Friday Five: Honoring Black Terps
Friday Five: Honoring Black Terps
Welcome to the Friday Five, a roundup of the best your Alumni Association and other UMD communities have to offer. From the latest events to fun facts, here are essentials in five categories for you to check out this weekend.
1. What's Happening
- Black History Month Events
February is Black History Month. The University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA) Network is hosting a series of events to honor and celebrate Black Terps. Check out their signature upcoming events:
1. Advancing Social Justice - Feb. 22 | 7 p.m. EST
Join Linda Thornton-Thomas, president of Prince George's County NAACP, to discuss how the NAACP is actively working to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights, and discover ways to participate in social action.
2. Nutrition and Wellness: Heart Health in the Black Community - Feb. 24 | 7 p.m. EST
Black Terp and licensed nutritionist and dietician Angela Boadu '09, RD, LDN/LD will guide a discussion surrounding heart health, including topics on diet and lifestyle trends. She will also debunk some dieting myths.
- Fashioning a Romance
"Joe Danczuk ’15 was enrolled at UMD for all of a day when he met Christina Germano Danczuk ’15 at a dinner their roommates organized at their adjacent off-campus apartments. Christina had an intellectual air and was friendly. Joe created an altogether different impression. 'The joke is that Christina appreciated my style: a Nike T-shirt and shorts,' Joe says. 'I was not a good dresser back then. But I am now, thanks to Christina’s efforts to buy my clothes!' After a decade of dating, the pair wed last September in Newport, Rhode Island It’s been a whirlwind ever since for the Hoboken, New Jersey, couple."
Andrew Faught, Alumni Blog. READ MORE
3. A Little Fun
"While Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks step to the forefront of school curricula in February, many more Black pioneers have made critical contributions to U.S. history, from theater to journalism to education. 'In my studies, there have been many lesser-known figures whose names are starting to appear now, as people increase their focus on diversity and inclusion,' said Georgina Dodge, vice president for diversity and inclusion, who earned a doctorate in English. 'There’s so much history I’m steeped in that hasn’t been of interest, but it’s gratifying to see it come to pass now.' During this Black History Month, Maryland Today asked University of Maryland faculty and staff to share stories of Black trailblazers who they suggest should be more widely recognized today.”
4. In Your Terp Community
This newly-formed group of Terps meet on a regular basis in hopes of sharing connections, memories and camaraderie. Pictured here (left to right) are Steve Gerwin '97, Glenn Carey '80, Lin McDonnell, Chuck Strickland, Michael Peters '72, Tim Coursen '71, Kaye Coursen '74, Sue Strickland, Kelley Frohlich, Linda Whitelaw '78 and Ron Whitelaw '73. For information about getting involved with this group, contact Glenn Carey at thevillagesumterrapins@
5. Friendly Reminders
That's it for this week, Terps. Make sure to check back with us every Friday, and update your information in the alumni directory to always receive the latest from your Alumni Association. Have a lovely weekend!
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