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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. 

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...
Do Good Sculpture at UMD

Tamno's mission - A better tomorrow

Moving to Maryland in 2007 from his native Cameroon, Rick Marving Tamno '17 wasted little time getting involved in the Frederick community, where he volunteered at the local...
Eric and Nancy posing with friends during their time studying at UMD

These devoted Terps are UMD fans for life

Scott Van Pelt might be the most famous Maryland sports fan, but the Friedman family is arguably one of its most loyal. Some might even describe them as brand ambassadors.
Susan Wood '84

Alum Uses Artificial Intelligence to Spot and Treat Lung Disease

Before arriving at the University of Maryland, Susan Wood ’84 thought her destiny was to become a doctor. But there was one significant obstacle to that career path: “I’m...
Karen Loucks Rinedollar ’85

Terp Writer’s Corner: Karen Loucks Rinedollar ’85

Karen Loucks Rinedollar ‘85, author of “Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story”, was compelled to help young children in hospitals after reading an article, which prompted...
Headshots of the new members of the Alumni Association Board of Governors. From L-R starting in top-left corner: Laurie De Armond ’94, Maria Louzon Ball ’12, Phil Bass ’82, Laura Crandon ’91, Rocky Lopes ’80, Alethia Nancoo ’90, M.Ed. ’92, Peter Polow ’95, Amy Yip ’04.

Alumni Association Welcomes New Board of Governors President and At-Large Members

The new Board of Governors president and at-large members will help oversee the strategic direction and future programming of the Alumni Association.
Fireworks at the 2023 University of Maryland Commencement Ceremony

There's a Terp for That - How Alumni Experts are Uplifting Their Alma Mater

“For University Relations, the goal should be straight forward: take care of the staff, who will be motivated to take care of the alumni."
Sara Bittner' (UMD Class of 2019) talks about her new book in this Terp Writer's Corner piece

Unraveling the Secrets of the Pharaohs - Sara Bittner's 'Child of Ra'

Sara Bittner ‘19, a Computer Science major turned author, has been writing since before she was 13. Her novel, “Child of Ra”, was her first time putting her work out for others...
Dan Kaplan poses with friends at a climb for hope mission

How to build Culture and Connection in a Disconnected World

Dan Kaplan (BA English & Business, ‘91) provides communications training to leaders, managers, and teams, using DiSC, the 5 Behaviors of A Cohesive Team, and his heart. Read...
Patty Wang speaking with Founders Legacy Society donors at a recent luncheon.

UMD's Gift Planning - Estate Planning Essentials with Patty Wang

Meet Patty Wang, Executive Director of Gift Planning and UMD staff member of 37 years and counting. As Patty will tell you, she “helps nice people do nice things for other...
Jennifer Sterling and others presenting on the history of 6 on 6 basketball in Iowa

Sterling resume reflects Maryland’s impact on her life

When Louisiana State’s Angel Reese displayed the “You Can’t See Me” gesture and pointed to her fourth digit where she anticipated the NCAA women’s basketball championship ring...
Cathy Richards '91 professional head shot

Mentor Monday - Cathy Richards '88

Welcome to Mentor Monday, where we highlight impressive alumni who have been recognized as standout mentors to fellow Terps on UMD’s mentorship and networking platform,...
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