|DETC Outstanding Graduates & Famous Alumni |
Following UMT graduates became DETC's "Outstanding Graduates" & "Famous Alumni". These graduates are recognized for their excellence in educational accomplishment. They have distinguished themselves in their careers and in society.
UMT's 2013 Outstanding Graduate
...an MSM and PMP certification meant less stress and greater career opportunities.
A military spouse with a full-time career, a toddler, and another child on the way, sudden moves to California and Alaska convinced Jacqueline Howard to reinvent herself. Excited to discover UMT’s flexibly structured Masters in Management with a Project Management concentration, Jacqueline succeeded in obtaining a Project Management Professional certification.
Within months of graduating from UMT with a 3.9 GPA, Jacqueline passed the PMP Exam. Her advanced degree and professional certification enabled her to tackle complex projects with confidence, drive change management efforts at a large hospital in Anchorage, and enjoy a significantly strengthened formal educational foundation for a career in project management. Inspired to continue learning, Jacqueline fulfilled a long-time goal by enrolling in training for MS Project. Further motivated by her success at UMT, she joined several online professional Lean, Six Sigma and PM groups to stay current and engaged in her field. She is now a Strategic Business Process Specialist helping to cultivate Six Sigma company culture.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how far distance education has come since my undergraduate days. My UMT Master’s revitalized my career, motivating me to take advantage of educational, professional, and certification opportunities available online today. "
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UMT's 2013 Famous Alumni
Robert A. Chapman
…distance education enabled him to overcome a disability to complete his degree.
A 100% service-connected Viet Nam-era disabled veteran who had experienced narrowed opportunities for lifelong learning, Robert Chapman happily marks his Master of Science in Management with an Acquisition Management concentration at the University of Management and Technology as the launching point of his current personal success in business.
A U.S. Contracting Officer, Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, and Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the U.S. Department of Justice (BOP), Robert has served two tours of duty with the U.S. Department of Justice, at the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq. Robert managed all contracting and administrative support for Saddam Hussein’s trial, and performed armed courtroom security for the highest court in Iraq. On one combat mission to Kurdistan with the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group, Robert was responsible for saving the life of a witness. Robert also designed and implemented an agency wide energy acquisition program focused on cost savings and received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.
"Improvise, adapt and overcome no matter what! I learned this as a young man and I continue to live by my motto every day. It has served me well since becoming disabled as has completing my education at UMT."
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UMT's 2012 Outstanding Graduate
…a dynamic deployment schedule pointed to distance education as the obvious choice!
While juggling family commitments with multiple deployments on active duty in the United States Air Force for over 17 years – including 12 years as a C-17 pilot – Todd Cotsman successfully completed his Master of Business Administration with a Project Management concentration at the University of Management and Technology.
Looking to further his education beyond his current career path, as a liaison with the Army at Fort Stewart, and with an airline industry lacking the luster it had shown in the past, Todd Cotsman discovered UMT's MBA track, and reasoned it would be wise to branch out; it was time for him to expand his horizons.
Because of the self-paced structure and at-a-distance flexibility of the course offerings, alongside the facts that military tuition assistance and the UMT Book Loan program left no out-of-pocket expenses, this was truly a win-win situation for him, an opportunity to retool in order to expand his job opportunities in anticipation of military retirement.
"I completed 70% of my University of Management and Technology MBA in Kuwait, Qatar, and Iraq. Textbooks shipped promptly and on-line features were available as if I were in the good ol' US of A. Talk about true distance learning!"
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UMT's 2012 Famous Alumni
Henrique K. Ho
...when 9/11 interrupted his studies, he went online to complete his degrees.
After his traditional, brick-and-mortar studies were put on hold by a military transfer in the wake of 9/11, Henrique K. Ho turned to the University of Management and Technology, where he was able to earn an Associate of Science in November 2008, and a Bachelor of Science in June 2010.
If, like Henrique Ho and his family, you have moved your home address 7 times in the last 10 years, then you can begin to appreciate some of the challenges the military life has in store for those who serve our great nation. However, tuition assistance, book loan programs, the flexibility of distance programs, and participation in consortiums like the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) go a long way.
Henrique Ho is currently balancing the demands of providing logistics and material support to keep the Hornets and Hercules crafts of the famous Blue Angels aloft, while pursuing a Master of Science in Management online with the University of Management and Technology.
"My education has been a long and difficult path. Many institutions set such discouraging requirements and obstacles, and I did not want to keep taking classes here and there. But my luck turned around in 2006 when I found UMT!"
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Esteban Roche Jr.
…studying from a distance allows him to juggle family, career, and education
Seeking further education while holding down demanding jobs, Esteban Roche, Jr., discovered the University of Management and Technology, where he has completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, an Executive Certificate in Project Management, and a Master of Science in Information Technology degree.
Mr. Roche has worked in dynamic environments including Patrol, Tactical Response Teams, and Advanced Training. Currently with the FBI Task Force, Mr. Roche is assigned to the Philadelphia Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, having undergone rigorous training to become a Computer Forensics Examiner. He has recently been promoted to Laboratory Quality Manager.
In addition to his work as a Law Enforcement Officer, Mr. Roche serves as a Field Intelligence Support Specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. This past year Mr. Roche was inducted into UMT's Kappa of Virginia Chapter of the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society and is now embarking on a Doctoral program in Business Administration at UMT.
"UMT's structured assignments are so practical that I can immediately apply new skills to my dynamic work environments. Distance education enhances not only my knowledge base but also increases my opportunities for growth within my profession."
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UMT's 2010 DETC Outstanding Graduate
Timothy M. Riley
…he furthered his education while balancing career and family
Tim Riley spent eight years, two months, and six days – not that he was counting – in the U.S. Army as a Satellite Communications Controller. Upon exiting, Tim rose to a private-sector management position. Military duties, career demands, and family responsibilities left precious little time for furthering his education. However, switching to convenient, online studies, Tim's tuition costs shrank by more than 50% and he received full consideration for transfer credit. Curricula were presented in straightforward formats. Professors were accessible, providing prompt feedback. Best of all, he could progress at his own pace versus that of a cohort or forced timeline.
In July 2006, Tim earned a BBA at the University of Management and Technology. That same month, Tim learned that his job was slated for elimination within the year. He utilized the time remaining to earn an MBA in Project Management by May 2007… and started work for a new company that same month!
"Distance education allowed me to pace my studies. In August 2009, I completed a Master of Science in Information Technology degree. The material was challenging! It really gave me quality migraines but I found the whole experience invigorating and definitely worth it! I don't know where I'd be if it weren't for the University of Management and Technology!"
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UMT's 2009 DETC Famous Alumni
Timothy J. Krawczel
Cape Charles, Virginia
...distance education gave him the skills to remain competitive
In his civilian career, Tim Krawczel was a county government Director of Planning and Community Development and had retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel with thirty years of service and overseas deployments to Europe, Korea, Bosnia and Iraq when he applied to the University of Management and Technology's MPA program. After returning home from service in Iraq as the Deputy Senior Advisor to the new Ministry of Environment, Tim hoped to retool his technical skills and deepen his understanding of management.
Tim and his wife had raised four children, and he had earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, and written award-winning comprehensive plans for local communities when the desire to study political philosophies, leadership and management motivated him to look for a new program of graduate study. After back-to-back year-long deployments in the global war on terrorism, a full time job and the needs of family life, Tim thought a second master's degree was a dream that could not happen. UMT provided a learning opportunity that fit his needs.
"I am using the knowledge and skills gained through UMT's graduate program to begin a new chapter in my career of public service."
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UMT's 2009 DETC Outstanding Graduate
Charleston, South Carolina
...he found distance education the most military-friendly way to learn
Commander Daniel Spagone proudly completed his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program with the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in September of 2008 and assumed full command of the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, SC, that December.
His three decades of service show a patriot's devotion to his country and a love of learning. Dan was an Honor Student and was twice "Sailor of the Year," from submarine Electrician's Mate on to Surface Warfare Officer School Command as Director of Engineering and Material Readiness, and Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer.
But it wasn't always this way. Born into urban poverty and a 10th-grade drop-out, Dan was invited to live with the family of a Salvation Army minister on condition that he go back to school and attend church. Thus he graduated from high school and went to college on a scholarship. However, he joined the Navy before finishing his degree.
"I was asked why I was working so hard for a degree I didn't really need for career advancement. My answer was always the same--I take college courses to better myself, not my career. Struggling through the process of coursework completion makes me a better person, father, husband, and Naval Officer. If you want a better career, make a better you."
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UMT's 2008 DETC Outstanding Graduate
San Ramon, California
...distance education provided her with the confidence she needed to succeed
Sarah Santorsiero was already a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) when she discovered the University of Management and Technology. Beginning with an Executive Certificate in Project Management, she successfully completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in June 2007.
Sarah had managed successful software and networking projects for over 17 years, but over time she realized employers increasingly wanted employees with bachelor's degrees. Working as a consultant and starting a new family, Sarah thought a degree was infeasible.
At UMT she found a partner to help achieve her educational goals. For her, the primary benefits in getting a BBA from UMT were the high quality education at an affordable price with flexible scheduling amongst course activities and the professional staff. The Executive Certificate and BBA enhanced Sarah's PMP credentials and skill set, and increased her opportunities within a competitive job market.
"I am very excited that I received my BBA because of the wealth of cutting edge methodologies in project management and business that I now hold. UMT opened the door for me to many opportunities that I previously would not be considered for without a BBA."
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UMT's 2007 DETC Outstanding Graduate
David A. Elliott
Carlstadt, New Jersey
...distance education aided his career
Mr. David Elliott started his engineering career managing telecommunications projects. Since 1992, he has served the United States as a reserve soldier. In 2003, he participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. His team completed 29 major reconstruction projects under combat conditions. He earned the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.
David enrolled at The University of Management and Technology (UMT) in January 2005. He initially completed an Executive Certificate in Project Management. He then continued his studies at UMT, completing an MBA in April 2006.
In addition to his MBA from UMT, David holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His other awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Soldier of the Year (1993-1994), and the Leadership Award from the Army Armor School. He is employed by Ernst & Young.
"Getting my MBA from UMT helped me bridge the gap between technology and business. To make a real contribution, technology has to be directed and managed with an eye on the business needs of the customer. I now understand how to do this, and make sure my choices are made from a technical and business perspective."
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UMT's 2006 DETC Outstanding Graduate
John T. Halter
...he fulfilled a 30 year dream to complete his degree
Mr. John T. Halter found himself competing for senior information technology positions with younger and less qualified candidates who had college degrees. That's when John enrolled at UMT, completing the Executive Certificate in Project Management program and subsequently earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
John had left college in the early '70s to join the U.S. Army, where he learned computer programming. Since leaving the service, he excelled in his career, reaching executive level and working for global multibillion-dollar software leaders. Even though successful, John realized his 30+ years in information technology wasn't going to maintain his viability in the job market or satisfy employer requirements for a Bachelor's degree.
At UMT, John was able to pursue studies on his own terms, becoming a stellar student and earning his Executive Certificate in Project Management in record time. When UMT received accreditation for its computer science program, John was first in line to enroll, and the first to complete UMT's B.S. in Computer Science, graduating magna cum laude!
"UMT's distance education programs allowed me to earn a degree that reflected my years of experience in information technology... a dream come true! I highly recommend UMT for achieving one's goals in life."
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UMT's 2005 DETC Outstanding Graduate
Robert Bryan Parker
...he is a lifelong learner
Mr. Robert Bryan Parker was certified in 2001 as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. He was looking for a program to provide the continuing education training required to remain certified. He selected the University of Management and Technology to provide the training and to earn an Executive Certificate. His success in the program led him to enroll in the Master of Science in Management program, which he completed with outstanding grades in September 2004. He is now considering a second masters.
Bryan has been a strong and increasingly important contributor to his corporation. he is currently the senior technical infrastructure project management for the conversion of the FLeet bank to the Bank of America's retail platform.
In his interactions with faculty and staff and as evidenced by his coursework, clearly he has gained considerable knowledge, skills, and abilities by completing his programs with UMT.
"I've been a lifelong learner, however the challenges of obtaining an advanced degree was difficult due to job and travel requirements. With the curriculum offered by UMT, I was able to take specialized classes in my chosen profession, developed and delivered by some of the foremost experts in the field."
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UMT's 2004 DETC Outstanding Graduate
Kenneth Alan Hudacsko
Silver Spring Maryland
... distance learning rewarded his ambition
Mr. Kenneth Hudacsko was already well established in his career, but he was driven to learn more. he was attracted to the University of Management and Technology because he wanted to be involved with and contribute to an innovative educational program. The expertise of the project management program's creator also encouraged him to enroll.
Ken was one of the first students to enroll in the program. he immediately took a leadership role in the student body and was instrumental in creating and launching the Student Council. Under his leadership, the Student Council served many important functions that are vital to the distance learning student: providing a means for the students' voices, improving the courses, instruction, and student services, organizing student activities, and creating a sense of community.
Ken is an acknowledged expert in project management in the federal government. Since graduating from UMT, he has increased his focus on helping the Office of Information Systems and Technology Services at the U.S. General Accounting Office to achieve its strategic goal of demonstrating model management practices for the federal government.
"UMT gave me an extraordinary opportunity to build on my project management experience while continuing full stride in my profession and keeping an important balance with my family and community."
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