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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. 

Featured Stories

(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...
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.
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...
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...
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