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Following a tradition that spans more than seven decades of providing education to U.S. military personnel serving overseas, University of Maryland Global Campus has opened a new permanent office at Spain’s Morón Air Force base, which often serves as a jumping-off point for deployment to Africa.
It becomes the university’s 51st permanent location in Europe, and the second in Spain.
“Expanding in Europe demonstrates UMGC’s commitment to providing the best opportunities for American service personnel to access higher education while they are deployed,” said Tony Cho, the university’s vice president and director for Europe. “This is just the latest example as we continually look for additional ways to improve our services on the continent.”
The base is crucial to the American military capability in the Mediterranean and North Africa, he said.
Morón, which is shared with the Spanish Air Force, is located in Andalusia, the country’s southern-most region, near the town of Morón de la Frontera. It is less than an hour away from historic Seville and 75 miles northeast of Naval Station Rota. Its massive flight line, in-ground refueling system, long runway and prime location near the Mediterranean and the Middle East make it an important link in any U.S. operation moving east from the United States.
In 2015, the Spanish government granted the U.S. military a permanent presence on the base, allowing up to 3,000 American troops and civilians of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Taskforce – Crisis Response – Africa and the 496th Air Base Squadron to be stationed there with up to 40 aircraft.
In the past, UMGC’s presence at the base was using university personnel from Rota to occasionally set up a table to answer questions and to sign up students. This agreement allows for a permanent office, Cho said. The university sought the expansion after Girlie Ann Barcinas, who had worked with UMGC in Bahrain, moved to Morón when her husband was appointed principal at the base Middle School.
The UMGC Europe division was established in Germany in 1949, as the first university to send faculty to educate active-duty U.S. military personnel overseas after WWII. The division provides services to approximately 14,000 students annually in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (europe.umgc.edu).
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Two transformative forces―the influx of non-traditional students in higher education and the rapid shift to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic―have come together to expose significant shortfalls in outmoded academic integrity standards as well as to highlight the opportunity universities have to reimagine those standards.
“3 W’s” Video Is One of Six Creative Multimedia Presentations on Staying Safe, Healthy while Waiting for COVID Vaccination Recognized by USM Task Force and Corporate Sponsors
The duo of University of Maryland Global Campus graduate student Cory Wilkerson and collaborator Stephen Brouillette, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County alumnus, is one of six winning teams announced today by the University System of Maryland (USM) COVID Research & Innovation Task Force as part of its Public Health Challenge, undertaken with the generous support of several local organizations.
The Black Lives Matter Movement is allowing a new generation to define the struggle for equality and to learn who their allies are, Dr. Clayborne Carson told a University of Maryland Global Campus audience gathered virtually on Jan. 21 to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every generation must determine who we are—and answer the question, “Where are we heading?” he said.
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.
“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.
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.
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.