February 8-12, 2021

Please join your Alumni Association for the inaugural Terrapin Love Week, a virtual celebration of the many types of love Terps share with each other. This week includes virtual programs that explore various kinds of love - love of self, romantic love and platonic love - as well as  fun social experiences we hope will bring you closer to your fellow Terps. 
With programming for everyone (couples, friends, singles and even the “it’s complicated” crowd), you are sure to find ways to join the celebration. And because we love our Alumni Association members, look for special members-only perks throughout the week.
Sign up for as few or as many activities that will help you enhance your relationships and grow your love for the University of Maryland Alumni Association.
*Alumni households that attend 2 or more events and be entered in a chance to win a gourmet sweet treat box!

​Suggested Activities/Events:

2021 Schedule

Monday, February 8th

Loving the skin I'm in - 
One thing we all have in common is that we are human, our outer shell is our skin. No matter what that shell looks like, we want to celebrate it. This is a virtual panel discussion on the importance of feeling confident in your own skin color, body shape, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Our panel will provide tips on how you can celebrate your unique differences and love the person you are whether at work or in your personal life. This session will be moderated by Nicole Mehta ‘10, Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland. Our panelists include Top fashion stylist, celebrity makeup artist and Founder of The Joy in Beauty - Joy Fennell ‘04; Paralympic athlete and Founder of The Cycle of Hope - Tricia Downing ‘91 and female impersonator, fitness trainer and equality advocate - Rock Evans ‘14. Register 

Protecting the people (and places) you love: an Estate Planning Seminar -
2020 served as a sobering wakeup call to many of us that our legal affairs may not be in order and our loved ones not fully protected if something suddenly happens to us. Young or old, rich or poor (or somewhere in between), every person needs a basic set of estate planning documents to protect themselves and their loved ones in the event of incapacity or death. Join the Alumni Association for a seminar from Jeremy Rachlin (’02) as he provides an easy-to-understand overview of powers of attorney, wills, the probate process, and other terms that you may have heard of but seemed intimidating to understand. Jeremy will also provide links to free online Maryland power of attorney documents. Register 

Tuesday, February 9th

Loving Life - 
Joy Carol '68 is an author, psychological counselor, and national speaker. She has written and published eight books.  Joy's personal story is an amazing and winding tale of finding hope after being diagnosed with a rare and usually fatal syndrome. Joy has used this story to continue to inspire others and keep the focus on "living into our lives" - even when the road seems impossible and challenges are presented at every turn. As a proud University of Maryland graduate, Joy will use her counseling background to discuss how to overcome challenges - physical, emotional, racism, ageism, mental handicaps - and live into your life with purpose. Register 

Dancing as One - 
Take your partner’s hand and join us for a virtual dance lesson. MFA dance student, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, will lead a couples dancing experience full of feeling. Instruction will focus on simple non-verbal communication, including eye contact, listening, and sense of touch---foundational tools for young and long-time partners, both on and off the dance floor.  Register 

Wednesday, February 10th

Passion + Purpose -
Taking action on our various passions can be scary, filled with unknowns and unnerving. Through this interactive webinar, Wanda Alexis Alexander will give you the tools you need to discover and nurture your passions. Wanda Alexis Alexander is a successful entreprenuer and empowering speaker committed to inspiring and supporting the next generation of leaders. During her interactive experience, you will start the road to uncovering your purpose, discovering your passion, understanding where you are today and how to nurture your passion moving forward.  Register

Keeping the Spark Alive: Dating and Marriage During a Pandemic - 
Dating and marriage can be hard, but they have gotten so much harder during the pandemic. Join us in conversation with fellow Terp Alumni who are also licensed relationship therapists. Ask your questions on navigating dating or maintaining a healthy relationship when you are stuck in the house or out wearing a mask. You will also have a chance to share what has been working for you and together we can better our relationships in the new year!  Register

Thursday, February 11th

Loving your Professional Self (Would you do business with you?) - You have less than 30 seconds to make a positive impression. Are you putting your best foot forward? 75% of us struggle with our Appearance, Elevator Pitch, Personal Branding and Networking. It doesn’t have to be that way. Join Glenn Rudin '81 as he conducts his interactive and original seminar; Would You Do Business With YOU?! Find out just where you stand and where you need help in creating the best in-person persona you can. Register 

How to Love Yourself through Heartbreak - 
Reconnect with you again! Oftentimes, in relationships, we tend to lose some of our personal power. Whether it's bending over backwards to accommodate our partner's needs, neglecting our own personal growth, struggling to set boundaries, or refraining from speaking up for ourselves, loss of personal power can happen in many ways. In this workshop, you'll discover some powerful tools for coming back to yourself, whether you're currently in a relationship, on the brink of a relationship transition, or recently out of a relationship. We could all use some more power! Hosted by Paige Wilhide `08.  Register

Grapeseed Virtual Wine Tasting - Join us for a virtual wine tasting with Terp Owned winery GrapeSeed Wines. Register here and you will receive a link to our exclusive alumni only wine tasting page with Grapeseed to purchase your wines for tasting. Each tasting box includes 6oz of 8 different wines. During the virtual event, alum Dave Trebilcock '89, MBA '96, owner of GrapeSeed Wines will conduct the tasting and answer any questions you may have.  EVENT SOLD OUT

Friday, February 12th

4:30 PM EST
Cooking Up Romance - 
A virtual cooking demo for couples to make a romantic meal together hosted by Terp owned business - Cookology. The owner and operator, Maria Kopsidas '95 has offered a wonderful menu for our alumni. The menu will include pan roasted salmon, hasselback potatoes and expresso ganache tart. Alumni Association members will receive a 50% discount.  Register

The Not-So Newlywed GameWe are bringing back the classic game show, The Newlywed Game, and adding a Maryland twist! Tune in to watch brave Terp couples face off in the ultimate relationship test. Audience members are encouraged to get in on the fun by joining their favorite couple's team and cheering them on! Members of the winning team will be in the running for some great prizes. Register 


Joy Fennell ‘04 - is a top fashion and celebrity makeup artist and founder of The Joy in Beauty and the All Black Everything Summit where she brings her belief in the balance between beauty and perfection, a heart-centered approach, and her commitment to the advancement of the Black creative community to all she does. She is known for enhancing the beauty that is already present, helping people look, feel, and perform at their best, naturally, while also creating spaces for all voices to be heard.
Today, as CEO and Founder of online beauty destination The Joy in Beauty, Joy has created an inclusive, safe digital space for women to celebrate their authentic selves and to share their love of art, beauty, fashion, design, and culture.
Tricia DowningTricia Downing ‘91  - Though she is a lifelong athlete, Tricia Downing’s “grit” goes far beyond the  playing field. As a leader, coach and mentor, she is one who cares deeply about  others, helping them to see opportunities at times when they may only see  overwhelming challenges.  
Seventeen years ago, Tricia, a competitive cyclist, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. In the accident, she was paralyzed from the chest down. While many others may have seen this life-changing tragedy as an insurmountable challenge, Tricia handled it with tenaciousness and grace and found the strength to flourish. Not only did she return to athletics—competing on the  world stage in four different wheelchair sports—she founded and directs The Cycle of Hope, a non profit organization created to help other female wheelchair users redefine their own lives. She thrives  on helping others see their potential and welcomes the role of “coach,” in guiding them to embrace their  unique, authentic and powerful lives.
Rock Evans aka Miss TotoRock Evans ‘14 aka Miss Toto - Miss Toto currently lives in Chicago, IL but started drag in Miami when she was there pursuing her masters degree at the University of Miami in Marine Affairs & Policy after completing a bachelors at the University of Maryland in biology and Spanish. She was named Miami's Best Drag Queen in 2018 and started national events like Celebrity Deathmatch, LOOKS, and Miss Toto's Fun House. Additionally  Miss Toto has been a voice within activism and equality and has personally fundraised over $50,000 for Black organizations since June. She currently is the fundraising chair for the Chicago Black Drag Council, producer for the Blaque Tea Podcast, and is still performing online and creating content until it’s safe to perform in person again!
Carlo VillanuevaCarlo Antonio Villanueva - Carlo Antonio Ortega Villanueva is a Filipino American dance artist, currently living in Maryland. For over a decade, Carlo has explored his deep passion for the power of dance to bring people together. He has toured stage performances as a dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and has taught movement classes to various learning communities around the world. Most closely to his heart, Carlo has created and performed dances with close friend and collaborator, Miriam Gabriel. Carlo holds a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and is currently an MFA candidate in dance at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.
Joy CarolJoy Carol ‘68 - Joy Wilkes Carol graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1968 with a M. Ed. in counseling psychology. Joy holds a B.A. in Education from Nebraska Wesleyan, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wesleyan, and a M.A. in Theology from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. She has also done graduate studies in Asian Affairs, women and development, and management at New York University and Harvard University. She has been an educator, the Outstanding Young Educator of the USA, an author, a psychological counselor, a women-in-development specialist, and a national speaker. She has written and published eight books including Towers of Hope, Finding Courage (Europe), Journeys of Courage (USA & Europe), The Fabric of Friendship, Seasons of Joy, Stevie the Wonder Cat (children’s book), and Nine Lives of Joy (published October 2020). She also writes a spiritual and psychological blog at www.joycarol.com/blog. Joy served nearly 35 years in international work developing and supervising educational and psychological programs in countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the USA for such agencies as the Ford Foundation, UNDP, Save the Children, Child Fund, Head Start, and schools across the US. She has served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Community Soup Kitchens. She has been trained and is experienced in trauma and grief counseling and in hospice work. She worked extensively with survivors and families of the World Trade Center tragedy in NYC. She has the rare Paraneoplastic Syndrome which has limited her ability to walk. Joy presently res   ides in Penney Farms, Florida, where she serves on the Board of Directors of the Penney Memorial Church, chair of Social Concerns, and numerous committees. She also preaches, teaches, leads workshop and retreats at Penney Farms and in other areas in the USA.
Maria KopsidasMaria Kopsidas ‘95 - is the creator and owner of Cookology. Prior to opening the gate to Cookology, Maria spent fifteen years leading marketing and communications campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, restaurants, and charities including Discovery Channel International as publicist for India and Australia; Grocery Manufacturers Association, the largest and oldest food manufacturer association in the country, as manager of online communications; director of communications for an Electronic Data Discovery firm, and prior to opening Cookology, she was a sought-after marketing consultant with McKinley Marketing Partners.
Growing up in a Mediterranean family with philanthropists, cooks, cookbook authors, health experts and professional chefs on both sides, including a pastry chef in the White House, the idea of a super accessible, affordable cooking school was her dream. Starting in 2003, Maria took her marketing experience and love of cooking, food, health, and people and created Cookology. Finally, after six years of chasing her dream, working on her marketing career while raising a child, she secured an SBA loan, negotiated a lease, oversaw construction buildout, hired her staff, and opened the doors in February 2009.
Glenn RudinGlenn Rudin '81 - has been working in the sales and marketing fields for more than 25 years. He specializes in messaging and personal branding. Glenn learned his sales and marketing lessons working for Fortune 500 companies as well as small start-ups that he helped found.
During his career he has sold to the very largest companies in the world including Wal-mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Disney, Universal Studios, the NBA and more. His product expertise is in the development, sourcing, manufacture, importing and selling of a wide variety of consumer products. He regularly attends trade shows around the world sourcing products and helping companies with their trade show booth look and message.
Over the past 5 years Glenn began embarking on his professional speaking career, which now has him regularly delivering his: Would YOU Do Business With YOU?! seminar at universities, libraries, and national conventions. Glenn can help you find your unique selling proposition (USP) so that you can stand out versus your competitors. He can help you craft and deliver a message within your 30 second elevator pitch so that you are clearly understood. He has now written his first book (due out in March of '21) called: A Brand in Your Hand.
When Glenn is not working he spends his spare time working-out early and practicing his guitar late into the evening.
Jeremy RachlinJeremy Rachlin '02 - chairs the Estate and Trust Practice Group at the Bethesda, Maryland law firm of Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld.  He provides estate planning, trust administration, estate litigation, and probate services to clients across the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Jeremy has been recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine as amongst the top 5% of Maryland attorneys each year from 2012 through 2021, has been recognized by Bethesda Magazine as a top estates attorney in Montgomery County, and presently serves as an Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.  As a member of the UMCP Alumni community, Jeremy proudly serves on the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Board and as Vice President of the Gemstone Honors Program Alumni Board.  
Paige WilhidePaige Wilhide '08 - is a breakup coach, author of The Breakup Breakthrough Journal, and the founder of Breakup Breakthrough.
After experiencing a particularly devastating breakup that left her feeling like she had failed at yet another relationship, Paige knew something needed to change. So she set out on a journey to fall in love with herself, and that’s exactly what she did.
She spent a year saying yes to her desires, shattering unhealthy patterns, and recreating her life on her terms. Now, she's on a mission to help people look at their breakups, not as failures, but as opportunities for growth. She is committed to helping people turn heartbreaking experiences into breakthroughs, so they can feel confident and empowered to create the future of their dreams.
Wanda AlexanderWanda Alexis Alexander '81 is a successful Inc. 500 entrepreneur and native Washingtonian. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 1981 and has remained connected through the University of Maryland Alumni Association, serving as president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors from 2015 to 2017—she also serves as a Trustee with UMCP Foundation Board. Wanda encourages, motivates and inspires entrepreneurs, business leaders and purpose-driven visionaries to build the lives they really want – from the inside, out. She launched her podcast What If...with Wanda in 2020 (available on Spotify) and has continued provoking thought and challenging her listeners to dig deep, reflect and excel.

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