Data Ethics Emerges as Key Theme at 7th Annual BDA EDCon

The Big Data and Analytics Education Conference (BDA EdCon), hosted by University of Maryland University College on June 3-4, 2019, brought together academics, educators and industry partners to exchange knowledge and ideas around some big themes, including the future of artificial intelligence (AI); the confluence of big data analytics, AI and cognitive computing; and how AI can be implemented into teaching and learning in order to meet industry demand.Continue Reading

Data Literacy—Teach It Early, Teach It Often Data Gurus Tell Conference Goers

Understanding big data and artificial intelligence is not something reserved for computer scientists, said Kirk Borne, principal data scientist for the international consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. Manipulating massive amounts of data that are becoming available will affect every form of intellectual and business pursuit.

“Data literacy is a way of thinking, not a thing to think about,” Borne told attendees of BDA Edcon, the International Big Data and Analytics Education Conference hosted by University of Maryland University College on June 3 and 4.Continue Reading

UMUC Goes Where the Military Goes—Even to Award Diplomas!

Kerri Evans, one of 51 students who received their University of Maryland University College diplomas at a joint recognition ceremony on Naval Station Norfolk, has big plans. After earning her associate degree in general studies, she is motivated to complete her bachelor’s degree in health care administration and perhaps become an officer.Continue Reading

Zest for Lifelong Learning Is Key to Success for UMUC’s Frank Kesterman

Kesterman, a member of UMUC’s cybersecurity faculty, received 2018 higher education and finance Lifetime Achievement Awards from Marquis Who’s Who.

Throughout his career, UMUC adjunct professor Frank Kesterman said he has wanted only one thing—to be at the cutting edge of what is happening.Continue Reading

Air Force Veteran and UMUC Alumnus Jack Milton Pays It Forward to Caregivers of Wounded Service Members

Editor’s note: This profile is part of a UMUC series in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.

At 95, Jack Milton of Arlington, Virginia, has lived two complete careers studded with adventure and financial success.  But even 50 years after he finally completed his bachelor’s degree as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Milton looks back on his association with University of Maryland University College as essential to his life.Continue Reading

Honoring Our Nation’s Military Service Members and Veterans

Highlights from UMUC 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Showcase Appreciation for Military Service, Sacrifice, Achievement

 Beginning each April, a rolling series of University of Maryland University College commencement ceremonies take place on or near military installations in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to accommodate UMUC’s family of service members graduating worldwide.Continue Reading

Another UMUC First—Pinning Ceremony Honors Bachelor’s in Nursing Graduates

Being a nurse requires skill as well as a certain spirit, said Mary Schroeder, program chair of the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at University of Maryland University College, in her remarks at the university’s inaugural Nursing Convocation on May 15.Continue Reading

UMUC 2019 Stateside Commencement: ‘Triumph and Transcendence’

When retired U.S. Army combat veteran Shamir Taylor, his wife, Nyema, and his father, retired Army Master Sgt. Raymond Richardson, all graduated together during the University of Maryland University College morning commencement ceremony May 18, the trio became one of the latest in a long line of “family-groups” to earn UMUC degrees and graduate at the same time.

The Taylors and Richardson were among approximately 3,000 of the 13,242 Class of 2019 graduates worldwide who attended one of three separate UMUC stateside commencement ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, on May 18 and 19.Continue Reading

Public Health Leader Encourages Honor Society Inductees to See the Bigger Picture

To provide good health care for a community, you can’t just treat people for rat bites, you have to get rid of the rats. That’s what Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told University of Maryland University College health care administration graduates gathered for the university’s Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society induction ceremony May 9.

“You can take care of a person with a rat bite,” Benjamin said. “But if you have 10 people come in with rat bites, unless you do something to get rid of the rats, you haven’t done much.”Continue Reading