Sixteen hundred miles from Maryland, Matt Jones M.C.P. ’15 only has to wrap his Maryland scarf around his neck to create a makeshift beacon to find other Terps.

The president of the Colorado Terps Network might find a fellow alum at Whole Foods or while running errands. And he’ll invariably invite that alum to a network event as part of his effort to spread the Terp spirit throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Matt first came to UMD as an admissions officer in 2007 and worked on campus for six years, including as manager of Maryland Imagers, the student tour guides. When his passion for city planning led him to apply to master’s programs, Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation was his No. 1 choice.

As a graduate student, Matt worked for the dean’s office in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. After finishing his degree, he moved across the country to launch a career as a transportation planner with the city of Boulder. Not knowing many people, he sought out the local alumni network.

These days, Matt is focused on connecting the roughly 3,000 alumni in his area through events and activities that attract 70 to 100 Terps at a time. Whether it’s a crab feast or a game watch, Matt encourages all alumni to join the Alumni Association, get involved with their network and stay engaged.

“As an alumnus who is far away from campus, I encourage people to seek out these local connections,” he says, “Maryland alumni are everywhere. Find those groups and stay close. Whether it’s a local chapter or an affinity group, there is an alumni component that you can get involved in.”