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Friday Five: Travel Is On, Featuring Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Friday Five: Travel Is On, Featuring Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

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Terps After Maryland:

"Gregory Smith MBA ’11 was a recipient of the 2020 Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40 Awards. He is administrative vice president and Greater Washington regional manager, business banking division, M&T Bank.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
Black Alumni Weekend Preview Event

- Terpscape: A Virtual Night of the Arts - 
  May 13 | 7 p.m. EDT

The Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee has brought together a talented group of Terps for a virtual night of the arts. Hosted by comedian Rick Younger '92, Terpscape will feature alumni musicians, dancers and spoken word artists. 

- Member-Exclusive Maryland Masterclass: Money with Mac -
May 24 | Noon EDT

Mac Gardner ‘98, Terp alumnus and author of “The Four Money Bears” and “Motivate Your Money!,” believes it is never too early or too late to start a conversation about money. Through his 20+ years of work as a certified financial planner and experience in the financial literacy industry, he is well-equipped to teach his fellow Terps tips how to build and preserve wealth. Join this interactive and exclusive member masterclass to learn how to make your money start working for you. REGISTER
Not a member? Join now to access this exclusive masterclass.


2. Quotables

A Celebration of Terps

- A Celebration to Remember

"The Alumni Association’s marquee event, A Celebration of Terps: Featuring the Maryland Awards, was reimagined this year as a virtual gala on Friday, April 23, 2021. The celebration capped off a week of events for the inauguration of Darryll J. Pines, the 34th president of the university." Alumni Blog; Read More

- An Upgrade from Artifical Shade

"The University of Maryland faculty researcher figured Mother Nature could be a little more accommodating. His idea: Combine flowering plants with patio umbrellas to provide an eco-friendly form of shade, cooling and beauty." Graham Binder, Ted Knight and Samantha WattersMaryland Today; Read More

- Dean Jennifer Rice Named UMD’s Next Provost

"Education college dean Jennifer Rice will be the University of Maryland’s next provost, university President Darryll Pines announced Monday morning. Rice will begin the role August 11, replacing interim provost Ann Wylie." Eric Neugeboren, The DiamondbackRead More

3. A Little Fun
Costa Rica

- #TerpTrips Fun Fact - Costa Rica

Tortuga Island (pictued), one of the islands that makes up Islas Negritos Biological Reserve off the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, welcomes travelers with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Enjoy Costa Rican hospitality with refreshing drinks and fresh fruit, ride in a glass-bottom boat, kayak, or simply bask in the sun all day. This island is dotted with gorgeous rainforest, maintaining a natural beauty perfect for photos.

Want to go? You can visit Tortuga Island as part of our Passage Through the Panama Canal and Costa Rica trip, January 30 - Februay 7, 2022. Join this incomparable nine-day journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. TRIP DETAILS

Interested in going somewhere else? See all trips.

- Celebrate the Class of 2021

Join your Alumni Association to celebrate and congratulate the Class of 2021. Share a sentiment and a single word of well wishes and/or advice to be shared with members of this spring's graduating class. SHARE HERE

- Weekend Fun - DBK Crossword

Solve a fun puzzle with latest crossword from The DiamondbackCHECK IT OUT

- Alumni Appreciation - Happy Birthday, May Terps!

For your notable alum, you share a birthday month with Boondock's creator Aaron McGruder '98. Check out Terp Magazine's profile on McGruder and the Boondocks here.

- Terp Deals - GEICO

The University of Maryland Alumni Association has teamed up with Geico to offer you a special alumni discount on car insurance. It's easy and takes just 15 minutes or less to get a quote.



4. Let's Get Social

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- Instagram Aesthetic
Sunshine on Maryland's campus.
- Facebook Feed
- LinkedIn Spotlight
Bee America 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

Spring is in full bloom. Tap into your inner green thumb - watch SOS: The Mighty Power of Plants.


5. Friendly Reminders

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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 BoardSECU Credit Union, Maryland’s leading credit union with a high emphasis on community support, is looking for a Data Analyst.
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 receive the latest from your Alumni Association. Have a lovely weekend!



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