A young Jim Henson and Kermit

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

- All Alumni DIAMONDBACK DASH

Grab your running shoes and help raise money for students during Maryland's first virtual 5K. Make sure to sign up before October 1 to take advantage of the early-bird registration price. SIGN UP

- All Alumni - UMDEMOCRACY

Are you ready for the election? From polling to identity politics, UMDemocracy will prepare you for this November. REGISTER



2. Quotables

 

- The Notorious RBG - The Five Legacies She Left Behind 

"From her long list of legal victories to her broader fame through two recent films, a book by her trainer about her rigorous workouts, and a whole subset of the craft industry devoted to the special collar she wore when delivering dissents, the 'Notorious RBG' had an outsize influence that belied her famously small physical stature. "

Liam Farrell, Maryland TodayRead More

President Pines Teaches "Grand Challenges" Class 

"Starting tomorrow, Darryll J. Pines will lead the eight-week virtual course 'Grand Challenges of Our Time,' focused on four of them: COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, climate change and voting access."

Lauren Brown, Maryland TodayRead More

How Keith Risser '70 Used Maryland to Reroute His Life 

"For all the business success he's had, Risser says, much of it came down to following a fork in the road, starting with the one that led him to Maryland."

Kimberly Marselas '00, Alumni BlogRead More



3. Fun and Games
 

Did you know yesterday was Jim Henson day? We celebrated a man who left joy and kindness wherever he went, and created some of the most beloved characters of our childhoods (and adulthoods). Wondering how you'd fit on Sesame Street? Take our quiz to find out which Muppet is your match.

Fun Fact, President Pines Edition 

meeting with a Tuskagee Airman helped Pines envision what he was capable off. Read eight other fun facts on Maryland Today.
 
- Travel Dreams

Check out our upcoming trips for young alumni for 2021. 
 
 

4. Let's Get Social


Instagram Post of the Week

A little blast form the past - check out Jim Henson and Jane Nebel Henson at NBC with Kermit and friends.
 
- 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


Membership 
 
LifeTime Memberships are $200 off for a limited time. You can also get access to Coffee & Conversations when you join at any membership level. JOIN NOW
 
Alumni Survey 
 
Tell us what we can improve and how we can best serve you, and also enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon giftcard. Check your inbox for your link to complete the survey.
 
UMD Champions
 
Become a Champion to elevate your Maryland pride. Get first access to UMD news before it hits our social channels.

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

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