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.
Each May, the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, National Police Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week. And throughout the month, University of Maryland Global campus has been recognizing some of its own first responders—nurses, EMTs, police officers and others—among its community of faculty members and alumni who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These UMGC Voices featured on the university’s social media channels during May, offer reflections on the current health crisis, words of wisdom and expressions of gratitude.
His Keynote Is Part of University’s First-Ever Virtual Commencement Launched May 16
“This is certainly not the graduation day that any of you anticipated or hoped for, but it in no way lessens your accomplishments or diminishes your achievements,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a commencement address to University of Maryland Global Campus graduates delivered via video during the university’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony, which launched Saturday, May 16.
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.
Like many students at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), Nneka Nzegwu completed her studies while working at a full-time job and taking care of a child. When she talks about the obstacles she faced while earning her degree, however, she is referring to something far more complicated.
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.
When Gale Seaton takes part in virtual commencement at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), she will acquire a long-sought bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Even more, she will re-celebrate her successful quest to change a Maryland murder-for-hire law.
Online Ceremony to Include Keynote Address by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Photos and Inspirational Messages from Graduates, Faculty and Families
Website to Go Live Beginning Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. EDT
In this final installment of the University of Maryland Global Campus series “Stressful Times,” UMGC psychology program faculty members explore tips for staying connected with those you’re separated from while continuing to practice social distancing.
The practice of social distancing to reduce the spread of viral infection can cause stress for individuals everywhere as they continue to navigate the uncharted landscape created by the novel coronavirus. But in a March 20 World Health Organization press briefing, epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove suggested a key to reducing such stress is remembering that the purpose of social distancing is physical—and not emotional—separation.
April Is Stress Awareness Month
For many in the United States, April 16 denotes National Stress Awareness Day. In recognition, University of Maryland Global Campus psychology program faculty members share strategies and resources to help combat the challenging effects of stress.