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Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Ventures Winter 2018-2019

Students, alumni, and families coming together at various SU events

The Roar of the (SU) Crowd

A hearty crowd of more than 200 SU alumni and community members watched the Orioles play the Yankees during the 7th annual Stevenson Night at Camden Yards on June 1.

A Day in the Country

Alumni, families, and friends flocked to the countryside for Alumni Day at Boordy Vineyards, a favorite new fall tradition. There was live music, food vendors, wagon rides through the vineyard, and wine tastings. SU guests received Stevenson bottle stoppers.

Mustangs Are Moving In!

More than 20 alumni volunteered at Student Move-In in August, sharing in the anticipation felt by new students and their families and reviving memories of beginning their SU journeys.

Mark Moody ’18 took video of his fellow alumni sharing that they helped out because they enjoyed giving back the support that they received as new students; seeing for themselves the changes to campus; and witnessing the world of possibilities ahead of the new students. Photo from Left to Right: Justin Amig ’05, Anthony DeFrancisco ’05, Charles McCord, Jeremy Davis ’07

Words of Wisdom

After students moved in, they trooped down the hill for Convocation. Beverly Bareham ’01 was the keynote speaker, delivering words of wisdom gleaned from her own experience as a Villa Julie student.

A Day on the Links

On Oct. 19, members of the SU community kicked off Homecoming + Family Weekend at the 2018 Stevenson University Golf Open, sponsored by Ruff Roofers. Piney Branch Golf Club, home course to Stevenson’s golf teams, was the location of the tournament. If you were unable to participate and would like to make a gift in support of a team or the General Athletics Fund, please visit

Alumni Welcomed Into Hall of Fame

The 2018 class of the Dick Watts Stevenson University Athletics Hall of Fame was formally inducted on Oct. 20 at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Nominees for this year’s class included women’s soccer and basketball standout Tonia Cristino Ramsel ’08 ’10M, baseball’s Anthony DeFrancisco ’05, Jaime Hershner Elwood ’01 of women’s lacrosse, women’s basketball star Cara Hill ’07 ’10M, men’s soccer’s Steve Montalvo ’02, and Dan Velez ’03 of men’s lacrosse comprise this year’s class. Jeb Barber ’02 and Tim Campbell, CFO, were inducted as contributors. The 2006 women’s soccer team was also recognized as a Team of Tradition.

Christine Wolfe Strong presenting her exhibit, Slow Growth

Through her exhibit, Slow Growth, artists Christine Wolfe Strong’s crocheted sculptures—featured in the Manning Academic Center this fall—explored science, nature, experience, and belief. The imagery draws parallels between micro and macro structures; the lines could be blood rushing through veins or water through rivers. On Oct. 16, Wolfe Strong led a workshop for students, faculty, staff, and other community members where she guided them in creating their own thought-provoking works.

For a list of cultural events you can still attend this year, visit

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Parents and families take an active interest in student life. Look around campus and you will see them attending games and performances, participating in Homecoming + Family Weekend, and picking up their students to treat them to an off-campus dinner. To more fully involve them in the life of the Stevenson community, the Parents and Family Council launched this fall.

We know you are enthusiastic about your Stevenson experience, so why keep it to yourself?

The council’s purpose is to increase family-to-family outreach and to connect with other families to share their insight and enthusiasm. Think of how helpful and reassuring it can be to benefit from the perspective of other parents who have had the same experiences. Joining the council is also an opportunity to sustain our student-centered community by assisting the Office of University Advancement with increasing philanthropic support among our families. Tuition covers approximately 72 percent of the total attendance for each student, so philanthropic support is critical to maintaining the academic depth and opportunities for exceptional experience.

If you are interested in joining the Parents and Family Council or to learn more about the opportunity, please contact Meghan Culbertson, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, at or 443-334- 2227.

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We are proud to announce the appointment of the first Women’s Hospital Foundation Distinguished Professor of Nursing at Stevenson University, made possible through a generous grant from the foundation. This professorship is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member at the university, requiring the highest level of performance and excellence in teaching and research. After a careful search, Victoria Cozad, RN, MS was selected. “I’m so grateful to step into this role. As a graduate student, I spent a majority of my time and research working on reproductive health issues in the Baltimore community, so this feels like an ideal partnership. I consider myself very lucky to be supported by an organization that believes so strongly in these same interests and values,” said Cozad. This faculty position will enhance the education of nursing students within the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions. The university is honored by the recognition and support of the Women’s Hospital Foundation.

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Pursuing an education takes commitment and discipline. For many Stevenson students, it also takes hope—hope that they will manage to find the financial resources to continue their studies year after year.

It is our priority to build these resources through our scholarship program. Fortunately, our donors understand this critical need and are responding with generosity. Over the last five years, giving to scholarships has grown significantly.

As our reputation expands, so does interest and support from area businesses and enterprising individuals. As our alumni achieve success in their careers, they increasingly seek to pay back the help they received by establishing their own scholarship funds. Scholarship donors are not just providing students with tuition assistance—they are also providing students with hope.

5-Year Growth of Scholarship Support

Endowed and Annual Scholarships

“At times, I was unsure if I would be able to graduate on time because I had no idea how my tuition would be paid. Thankfully, Stevenson has members like you who are part of our community, who are willing to invest in the future of students.”

“Not only is your donation impacting my life now, but also in years to come. I plan to pay it forward and bless future students with scholarships the way you have blessed me.”

“All the opportunities and great times I’ve had here are made possible for me through donors like you. Thank you again for supporting my education and allowing me to continue to achieve the things I know are possible.”

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