Town Hall to Address Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day learn more about the vaccine and get answers to commonly asked questions at this University of Maryland Medical System town hall event. Monday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Event to be streamed on FB Live.

Learn more and register.

With the coronavirus still raging globally a year into the pandemic, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is sponsoring “Finding Hope on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Day,” a live-streamed town hall event to inform about the virus’s continued harsh impact on health and economic wellbeing—and address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for communities of color.

UMMS President and CEO Dr. Mohan Suntha, town hall emcee, and Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland Baltimore County and town hall moderator, will lead the discussion. They will be joined by panelists:

Fermin Barrueto, Jr., MD, MBA—sr. vice president and chief medical officer, UM Upper Chesapeake Health

Stacy Garrett-Ray, MD, MPH, MBA—vice president/medical director, UMMS Population Health Services Organization

Michelle A. Gourdine, MD—interim chief medical officer/senior vice president, Population Health and Primary Care, UMMS

David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP—COVID-19 incident commander, UMMS

Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH—senior vice president/chief medical officer, UM Capital Region Health

Participants are encouraged to visit www.umms.org/FindingHope to register, view videos of UMMS team members receiving and talking about getting the vaccine, get details on how to submit questions for the panelists, and learn how to attend via Zoom, Facebook, or by phone.

COVID-19 is real—and it is devastating. In the United States, more than 20 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and more than 375,000 have died. This much-needed discussion offers hope, clarity, and some practical steps forward, as together, we create pathways to end COVID-19.

What:    Finding Hope on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A Town Hall on Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Date:     Monday, Jan. 18

Time:     11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn more and register at http://umms.org/FindingHope.

Prince George’s County Executive Alsobrooks Commends UMGC’s New Class of Leaders at 2020 Winter Commencement

“I’m not just addressing graduates, I’m addressing a class of leaders,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks told University of Maryland Global Campus degree recipients in a commencement address delivered via video during the university’s 2020 virtual winter commencement program, which launched Saturday, Dec. 19.Continue Reading

Inspiring Messages Come Out on Top (Literally) at UMGC Winter Commencement

The University of Maryland Global Campus Class of 2020 winter graduates attended commencement virtually this year, but that did not stop them from celebrating. Each year, the mortarboards atop graduation caps are adorned by inspired grads, showing their creativity and telling the story of their individual educational journey. This year was not any different. Several weeks prior to the virtual commencement ceremony, graduates were invited to participate in a cap decorating challenge.

Invitations went out to UMGC winter graduates and voting opened on Nov. 18. Grads were able to share their entries on their social media channels to encourage their friends and family to vote for their cap. Voting was encouraged throughout the challenge period, which ended on Dec. 16. Anyone could vote once per cap in a 24-hour period and return to vote again after 24 hours. With 91 caps entered, these graduates collectively gathered 17,897 votes. 

The winner was announced on Dec. 19, the morning of virtual commencement, and was featured on the UMGC virtual commencement website. Marcus Johnson received 4,256 votes for his inspired cap featuring the phrase, “Smart Enough to Save the Day.” Michelle Freeman’s cap took second place with 3,181 votes and Christina Holt’s cap gathered 2,560 votes to place third.

Freeman said the creation of her cap was a family effort; she got help from her niece and nephew to complete it. “I thought this was a great gesture on behalf of the university to get us excited about our ceremony. Although we could not have a formal ceremony due to the pandemic, this friendly competition built up momentum day by day to our virtual ceremony,” she shared.

Holt, who encouraged people to vote for her through her social media channels, said she entered the competition to showcase her crochet artistry.  “I am amazed at how many people came forward to support me during this competition and I am appreciative of every vote I received!”

While Johnson has bragging rights and is featured at the virtual commencement ceremony, all participating graduates are winners, finishing 2020 with a milestone accomplishment.

Student Commencement Speaker Advocates Lifelong Learning

Susana Hernandez brought good grades home from her Maryland high school, but school officials never nudged her toward college. Her immigrant parents wanted her to continue studying, but they didn’t know how the U.S. higher education system worked. Hernandez, a teenager at the time, was daunted by scholarship and financial aid applications.

It took Hernandez 15 years after her high school graduation to return to a classroom—at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)—pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business management, with a minor in small business entrepreneurship. At UMGC’s 2020 Virtual Winter Commencement, not only will Hernandez graduate cum laude and as a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Tau Chapter Honor Society, but she will give the student commencement speech.  Continue Reading

Pillars of Strength Scholar Finds Silver Linings in the Pandemic

For Lauren Warner, the agony of the Coronavirus pandemic has had at least a couple of silver linings.

Warner, who cares for her wounded Army veteran husband, completed a UMGC Master of Science degree in management this semester with the financial help of a Pillars of Strength scholarship aimed at caregivers like her.Continue Reading

University of Maryland Global Campus to Host Virtual Winter Commencement 2020

Online Ceremony to Include Keynote Address by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks

Program to Go Live Beginning Saturday, Dec. 19, at 12 p.m. EST

Adelphi, Md. (Dec. 7) — University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), the nation’s largest online public university will premiere its special 2020 Virtual Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 19, beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern standard time. The approximately 25-minute program, which honors the more than 7,500 stateside graduates worldwide who completed their degree requirements in summer or fall 2020, will be available for on-demand viewing by graduates, their families and friends anytime—and from anywhere.Continue Reading

UMGC’s Simonsen Tells Maryland House Panel of Ways to Combat “COVID Slide” in Schools

Closing schools during the coronavirus pandemic has exposed inequities in the education system that need to be fixed even after students return to the classrooms, University of Maryland Global Campus Education Program Director Monica Simonsen, Ph.D., told Maryland House Ways and Means subcommittee members at a Nov. 19 hearing.Continue Reading

UMGC Takes Home First and Third Place in MAGIC International Capture the Flag Competition

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 17, 2020)—On Saturday, Nov. 7, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) cybersecurity competition teams claimed 1st and 3rd place, as well as three additional top 20 places, in the Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) Competition, a capture-the-flag (CTF) event that included more than 190 students across the United States and Estonia.Continue Reading

Many Paths Lead to a Cyber Career but Continued Learning, Passion, Lead to Career Success Experts Say

Breaking into the field of cybersecurity can be daunting. Likewise, the difficult decision of whether to follow a technical or management and policy route is, perhaps, equally overwhelming. Choosing the right path, said a trio of former University of Maryland Global Campus students, often depends on one’s academic and professional goals.Continue Reading

UMGC Honors Veterans, Marks 75 Years Since WWII’s End, With Virtual Ceremony

To mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the University of Maryland Global Campus annual Veterans Day ceremony saluted that generation of GIs—and those among their ranks who also were the originators of the university and its commitment to educating veterans and active duty personnel the world over.Continue Reading