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Keep up with your fellow alumni through spotlights, Q&As and more! Read inspiring stories, professional advice and exciting updates from your fellow fearless alumni. You may even find an old friend or story that reminds you of the great times you spent here at The University of Maryland. 

Pallavi Agarwal '05

Alumni Excellence Awards: EnTERPreneur Award Winner Pallavi Agarwal '05

In India, “Aagarwal” describes a mercantile caste in the country’s central region. Pallavi Agarwal has taken her surname to heart. She’s CEO and founder of Kander, a firm that...
Geneva Convention

Developing the Future with Daniel Oates

When the “International Code of Conduct for Organizations Developing Advanced AI Systems” was endorsed by President Joe Biden and G7 Leaders in October 2023, it was a career...
Brig. Gen. Irene Zoppi '04, U.S. Army Reserve deputy commanding general for the 200th Military Police Command, receives her star shoulder boards from her husband, Thomas Zoppi, and son, Andrew Zoppi, as she is promoted from the rank of colonel during a ceremony held on Fort Meade, Maryland, Aug. 28, 2017.

Blazing New Trails with Irene Zoppi

Irene M. (Rodríguez) Zoppi ‘04 was promoted to brigadier general in August 2017. It marked the first time a Puerto Rican woman held the rank of general in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Robert Kelly '05 posing for a photo

Hope, Renewal and Transformation - The Robert Kelly Story

As president of the University of Portland since July 2022, Robert Kelly ‘05 is the first layperson and the first person of color to lead the private Catholic institution that...
Jeff Rivest '75 at an Alumni Association event

Former Board of Governor's President Jeff Rivest ’75 Reflects on a Year of Growth

Read on to learn how far the Alumni Association has come, from the thoughts of former Alumni Association Board of Governors President Jeffrey Rivest '75.
Charles Steinberg '80, president of the Worcester Red Sox, with his new bride, Kara Lynch.

Steinberg hit it out of the park, thanks to UMD's Honors program

Check out Dr. Steinberg's journey from UMD graduate to President of the Pawtucket Red Sox.. and beyond!
Photo of the game box for Meet MahJong

Meet Mahjong

Driven by her love for the complex game, a passion passed down by her mother, Cara has spent nearly 20 years trying to make mahjong easier for her others to understand. This...
Mike Goldfarb, left, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease PKD, is in need of a kidney. In 2012, fraternity brother Gene Fatula, right, donated one of his.

Terp Alum’s Kidney Gift Sparks Decade-long Friendship and New Search for Donor

Gene Fatula ’88 (right) described his father, Edward, as a noncompliant diabetic. In 1998, at the age of 61, he suffered a heart attack at his son’s Philadelphia-area home and...
(Left to right) Mark Groff, Julie Groff '83, Stephanie Groff '13, Barrett Claunch (Stephanie's husband), Hayley Groff '16, Steve Bernard (Hayley's partner) and family friend Geneva Chang (front) at a 2021 MoCo Terps crab feast

For One Maryland Family, Terp Basketball Connects Generations

Some people have a dream college from the time they’re in middle school. For Stephanie Groff ’13, that moment came a little earlier: in utero.
Volunteer Leaders listen intently during the Volunteer Awards ceremony at the Riggs Alumni Center Gardens

Volunteer Leader Awards 2023

Each year, the Alumni Association holds its annual Network Dinner and Awards ceremony as an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of our academic, affinity and...
Nikkee Porcaro '07 headshot

So, how do I get my kid into Maryland?

Read some Tips and Tricks from the president of 'No Anxiety Prep' and UMD alumna Nikkee Porcaro '07.
Photo of Cindy Grossmueller McClure

She's making her mark, and it's by design

Grossmueller McClure was on a pre med track in high school. But visits to a family friend’s sample room, complete with multiple types of materials, colors and textures, helped...
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