Awards

Some, but not all, academic departments and schools of the University present awards for academic achievement to students majoring in their disciplines. These awards include the following:

Brown School of Business and Leadership Awards

Accounting Department Awards

The Manisha Patel Book Award is awarded each year to the third-year accounting student who has manifested the most significant change in commitment to the study of accounting. This award is funded by the Accounting Association.

The Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Achievement in Accounting (MACPA) Award is presented each year to a junior or senior accounting major who has a minimum 3.00 overall GPA, with a minimum of 3.25 GPA in accounting, and demonstrates leadership skills and involvement in campus, community, and professional activities. The MACPA is the statewide professional association serving over 10,000 CPAs. This award signifies MACPA’s commitment to and support of accounting education.

School of Design Awards

Business Communication Department Awards

Award for Academic Achievement in Business Communication
Celebrates a graduating Business Communication senior who has shown consistent scholastic growth over the arc of the student’s tenure as a major in the department. The award recognizes a student whose path to graduation has been marked with passion and perseverance. Through this award, the faculty in the Business Communication program attest that the recipient made a commitment to learning, engaged the discipline in meaningful ways, and demonstrated academic achievement.

Award for Leadership and Excellence in Business Communication
Celebrates a graduating Business Communication senior who exemplifies the values of competent communication in practice. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding communication skills both inside and outside the classroom through leadership, advocacy, and/or service to the department, the school, and the larger community. Through this award, the faculty in the Business Communication program recognize the leadership potential in a diverse world when communication theory is put into practice.

Award for Creative Initiatives in Business Communication

Celebrates a graduating Business Communication senior who creatively integrates the core foundations of Business Communication with regard to communication theory, writing, business, and design in endeavors both at the university and in related work outside of the university, whether through internships, jobs, or volunteer pursuits. Through this award, the faculty in the Business Communication program recognize the student’s creative contributions to the department, university, and higher education, along with personal, professional, and academic achievement.

Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Department Awards

Fashion Design

The Best Senior Collection Award celebrates a graduating fashion design student who is a visionary and an emerging talent. The award recognizes a student whose work is exemplary and who shows great promise for success in the field. A jury of professionals from the fashion industry selects the recipient.

The Best in Show Award celebrates a piece created by a fashion design student who demonstrates outstanding application of garment construction, design thinking, and innovation. A jury of professionals from the fashion industry selects the recipient.

The Best Construction Award celebrates a piece created by a fashion student who demonstrates outstanding application of garment construction techniques. A jury of professionals from the fashion industry selects the recipient.

The Most Innovative Design Award celebrates a piece created by a fashion design student who demonstrates outstanding design innovation. A jury of professionals from the fashion design industry selects the recipient.

Fashion Merchandising

The Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Merchandising Award celebrates a graduating fashion merchandising student who has demonstrated academic excellence, and outstanding community involvement. This award recognizes a student whose work is exemplary and shows great promise for success in the fashion merchandising field.

Film and Moving Image Department Awards

Film and Moving Image Awards are selected by vote of the full-time Film and Moving Image faculty.

The Film and Moving Image Award for Special Achievement in the Field of Cinematography recognizes a Film and Moving Image student who has exhibited significant growth and development as a film and moving cinematographer throughout his or her course of study at Stevenson.

The Film and Moving Image Award for Special Achievement in the Field of Directing recognizes a Film and Moving Image student who has exhibited significant growth and development as a film and moving image director throughout his or her course of study at Stevenson.

The Film and Moving Image Award for Special Achievement in the Field of Editing recognizes a Film and Moving Image student who has exhibited significant growth and development as a film and moving image editor throughout his or her course of study at Stevenson.

The Film and Moving Image Award for Special Achievement in the Field of Producer recognizes a Film and Moving Image student who has exhibited significant growth and development as a film and moving image producer throughout his or her course of study at Stevenson.

The Film and Moving Image Award for Special Achievement in the Field of Writing recognizes a Film and Moving Image student who has exhibited significant growth and development as a film and moving image writer throughout his or her course of study at Stevenson.

Art and Graphic Design Department Awards

The Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graphic Design Program has been established to recognize a student who has contributed greatly to the graphic design program. This award is presented to one Stevenson University student who has consistently reached out to faculty and classmates, contributing time, energy, and support whenever it was needed. The awardee may have contributed to the department by acting as an unofficial ambassador or taking the initiative to help others without it being asked of her/him.

The Graphic Design Department Achievement Award has been established to recognize a student who has shown incredible growth and development throughout her/his course of study. The recipient of this award has embraced challenges and realized her or his full potential through dedication and hard work. This student has consistently applied her or himself to academic pursuits, both inside and outside the design studio and has become an outstanding role model, emblematic of the goals of higher education: to broaden one’s horizons, to gain confidence and maturity, to build valuable professional skills, and to emerge fully prepared to achieve his or her future goals.

The Graphic Design Department Award for Excellence has been established to recognize an outstanding graphic designer. Finalists are selected based on academic performance (GPA and academic integrity) and asked to submit a digital portfolio for review by the faculty. The award is presented to the student whose portfolio best exhibits her/his exceptional design and creative problem-solving abilities, effective communication skills, and outstanding overall academic performance. In addition to recognizing extraordinary design, this award has been created to honor a student who has consistently embraced challenges and exceeded the expectations of faculty and peers by cultivating the multi-disciplinary skills (such as technological competency, confidence in presenting, and risk-taking independence) so vital to the success of any designer.

School of Education Awards

Students in the education programs including the Master of Arts in Teaching program are nominated for the following awards from professional associations.

Teachers of Promise awarded by the Maryland State Department of Education is a student to teacher transition program that recognizes teacher candidates who exhibit exceptional performance during their Internship.

Sandra R. Berman School of Health Professions Awards

Medical Laboratory Science Awards

The American Society for Clinical Pathology Student Honor Award is given by ASCP to recognize those students in the laboratory professions who demonstrate both academic excellence and a commitment to community service and leadership activities. Through this award, the ASCP wishes to acknowledge future laboratory professionals and makes others aware of the contributions of laboratorians.

The Capital Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Clinical Chemistry Student of the Year Award is chosen by the medical laboratory science faculty and awarded to a graduating medical laboratory science student, based on academic excellence and achievement in clinical chemistry. 

The Excellence in Medical Laboratory Science Award recognizes a graduating medical laboratory science student who exemplifies outstanding academic achievement, high professional standards, positive attitude, and service and leadership in the medical laboratory science program.

Nursing Department Awards

The Department of Nursing Award for Academic Excellence is given each May to the graduating senior in nursing who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average.

The Department of Nursing Service Award is given each May to the graduating senior in nursing who has made significant, sustained contributions to the department and to the school.

The Shannon Henretty Spirit Award is given in memory of Sharon Henretty, a 2014 nursing graduate, and is presented to the pre-licensure graduate who exemplifies Shannon’s legacy of spirit with which she lived her life. That spirit is characterized by kind, gentle and selfless giving to others, particularly the disadvantaged; a spirit of service, embodied by humility, devotion and joy; and a spirit of dedication to making a difference in the world.

The Charles Mackey Award is given to a graduating nursing student who, like Chris, demonstrates potential in teaching students and assisting colleagues.

The Judith A. Feustle Award is presented to the graduating senior in nursing who best exemplifies the holistic practice of nursing through excellence in clinical care, critical thinking, leadership, and professionalism.

The Catherine Nugent Award is given to the student in the traditional nursing program who has demonstrated outstanding performance in clinical nursing courses. Faculty members decide which student has met the criteria which include therapeutic communication skills with patients, families, colleagues; evidence of critical thinking; evidence of integration of prior knowledge; evidence of manual skills and safe clinical practice; and evidence of leadership among peers.

The R.O.S.E. AWARD (Recognition of Student Excellence) was initially presented by the first graduating class in May 1994 to recognize student excellence. This award is presented by the graduating class in nursing to the member of that class who best exemplifies the qualities of peer support and guidance with gratitude from his or her fellow students.

School of Humanities and Social Science Awards

Counseling and Human Services Professional Development Award

The Counseling and Human Services Professional Development Award is presented annually to two students who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong commitment to the field of human services. The recipients, accompanied by a faculty member, attend a national conference for professionals in human services. Upon their return, they disseminate information about their experience.

Law and Justice Studies Department Awards

The Cengage Learning Legal Studies Awards are presented to two legal studies majors who demonstrate superlative performance in the area of student legal writing.

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences Awards

The Joseph A. Brusini Excellence in Science Award was established in 2001 by Dr. Joseph A. Brusini, who served as chair of the Villa Julie College Science Division for 20 years. It is given each May to the graduating senior who has best demonstrated exemplary work in scientific or mathematical research and shown great promise for success in the sciences.

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