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

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

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

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

Business Grad and Author Follows His Passion and Inspires Others to Do the Same

Eric Konovalov understands effective leadership. He saw what it looks like during his eight-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. He learned core leadership skills as a business management student at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and he developed and honed his expertise over the course of his career in sales, executive coaching and leadership training.Continue Reading

Part 2: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

Join Clinical Psychologist Yvette Branson, coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, in a Facebook Live interview on 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.Continue Reading

Cyber Grad Helps Develop Tactical Network—and Young Minds

What CW3 Vernon Green learned in the classroom, he put to use in his military service. What he learned in the military, he’s putting to use in his community.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles to be featured on the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Global Media Center throughout May in recognition of Military Appreciation Month, As part of the university’s observance, Vernon Green also participated in UMUC’s Facebook Live interview series on helping servicemembers and veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life. Watch Green’s interview here.Continue Reading

Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

In keeping with its rich history of educating servicemembers and veterans that dates back to WWII—and its commitment to serving the needs of those who serve our country—University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is celebrating Military Appreciation Month in May with a special Facebook Live interview series full of the information and practical advice needed to help servicemembers and veterans successfully navigate the transition from military to civilian and student life.Continue Reading