Enemy fire can't break resolve of distance-learning grad
U.S. Air Force Captain Jimmy Hernandez saw his alma mater's actual campus for the first time when he received his master of education degree during June Commencement. While distance-learning is becoming more common among UC students, Hernandez's personal adventures in earning his degree are quite uncommon.
After entering the distance-learning program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services in 2005, he pursued his online studies while serving in Korea, Italy, Afghanistan and Iraq. At one point during his stint in Iraq, he submitted a report via UC's online learning portal while under a desk avoiding an enemy mortar attack.
"The road was long and hard, but I'm happy to set the example for my soldiers and sons to see," he says. "I never want to stop learning, and that's what supported me through the journey of completing my degree."
UC alums part of select group of female university presidents
When Mary Ellen Mazey officially becomes president of Bowling Green State University in July, she'll be the second alumna of UC's McMicken College of Arts & Sciences to lead a university in the last two years. Linda Bennett, who received three degrees from the college, became president of the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in 2009.
Each alum hopes to emulate UC's transformation at her current university, including strategically improving infrastructure and strengthening connections between the universities and their communities. "As a young institution, USI can learn a lot from the direction UC has taken," Bennett says.