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

Alumna Lynice Thorpe-Noel’s Journey from Poet to Command Sergeant Major at Fort Knox

When Lynice Thorpe-Noel left high school in Nashville, North Carolina, on her way to Norfolk State University 30 years ago, her career goal was to be a poet—to perhaps write greeting cards for Hallmark.

In a January ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Jason Evans, she became the first woman to be command sergeant major of the Army’s Human Resources Command at Fort Knox.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Mary Ellen Schmider Presents Fulbright Award to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Schmider to Speak on Visionary Women Champions of Nonviolence and Peace at UMUC Academic Center Auditorium in Largo, Maryland, March 15

Mary Ellen Heian Schmider culminated a history-making moment when she crossed the stage at the AXICA Congress and Convention Centre adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin on Jan. 28, to present Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel with the 2018 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Continue Reading