Student Spotlight: Mark Bigelow

Student Spotlight: Mark Bigelow

From Darkness to Hope: A Near Death Experience Drives Mark Bigelow to Pursue His Degree

Date Posted: July 29, 2010

In 2005, Mark Bigelow suffered a vicious attack from a baseball-wielding madman. He survived against all odds, and is using his second chance to pursue his bachelor's degree and a bright future. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Katrina Cooper

Student Spotlight: Katrina Cooper

Katrina Cooper Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

Date Posted: July 29, 2010

With parents who were active duty in the United States Air Force, Katrina Cooper grew up traveling all over the world. She developed a keen interest in learning about the unique histories of the many places she lived and visited. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Karissa Poe

Student Spotlight: Karissa Poe

Karissa Poe Pursues a Double Master’s Degree Online

Date Posted: July 29, 2010

As a full-time working mother and military spouse, hectic days and frequent moves are a way of life for Karissa Poe. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Ben Stevenson

Faculty Focus: Ben Stevenson

Ben Stevenson Takes Students Inside the Corrections Field

Date Posted: October 22, 2010

School of Undergraduate Studies professor Ben Stevenson brings his work as a Correctional Specialist III for the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to center stage at UMUC. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Maurice Hladik

Faculty Focus: Maurice Hladik

Maurice Hladik Brings Energy to the Educational Experience

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

When Maurice Hladik ran into his friend and colleague Jane Ross in Seoul, Korea, he couldn’t have imagined how the course of events would ultimately unfold. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Subash Bijlani

Faculty Focus: Subash Bijlani

Linking Lives and Business With a Global Perspective

Date Posted: October 26, 2010

Subash Bijlani brings more than business savvy to UMUC—he brings an award-winning international perspective. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Reginald Daniel

Alumni Spotlight: Reginald Daniel

Reginald Daniel—Starting at the Finish Line

Date Posted: October 26, 2010

Modeling himself after a fictional advertising executive was just the first in a series of steps that would allow Reginald Daniel to retire at age 44 and dedicate his time and energy to trying to making the world a better place. Read more...

Faculty Focus:  David Johnson

Faculty Focus: David Johnson

Dr. David P. Johnson Grows and Excels With UMUC

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Dr. David P. Johnson, a UMUC faculty and staff member, credits much of his success to the university he has grown up with—UMUC. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Stefan Sittig

Faculty Focus: Stefan Sittig

Stefan Sittig Brings Boundless Energy and Enthusiasm to the Classroom

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

As a professor of humanities and theatre for UMUC, it’s no surprise to find that Stefan Sittig is creative and outgoing. What’s striking is Stefan’s unbridled passion about the subjects he teaches and the students he instructs. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Jarod Harris

Alumni Spotlight: Jarod Harris

Jarod Harris Shares Technology with Tanzania

Date Posted: November 2, 2010

Jarod Harris knows computers. He knows how they work and how they can benefit a person, a school or even a community. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Dawn Smith

Faculty Focus: Dawn Smith

Dawn Smith Brings Adventure to the Virtual Classroom

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

Dawn Smith has been teaching undergraduate computer information technology at UMUC for two years now, but says she’s been working in and teaching technology nearly all of her adult life. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Erika White

Alumni Spotlight: Erika White

Through Many Jobs, Erika White Achieves Her AA, BS and Moves on to Her Master’s

Date Posted: July 10, 2009

Erika White transformed from an average high school student to a high-achieving UMUC student with a 3.4 GPA, appearances on the Dean’s List and three honor society memberships. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Richard Prather

Alumni Spotlight: Richard Prather

Richard Prather Earns Three Degrees While Serving His Country

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Military careers are known for their many rigorous demands, but imagine how taxing it would be to earn three degrees while moving around the world with a wife and two children and working 60-hour weeks as a Navy paralegal. Read more...

Veronica Canadas's Journey to Earn a Master’s Degree

Veronica Canadas's Journey to Earn a Master’s Degree

Accounting Major Didn't Let a Civil War and Language Barrier Stop Her

Date Posted: April 3, 2009

As a decade-long civil war raged around her, University of El Salvador student Veronica Canadas was forced to make a difficult choice. Veronica, a law school student at the time, recalls the devastating circumstances she faced in early 1980s El Salvador. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Ivette Pradera

Student Spotlight: Ivette Pradera

Ivette Pradera Tackles the One-Year MBA

Date Posted: March 30, 2012

Ivette Pradera thrives on managing multiple responsibilities. While still adjusting to a new job in a new city, she also decided to pursue her dream of earning an MBA—in one year. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Eric O'Leary

Alumni Spotlight: Eric O'Leary

Eric O’Leary’s Innovative Ideas for Improving His Montana Hometown

Date Posted: October 26, 2010

UMUC - Europe alumnus Eric O’Leary is running for Chief Executive of his hometown, Butte, Montana, a region, long-plagued with environmental and economic concerns. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Celene Parker

Alumni Spotlight: Celene Parker

Active Alumna Celine Parker Gets the Most Out of Her UMUC Experience

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

UMUC alumna Celine Parker can often be found on-the-go, which is why her ever-evolving career at the Library of Congress is a great fit. An employee since her teens, Celine has steadily advanced within the organization. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Sharon Pinder

Faculty Focus: Sharon Pinder

Advocate for Small and Minority Businesses: Sharon Pinder's Amazing Accomplishments

Date Posted: October 25, 2010

As a UMUC School of Undergraduate Studies faculty member, Sharon Pinder makes a significant impact on her students worldwide. But her accomplishments extend far beyond UMUC. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: FBI

Alumni Spotlight: FBI

UMUC Alumni and FBI Agents—Their Success is No Secret!

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Their secret identities cannot be revealed, but their achievements can be broadcast for all to admire. These four FBI agents are UMUC alumni who all say that their rise to top was boosted by a UMUC education and degree. Read more...

Sabrina Fu

Sabrina Fu

Sabrina Fu

Date Posted: January 14, 2012

A scholar-practitioner by anyone's standards, Sabrina Fu is always looking for new ways to put her scientific knowledge and experience to work for the benefit of her students, as well as her community. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Karren Pope-Onwukwe

Alumni Spotlight: Karren Pope-Onwukwe

Karren Pope-Onwukwe: Embracing Change for the Better

Date Posted: October 26, 2010

When Karren Jo Pope-Onwukwe flashes you her broad smile, it’s probably easier to picture her as the high school teacher or flight attendant that she used to be than it is to see her as the well-known lawyer she is today. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Patti Wolf

Faculty Focus: Patti Wolf

Patti Wolf's Quilts are a "Comfort" in More Ways Than One

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

A UMUC instructor since 1999, Patti Wolf teaches Information Systems Management, a program that emphasizes logic and structure. But when she’s not at her “day job,” Patti’s creative side is unleashed. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Sylvia Palm

Faculty Focus: Sylvia Palm

From Robots to Real Disasters, Sylvia Palm Finds New Ways to Inspire

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

BAE Systems' Director of Business Process Improvement Sylvia Palm knows that helping students find passion in their school work takes a little innovation. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Konstantin Mekhonoshin

Faculty Focus: Konstantin Mekhonoshin

Faculty Member Konstantin Mekhonoshin Applies the Business of Dance to UMUC

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

Konstantin Mekhonoshin has taught business courses at UMUC since 2004—first while he attended George Washington University in the U.S. for a year, and then from his hometown in Irkutsk, Russia. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Alyson Muff

Faculty Focus: Alyson Muff

Alyson Muff Inspires Her Students With Humor and Encouragement

Date Posted: August 10, 2009

Alyson Muff gives her students the confidence and humor they need to succeed in her classes. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Ronald Washington

Alumni Spotlight: Ronald Washington

To Iraq and Back, Ronald Washington Earns His Degree in Fire Science

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Ronald Washington earned his BS in Fire Science while working as a contracter in Iraq. Back in his home town in Louisiana, Washington now has the credentials to suceed in his competitive safety field and is eligible for a promotion. Read more...

Broderick Carroll and Richard Balanon

Broderick Carroll and Richard Balanon

Broderick Carroll and Richard Balanon

Date Posted: November 5, 2014

In May, two UMUC students stood in the undergraduate robing room at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland, preparing to walk the stage and receive their degrees. And both were in for a surprise. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Toyshika Epps

Alumni Spotlight: Toyshika Epps

Online Classes Helped Toyshika Epps Fulfill a Family Dream

Date Posted: August 5, 2010

Motivated by her parents, Toyshika Epps never gave up on her dream of earning a bachelor's degree. She became the first in her family to graduate from college and now has a job she truly loves. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Jimmy Jones

Faculty Focus: Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones Adds a Human Touch to Information Systems Management

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Jimmy Jones teaches his Information Systems Management students real-life skills and lessons. And his volunteer work in Washington, D.C., and Nicaragua helps him demonstrate the importance of giving back. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Besa Sadiku

Alumni Spotlight: Besa Sadiku

Besa Sadiku Follows Her Dreams to the “City of Hope”

Date Posted: August 5, 2010

Born and raised in Kosovo, Besa Sadiku didn't expect to earn a college degree. After being displaced to a refugee camp, her dreams of an education became real. Today, has she two degrees and a certficate. Read more...

Faculty Focus:  Robert Beauchamp

Faculty Focus: Robert Beauchamp

Robert Beauchamp Promotes a Growing Environment at UMUC

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Dr. Robert Beauchamp has overseen many advancements in UMUC’s environmental management program. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Chuck Sterin

Faculty Focus: Chuck Sterin

Multi-Talented Professor Chuck Sterin Makes Education a Multimedia Experience

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

Years ago, when Chuck Sterin was asked to author two courses at UMUC—COMM 300 Communications Theory and COMM 400 Communication & Media Law, he thought he would merely be authoring the courses, then teaching the test versions. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Kulsum Malik

Alumni Spotlight: Kulsum Malik

From Rebel Reader to Alumni Achiever: Kay Malik Overcomes Obstacles to Succeed

Date Posted: October 25, 2010

Kulsum (Kay) Malik was told as a girl that books would poison her mind, but she didn’t let that stop her from reading. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Kenyatta Robertson

Student Spotlight: Kenyatta Robertson

Kenyatta Robertson’s Inspirational, Indomitable Spirit

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

Being a military spouse has its share of challenges. Frequent moves and unpredictable schedules are the norm. But somehow Kenyatta Robertson—a military wife, mother of four, and UMUC graduate school honors student—makes it look easy. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Thomas Huelsmann

Faculty Focus: Thomas Huelsmann

Thomas Huelsmann Brings Distance Education Within Reach

Date Posted: October 27, 2010

UMUC’s Master of Distance Education (MDE) program is designed for students who want to gain expertise in managing the distance education enterprise within business, government, educational and non-profit sectors. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Joe Beimfohr

Student Spotlight: Joe Beimfohr

Joe Beimfohr’s Inspirational Will to Succeed

Date Posted: October 26, 2010

Joe Beimfohr was deployed to Iraq in January, 2005. Just six months later, on July 5, he was severely wounded when an IED, more commonly known as a “roadside bomb,” exploded on his patrol north of Baghdad. Read more...

Alumna Profile

Alumna Profile

Amalia Lopez

Date Posted: November 3, 2014

Teacher and UMUC alumna Amalia Lopez is part of a revolution in education, and not by chance. She went looking for a place where new ground was being broken, and she found it at Lindsay High School in Tulare County, California. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Penny Sima

Faculty Focus: Penny Sima

Penny Sima is Dedicated to Lifelong Service

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

While serving in Afghanistan, UMUC graduate Penny Sima witnessed nonprofit organizations in action. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Sudha Rajput

Alumni Spotlight: Sudha Rajput

Sudha Rajput’s Never-Ending Love for Learning

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Eighteen years after earning her bachelor’s degree, Sudha Rajput was ready to resume her love for learning. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Joan Bevelaqua

Faculty Focus: Joan Bevelaqua

Joan Bevelaqua Brings Artistic Expression to UMUC

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

Joan Bevelaqua is not only a respected and well-liked collegiate professor of art at UMUC, she is also an accomplished artist who has widely exhibited her work throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia for the past 15 years. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Moreno

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Moreno

Jonathan Moreno overcomes many adversities to earn his bachelor's degree.

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Jonathan Moreno was looking forward to a long career in the U.S. Army when he was injured in combat. Facing the end of his military service, Jonathan prepared for civilian life by earning his BS from UMUC. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Ward

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Ward

Passed Over for a Promotion, Kevin Ward Decides to Finish His Bachelor's After 25 Years

Date Posted: July 10, 2009

Passed over for a promotion, Kevin Ward decided to finish his bachelor's after 25 years. Ward credits his perseverance, coupled with the faculty at UMUC, as integral to completing his degree in Management Studies. Read more...

Rebecca Johnson Stone

Rebecca Johnson Stone

Rebecca Johnson Stone

Date Posted: January 15, 2013

UMUC students are well known for juggling a lot of obligations and opportunities, but Rebecca Johnson Stone seems to be taking it to new heights. Read more...

Mark Gerencser

Mark Gerencser

Mark Gerencser

Date Posted: January 15, 2013

Mark Gerencser thinks big. The chair of UMUC’s Board of Visitors has spent more than 30 years traveling the globe for Booz Allen Hamilton, the international consulting firm, solving problems—and the bigger the better. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Art Huseonica

Faculty Focus: Art Huseonica

Art Huseonica Aims High

Date Posted: August 10, 2009

Whether escaping a resurgence of magma from a volcano or climbing one of the world’s most dangerous mountains, Art Huseonica is no stranger to adventure. Read more...

Faculty Focus: William Sondervan

Faculty Focus: William Sondervan

William Sondervan’s Quest to Put Troubled Teens Back on Track

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

In his long career in corrections, William Sondervan has met some of the world’s most infamous criminals. While he describes these encounters as “interesting,” they don’t constitute the defining moments of his career. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Erika Sides

Student Spotlight: Erika Sides

Erika Sides Goes Above the Call of Duty for Operation School Supply

Date Posted: December 2, 2008

Specialist Erika Sides, an active-duty servicemember and UMUC student currently deployed in Iraq, has gone above and beyond her normal call of duty to help the young students of Iraq. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Jensen

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Jensen

Jensen Gives His All for a "Green" Degree

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

While pursuing his MS in environmental management at UMUC, Chris Jensen had two heart attacks, four stents, and an angioplasty—but this didn’t stop him from reaching his goal. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Majella Stevenson

Faculty Focus: Majella Stevenson

Military Missions in the Middle East by Day; Math by Night Adjunct Faculty Member Majella Stevenson Shares Her Story

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

School probably isn’t the first thing soldiers think of when they go on deployment to the Middle East. However, a recent education contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) may change that for U.S. soldiers. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Holly Ridgeway

Faculty Focus: Holly Ridgeway

Holly Ridgeway Epitomizes Career and Academic Success

Date Posted: June 10, 2009

Holly Ridgeway went from U.S. Department of Justice to a UMUC student to a UMUC adjunct faculty member teaching Information Systems Management. She credits her students with inspiring her to keep her classes engaging and relevant. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Sayed Zafar Hashemi

Student Spotlight: Sayed Zafar Hashemi

Student Prepares Afghanistan for a New Generation of Leaders, Is Interviewed by PBS

Date Posted: July 29, 2010

After spending his childhood in Afghanistan and weaving carpets as a teenager in Pakistan, 24-year-old Washington, D.C., radio show host Sayed Zafar Hashemi has traveled many miles and crossed countless boundaries. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Catherine Campbell

Faculty Focus: Catherine Campbell

Near and Far, Catherine Campbell Stays Connected to UMUC

Date Posted: August 10, 2009

Faculty member Catherine Campbell’s rich and active history with UMUC began with a teaching position in Maryland in 1989. Since that year, she has contributed in many capacities to the university’s School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS). Read more...

Faculty Focus: Laureen Marchand

Faculty Focus: Laureen Marchand

Laureen Marchand: Guiding Students through Gateway of Information

Date Posted: October 21, 2010

UMUC graduate students have at least one thing in common—they are required to take UCSP 611, Introduction to Graduate Library Research Skills. It is only natural that this important gateway course is taught by Laureen Marchand. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Kevin Murphy

Faculty Focus: Kevin Murphy

From Gunsmoke to the Shores of Japan: Kevin Murphy Builds a Fascinating Career One Story at a Time

Date Posted: October 21, 2010

Where television left off, Kevin's imagination took over. To calm his sister's concerns for their heroes, he would whisper episode endings to her as she drifted off to sleep. Out of brotherly kindness—or perhaps fate—he became a storyteller. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Arthur Tyler

Alumni Spotlight: Arthur Tyler

From the Streets of D.C. to the Halls of Academe

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Anyone who doubts the transforming power of education should talk to Arthur Tyler. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Peter Ollodart

Alumni Spotlight: Peter Ollodart

UMUC graduate Peter Ollodart is behind the scenes at Microsoft battling to make the Internet safe for the whole family.

Date Posted: November 2, 2010

For many, surfing the Web is something as common—and casual—as jumping in a car to run an errand or commute to work. But there are hazards in cyberspace, just as there are in rush hour traffic, and safety demands vigilance. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Barry C. West

Alumni Spotlight: Barry C. West

The Air Force Meteorology whiz rose to a CIO's position, overseeing a $1.5 billion budget, in a cabinet-level government agency—all by the age of 44.

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

THE RUMORS ABOUT BARRY C. WEST ARE NOT TRUE. He is not younger than every computer owned by the U.S. Department of Commerce. But at age 44, Barry is one of the youngest chief information officers (CIOs) of a government cabinet-level department. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Robert Dean

Faculty Focus: Robert Dean

Robert Dean's Students Experience Real-Life "Law and Order" in the Classroom

Date Posted: August 10, 2010

Veteran prosecutor Robert Dean, JD, brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his criminal justice classes at UMUC. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Sarah English

Student Spotlight: Sarah English

Twenty Years After Her Initial Attempt at College, Sarah English Is Preparing to Graduate With Honors

Date Posted: July 29, 2010

The old adage “it’s never too late” couldn’t be truer for Sarah English. More than 20 years after her initial attempt at college, Sarah—a 56-year-old mother and grandmother of two, gave college a second chance. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: David Copeman

Alumni Spotlight: David Copeman

Alumnus David “Scoop” Copeman Looks Ahead to a Bright Future

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

David “Scoop” Copeman, a highly decorated Navy Seal Senior Chief, began his UMUC master’s degree in Computer Technology with an ambitious goal—to graduate and retire by May 2008. Read more...

Student Spotlight: Steve Quillin

Student Spotlight: Steve Quillin

Elite Marathon Runner Transitions from Golf Course Management to Business with UMUC MBA

Date Posted: July 29, 2009

MBA student Steve Quillin balances working full-time at a golf course, his MBA courses and schoolwork and his personal life, all while training as an elite marathon runner. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Inez Giles

Faculty Focus: Inez Giles

Dr. Inez Giles Weaves Many Interests into Her Life

Date Posted: October 21, 2010

Dr. Inez Giles’ career at UMUC spans more than two decades. During that time, she has instructed classes in everything from basic computing, to education, to human resource management, and currently holds course chair and exam chair positions, as well. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Michele Washington

Faculty Focus: Michele Washington

Michele Washington Cooks Up Great Educational Experiences

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Since 2000, Michele Washington has enjoyed teaching information systems management classes as an adjunct professor at UMUC. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Robert Goodwin

Faculty Focus: Robert Goodwin

The Future in the Far East

Date Posted: October 20, 2010

Robert Goodwin is UMUC's resident expert on China—One of the world's most dynamic business environments. This is his story. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Bill McCaffrey

Faculty Focus: Bill McCaffrey

Teaching to Learn in China: Bill McCaffrey’s Life-Changing Experience

Date Posted: October 28, 2010

The faculty members at UMUC are not only experienced professionals, they are also vibrant, dynamic people with a passion for education. Read more...

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Banash

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Banash

Mark A. Banash—Making the Possible Profitable

Date Posted: November 2, 2010

Every day, it seems, the worlds of science and science fiction draw closer together. But for every innovation that makes its way into our daily lives, a dozen others vanish into the daunting divide between the research laboratory and the assembly line... Read more...

Student Spotlight: Courtney Tipton

Student Spotlight: Courtney Tipton

Courtney Tipton Keeps It All Together by Planning Ahead

Date Posted: March 2, 2010

Courtney Tipton misses her eight-year-old son’s weekend basketball games—she works on the weekends—but always finds creative ways to show up for her duties in life, work and school. Read more...

Faculty Focus: Tom Locke

Faculty Focus: Tom Locke

FBI Veteran Tom Locke Inspires New Law Enforcement Leaders in the Classroom

Date Posted: August 10, 2009

Tom Locke brings first-hand experiences to his criminal justice courses. A 32-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Locke was on the front lines of law enforcement as an investigator and administrator. Read more...

The Shackeltons

The Shackeltons

Jim and Liza Shackelton

Date Posted: May 20, 2014

After a combined 40 years and seven deployments with the U.S. Army, Jim and Liza Shackelton both recently completed bachelor’s degrees at UMUC. They are a true ‘power couple’ in the military. Read more...