She Took a Chance on a Pioneering Degree—and Never Looked Back

Twenty years ago, Dawn Edmiston’s professional trajectory was on the rise. She had a solid job at IBM, which she had joined after working at PwC and a stint trotting around the globe with the Discovery Channel. But Edmiston found herself looking for something new. She wanted to be an educator.

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The Dream Exists in All of Us

Chris Butts said he learned a long time ago that he was going to be different.

Butts is the vice president and chief learning officer for The Executive Leadership Council’s Institute for Leadership Development and Research. He was featured speaker for the University of Maryland Global Campus Office of Diversity and Equity event on Jan. 16 celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—and is a self-described anomaly. After all, he told his audience, he is a “white guy [who] joined the historically black Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.”Continue Reading

Up Close and Personal: UMGC Oceanographer Spends Four Months Teaching at Sea

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

One person can make a difference.

That was the message that Carl Berman, a University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) professor, tried to impart to students on the academic ship MV World Odyssey. Berman was among the 26 faculty members—from a range of academic institutions—who spent four months teaching aboard the floating campus this past fall in the Semester at Sea program sponsored by Colorado State University.  Continue Reading

UMGC Graduate Takes Lifelong Learning to Heart—and to the Classroom

Jerry Williamson to Deliver Student Keynote at University’s Winter Commencement Ceremony, Dec 14.

That Jerry Williamson will receive his diploma this month for a University of Maryland Global Campus Master of Science degree is not newsworthy. Thousands of people earn those degrees.

That he is applying to enter a doctoral program and expects to begin in the fall 2020 term if he is accepted, also is not news. Scores of students are enrolled in those programs.Continue Reading

UMGC Students Create Sports-ranking Program for Washington Post

Once a week, Washington Post sports editor Mark Selig and four sports writers put together rankings for local high school teams. They scrutinize game scores, team records and other statistics. They discuss standout students and the strategy of coaches. And they toss in their personal observations about where teams are headed and why.

This fall they’ve added an additional tool to the mix. It’s a sports-ranking software system designed by students at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).Continue Reading

Bright Stars, Wide Seas: UMGC Professor Teaches While Navigating the Globe

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

Carl Berman joined his students outside to watch a dramatic meteor shower against an otherwise inky sky. It was an unusual undertaking for a professor of oceanography, even more so for where it occurred: on a ship near the coast of Africa.Continue Reading

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