UMUC’s Cheryl Harris Built Her Career on Service and Lifelong Learning

After Advancing Her Education in the Military, the Associate VP of Military Enrollment Operations Now Helps Others Do the Same

Editor’s note: This profile is part of a series that will run throughout May in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.

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1st Lt. Cara Novas Has Taken on a Big Personal Mission—to Support Her Fellow Marines

Novas, the caregiver for her wounded-veteran spouse and upcoming 2019 UMUC student commencement speaker, said her mission to support extends to the family members and others who sacrifice in serving alongside service members.

Editor’s note: This profile is part of a series that will run throughout May in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.Continue Reading

Alumna Lynice Thorpe-Noel’s Journey from Poet to Command Sergeant Major at Fort Knox

When Lynice Thorpe-Noel left high school in Nashville, North Carolina, on her way to Norfolk State University 30 years ago, her career goal was to be a poet—to perhaps write greeting cards for Hallmark.

In a January ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Jason Evans, she became the first woman to be command sergeant major of the Army’s Human Resources Command at Fort Knox.Continue Reading

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