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

UMUC Wins Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program

Cybersecurity Technology Graduate Program Wins Top Award from SC Magazine

Adelphi, Md. – March 14, 2019 – University of Maryland University College (UMUC), for the second straight year, has announced that its Cybersecurity Technology graduate program has won the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Program in Higher Education by SC Magazine. The award was presented on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, during the 23rd annual SC Media Awards gala in San Francisco.Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College Teams Up with OnlineDegree.com to Increase College Access and Affordability

ADELPHI, Md. (March 12, 2019) – In its ongoing commitment to offer open access to quality academic programs, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has entered into an alliance with OnlineDegree.com to help make college more affordable and accessible. The new relationship allows prospective UMUC students to satisfy general education courses by taking those courses—that are tuition-free and completely self-paced—at OnlineDegree.com.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Mary Ellen Schmider Presents Fulbright Award to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Schmider to Speak on Visionary Women Champions of Nonviolence and Peace at UMUC Academic Center Auditorium in Largo, Maryland, March 15

Mary Ellen Heian Schmider culminated a history-making moment when she crossed the stage at the AXICA Congress and Convention Centre adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin on Jan. 28, to present Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel with the 2018 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Continue Reading

Does Reliance on Artificial Intelligence Compromise Our Ability to Think?

It poses a risk agreed University of Maryland University College cybersecurity faculty members Emma Garrison-Alexander, Tamie Santiago and Candice Smith, who explored the influence of AI bias on society in a Facebook Live panel discussion Feb. 13.

“Often times we tell ourselves that by using [AI] technology we are freeing up our mind to use on other projects,” said Smith, associate professor in the UMUC graduate cybersecurity technology program. But over time in the process, she suggested we sacrifice cognitive functioning.

“We let AI do all these executive functions for us. It almost allows us to dumb ourselves down and not take responsibility for our own learning and mental capacity,” Smith said.Continue Reading

UMUC Orkand Chair’s Book to Receive 2019 UPCEA Frandson Award for Literature

Peter Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Orkand Chair and professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, has been named recipient of the 2019 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, sponsored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), for his book “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education.”

The award, given to the author and publisher of “an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature,” will be conferred at the UPCEA annual meeting in Seattle, March 27-29, according to the association’s announcement.  In all, UPCEA honored 10 individuals and six programs with awards in 2019.Continue Reading

Decoding Your Cyber Career

UMUC Teams with Montgomery College to Host Free Event that Features a Panel Discussion on the Cybersecurity Industry, Advice on Career Paths, and Live Hacking Demo

Adelphi, Md. (Feb. 12)—University of Maryland University College is teaming up with Montgomery College for an after-school event geared toward high school and current community college students, as well as recent graduates who are looking to further their education and anyone who would like to learn more about the field of cybersecurity.Continue Reading