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NEWS BRIEFS Alumni Help Students to Start Something That Matters Start Something That Matters, sponsored by Spark Baltimore, brought together students and alumni for a day of inspiration, soul searching, and defining life goals and ambitions. The one-day conference held on Oct. 10 took place on the Owings Mills campus and aimed to facilitate the goals and passions of Stevenson students in an effort to help them find their story, face their fears, be resourceful, and take their leap in the world of social entrepreneurship. Students eagerly listened to success stories from alumni, who had once been in their shoes and gone on to do amazing things. The impressive and meaningful work our alumni speakers have done to ignite change and garner support of their companies and organizations across both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, inspired and empowered students to make a difference in their communities and in the world. Following the formal presentation by alumni in the morning, speakers facilitated table discussions during a Social Business Model Canvas training module. Keynote Speaker: Chris Federico ’94, President and Co-Founder of Cool Kids Campaign Alumni Panelists: Debi Frock ’69 ’01, Founder of Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope Alphonso Mayo ’14, Founder of Mentoring Mentors Corey Polyoka ’08, Partner and Director of Operations for Foodshed LLC Shantell Roberts ’08, Founder of The PAC (Portable Alternative Crib) Sunscreen Dispensers are a Living Legacy On Nov. 11, Stevenson University debuted five sunscreen dispensers in Mustang Stadium for the season’s last home football game in memory of SU alumnus Nick Flowers ’14. A member of the inaugural football team, Flowers died in November 2016 from cancer caused by a sun-related melanoma. His mother, Vicki Flowers, has partnered with the nonprofit organization Kelly’s Dream to fund four of the five sunscreen dispensers, with the dispenser company, BrightGuard, donating the fifth for the men’s football locker room. To learn more about Nick Flowers, his story, and Kelly’s Dream, visit Sponsor Spotlight: Shervonne Cherry ’05, Community Manager of Spark Baltimore STEVENSON.EDU | 3