It’s not something you want to think about, said Marianna Naum, a strategic communication team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and adjunct environmental science professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. But after refrigerated trucks and warehouses used to transport and store food were commandeered for medical purposes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, the question soon became: what will it take to safely transition them back into the food distribution business?
By day, from her home in Arlington, Virginia, University of Maryland Global Campus alumna and adjunct professor Amina Jackson is at the epicenter of the fight against the novel coronavirus: She works for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a leading public face in the scientific effort to defeat Covid-19.
Michael Kelly finished his college career nine years after starting at University of Maryland Global Campus in a most untraditional way—by taking a class required of incoming freshmen. And, he did it as a first responder, a firefighter/paramedic on the front lines of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, working in one of Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods.
For Nancy Malson, the dream began in elementary school. She would sit under the weeping willow tree in the front yard of her Baltimore home and write books. She would get cardboard and, for each one, draw a cover.
Returning to the workforce while opening the economy as the Covid-19 pandemic wanes will be difficult and require skilled leaders to assure the public that it is safe to engage again.
For Julia Shanley, the University of Maryland Global Campus became an academic lifesaver when the new coronavirus turned her education plans upside down.
In an unprecedented Town Hall meeting March 31 during the Covid-19 emergency, University of Maryland Global Campus President Javier Miyares said the university “is in better shape than almost any traditional university.”
For Allison Hartley, working her way toward a bachelor’s degree in health management, the coronavirus has stressed her day job even as she struggles to maintain her momentum toward graduation.
“I’m taking it day-by-day, hour-by-hour, some days minute-by-minute and moment-by-moment,” she said. “Some days have been better than others.”
Anna Seferian found herself suddenly popular.
Her academic friends who had built their careers in traditional academic environments had just been told that starting the next week, they would have to finish the semester by teaching online.
Michael Freedman, University of Maryland Global Campus senior vice president and journalist in residence, was sworn in Jan. 15 as president of the National Press Club, the leading professional organization for journalists.