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ADVANCING THE MISSION STAND for STEVENSON A New Academic Year, Brought to You by Scholarships! Fall is an invigorating time of year with the air turning crisp, the leaves donning bright colors, and students beginning a new academic year. For many, the return to campus is only possible through the generous aid of scholarships. We extend our warm appreciation to the donors who fulfill this crucial need. Highlighted here are some of the scholarship funds helping our students to meet their goals. Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship Fund ABOUT WHAT WERE YOU MOST PASSIONATE DURING COLLEGE? Was it your major? Your sport? Your favorite professor? Your student organization? The career that lay ahead? How did your passions enrich, change, and shape who you are now? What if you had the opportunity to help someone else be enriched, changed, and shaped by the experience at your alma mater? AND WHAT IF, BY MAKING A GIFT, YOU BECAME A GIFT TO SOMEONE ELSE? As we begin a new year, welcome a new class, and anticipate celebrating with those who will complete a degree this year, we renew our efforts to create opportunities to come to, thrive at, and graduate from Stevenson. The University needs you to STAND for a program, a scholarship, a team, or a major. To support the students in the classroom, the athletes on the field, participants in community and service projects, we have a call to action: Attend an event, cheer on a team, mentor a student, guide an intern, and be a gift by making a gift. 16 | VENTURES/FALL 2016 This scholarship fund was created last year as a tribute to the late Shannon Henretty ’14, a graduate of the nursing program and a student-athlete who was much admired by the SU community. We launched the Shine Like Shannon campaign to build the fund, and the Shannon Henretty Memorial Walk was held on October 20, 2015, with 122 participants helping to raise money and celebrate Shannon’s memory. Another event is planned for Sept. 10. We were able to begin awarding the Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship in fall 2015. The fund currently stands at more than $20,000, with a goal of $50,000 to establish a permanent endowed scholarship fund so that Shannon’s legacy will help others in perpetuity. We are grateful for the support of the community in honor of such a worthy cause. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227 or make a secure gift online at stevenson.edu/givetosu. Newcombe Scholarships for Mat ure Women Students The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (CWNF) is continuing its support of Stevenson students who are beyond the traditional age of undergraduates by granting an award of $20,000 for a second year. The Foundation provides scholarship funds to institutions that are particularly welcoming to mature women students and serve them well. These scholarships are awarded to women over the age of 25 with financial need who have earned at least 60 credit hours toward their first bachelor’s degree. From its inception in 1979, CWNF has provided a total of $21.5 million in grants for Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students at 60 colleges and universities. Last year, Stevenson University was fortunate to receive its first award of $20,000 from the Foundation: $10,000 was distributed in tuition support among nine deserving female students; the remaining $10,000 formed an endowed scholarship fund. All institutions receiving awards from CWNF are required to match the funds; thus, Stevenson provided an additional $20,000, divided between the awarded scholarships and the scholarship endowment. With the renewal of this grant, we will again offer scholarships to students who meet the criteria, we will add to the endowment, and we will work toward matching these dollars. To learn more about supporting this fund, contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227. A Grand Opening for a Grand Building On Aug. 30, the SU community, alumni, and friends joined together to celebrate the opening of our new Academic Center at Owings Mills North, ready to receive students for the fall 2016 semester. The festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by campus and community leaders. With its expanded classroom, laboratory, and studio space for the School of the Sciences, the School of Health Professions, and the School of Design, this impressive building also offers a Learning Commons, student lounge areas, and art exhibition space. The Academic Center will provide an optimal learning environment for our students for many years to come. Keelty Scholars with Hertzbach & Company Keelty with some of his Keelty Scholars in May 2015 Stevenson University has been honored to count Joseph S. Keelty among our most generous supporters, and we were saddened by the news of his passing on April 10 at the age of 93. As our friend for more than 30 years, Keelty established the University’s first endowed scholarship in 1986: The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Scholarship. It began awarding students in the fall of 1991 and is now in its 26th year. In 2002 he established a second endowed scholarship to benefit students in our nursing program, The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Nursing Scholarship. To date, a total of 123 students have received more than $600,000 in tuition support. These endowed funds will award in perpetuity, ensuring that Keelty’s philanthropic legacy will continue. In June, Stevenson’s Office of Alumni Relations hosted a luncheon at Hertzbach & Company, a  certified public accounting and consulting  practice in Owings Mills. Many of Stevenson’s 23 graduates who work for Hertzbach gathered to learn about the strong partnership between SU and Hertzbach from colleague and Alumni Association Board Member President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., spoke with Jennifer Verch ’01. The program Stevenson alumni employed at Hertzbach & Company. also included a University update from President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., and remarks from Chair and Professor of Accounting Barbara Rowell, J.D. Along with establishing a strong internship and recruitment program at Stevenson, Hertzbach has contributed to the success of our students through scholarship support. Since fall 2004, 11 accounting students have been awarded a total of $23,000 from the Hertzbach & Company Annual Scholarship, and then the Hertzbach & Company Endowed Scholarship, which became fully funded in fall 2015. Alumni@Work is an initiative that helps strengthen the relationships among Stevenson University, our alumni, and our corporate partners. Through this program, we reach out to businesses that employ graduates to hold events where alumni can network with their colleagues and maintain a valuable connection with their alma mater. If you work alongside several SU alumni and are interested in learning more about our Alumni@Work events, please contact Allison Humphries, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at 443-334-2063 or ahumphries@stevenson.edu. STEVENSON.EDU/GIVING | 17