UMGC Faculty Members Receive Top Honors for Teaching Excellence

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We officially changed our name from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) on July 1, 2019. News stories posted on the Global Media Center are now using the new UMGC name. However, because the transition to the university’s new name will take several months to complete, you may still see the UMUC name, logo and look on our website and other materials through early 2020.

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has conferred the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, the university’s highest faculty teaching honor, on eight of its most outstanding faculty members in Asia, Europe and the United States for their noteworthy contributions to the scholarship and art of teaching.Continue Reading

Honoring Our Nation’s Military Service Members and Veterans

Highlights from UMUC 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Showcase Appreciation for Military Service, Sacrifice, Achievement

 Beginning each April, a rolling series of University of Maryland University College commencement ceremonies take place on or near military installations in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to accommodate UMUC’s family of service members graduating worldwide.Continue Reading

Another UMUC First—Pinning Ceremony Honors Bachelor’s in Nursing Graduates

Being a nurse requires skill as well as a certain spirit, said Mary Schroeder, program chair of the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at University of Maryland University College, in her remarks at the university’s inaugural Nursing Convocation on May 15.Continue Reading

UMUC 2019 Stateside Commencement: ‘Triumph and Transcendence’

When retired U.S. Army combat veteran Shamir Taylor, his wife, Nyema, and his father, retired Army Master Sgt. Raymond Richardson, all graduated together during the University of Maryland University College morning commencement ceremony May 18, the trio became one of the latest in a long line of “family-groups” to earn UMUC degrees and graduate at the same time.

The Taylors and Richardson were among approximately 3,000 of the 13,242 Class of 2019 graduates worldwide who attended one of three separate UMUC stateside commencement ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, on May 18 and 19.Continue Reading

UMUC Institutional Advancement Receives CASE District II Award

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Institutional Advancement has earned a CASE District II 2019 Accolades Award for its Alumni Winter Term Scholarship program initiative. District II, the largest of CASE districts with more than 650 participating institutions, offers awards in approximately 30 categories. UMUC won a silver award and was the only university to receive an award in the Student Recruitment Package category.Continue Reading

New Exhibition Celebrates Art of First Lady of Maryland

Yumi Hogan: Cultural Traditions Unbounded

University of Maryland University College Arts Program features works by Korean-born artist and First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan at its upcoming exhibition “Cultural Traditions Unbounded,” May 6 to June 30 in the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Painting Gallery at the Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, Adelphi, Maryland. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held Wednesday evening, May 8. 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