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YEAR IN REVIEW YEAR IN REVIEW NEW ACADEMIC CENTER, TWO SCHOOLS NAMED Announced as “Breaking News” in the fall issue of Ventures, the new, state-of-the-art, 200-000-square-foot building that opened at the start of the fall semester officially has been named the Kevin J. Manning Academic Center. During the Aug. 30 opening of the Center, it also was announced that the University had received naming gifts for two of its Schools. The naming of the Center honors Stevenson’s president, who will be retiring in June 2017 after 17 years of leading the institution. “Kevin Manning is the visionary who took us from Villa Julie College to Stevenson University,” says James Stradtner, Esq., CFA, Chair of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees and Senior Advisor for Century Equity Partners. “It is only fitting that we name this signature building in recognition of all that he has accomplished.” The first naming gift, from Malcolm and Sandy Berman, created the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, named in honor of her dedication to philanthropic work toward improving healthcare and education. Married for nearly 60 years, the Bermans have shown their commitment for supporting a wide range of institutions and causes. Sandy Berman began her tenure on Stevenson’s Board of Trustees in 2013. She has worked to help ensure that the greater Baltimore community has a qualified pool of capable and welltrained nurses and healthcare professionals. One of these efforts was the establishment of an endowed fund at Stevenson to provide scholarships to nursing students. “The nurses I’ve met at area hospitals I’m associated with who graduated from Stevenson are extremely compassionate and knowledgeable,” Sandy Berman says. “I can tell that they’re getting a great education. I took a few classes when the University was known as Villa Julie College, and to see how it has expanded through the years is remarkable.” Malcolm Berman made the donation because of his wife’s involvement on the Board of Trustees and the University in general. “She loves her activities on the Board, and she’s actively involved with Stevenson because healthcare and education are important issues to her. I’m just so very proud of all that she does.” The second gift, from the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, under the direction of its trustees Louis and Phyllis Friedman, created the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, also housed in the new Academic Center. 6 | VENTURES/WINTER 2016-2017 STEVENSON’S NEW OLYMPIC CONNECTION As trustees of the Beverly K. and Jerome M. Fine Foundation, the Friedmans decided that the opportunity to name the School of the Sciences in memory of Jerome Fine’s wife, Beverly, was the right decision for the philanthropic interests of both the Fines and the foundation. “Opportunities like this rarely present themselves, and Phyllis and I were both delighted to be able to reflect the wishes of the Fines in naming the School of the Sciences for Beverly,” says Louis Friedman, Mr. Fine’s attorney for many years. The Fines lost their daughter, Diane, at an early age; she was an English professor and adjunct professor at Villa Julie College, which created the connection to Stevenson, says Phyllis Friedman. “This was an incredible opportunity to memorialize Beverly by naming a school targeted to young people who will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for jobs in our new workforce,” she adds. “This gift expresses in a most positive way Beverly’s concerns for society that the foundation and its mission reflect.” The Friedmans, as Trustees of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation, have also committed funds for the naming of the Emmert Hobbs Foundation SoLVE Center at Stevenson. The SoLVE Center (Solutions for Learning in a Vibrant Environment) offers an innovative cooperative learning support program for students studying the sciences and nursing at Stevenson. At the opening ceremony, Manning said, “This day has been a dual honor for me as president. The naming of the Academic Center is certainly humbling, but the generosity of the Bermans and the Fine Foundation also gives confirmation to the goals that we collectively set forth more than a decade ago: to complete our transformation into a university. We could not have reached this point without the dedication of many employees as well as friends and supporters of Stevenson.” The University’s new Head Coach of Men’s Volleyball, Aldis Berzins, brings with him the shine of Olympic gold, having medaled with the 1984 United States men's volleyball team. "With the success that our men's volleyball program has enjoyed recently, it was important to us to select a coach that would keep the positive momentum going," says Director of Athletics Brett Adams.  The Stevenson men's volleyball program reached the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship this past spring after capturing the program's first Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) title. The Mustangs finished 26-8 overall. Berzins competed for the United States as a member of the men's volleyball team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The United States defeated Brazil to earn gold, marking the first time the U.S. had won gold in the sport. He was the MVP Did You Know? Aldis Berzins isn’t Stevenson’s only coach to seen have the Olympic spotlight—he shares that honor with Laurel Martin, Head Coach of Field Hockey. The 1996 Olympian and member of the United States Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame, Martin began her sixth season as the head field hockey coach at Stevenson in 2016. During Martin's tenure, the Mustangs have steadily improved to become one of the top teams in the region. In 2015 Stevenson reached the MAC Commonwealth championship game for the first time in program history and also advanced to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship game for the second straight season.  A 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Martin was a three-time All-American and played on the 1989 national championship team. In 1990, she was named team captain before competing in the World University Games (Sheffield, England), the Pan-American Games (Havana, Cuba), and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Auckland, New Zealand) in 1991. In 1994, Martin played for the U.S. National Team in the World Cup held in Dublin, Ireland. She returned to the Pan-American Games, this time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1995. In 1996, she became a United States Olympian in the Atlanta games. of the men's national team in 1983. An All-American collegiately at Ohio State, Berzins was also an assistant coach on the 1996 United States women's volleyball Olympic team. From July 2001 until December 2015, he served as Senior Director of Sports Development and Coaching Education for Special Olympics International based in Washington, D.C. “In Aldis Berzins, we have someone who has played, won, and coached at the highest level, and his experience and connections in the volleyball community will make him an asset to Stevenson University and our men's volleyball program,” Adams added. Berzins is excited about this new chapter in his life. “I look forward to building on the success that the program has already had, and to share my lifelong experiences in playing and coaching volleyball to continue to grow the program." Of Stevenson’s 27 Division III athletic teams, 17 are Olympic sports, 16 of them for the summer gam es and two for the winter games. Here’s the breakdown: Summer Basketball (men’s and women’s) Beach volleyball Field hockey Football (our soccer teams, men’s and women’s) Golf (men’s and women’s) Swimming (men’s and women’s) Tennis (men’s and women’s) Track and field (men’s and women’s outdoor) Volleyball (men’s and women’s) Winter Ice hockey (men’s and women’s) STEVENSON.EDU | 7