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Friday Five: Spaced-Themed Movement Challenge Honors Jeanette Epps (M.S. ‘94, Ph.D. ‘00)

Friday Five: Spaced-Themed Movement Challenge Honors Jeanette Epps (M.S. ‘94, Ph.D. ‘00)

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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.

The results are in: Botanical Versus Moxely Garden - who won?


1. What's Happening

Giving Day - March 3, 2021; A collage of UMD students

- GIVING DAY - March 3

Help us support the Alumni Association Student Engagement Fund to elevate the next generation of Terps. The Student Engagement Fun provides Terps with many opportunities, from professional growth, to boosting school spirit through the M Book, to speaking with university leaders or presenting their bright ideas at national conferences. Learn more about the fund here.


A nationally recognized celebration throughout March, Women's History Month originated in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan to proclaim a Women’s History Week. The week selected in March coincided with the anniversary of an 1857 strike for better pay and working conditions held by women working in a garment factory in New York City. This year’s celebration of Women’s History Month with the University of Maryland Alumni Association will include several events brought to you by academic, regional and affinity alumni networks. REGISTER

- HOME 101 - March 22-29 

You've been stuck in your home for a year now. It's time to give back to the place that has given you so much. Through this series of events, you will learn from home experts about enhancing your outdoor and indoor spaces, discover ways to make your home more sustainable and safe with the use of smart (and simple) technologies, get insights on remodeling, home renovations and more. This series is virtual, free, and open to all alumni, no matter where you live (or what you live in!). Whether you are a current homeowner or hope to be one someday, you will find something helpful to use along the way. REGISTER


- Staying Civically Engaged While Socially Distant (Sound On Series) - March 11 | 7 p.m. EST

Terp Young Scholars - July 11-30, 2021


2. Quotables

Tarana Burke

- Action in Healing and Healing in Action

“When Tarana Burke was sexually assaulted as a girl, she didn’t have the language to explain what had happened. As an adult working with young Black and brown women who had experienced sexual abuse, she found the words that have started millions of conversations around the world.” Sala Levin '10, Maryland Today; Read More

- Crowdsourcing Project Aims to Preserve Work of African American Art Pioneer

"A crowdsourcing project that launched last week, led by faculty and students of the College of Information Studies (iSchool) and the David C. Driskell Center for the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at UMD, will engage scholars, historians, artists and the public to help make the David C. Driskell Papers more accessible to anyone interested in broadening the field of African diasporic studies and preserving African American visual art." Hayleigh MooreMaryland Today; Read More

- Around the World and Still in Love with Maryland

"Ray ’70 and Kim ’70 Ferrara’s love story has taken them to 70 countries and all seven continents, but they wrote the earliest chapters at the University of Maryland." Kimberly Marselas, Alumni BlogRead More

3. A Little Fun
WIE Run the World
- WIE Run the World 93 Minute Virtual Movement Challenge

In honor of Jeanette Epps (M.S. ‘94, Ph.D. ‘00), Terp alumna and first African-American woman to join an International Space Station Crew (2021), the Women in Engineering Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering is partnering with the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Center for Minorities in Science in Engineering to present the WIE Run the World 93 Minute Virtual Movement Challenge during Women's Histoy Month in March. Registration is free and open. Join one of the already established teams or create your own, and get your family, friends, and colleagues to join, too! LEARN MORE

Testudo Trivia - How Much Do You Know?

The mission of the Nyumburu Cultural Center is to promote an understanding of and appreciation for African-American Culture in all of its richness and complexity. When was the center established? Take a guess, and then see the answer at the bottom of this blog post.

A. 1975

B. 1966

C. 1983

D. 1971

- It's Friday - Moxley Gardens for the Win!
51% of Terps prefer Moxley over the Botanical Gardens (aww, thanks). We're taking a small break from our Instagram Story questions. Stay tuned for brand-new ones soon! 

4. Let's Get Social

Jason Callender '09 and Hawa Anthony '18

- Instagram Aesthetic
- Facebook Q&A
- LinkedIn Spotlight
Join the Home 101 page to learn more about events on renovations, smart technology, and more.  

5. Friendly Reminders

Two alumni wearing the new membership quarter-zip pullover
- Get Your FREE Quarter-Zip Pullover

Join the Alumni Association before March 31, 2021 for $250 off lifetime memberships. Get acess to exclusive member-only programming and perks, and receive our new quarter-zip pullover FREE as our gift to you. JOIN TODAY

That's it for this week, Terps. Make sure to check back with us every Friday. Have a lovely weekend!

Trivia Answer: D. 1971 (Nyumburu celebrates 50 years this year!)


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