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Friday Five: UMD Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Friday Five: UMD Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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
Terps in Your Town, Annapolis

- Terps in Your Town: Annapolis - Jan. 13, 2022 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST

The Alumni Association is heading on the road and visiting a city near you! Join fellow Annapolis Terps at Galway Bay to commemorate reaching our ambitious $1.5 billion goal for Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland. Share your passion for Maryland and celebrate boldness, curiosity and a spirit of discovery while hearing from Associate Vice President, Alumni and Donor Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Amy Eichhorst on exciting updates on campus. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. REGISTER


2. Quotables

Marisa Franco Ph.D. ’17

- The Secret to Making Friends as an Adult

"I've lived my 20s as a part-time nomad, flip-flopping between New York City and Washington, D.C., wandering around Haiti for two summers, and spending six months in Trinidad and Tobago. I settled in Atlanta for my first job as a college professor. What I was most anxious about during all of these trips was never culture shock or homesickness. It was making friends. I would be haunted by visions of myself, isolated, in a new city or country." Marisa Franco Ph.D. ’17, Alumni BlogREAD MORE


3. A Little Fun

Alum-created foods and beverages, health and beauty products, and books are among our gift ideas for the Terps in your life this holiday season. Collage by Emma Howells
- UMD Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Brainstorming gift ideas for your loved ones this holiday season? What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by buying gifts from Terp-owned businesses! From tasty confectionaries to subscription boxes and services, the UMD Holiday Gift Guide is your go-to for everything Terp-owned and more. For more info, check out Maryland Today for gift ideas.

Find out how you can add your business to the Terp Business Directory here.


4. Let's Get Social

Terps wearing exclusive Maryland T-shirts.
- Instagram Aesthetic

Just a few Terps donning their Maryland #swag from this year's Homecoming Tailgate. Want one of these shirts? Head over to this post for an exclusive member giveaway. SEE POST


5. Friendly Reminders

Bronze Testudo
- Alumni Book Club

Calling all bookworms - join the Alumni Association's free and virtual Alumni Book Club to connect with fellow Terp readers and discuss the latest reads. The book club offers two reading groups, one for literature and one for leadership and development. Brought to you by PBC Guru. JOIN CLUB.


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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