When her husband was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Infantry with post-traumatic stress disorder, Terri Jo Yarnell was propelled from her role as a young stay-at-home mom into that of a caregiver and breadwinner. She knew she needed a college degree to land a job that offered long-term security for her husband and three children, but she couldn’t afford to go back to school.
Melissa Ezzell-Maddy is unequivocal about how she ended up in her dream job. She credits her capstone project at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Ezzell-Maddy is an environmental health and safety engineer at Lockheed Martin in Colorado. She landed the job immediately after receiving a master’s degree in environmental management from UMUC. The capstone project that wrapped up her final term involved waste management at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Boulder, Colorado.
If an artist were to draw Mary Ellen Schmider’s life, it might be a series of loops. That’s because the adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) keeps circling back to past interests and adventures.
Or maybe she never left them.
Mwalimu Phiri, part of a three-member team from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stood before a panel of judges in Shanghai, China, discussing the impact of air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation focused on how traditional cooking and heating fuels compromise the health of 3 billion people every year, disproportionately children under age 5.
The “Effects of Household Air Pollution” project may have focused on big data, but it was a photo of a young child building a wood fire in Zambia that captured the audience’s attention at the May 29 presentation.
It was a photo of Phiri.
When Priscilla La Delfa crossed the stage to receive her MBA degree at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduation ceremonies in Ramstein, Germany, her father and stepmother were close at hand. Very close at hand.
Like many adjunct professors at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Daniel Grosse uses his “other” job to inform his teaching. For this faculty member in the Graduate Program in Environmental Management, however, that second job is not what students might expect.
Grosse operates an oyster farm.
Johnny Overcast, ’90, spends his time thinking about our ‘always-on’ world. More specifically, he is a voice for how mobile technology can transform government.
During his speedy rise in the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Mercado, 26, has collected an impressive number of awards and accolades. He also earned two degrees from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). But one thing has eluded this Navy master-at-arms. He has never been able to walk at a commencement with his family present.
When three graduate students at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) traveled to Malaysia to present a data analytics project that had won them accolades, they put UMUC’s online education model in the global spotlight.
Justin Sullivan’s resume is impressive. During combat tours in Afghanistan, the Navy information systems technician first class was credited with saving two lives. He has received a number of awards for community engagement, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award—twice. He is in line for a promotion to chief petty officer and is weighing the option of becoming a limited duty officer, a commissioned officer designation for Navy members who are considered very highly skilled.
Now Sullivan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has added another prestigious honor to his resume. The Military Times named him Service Member of the Year. The coveted award is given annually to a member of each branch of the military.