Alumni Association News
By Alumni Association Staff
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Letter From the Executive Director
Just as I rely on Google Maps when traveling anywhere new, your Alumni Association also makes sure it has clear directions to supporting the University of Maryland community.
That’s why I’m so excited to launch Forever Fearless, our new strategic vision for the organization. It lays out our path to engage with all students, help alumni live meaningful and impactful lives, encourage them to serve their communities and world, and foster Terrapin pride. You can find more details later this fall on Forever Fearless, which aligns with the university’s own recently launched strategic plan, at alumni.umd.edu.
I speak often about the importance of creating and maintaining connections between the university and its 405,000 alumni. That’s a powerful network for you to tap into to enrich your personal and professional life. With this in mind, we have been expanding our career resources programming to advance your career, elevate your expertise and link to other Terps.
During a busy spring, the Alumni Association and Black Alumni Network in April hosted the inaugural Black Alumni Weekend, a three-day celebration that drew more than 700 Terps. The dozen-plus events included a Gift of Giving Gala, “Terpchella” music festival and Sunday brunch—all of which sold out. A few hundred Terps also enjoyed lively talks and fruitful meetups at the third EnTERPreneur Conference, which featured Kevin Plank ’96, Under Armour’s founder, executive chairman and brand chief of sports apparel.
We look to build on these successes with our first Young Alumni Conference taking place in late September and a robust schedule of events during Homecoming Week in October. (See below.) I hope to see you there.
Associate Vice President, Alumni and Donor Relations
Executive Director, Alumni Association
Directory to You
Online Terp ‘Yellow Pages’ Features Alum Businesses
Career coaching, podcast posting or cheese-tasting hosting: The Alumni Association’s new and growing Terp Referral Exchange Business Directory offers lots of ways to connect with need-it-now and eclectic alumni ventures.
Users of the searchable online directory can discover and patronize more than 180 Terp-led businesses and continue the tradition of Terps supporting Terps. Terp business owners and leaders, meanwhile, can promote information about their company to fellow alums and the general public. (Want to be added? Subscription details are available at umd.alumniq.com/biz.)
Here are a few examples of what the directory holds:
- Bee America: Christopher White MBA ’07 sells artisanal honey, lotion bars and lip balms, and offers virtual tastings.
- BeadLuv: Nerissa Legge ’04 handcrafts one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.
- Carr2 Real Estate: Terps Rachel ’95 and Scott Carr discount commission fees for home sellers and buyers who are also Terps.
- Two Hearts Dance & Yoga: Lee-Ann Barber ’09 provides private lessons, movement classes and community events.
Stoking Homecoming Spirit
More to Cheer For: An Expanded Events Schedule
The Alumni Association will ramp up its Homecoming Week lineup this fall to welcome back and celebrate Terps returning to campus from all generations and locations.
The events all fuel excitement in the week (Oct. 16-22) leading up to the football showdown between the Terps and Northwestern Wildcats. The association will host a mix of in-person and virtual options, so everyone can be a part of the fun. Highlights include:
DIAMONDBACK DASH 5K | OCT. 16-22
Lace up your sneakers! The association invites Terps and their families to walk, jog or run in College Park—or their own streets!—to raise money for its scholarship fund.
NEW WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY | OCT. 19
The association kicks off a program offering Terp-branded wines with a virtual tasting. Shipments will be sent in advance to registered participants (ages 21 and over, of course!).
NEW TERP ENTREPRENEUR NETWORK EXPO | OCT. 20
Student startups will be the stars of this pitch competition featuring notable alum judges. Proceeds will support the Alumni EnTERPreneurship Fund.
LIFE WALL UNVEILING | OCT. 22
See the names of new Alumni Association lifetime members etched into the Frann G. & Eric S. Francis Lifetime Member Wall next to Maryland Stadium.
HOMECOMING TAILGATE | OCT. 22
The annual beer garden and tailgate in Moxley Gardens will feature Terp-owned companies, along with the Testudo Tykes Zone in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Association members get a voucher allowing them to drink and eat for free.
See more details and the Alumni Association’s full Homecoming calendar at alumni.umd.edu.
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