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

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

When Learning Is a Voyage—Literally

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.

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

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In 32 Years Overseas, Holowenzak Served Students and Community

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.

Stephen Holowenzak was on a break from setting up a computer system and workshops for the Cumberland Area Health Education Center in rural Maryland when an ad in the Washington Post caught his eye. The University of Maryland Global Campus was seeking faculty to teach active-duty service members on military bases in Europe and Asia. Holowenzak applied. Continue Reading

‘The Morning Mind’: UMUC Professor Offers Formula for Mastering the Day

Consider rehydrating each morning by drinking water spiked with ginger, then wait until 9:30 a.m. for your first cup of coffee. Work on improving your posture. Figure out the daily task you dislike the most and get it out of the way. And don’t call your parents in the evening—earlier in the day is better—if the conversations tend to be stressful.

Those are among the many daily regimen recommendations in “The Morning Mind,” a new book by Dr. Robert Carter III, an adjunct professor of nutrition at University of Maryland University College. The title refers to the time of day when willpower is strongest and when many activities—like exercise—have the biggest impact.Continue Reading

Zest for Lifelong Learning Is Key to Success for UMUC’s Frank Kesterman

Kesterman, a member of UMUC’s cybersecurity faculty, received 2018 higher education and finance Lifetime Achievement Awards from Marquis Who’s Who.

Throughout his career, UMUC adjunct professor Frank Kesterman said he has wanted only one thing—to be at the cutting edge of what is happening.Continue Reading

Air Force Veteran and UMUC Alumnus Jack Milton Pays It Forward to Caregivers of Wounded Service Members

Editor’s note: This profile is part of a UMUC series in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.

At 95, Jack Milton of Arlington, Virginia, has lived two complete careers studded with adventure and financial success.  But even 50 years after he finally completed his bachelor’s degree as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Milton looks back on his association with University of Maryland University College as essential to his life.Continue Reading