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.
The story of Navy veteran Maggie Gifaldi’s quest to complete a college degree calls to mind the lyrics once penned by Beatle John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” The death of a loved one, relocation, giving birth to four children—these and other events intervened.
Between his doctoral studies, college teaching, his day job as director of the intelligence training department at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Academy for Defense Intelligence, and spending time with his family, Jim Backus does a great deal of juggling.
“It’s one of my quirks. I’ve always been an exceptional time manager as far back as I can remember,” said Backus, an adjunct associate professor in UMUC’s Undergraduate School since 2008.
The financial realities of growing up in a large family in Japan left Kyoko Onna unable to pursue her dream of studying at a U.S. university. But that changed after she tapped a University of Maryland University College (UMUC) language program in an unlikely venue: the U.S. military base in Okinawa.