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Friday Five: Your Mini Vacation

Friday Five: Your Mini Vacation

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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.

1. Events You Can't Miss

President Pines, Mrs. Sylvia Pines and their dog Rocky


NBC news anchor and alumna Eun Yang moderates a discussion with President Pines on his goals for the university. Meet Mrs. Sylvia Pines as she joins later during the talk. You can submit questions in advance, and you'll receive a free gift for attending. REGISTER

- All Alumni - HOMECOMING 2020

Homecoming, stay-at-home style. Check out our event rundown for ways to celebrate your Terp pride. LEARN MORE


It's the battle of the alumni networks! Whose pumpkins will scare away the rest of the competition? Submit your pumpkins before October 21 to be entered in our Instagram Stories bracket. SUBMIT

2. Quotables

- N.K. Jemisin M.Ed. ’97 Recieves MacArthur "Genius Grant"

"Author N.K. Jemisin M.Ed. ’97, the first writer to win the Hugo Award for best science fiction or fantasy work three years in a row, has been named a 2020 MacArthur Foundation fellow and a recipient of a no-strings-attached $625,000 'genius grant.'" Maryland Today Staff, Maryland TodayRead More

Voting Flowchart

"If any election has ever needed lighted directional arrows, professional tour guides or audio instructions, it’s this one." Lauren Brown, Maryland TodayRead More


Natalie Guerra '12: Strengthening a Network for Latinx

"As a freshman commuter, Natalie Guerra ’12 found it hard to connect with the thousands of Terps she passed on campus every day." 
Kimberly Marselas ’00Alumni BlogRead More

3. Fun and Games

Hometown Adventures

Terp Trips - Fun day itneraries for D.C., Frederick and Baltimore. Not in the area? Check out our cozy staycation option. All trips come with Terp swag and coupons to local drinkeries and restaurants, and our early-bird pricing is extended until November 1SEE TRIPS
Fun Fact, Halloween Edition

The Diamondback Office may be home to a ghost - "Books that were usually stuck on the shelves have been rearranged, and the managing editor's papers and clutter have been organized when nobody with keys to the office was around." From the IT Service Desk


4. Let's Get Social

Instagram Post of the Week

Check out the award winners of the 2020 Volunteer Leadership Conference.
- The Alumni Blog Impact Stories 

Let us know how your Alumni Association has helped you during your time at Maryland and beyond by sharing an Impact Story. Was there a specific event we hosted that inspired you? Did one of our programs help you land a job? Perhaps you just want to let us know what the Alumni Association means to you.

Not only does it make us feel warm and fuzzy, but it helps us determine the type of content we should continue to host so we can help more Terps like you. Impact Stories are featured on the Alumni Blog as well as our social media and emails. Interested? Submit a brief summary of your Impact Story here. We select about four to six Impact Stories per semester.

Dear Testudo

With everything that's been going on - the pandemic, politics, racism - it seems harder than ever to connect and feel the ground beneath your feet. Even before 2020, regular day-to-day life can be tough to navigate.

Dear Testudo is a space where you can drop us a line about anything. Want to tell us what you did last week? Want to vent a frustration? Want to leave us a message of hope and positivity? Have a bad joke to tell? We're listening. Let us know how you're doing here.


5. Friendly Reminders

- Diamondack Dash
Get some exercise while raising funds for student scholarships. REGISTER
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That's it for this week, Terps. Make sure to check back with us every Friday. Have a lovely weekend!

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