don’t want to just build a network relationship, I want to actually get to know people. Once I trust you and your work product, I will absolutely refer work to you. I don’t just want to hear about your success at work. I want to learn about what you like, what you do with your spare time, what brought you to Maryland. The professional stuff comes into play, but it is not the forefront.

I also prefer to get involved in causes I care about and want to devote my time to. Having a common goal with others is a great way to get to know each other and really see what the person is about. I cannot say that my plan for business development is going to work for you. But to those who are wallflowers at networking events, I encourage you to find something you care about and get involved. Maybe you’ll find those opportunities right here at your alma mater, and make new friends as well as business connections.

Angela Davis Pallozzi, Esq. is counsel at Offit Kurman P.A. in Baltimore.

Sara Bollinger '17 exploring life in Kuwait

The transition from being a student-athlete to going into the working world isn't very different—just ask Sara Bollinger (business administration '17), who says that the lessons she learned on the volleyball court are the same as those she applies to her everyday life. Read more at

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