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

Florent Groberg’s Next Mission

This article appears as the cover story in the Spring 2016 edition of Achiever magazine.

As Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg recovered from the 32 surgeries it took to save his leg after he was wounded fending off a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, he came to two conclusions.Continue Reading