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Friday Five: Returning to Campus

Friday Five: Returning to Campus

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Terps After Maryland:

"Samuel Rombro ’18 was named Arizona’s top scorer on June 16 in Buzzword, the national online quiz competition created by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments." From Terp Magazine's Class Notes

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

Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines

- Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines - April 19-24

Celebrate the installation of Dr. Darryll J. Pines as the 34th President of the University of Maryland with a week of events showcasing the University of Maryland’s greatness. DETAILS

- A Celebration of Terps: Featuring the Maryland Awards -
  April 23 | 7 p.m. EDT

Join Maryland alumni and friends, university faculty and leadership in celebrating and honoring the achievements of six outstanding Terps through a virtual livestream of The Maryland Awards ceremony, broadcasted from the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. RSVP

- Maryland Day - April 24 | 10 a.m. EDT

Maryland Day, the University of Maryland's annual celebration, returns. Participate in demonstrations, tour our beautiful campus, conduct science experiments with everyday household items, get up and dance and even meet baby lambs - all online.  And, you'll have a chance to learn how to draw Testudo with Dom Rabrun '10. DETAILS

- Do Good Month - April

Take part in the fearless Terp tradition of giving back - volunteer with fellow alumni in a series of regional and virtual programs. Show us how you give back by using #DoGoodUMD on Instagram and tagging us @maryland_alumni. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

*This week's Do Good Action Step: VolunteerMatch is a community that believes in the power of volunteering to enrich lives and the world around us by connecting inspired people with inspiring causes. Learn more about being a VolunteerMatch virtual volunteer at



2. Quotables

Maryland campus

- Employees, Students to Return for Fall 2021 Semester

From Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann Wylie: "Though much of our learning and engagement have occurred remotely, we look forward to welcoming all members of our community back safely to campus in the fall. Our plan is to resume our operations at full capacity in the Fall 2021 semester." Maryland Today Staff, Maryland Today; Read More

- Commencement to Be Held In-Person at Maryland Stadium, Streamed Online

From University President Darryll J. Pines: "It is inspiring to see how our students have persevered through even the most challenging of times. In honor of their true determination, we have been working on a plan to give our graduates the option to attend a commencement ceremony, while still following all necessary health and safety guidelines." Maryland Today Staff, Maryland Today; Read More

- Doing Good with Ashley Henyan '02

"As executive director, Henyan works to ensure Red Cross services are available to nine counties in the southern part of the state, alongside a staff of 12 and 600 volunteers." Allison Eatough ‘97, Alumni BlogRead More

3. A Little Fun
Palma Cathedral
- #TerpTrips - Photo Op

Travel is on, and your Alumni Association offers many COVID-safe adventures. Love snapping photos (looking at you, Instagrammers)? Grab a pic of the Palma Cathedral in Spain, part of our Mediterranean Palette trip October 16-26, 2021. Other stops and activities include touring the historic city of Split in Croatia, exploring ancient Greek ruins in Sicily, viewing artistic masterpieces in Florence, and more. CHECK IT OUT

Interested in another trip? Check out all trips for 2022. 

- Weekend Fun - Read a Terp Story

Looking for a good weekend read? Check out Roseanne A. Brown's '17 A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, a young-adult novel inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction. CHECK IT OUT

- Your Terp Community - #UMAAxMe

Send us your best UMD-themed photos! Shows us pics of you in your favorite Terp swag, your favorite UMD spot, anything Maryland-related. Post to Instagram using #UMAAxMe and tag us @maryland_alumni. Check out one of our latest #UMAAxMe posts.

- College Park Dining - The Hall

Looking for the best bite in College Park? Stop by The Hall CP, located off Route One right behind The Hotel! At The Hall, you’ll find a fun and diverse menu in a creative and family-friendly environment. Find out more at


4. Let's Get Social

Gwen Helen in her Maryland scarf

- Instagram Aesthetic
Gwen Helen makes a stunning Terp in her Maryland scarf.
Our Instgram Story Friday Q's are back - head on over to our profile to participate.
- Facebook Feed
Terrapin Club hosts its first-ever 5K during the week before Maryland Day.
- LinkedIn Spotlight
Offit Advisors is our #TerpBusiness spotlight of the week. Want your business to be featured? Join the #TerpBusiness community by submitting your information to this form for a chance to be spotlighted. 

- YouTube Reels

Looking to spruce up your home? Check out Renovations 101 on our YouTube channel.

5. Friendly Reminders

McKeldin Mall watercolor print
Your Membership Impacts University Rankings
Did you know that Alumni Association memberships directly impact the University of Maryland’s rankings? Because of our alumni support, Maryland has been recognized as No. 19 among national public universities in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges
Your membership makes it happen. Become a member by June 30 and your contribution will count towards the 2020-2021 rankings. Receive our gorgeous watercolor print of McKeldin Mall as our gift to you. JOIN TODAY
- Terps Helping Terps
This week's featured job posting from the Terrapins Connect Job BoardJohns Hopkins University is in search of an Assistant Director, Experiential Learning.
Looking for something else? EXPLORE ALL JOBS

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 recieve the latest from your Alumni Association. Have a lovely weekend!




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