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’s essentials in five categories for you to check out this weekend.

1. What's Happening
Single-family home on a green lawn.


- How to Win the House: Buying a Home in a Competitive Market -
  June 23 | Noon EDT

Alexander McKenna, an inside loan originator with CrossCountry Mortgage, will discuss what a loan officer and realtor can do to help make your home offer look as good as gold. Whether it is a small personal touch or an industry insider secret, learn the strategies that have helped get CrossCountry Mortgage's clients their dream homes - even in this tough market. REGISTER
 

- Alumni Excellence Awards Nominations - Accepted May 10 - June 15

From scholars and innovators to entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers, Maryland alumni are leaving their mark on the world. The Alumni Excellence Awards recognize the accomplishments of select Terps and honor these recipients with distinction. 

Click here to learn more about the nomination and selection process, and nominate a Terp here.

 
 
 
 
2. Quotables
Jim Spencer '90


- Board President Reflects on Difficult but Transformational Year

"For some, assuming a leadership position just before the COVID-19 pandemic erupted globally might have been an insurmountable obstacle. For outgoing president Jim Spencer ’90 and the rest of the University of Maryland Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, it was an opportunity to showcase the organization’s flexibility and innovativeness." Sala Levin '10Alumni Blog; READ MORE

 


3. A Little Fun
 
International Balloon Festival.


- New Travel for Terps

Flying high at an international balloon festival? A guide through ancient castles and ruins? A tour of fine cuisine and treats? Take our updated travel quiz and discover which Alumni Association adventure is right for you. TAKE QUIZ

 

4. Let's Get Social

Natalie Ross

- Instagram Aesthetic
 
It's time for another Meet the Staff! Meet Natalie Ross, senior director of alumni events and programsSEE POST
 

 

5. Friendly Reminders

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Find Your Network
 

The Alumni Association has over thirty networks, including networks based on region, affinity and special interest groups. Haven’t connected with your network yet? Here’s why you should - your network will have the latest on events, programs and news in your area, affinity or interest. Get involved and have your voice heard in your network’s upcoming programs, and form a community with like-minded Terps. FIND YOUR NETWORK

 

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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