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.
University of Maryland University College Pillars of Strength Scholarship winner Vanessa Corey-Engelhardt is profiled in the first of a series of CBS Radio’s ConnectingVets.com stories that feature selfless acts of service and achievement by UMUC student servicemembers and veterans, as well as a special feature on the Forever GI Bill. The stories appear during November 2017 as part of UMUC’s partnership with ConnectingVets.com and its “Veterans Community Showcase” programing in celebration of Veterans Day.
University to Name Conference Center Ballroom after the late Gen. Vessey, a “Soldier’s Soldier” who Rose from Enlisted Man to the Nation’s Highest Ranking Military Officer
CBS Radio to Provide Anchored Coverage of Ceremony Beginning at 10:03 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at ConnectingVets.com
University of Maryland University College and the Veterans Administration solidified their long history of cooperation on July 10, when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop coordinated initiatives and perform student outreach activities that will promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.
UMUC prides itself on offering second chances to adult learners wishing to earn a college education. But for Pablo Coffie, a second chance wasn’t going to cut it. He breezed by third, fourth, fifth, sixth . . . who knows how many chances.
At the time Junior Novas was shot in the shoulder in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province—after suffering a major concussion when his vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq’s Anbar Province—he didn’t even know the woman who would become the mainstay of his life as his wife and caregiver.
It’s easy to speak about Jill Morgenthaler and leadership in the same sentence.
When the now-retired U.S. Army colonel was a junior at Pennsylvania State University, she became one of the country’s first female ROTC cadets to train with men. At age 22, she was the first female company intelligence commander in Korea before becoming the army’s first female brigade commander in the 84th Division. And she was the first woman to oversee homeland security for the state of Illinois.
While April Spilde drove west across the United States with her husband to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and her next U.S. Air Force assignment, she reminisced about her accomplishments over the past four years.
Spilde was a member of the Air Force honor guard in Washington, D.C., and had been one of only five women in history to qualify as a pallbearer for the honorary funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. She was the first woman ever to be the NCO in charge of the pallbearers.
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is taking steps to accelerate the process through which it grants prior-learning credit to servicemembers and veterans who wish to study cybersecurity. The effort is part of a pilot program that leverages three of UMUC’s strengths—an exceptional undergraduate cybersecurity program, a 70-year-long educational partnership with the military, and relationships with key cybersecurity employers—to expand career opportunities for military students.