MAAS Student Profiles

Julia Herbón

Julia Herbon
Julia Herbón wanted to step outside her comfort zone. An educator for 20 years, she was ready for the next step in her career. UNC Greensboro’s online Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) was the perfect fit for her complicated schedule and professional goals. Read More

Adam Sampieri

Adam Sampieri

When Adam Sampieri was choosing a master’s program, convenience certainly came to mind.

The father and drama and English instructor needed flexibility and variety. The online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) at UNC Greensboro gave Sampieri the freedom to explore broad areas of interest, while fitting into his busy schedule. Read More

Tiera Moore

Tiera MooreTiera Moore wanted a master’s that focused on global studies. She found it with an interdisciplinary liberal arts program, the online Master’s in Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) at UNC Greensboro.

The program allowed Moore to design a program around her passions and include time for study abroad, arranged through UNCG’s International Programs Center. Read More

Samira Khan

Samira KhanSamira Khan isn’t the kind of learner who fits into one category. When she switched to the online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) from another program, she says it helped her realize her strengths and potential.

“This program kind of helped me discover me, which is such an important part of learning,” she says. Read More

Kristi Marshall

Kristi MarshallKristi Marshall was at a point in her life when she didn’t really need help with her career. As a Systems Analyst II, she had already worked her way up. She had a 20-year career in information technology and 40 years in all at Cone Health, so she didn’t pursue a master’s degree to get ahead at work. For the mother of three and grandmother of six, pursuing a master’s was personal. Read More

Donovan McKnight

Donovan McNightOn a recent assignment, Donovan McKnight flew cross-country to Fairbanks, Alaska, to interview employees at the northernmost Walmart store, where winter days see four hours of sunlight and temperatures -30 degrees Fahrenheit. As an editor at Pace Communications in Greensboro, N.C., McKnight tells stories of Walmart employees. Read More

Walter Salek

Systems Thinking Diagram

Walter Salek, a senior director of continuous improvement at Plano Synergy from Elmhurst, Ill., completed the Systems Thinking course while working for the Automotive Aftermarket division of Bosch, an automotive supplier.

He examined the decision process for selecting repair parts. “I was curious as to why our parts were selected or not selected for a repair,” he says. Read More

Jim Scott

Jim Scott

Jim Scott wasn’t looking for a degree when a colleague mentioned the online Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) program at UNCG, but after 30 years in radio, he says his career had lost some of its spark.

“I had kind of gotten into a pattern of redundancy with what I was doing,” he says. “I was still having a lot of fun in broadcasting, but every day presented the same sort of routine.” Read More

Latasha Sessoms

Latasha Sessoms

Latasha Sessoms’ parents made sure she knew the value of an education. With six daughters, her father worked more than one job to make ends meet.

“Even though he didn’t have a high school diploma or any college education, he pushed education,” Sessoms says of her father. “We had to attend school and read daily.” Read More

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