Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Retired Army General and Marine Corps Sergeant

On the centennial of the end of World War I, the event that established Armistice Day (and ultimately Veterans Day), University of Maryland University College (UMUC) acknowledged the sacrifice of the veterans and active-duty service personnel and their families who make up half of its student body.Continue Reading

Servicemembers Honored at UMUC’s Information-Packed, Fun-Filled Military Appreciation Fair

For Devlon Alexander, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) “Military Appreciation Fair and Fun Run,” sponsored by General Dynamics Mission Systems and held at the university’s Academic Center at Largo in early May, signified an intimate rehearsal for his impending graduation from UMUC over Mother’s Day weekend.Continue Reading

Watch the Interview: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

On May 18, Yvette Branson, clinical psychologist and coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, discussed the challenges facing veterans making the transition from military to civilian and student life—and the strategies and resources that can help them gain a strong foothold in the world beyond the military—as part of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) special Facebook Live interview series in observance of Military Appreciation Month. Watch the replay of Branson’s interview here.Continue Reading

UMUC Ballroom Named for “Great Citizen-Soldier” Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr.

During a Veterans Day ceremony commemorating his life and service, University of Maryland University College dedicated the Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. Ballroom at its College Park Marriot Hotel and Conference Center in Adelphi, Maryland, heralding him as the university’s most illustrious alumnus, a remarkable military leader, and a tireless education advocate.Continue Reading

Danielle Kelly and Taylor Morris are Partners in Love, Sacrifice and Triumph.

Scholarship Recipient Update

On May 3, 2012, Danielle Kelly received the news that the man she loved, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Taylor Morris, was badly injured when an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him while he was serving in Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. In the blast, Morris lost both legs at the knee, his left arm at the elbow, and his right hand. Continue Reading

For Benjamin Schumacher, Serving in Afghanistan Meant Serving People

U.S. Air Force Maj. Benjamin Schumacher understands Afghanistan better than most Americans. He was selected and trained to be an expert on all things Afghan—the language, customs, culture, government, and military—in his advisory role with the Afghanistan–Pakistan Hands Program under the Joint Staff.Continue Reading

Europe Grad Says Journey to Degree Was a Big Family Event

The story of Navy veteran Maggie Gifaldi’s quest to complete a college degree calls to mind the lyrics once penned by Beatle John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” The death of a loved one, relocation, giving birth to four children—these and other events intervened.Continue Reading

UMUC Graduate John Vessey Achieved the Highest Military Positions and Honors

Some military heroes are impossible to forget. General John W. Vessey Jr., who earned his bachelor’s degree in military science from University of Maryland University College in 1963, is one of them. Vessey’s long and distinguished military career cluminated in him being appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Ronald Reagan, making Vessey the highest-ranking military officer in the country. Continue Reading