Achiever Magazine Archives

Here you can download and read past issues of the Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College. Read the current issue.

Achiever Issues:

2014

2014 Spring Achiever

Spring 2014 Issue

Cover Story

  • How We Learn
    Three thought leaders discuss the changing face of higher education. By Gil Klein.

Features

  • Data Analytics at UMUC
    Harnessing the power of big data inside and outside the classroom. By Chip Cassano.
  • The Adult Learner Dynamic
    For UMUC students, finding time to sleep can be the biggest challenge. By Menachem Wecker.

Highlights

  • UMUC Wins DOD Contract to Teach in Europe
  • Three Volunteer Caregivers Receive Scholarships
  • UMUC Moves to Reduce the Cost of a College Degree

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2013

Spring 2013 Achiever

Spring 2013 Issue

Cover Story

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Cybersecurity
    Industry experts discuss the challenges of hacking, tracking and attacking in a virtual world. By Gil Klein

Features

  • Maryland, My CyberMaryland
    The Old Line State is the epicenter of a new industry. By Bob Ludwig
  • Team Padawan
    UMUC students, alumni, and faculty are making waves in the world of cybersecurity competitions. By Kathy Harvatt

Highlights

  • New UMUC President Javier Miyares Shares His Vision
  • UMUC Forges Educational Alliance with AT&T and Smithsonian
  • Presidential Debate Moderators, Koppel Headline the Kalb Report

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2012

Achiever Fall 2012

Fall 2012 Issue (8.1 MB pdf)

Cover Story

  • Hails from the Chiefs
    Seven U.S. presidents commend UMUC's service to our nation's military. By Gil Klein

Features

  • News That Is Still Fit To Print
    UMUC alumna and Post-Newsweek Media Inc. CEO Karen Acton makes the case for community newspapers. By Gil Klein
  • Chasing History Through Time and Space
    For Robert C. Moyer, exploring the history of space flight is a passion—and a link to the father he never knew. By Chip Cassano
  • Teachable Moments
    For running back and UMUC master’s graduate Okiima Pickett, tackling a challenge—like tackling an opponent—is all in a day's work. By Mandy Mcintyre

Highlights

  • UMUC Celebrates 9,500 Graduates in Commencements Worldwide
  • Faculty and Staff Donate $165,000 for Scholarships and University Initiatives
  • UMUC Joins Prestigious Kalb Report Media Series Partnership

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Spring 2012 Issue (3.2MB pdf)

Features

  • Warrior University
    Almost 40 years ago, Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker’s commanding officers supported his dreams of earning a college degree. Through Warrior University, he has done the same for thousands of others. By Chip Cassano
  • UMUC. Russia. And the New Market Economy
    In 1991, UMUC partnered with two Russian universities to train Russian students as managers in the new market economy. Two decades later, the programs still thrive. By Chip Cassano
  • In a League of Her Own
    For running back and UMUC master’s graduate Okiima Pickett, tackling a challenge—like tackling an opponent—is all in a day's work. By Mandy Mcintyre

Highlights

  • UMUC Provost Greg von Lehmen Testifies on Cybersecurity
  • Carnegie Corp. of New York Awards $500,000 Grant to UMUC
  • UMUC Honors Fallen Soldiers at National Roll Call
  • UMUC Partners with Open University of China
  • UMUC Congratulates Its Maryland Cyber Challenge Finalists

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2011

Summer 2011 Achiever

Summer 2011 Issue (3.4MB pdf)

Features

  • The Irreverent Voice of Iran
    Meet Saman Arbabi—executive producer of a hugely popular show called Parazit and careful critic of Iran's oppressive political regime. By Mandy Mcintyre
  • Mr. Fix-It
    Mark Gerencser, chair of UMUC's Board of Visitors, tackles some of society's most vexing problems—and gets results. By Allan Zackowitz
  • The War On (Cyber) Terror
    With support and guidance from industry leaders like ManTech International Corp., UMUC cybersecurity students are poised to fight cyberterror nationwide. By Chip Cassano

Highlights

  • Cybersecurity Gala Raises $1.2 Million for Scholarships
  • UMUC Surpasses $26 Million Fundraising Goal
  • UMUC Celebrates Commencement Worldwide
  • UMUC Bestows President’s Medal on Orkands
  • Catherine G. Kuenzel Named UMUC 2011 Distinguished Alum

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Spring 2011 Achiever

Spring 2011 Issue (2.28MB pdf)

Features

  • More Than a Game
    For Dori Samadzai-Bonner, a young refugee from Afghanistan, tennis came to represent the freedom of her adopted homeland. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Bringing Science to Life
    Dr. Sabrina S. Fu—winner of the 2010 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award—lives a life guided by the same scientific principles she teaches her students every day. By Chip Cassano
  • Art. Access. Inspiration.
    For Eric Key, director of UMUC's Arts Program, the university's vast and growing collection represents both a passion and a pastime. By Chip Cassano

Highlights

  • UMUC Receives $1.2 Million Grant from The Kresge Foundation
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Looks to UMUC for Cybersecurity Training
  • Textbook Selection Program Saves Students Money
  • UMUC Hosts Historic Debate on U.S.–Iran Policy
  • UMUC Signs MOU with UNISA

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2010

Fall 2010

Fall 2010 Issue (2.02MB pdf)

Features

  • Master and Teacher
    The Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard opens at UMUC's world headquarters in Adelphi, Maryland. By Chip Cassano
  • The IT Guy
    Following a template he drew up as a 12-year old, UMUC Doctor of Management recipient Adrian Butler has risen to the top of the information technology field. By Chip Cassano
  • HELP!
    As libraries change in the Digital Age, librarians are stepping forward to aid students at risk of being overwhelmed by information overload. By Chip Cassano

Highlights

  • UMUC's Center of Academic Operations Certified LEED Gold
  • Hundreds Enroll in Cybersecurity Degree Programs
  • UMUC President Wins Global Impact Award
  • UMUC Virtual Dragons Bring Home Gold

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Spring 2010

Spring 2010 Issue (4.42MB pdf)

Features

  • Weatherby On Fire
    Stephen Weatherby is well on his way to a distinguished career in fire service, but the research he conducted in a UMUC Cooperative Education class may change the field forever. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Diving Into History
    Underwater archeologist Mechelle Kerns-Nocerito sees history and archeology as inextricably linked—and teaches that way. By Chip Cassano
  • The Cobblestone Campus
    Alumni reminisce about UMUC's historic residential campus in Munich, Germany. By Chip Cassano

Highlights

  • Project Management Institute Accredits Three UMUC Graduate Programs
  • UMUC Welcomes Google's "Chief Internet Evangelist," Vinton Cerf
  • UMUC Congratulates Military Challenge Winners at Nation's Triathlon
  • UMUC Partners with the Open University of Japan

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2009

Fall 2009

Fall 2009 Issue (2.49MB pdf)

Features

  • Service Above Self
    Peggy Magee retired after 20 years of service to her country—and immediately began a second career, serving the residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland. By Chip Cassano
  • From Bedside to Business Plans
    Nursing veteran Jeanne Wohlford now cares for patients by fighting to control rising costs. By Allan Zackowitz
  • The Campaign for UMUC Honor Roll

Highlights

  • Von Lehmen Named Provost and CAO
  • Military Times EDGE Ranks UMUC No. 1 for Military Students
  • UMUC Welcomes New Orkand Chair
  • UMUC Partners with Hughes Communications
  • UMUC and Montgomery College Create the Dr. Evelyn Bata Scholarship Program for Student Success

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Summer 2009

Summer 2009 Issue (2.3MB pdf)

Features

  • The New Guys
    How new American citizens Robb Wilmot and Rod Urand have been reminding their countrymen and countrywomen that the right to vote is a very precious thing. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Funny Business
    Matt Kissane makes it as a comic actor thanks to talent, hard work and good business sense. By Chip Cassano
  • UMUC Honors Wounded Warriors
    UMUC joined a St. Patrick's Day celebration honoring America's wounded warriors, including UMUC students at Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Center.

Highlights

  • Department of Defense Picks UMUC to Teach Troops in Asia
  • Anonymous $6 Million Gift Helps UMUC Students Weather Economic Woes
  • MDLA and UCEA Awards Cement UMUC's Reputation as the Leader in Distance Learning
  • UMUC Launches Online MAT
  • UMUC Signs Collaborative Agreement with Bulgarian University

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Spring 2009

Spring 2009 Issue (1.96MB pdf)

Features

  • Change for the Better
    For Karren Pope-Onwukwe, success sprang from a willingness to embrace change. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Adventure of the Spontaneous Tourist
    Jamie Samans won't let a full-time job, education, writing, and service to his country stop him from traveling the world. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Light & Shadow
    Paul Lattimore finds beauty and inspiration in Japan's highest peak.
  • Remembering 9/11

Highlights

  • New "Green" Academic Center in Largo
  • UMUC Classrooms Open in Iraq
  • "Color in Freedom" Opens at UMUC, Explores the Underground Railroad
  • Groundbreaking for the Leroy Meritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard
  • UMUC Strengthens Ties to Maryland Community Colleges

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2008

Fall 2008

Fall 2008 Issue (8.63MB pdf)

Features

  • The Noise Maker
    Marc Kohn is ready to make some noise—literally and figuratively—at sporting events worldwide. By Kate McLaughlin
  • Paola's Journey
    With a communication studies degree from UMUC, Paola Canales is helping create opportunities for young people worldwide. By Chip Cassano
  • No Ordinary Tourist
    Four years ago, Janete Zimmer fell in love with Costa Rica. Now she’s doing her part to save it for future generations. By Kate McLaughlin

Highlights

  • UMUC Ready to Serve Troops in Iraq
  • UMUC Hosts US–China Distance Education Forum
  • President Susan C. Aldridge Appointed to AASCU Commission
  • Dr. Betty Jo Mayeske Receives National Fire Academy Award
  • UMUC Opens Entrepreneur Development Center
  • UMUC Partners with YABT to Mentor Young Entrepreneurs
  • 2008 Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award Winners
  • Class Notes and Faculty Kudos

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Summer 2008

Summer 2008 Issue (6MB pdf)

Features

  • A Beautiful Life
    Acclaimed collage artist Annie King Phillips takes all life has to offer—and makes of it something beautiful. By Allan Zackowitz
  • The Candidate
    Eric O’Leary has a bold vision for his hometown of Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow county. By Allan Zackowitz

Highlights

  • Colin Powell Joins UMUC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration
  • UMUC Partners with Baltimore City Police Department
  • UMUC Hosts 2008 Women’s Career Development Conference
  • UMUC Realigns Criminal Justice Program in Hagerstown
  • UMUC Welcomes Brazilian Ambassador
  • New Leaders at UMUC

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Spring 2008

Spring 2008 (4.87MB pdf)


Features

  • Thinking Inside the Box They might not speak or act much like people—yet—but not make no mistake, machines are getting smarter, thanks to the hard work and creativity of men and women like Russell Knight. By Chip Cassano
  • Puzzling Perfection Paul Tarter tackled a scripting challenge—and won. By Kate McLoughlin
  • Called to Service Patricia Bradshaw was looking forward to a quiet retirement cruising the Chesapeake Bay, but first, duty called. By Chip Cassano

Highlights

  • UMUC President Represents U.S. Higher Education in Latin America
  • UMUC Hosts 2007 Top 100 MBE Awards Ceremony
  • Marine Corps Marathon No Match for English Professor
  • UMUC Partners with CyberWATCH Members to Meet Security Needs

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2007

Fall 2007

Fall 2007 (14.3MB pdf)

Features

  • Monkey Business
    ...porcupine business, panda business, and sloth business-it's all serious business for Mary Rakow Tanner, deputy director of the National Zoo. By Chip Cassano
  • A Life and a Legacy
    After a lifetime of service, Walter Somerville turned to UMUC for a way to continue his legacy of doing good. By Allan Zackowitz
  • Stop Signs for the Sky
    Despite sustaining serious injuries in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Charles Roe still finds ways to serve his country—and make the world a safer place. By Amanda Agatstein

Highlights

  • UMUC Community Shows Support for Virginia Tech
  • Graduate School Unveils Updated Curriculum
  • Alumni Association Welcomes President Kirk W. Clear
  • Class Notes and Faculty Kudos

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Summer 2007

Summer 2007 (1.16MB pdf)

Features

  • Rational Exuberance From challenge to challenge and success to success, Marcia Harris has followed her heart—and her head—to the pinnacle of a remarkable career. By Chip Cassano
  • To Surf and Protect Microsoft executive Peter Ollodart's quest to make the Internet safe for all. By Amanda Agatstein
  • Warrior for Peace U.S. Ambassador Edward Perkins planted the seeds for peaceful change in troubled South Africa. By Alita Byrd

Highlights

  • Susan C. Aldridge Inaugurated as UMUC's Fifth President
  • Andrea Mitchell Visits UMUC
  • UMUC Partners with Blewitt Foundation to Serve Military Families

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Spring 2007


Spring 2007 (2.77MB pdf)

Features

  • Art/Work Meet Joseph Holston, an acclaimed artist who has made a most generous gift to UMUC. By Chip Cassano
  • Research, Writing, and Rock N' Roll
    Steve Moore does it all, thanks in part to his UMUC degree. By Amanda Agatstein

Highlights

  • UMUC's Dorsey Station Opens
  • Couple Opens John Deer Dealership with MBA Expertise
  • Class Notes and Faculty Kudos

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2006

Fall 2006

Fall 2006 (2.04MB pdf)

Features

  • The Future in the Far East Robert Goodwin is UMUC's resident expert on China—one of the world's most dynamic business environments. By Celeste Ryan
  • To Catch A Criminal UMUC students learn to uncover the hidden secrets of crime scenes with investigative forensics. By Amada Agatstein
  • Barry West's Meteoric Rise The story of how an 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. By Allan Zackowitz

Highlights

  • Kushner Receives the Marie Curie Award
  • Lech Walesa Visits UMUC
  • Middles States Gives UMUC a Thumbs Up
    Class Notes

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2005

Spring 2005

Spring 2005 (1.89MB pdf)

Features

  • The Cartoonist and the Fourth Estate David King came to the National Press Club in 1990 with dreams of becoming an editorial cartoonist. By Greg Rosenthal
  • The Art in War: A U.S. Marine's Unique View of Iraq When Major Benjamin Busch shipped out to Iraq in 2003, the 35-year-old Marine brought his camera and artistic perspective to the war. By Greg Rosenthal
  • Edward de Leon: On a Path to Discovery By Stefanie Jonson

Highlights

  • ACE Fellow Turns to UMUC to Learn About the Future of Education
  • Orkand Rewards Access and Quality at UMUC with $2 Million Gift
  • UMUC Receives High Marks for Serving Minorities
    Class Notes

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2004

Winter 2004

Winter 2004 (2.79MB pdf)

Features

  • Military Contract Awarded
    Ron Siarnicki: Standing in the Line of Duty A Future in the Making

Highlights

  • UMUC Establishes Military Scholarship and Support Fund Development News
    Class Notes

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Fall 2004

Fall 2004 (2.84MB pdf)

Features

  • Changing Times, Changing Directions
    A Woman of Substance
    Women at Work

Highlights

  • A New Face in the Provost's Office Honor Roll Class Notes


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2003

Spring 2003

Spring 2003 (1.32MB pdf)

Features

  • Closing the Gap: Achieving Economic Parity Through Workplace Diversity
    The History of WebTycho
    The Race to Washington: Felix Alvarado's Run for a Congressional Seat

Highlights

  • UMUC Partners with Joint Forces Staff College Getting into the Volunteer Spirit Class Notes

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