Kaiserslautern, Germany (January 26, 2023)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has announced a new partnership between its Europe division and the USO. Under the agreement, UMGC Europe staff will join USO employees in providing support in select Europe, Middle East, and Africa (USO EMEA) locations.
The partnership with the nation’s leading nonprofit organization serving individuals in the U.S. military and their families broadens UMGC’s aim to provide high-quality educational opportunities and experiences to military communities.
“There is an excellent alignment between UMGC Europe and USO EMEA,” said Patricia Coopersmith, vice president and director of UMGC Europe. “We operate under two government contracts in more than 55 locations in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, providing a variety of educational services and degree programs to the U.S. military, their families, Department of Defense civilians, and others.
“Since the USO is at many of the same overseas locations, it made sense to partner, and we are also immensely proud to support the USO as it strives to keep American servicemembers connected to family, home, and country,” she added.
UMGC Europe staff will join USO employees at events and special programs. They will also amplify educational opportunities on social media. This partnership provides UMGC Europe staff with the opportunity to engage with servicemembers and their families at various USO Centers. UMGC Europe staff will be able to experience the USO culture and give back to those who serve the country.
“USO and UMGC share a commitment to serving our military members and their families,” said Grant McCormick, regional vice president for USO Europe Middle East Africa. “It is a privilege to partner alongside UMGC to give back to our incredible military community through another year of programs at the USO.”
About the USO
The USO strengthens America's military servicemembers by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our servicemembers and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services, and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About University of Maryland Global Campus
UMGC is the state of Maryland’s open-admissions university. With an enrollment of approximately 90,000 students, the university offers high-quality, affordable, accessible undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs as well as non-degree certificate programs in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats. In 1949, UMGC became the first institution to send faculty overseas to teach active-duty military personnel at installations in Europe. The university expanded overseas operations to Asia in 1956 and to the Middle East in 2005. UMGC now offers classes and education support services to military personnel and their families at 175-plus locations in more than 20 countries. Over half of the university’s current students are active-duty military personnel, their families, reservists, members of the National Guard, and veterans. Follow UMGC Europe at europe.umgc.edu/ and facebook.com/UMGCEurope.