UMUC Students Use Big Data to Tell a Personal Story in Winning IBM Watson Analytics Global Competition in Shanghai

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.Continue Reading

Mission Impact: UMUC Launches Philadelphia Outreach

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) was established with a bold goal more than 70 years ago: to bring knowledge to adult learners. After teaching generations of Maryland families and the U.S. military around the world, the pioneer in online education is launching a campaign to carry its reputation—and more than 90 academic programs—to the Philadelphia market.Continue Reading

Watch “Over There,” the Documentary about UMUC’s Traveling Faculty

Program Aired in April on Maryland Public Television 

University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently in a documentary that follows the university’s seven-decade mission of educating military personnel stationed overseas.

Entitled “Over There: The Adventures of Maryland’s Traveling Faculty,” the documentary follows the path of Maryland’s “Academic Foreign Legion” who adopted “Have Syllabus Will Travel” as their motto and hopped from military base to military base, sometimes in war zones, to offer college classes to the troops. View the program in its entirety from the Maryland Public Television video archive page here.Continue Reading

RSAC Security Scholar Program Gives UMUC Students a Leg Up in Their Cybersecurity Careers

For Greg Hawkins, an early interest in computers inspired a career in cryptologic systems. One of his first jobs in the U.S. Air Force was working in cryptology on a satellite communications project. Now retired after more than 22 years of active duty, Hawkins, who graduated from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in December 2017 with a master’s in information technology, was eager to attend the 2018 RSA Conference (RSAC) at San Francisco in April to network and consider what certifications he should get to advance his career.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

Maryland Senate President Miller to UMUC Graduates: You Have Brass

Whether active-duty military, veteran or civilian, all University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduates have the brass required to make their dream of a higher education come true, said Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., president of the Maryland Senate and keynote speaker for the first of three separate UMUC commencement ceremonies held on Saturday and Sunday May 12 and 13 at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.  Continue Reading

Navy Veteran Writes the Book on Information Security

A Navy Career and a Love of Computers Sparks Gary Hayslip’s Passion for Cybersecurity

For retired U.S. Navy officer Gary Hayslip, cybersecurity isn’t just his job―it’s his passion. Cultivated through his 21 years of service, and later in civil service, Hayslip’s love of information security has fueled his private-sector career as chief information security officer (CISO) at a leading cybersecurity company and co-author of a popular how-to guide for CISOs.Continue Reading

56 New Doctors of Management Join the Ranks of the Less-Than-3 Percent

As soon as Dr. Jennifer Luddy received her diploma in the mail, she confided to degree candidates convened for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) 2018 Doctoral Commencement, held May 10 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, “My husband framed it, and immediately I asked: ‘Can I get another one?’”Continue Reading

Stateside Commencement Speakers Poised to Deliver

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will celebrate its 2018 stateside commencement with three separate ceremonies this weekend at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, attended by approximately 3,000 of the estimated 12,300 students worldwide receiving degrees. Leaders from government and the community will provide keynote addresses at the three ceremonies.Continue Reading