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Friday Five: Your Next Road Trip

Friday Five: Your Next Road Trip

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
UMD Alumni Crab Feasts and BBQs

- UMD Alumni Crab Feast & BBQ - Starting August, 2021

Let's feast! Mix, mingle and network with fellow University of Maryland alums, friends and family at our upcoming Crab Feasts and BBQs this August-October. We'll be handing out crab mallets for some delicious eating, and Alumni Association members will receive exclusive can koozies to keep their drink of choice cool. Visit our main feast page to see if your network is participating and for further registration details. FIND YOUR FEAST

2. Quotables

Aliya Thomas '97

- 10 for TEN: Aliya Thomas '97

"Going from model, to mom, to entrepreneur, Aliya Thomas ’97 knows the importance of a powerful wardrobe. Spending 20+ years in a “non-inclusive fashion industry,” she has first-hand experience enduring the challenges women face to build their personal brand and lead empowered lives. Read on to learn more about Aliya’s journey and passion for building community, and connecting diverse groups of professional women, one wardrobe at a time." Ellie Geraghty, Alumni BlogREAD MORE


3. A Little Fun

The Forge at Lemont Quarries, a Chicago-area outdoor aerial adventure park.
- Your Next Road Trip

"Once buried in a century’s worth of trash and debris, a former abandoned quarry 30 miles outside Chicago today looks more like a home custom-built for Spider-Man than an abandoned quarry. Eight towers stick up like the masts of wrecked pirate ships, with miles of crisscrossing climbing ropes and zip lines offering visitors the chance to unleash their inner action star 120-feet up in the air. If a spot on 'American Ninja Warrior' doesn’t top your list of aspirations, then pick up a kayak paddle or hit the mountain bike trails." Liam Farrell, Maryland Today. READ MORE


4. Let's Get Social

UMD-branded can koozies over the bronze Testudo.
Instagram Aesthetic

Cheers to summer and savings! SEE POST


5. Friendly Reminders

Students walking on the McKeldin Mall.
- Find Your Network

You have an extensive network of Terps at your fingertips, and we’re here to connect you with others in your industry, provide career development and help you discover your passion. Expand your social circle through the latest events, programs and news in your area, affinity or interest. Have your voice heard in your network’s upcoming programs, and form a community with like-minded Terps. Find regional networks here, and affinity networks here.


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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