US Secretary of Energy Among Seven Alumni Honored by UMGC Alumni Association for Outstanding Service

The 2020 Awards Event Marks 30 Years of Honoring UMGC Alumni

Dan Brouillette ’95, the 15th U.S. Secretary of Energy, was one of seven University of Maryland Global Campus alumni honored by the UMGC Alumni Association for their exceptional service to the university.Continue Reading

$1 Million Bequest Will Help Today’s, Tomorrow’s UMGC Students Live Their Higher Education Dreams

Even in the most enduringly trying of times, University of Maryland Global Campus Alumna Bonnie Broh-Kahn ’77 believes that kindness shines through. In that spirit, amidst the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, she and her husband Jere recently established endowment funds through a $1 million bequest to the university.Continue Reading

Remembering Louis Carter: A Master at Forging Relationships

Louis Carter was a terrific conversationalist, an unofficial life coach, a solid singer who showed his range during a solo at his daughter’s wedding and a daily morale-booster for University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) staff in Largo. He accomplished all this while also performing his official duties as a security coordinator at the university.Continue Reading

UMGC’s New Certificate Program Preps Public Safety Workforce for Executive Leadership Roles

You’re a police officer, firefighter, EMT or emergency manager who wants to advance to an administrative position. Here is your dilemma: You need advanced training to qualify for the promotion, but employers often do not provide advanced training until you have the job.

That is a niche University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is filling with its new Public Safety Executive Leadership certificate program launching in January.Continue Reading

Vaccine Development Explained

With some Americans questioning the safety of vaccines while others are demanding rapid deployment of them at this critical moment in fighting Covid-19, University of Maryland Global Campus School of Arts and Sciences Dean Kara Van Dam asked microbiologist Jim Coker, chair of UMGC’s Science Department, to explain how the vaccine process works.Continue Reading

UMGC Alumna Takes Leadership Role in NYC Pandemic Response

While powering through 17 hours of labor leading up to the birth of her daughter, Syra Madad was also on her cell phone, sending email messages, monitoring incoming public health reports, and keeping in touch with the leadership team at her workplace.

That is what happens when you are managing COVID-19 strategy at the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.Continue Reading

His UMGC Cybersecurity Degree and Acceptance to the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative Led Alumnus Steve Muthomi to a Successful Career Transition

Steve Muthomi always wanted to work in information technology, so he began his career journey by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems management at the University of Central Oklahoma. But once he joined the U.S. Army in 2014, he found that juggling school and work was a bigger challenge than he anticipated.Continue Reading

New UMGC Curator’s Path Took Him from Nursing to Museums

When he started studying nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, Treston Sanders figured he would be joining an occupation that was the family business for a great many of his relatives. Every woman on his mother’s side—including his maternal great-great-grandmother—was or had been a nurse. “It made sense,” he said.

Until it did not.Continue Reading

UMGC President Javier Miyares Announces Retirement After Eight Years at the Helm of America’s Largest Online Public University

Miyares cited for recognizing power of big data, leveraging analytics, and unwavering focus on accessibility and affordability

Javier Miyares, who fled Castro’s Cuba as a child and found his American dream in Maryland higher education, has announced his retirement after a 45-year career that has culminated in his transformative eight-year tenure as president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Continue Reading

Teaching in a Pandemic: Mentor Circles Connect Educators

Dwayne Burbridge always knew what he would do when he retired from the military: teach high school chemistry and physics. To put himself on the path to that goal, he enrolled in the graduate program in teaching at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

Burbridge, now ready to leave the U.S. Navy after serving 31 years, is only one requirement away from completing his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. But that last task—a semester in a teaching internship—has been complicated by COVID-19.Continue Reading