When Learning Is a Voyage—Literally

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.

UMGC Professor Carl Berman will spend the next four months teaching oceanography aboard a floating university as part of the Semester at Sea program. This is the first of three stories that will follow his experience.

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In 32 Years Overseas, Holowenzak Served Students and Community

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.

Stephen Holowenzak was on a break from setting up a computer system and workshops for the Cumberland Area Health Education Center in rural Maryland when an ad in the Washington Post caught his eye. The University of Maryland Global Campus was seeking faculty to teach active-duty service members on military bases in Europe and Asia. Holowenzak applied. Continue Reading

‘The Morning Mind’: UMUC Professor Offers Formula for Mastering the Day

Consider rehydrating each morning by drinking water spiked with ginger, then wait until 9:30 a.m. for your first cup of coffee. Work on improving your posture. Figure out the daily task you dislike the most and get it out of the way. And don’t call your parents in the evening—earlier in the day is better—if the conversations tend to be stressful.

Those are among the many daily regimen recommendations in “The Morning Mind,” a new book by Dr. Robert Carter III, an adjunct professor of nutrition at University of Maryland University College. The title refers to the time of day when willpower is strongest and when many activities—like exercise—have the biggest impact.Continue Reading

Doctorate in Business Administration Program Launches with Spring Term

Bryce Adams, a cloud analytics specialist at technology company Oracle, was partway through his doctoral studies in management at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) when his professors presented an interesting option. Would he like to switch to a Doctor in Business Administration instead?

Adams’ response was a resounding “Yes.”Continue Reading

UMUC Field Study Students Take It to the Streets of Europe

As UMUC Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, it heralds its state-of-the-art learning models and a unique program that for decades has immersed students in living classrooms to study history, literature and art in the very places where it was made, inspired or imagined.

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Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program Wins National Award

When her husband was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Infantry with post-traumatic stress disorder, Terri Jo Yarnell was propelled from her role as a young stay-at-home mom into that of a caregiver and breadwinner. She knew she needed a college degree to land a job that offered long-term security for her husband and three children, but she couldn’t afford to go back to school.Continue Reading

From Capstone to Career: UMUC Alumna Helps Her Employer Go Green

Melissa Ezzell-Maddy is unequivocal about how she ended up in her dream job. She credits her capstone project at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Ezzell-Maddy is an environmental health and safety engineer at Lockheed Martin in Colorado. She landed the job immediately after receiving a master’s degree in environmental management from UMUC. The capstone project that wrapped up her final term involved waste management at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Boulder, Colorado.Continue Reading

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