Why Attend?

Jumpstart your first term at University of Maryland Global Campus by attending our virtual event, Jumpstart Your Winter. Are you considering applying for admission or starting your first term of courses at UMGC this Winter or Spring? If so, join us for this informative online event to learn more about how to make your first term at UMGC a successful one.

About Us

University of Maryland Global Campus celebrated its 70th anniversary throughout 2017. Unique among institutions of higher education, UMGC was established in 1947 to meet the educational needs of adult students and the U.S. military. A pioneer in distance education, UMGC has always looked for new and better ways to serve students. Today UMGC has grown to be the largest public online university in the nation, serving busy professionals around the world. From soft skills to industry-specific expertise, UMGC can help you become more valuable in your current role and in the job market. We offer 90+ degrees, specializations, and certificates, including programs in high-growth fields like cyber security , data analytics, and healthcare.

What You'll Find


Wednesday,   December 4 

4:00 PM

Live Classroom Walk Through

Ricky Meadows
LaKendra Brown

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Jumpstart Live Panel Discussion: New Student Success @ UMGC

Keith Hauk (Stateside Military Operations)

Col. Keith Hauk (U.S. Army, Ret.) serves as the UMUC Associate VP for Veterans Initiatives and Military Support.  Keith is a 29-year Army veteran who joined UMUC in September 2015. Over the course of his career he served in locations across the continental United States, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East, including combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. He holds an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as advanced degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and the United States Naval War College. 

Francine Blume (Career Services)

Dr. Blume is Assistant Vice President of Career Development at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Her focus has been on scaling services by integrating tools and technologies into career services and on identifying appropriate employers with the highest return on investment for our student and alumni job-seeking population. She has her PhD in political science from the University of Hawaii.

Beth Mulherrin (Assistant Vice President, Retention Initiatives) 

Beth Mulherrin has over thirty years of experience working in higher education in a variety of roles, including as a librarian and as a professor of research skills and grant writing. In her current role she manages student engagement and retention initiatives at UMGC. 

Brian Nelson (UMUC Alum/Faculty Member)

Brian Nelson is a Network Engineer working in Washington, D.C., as well as an Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. Since earning his B.S. in Information Science and Systems at Morgan State University, and his M.S. in Cybersecurity at UMGC, his focus has been sharpening his technical skills by obtaining various IT certifications, and sharing his experiences through teaching his students.

5:00 PM

Live Financial Aid Workshop

Diane Mack


Live Classroom Walkthrough

               Ricky Meadows
                LaKendra Brown 

Frequently Asked Questions

This event is designed to help students starting their classes with UMGC this fall semester. It is also great for prospective students who are considering transferring or applying to UMGC.
  • Admission, Military/Veteran and Academic Advisors
  • Professors
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts Advisors
  • Career Services Advisors
  • Alumni Mentors
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
No. You will have the ability to video chat with UMGC advisors, professors, alumni and staff, however it is not required in order to participate.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
Send an email to umuc@vfairs.com for any technical assistance.
  • Complete classroom walkthroughs to ensure you are prepared for classes from day one
  • Gain valuable insight into time management and organizational skills
  • Network with UMGC faculty and alumni
  • Speak to an admissions advisor and get hands-on assistance to ensure a successful first term
  • Learn more about UMGC’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, student support and veterans services
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.
While live chat and presentations will only be available during the live event, all registrants will be emailed a link to access the recorded portions and student success resources for 30 days following the event date.