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

UMGC Faculty Help Students Cope with Challenges, Solve Problems During Pandemic

In many homes, a kitchen table is a place where families gather to eat, celebrate and sometimes work out solutions to problems. 

“A kitchen table is a strong symbol of comfort and a place where you don’t have to be anyone but yourself,” said Edwin Sapp, a 25-year UMGC adjunct professor and past winner of the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.  That is why, during his spring business Decision-Making course, he created a virtual kitchen table—a safe place where students could share their concerns and support one another during the global pandemic.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: Ken Burns on Saving America in 2020

In the first-ever virtual “Kalb Report” on July 27, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told moderator Marvin Kalb that the United States in 2020 is in the midst of one of the four great crises in this nation’s history.

The triple threat of the coronavirus—a pestilence in Burns’ words—the ensuing economic collapse and the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter movement, all overseen by ineffectual and counterproductive leadership at the top, has put the nation in a calamitous situation that ranks with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, he said.Continue Reading

UMGC CSS Scholars Say Communication, Security, Access Are Key to Safe School Opening and Course Delivery

The three students recently awarded scholarships by the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) through the Department of Defense (DoD) Cybersecurity Scholarship Program have been giving much thought to the novel coronavirus’s impact on schools and how best to provide a quality education through mainly digital means.Continue Reading

A Record Nine Caregivers of Wounded Warriors Awarded 2020 Pillars of Strength Scholarships

Adelphi, Md. (July 20, 2020)—The Pillars of Strength Scholarship Program has selected a record nine volunteer caregivers of severely injured service members to receive full scholarships to attend University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). It is the greatest number of scholarships ever awarded by the program in a single year—and brings to 38 the total number of caregivers who have received Pillars of Strength scholarships since the program’s inception in 2013.Continue Reading

UMGC Adjunct Professor Helps Keep Food Supply Safe

It’s not something you want to think about, said Marianna Naum, a strategic communication team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and adjunct environmental science professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. But after refrigerated trucks and warehouses used to transport and store food were commandeered for medical purposes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, the question soon became: what will it take to safely transition them back into the food distribution business?Continue Reading

UMGC’s Jackson Predicts Covid-19’s Peaks and Valleys from the Center of Coronavirus Fight

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.Continue Reading

‘Watch Out for Each Other’ Say UMGC Alumni, Faculty Members on the Coronavirus Front Lines

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.Continue Reading