Alumni Association News

Letter From the Executive Director
Fall is always an exciting time at the university, this year more than ever before. Thousands of Terps have returned to campus, reuniting with friends and colleagues they haven’t seen in person for nearly a year and a half. I invite Terps of all ages to do the same! Join us back on campus Oct. 30 for our annual Homecoming tailgate. The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center is conveniently located right next to Maryland Stadium—you can’t get much closer to the gameday action. We were busy this summer too: In July, we welcomed our new president of the Board of Governors, Jeffrey Rivest ’75, in addition to eight new at-large members who will each serve a two-year term. These alums will help guide the strategic direction of the Alumni Association and bring the Terp alumni network to even greater heights. From marketing to finance, grassroots advocacy to entrepreneurship, our newest leaders bring a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the association and the university. I am proud to have them represent the Terp community, ensuring the voice of our alums is heard and will make an impact on the future of the UMD community. The entire board is already hard at work on a variety of strategic initiatives for the year ahead, including: • Producing our new Terp Referral Exchange business directory; • Returning to in-person events and continuing virtual programs that connect Terps across the country; • Expanding our career programs to support alums with job opportunities, professional growth and personal enrichment; • Creating a new strategic plan that will position the Alumni Association as a leading force in moving the university and our students forward. We have a great year ahead, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the coming months. Go Terps!     Amy Eichhorst Executive Director University of Maryland Alumni Association Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Meet the New Members
Spanning the nation, our newest at-large members of the Alumni Association Board of Governors bring diverse and seasoned expertise to their roles while shining a light on the university’s vast and varied academic roster. MARINA H. COOPER ’03 Assistant Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Brand Management, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland PATRICIA G. COUSINS ’87 Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Marriott International Inc. Rockville, Maryland JAZZ M. LEWIS ’11, MPP ’14 Delegate, District 24, Maryland House of Delegates Glenarden, Maryland CATHERINE LUZIO ’97 Founder and CEO, Luminary New York, New York WILSON WANG ’03 Vice President, CFO and Treasurer, MITRE Vienna, Virginia SUSAN A. WOOD ’84 President and Chief Executive Officer, VIDA Diagnostics Palo Alto, California DERRIN A. WOODHOUSE ’95 Head of Influencer, PR and Consumer Engagement at Coach Tenafly, New Jersey SHAYAN G. ZADEH M.S. ’02 CEO, Leap Rail Houston, Texas Learn more about our full roster, including representatives from each school and college, at
Six Tips for Getting Involved
ADVICE FROM THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS Jeffrey “Jeff” Rivest ’75 says that everything good in his life has some connection to the University of Maryland. He met his wife of 45 years, Michelle “Mickie” Rivest, while they were freshmen. He made friends for life through his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. And he earned the biological sciences degree that helped launch his career as a health care executive. He’s stayed connected to UMD, serving on the College Park Foundation Board of Trustees for six years, establishing the Jeffrey and Michelle Rivest-Dean’s Council Maryland Promise Scholarship in the School of Public Health with his wife and chairing the Fearless Ideas campaign cabinet for the school, among many other contributions. He is excited to work with new university President Darryll J. Pines to elevate its national profile by promoting successful alums across the country. Over his two-year term, he is determined to help as many Terps as possible hold on to, and grow, their Maryland roots. Read on for Rivest’s tips for getting involved with the Alumni Association and learn more about his vision and priorities for the association at 1. BECOME A MEMBER “It’s inexpensive, and the return on investment is quickly made up with access to a variety of benefits, including free programming,” he says. 2. BOOST YOUR PRIDE Rivest will be working with the association to share more stories about star students, faculty and alums to make you proud of your alma mater, like those in Terp magazine and on the Alumni Blog. 3. GO NATIONAL “Terps have common shared values and common memories,” he says. Look for one of the many active affinity groups and networks spread across the country that you can join. 4. GET DIGITAL The Alumni Association quickly pivoted to virtual programs when the pandemic struck, dramatically increasing alums’ involvement. This format will stick around, making it easy to network and get career development assistance. 5 KEEP TRADITIONS ALIVE When you’re in the area, wave the Maryland flag and cheer along with the Mighty Sound of Maryland at games, or just give Testudo a nose rub for good luck. 6. GIVE BACK Whether you join, volunteer, advocate or give, you can make a huge difference for students.
We’re back in action, in person. Here are a few ways we’re here to help you connect and stay involved with the Terp community and campus. HOMECOMING 2021 Maryland pride is back on display with a collection of fun events to celebrate all week long, including a 50th reunion for the classes of ’70, ’71 and ’72 and the can’t-miss annual alumni tailgate. Start planning your week now. JEWISH TERPS ALUMNI NETWORK Our newest affinity group is off to a running start with a growing membership and robust calendar of events. Read more about JTAN’s launch and volunteer opportunities on the Alumni Blog. BLACK ALUMNI WEEKEND APRIL 2022 The inaugural Black Alumni Weekend is coming in Spring 2022. Can’t wait a whole year? Not to worry, we have several virtual and hybrid preview events scheduled over the next year.


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