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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. 

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Photo of Legacy Award Nominee Sapienza Barone '77

Alumni Excellence Awards: Legacy Award Winner Sapienza Barone '77

Few people can boast to UMD Dining Services naming an ice cream flavor in their honor. One of those few is Sapienza Barone ‘77, who retired in 2018 after working 41 years at the...
Photo of Legacy Award Nominee Ralph Crosby '56

Alumni Excellence Awards: Legacy Award Winner Ralph Crosby '56

Ralph Crosby ’56 lives by four simple words: inspiring actions that matter. It’s a mantra that’s guided him since 1973, when he launched Crosby Marketing Communications, Inc....
Photo of EnTerprenuer Award Nominee Seema Alexander '00

Alumni Excellence Awards: EnTerpreneuer Award Winner Seema Alexander '00

In working with hundreds of growth-focused entrepreneurs and CEOs around the world, Seema Alexander ’00 starts with two simple questions: “Why does your business exist?” and...
Photo of EnTerprenuer Award Nominee Roy Schwartz '98

Alumni Excellence Awards: EnTerpreneuer Award Winner Roy Schwartz '98

When Roy Schwartz ’98, MBA ’01 co-founded the online news website Axios in 2016, he was guided by a singular mission: articles would be 250 to 500 words, and bullet points would...
Photo of EnTerprenuer Award Nominee Adriana Avakian '12

Alumni Excellence Awards: EnTerpreneuer Award Winner Adriana Avakian '12

Whether you’re asking Google for driving directions or enabling your computer’s spam filter, artificial intelligence – or AI – is an indispensable part of life. The idea that...
Photo of Terp Research Award Nominee Matthew Stamm

Alumni Excellence Awards: Terp Research Award Winner Dr. Matthew Stamm

Have you heard of “fake news” or struggled to discern if a photo was real or had been digitally altered? This is just one area where Dr. Matthew Stamm’s lifework has been...
Photo of Terp Research Award Nominee Dr. Ashley Minner

Alumni Excellence Awards: Terp Research Award Winner Dr. Ashley Minner

Dr Ashley Minner’s mission has always been to share stories of Baltimore’s urban, intertribal American Indian community with the world. She hopes to continue that work in her...
Photo of Terp Research Award Nominee Dr. Merdad Parsey

Alumni Excellence Awards: Terp Research Award Winner Dr. Merdad Parsey

In the nascent days of the COVID-19 global pandemic, doctors and medical researchers were scrambling to understand what treatments could help stop the effects of the deadly...
Photo of Rising Terp Award Nominee Olivia Owens '14

Alumni Excellence Awards: Rising Terp Award Winner Olivia Owens '14

For the last five years, Olivia Owens did it all at IFundWomen, a funding platform for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital,...
Photo of Rising Terp Award Nominee Nora Eckert '19

Alumni Excellence Awards: Rising Terp Award Winner Nora Eckert '19

A Pulitzer Prize finalist by age 26, Nora Eckert has shined a light on some of society’s greatest challenges including effects of climate change on the health of inner-city...
Photo of Rising Terp Award Nominee Anthony Sartori '18

Alumni Excellence Awards: Rising Terp Award Winner Anthony Sartori '18

The depth of the mental health crisis for students, from elementary school all the way through college, terrifies Anthony Sartori. He lived it himself.
Ryan Aceto and Cristina Meneses taking a picture together at their wedding in Malorca, Spain

When Terp love finds a way

Growing up in Miami, Fla., Cristina Meneses ‘15, at times, felt as though she grew up in a bubble..
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