Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to Monday, May 31, 2021 - 7:00pm
We are all pretty excited to be welcoming a new year but unfortunately some of 2020 will be spilling into 2021. UMD's Regional Alumni Networks have come together to host a series of sessions to help us reach those New Year's resolutions and grow our support network as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Each month will feature a different topic for a virtual session where experts discuss their tips and tricks while taking questions from all of you. Participants will also have the opportunity to share and connect with Alumni from all over the U.S. in the comfort of their own homes. We hope you will join us in the fight to make 2021 the best year yet! 

Calendar of Topics

The Mighty Power of Plants
April 27, 2021, 7:30pm ET
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Join Montgomery, Northern Virginia, and Howard County for the next SOS event on the Power of Plants!  We will hear from UMD alumni and landscape architect Kelley Oklesson as she leads us through a discussion on wellness and plants at all scales.  Bring your questions and tips about smaller indoor plants and terrarium gardens to outdoor planters and larger gardens.

 Speaker Bio

Kelley Oklesson is the founder and principal of Groundsmith Collective, a local design studio based in Hyattsville, Maryland.  Her studio provides conscientious landscape design services with a focus on promoting responsible social and environmental change.  Kelley has twelve years of experience in the landscape architecture field focused on identifying, facilitating, designing, and managing an inspiring assortment of sustainable projects.   The design studio lives by the words of thought leader Mickey Fearn, "innovation, creativity, and systemic solutions grow in the gaps between the disciplines."  Kelley's true passion is to discover and reveal opportunities for supporting environmental kinship while building relationships between people through the design experience.

Coming Soon
Saving and Planning for the Unexpected - Hosted by the Chicago Alumni Network - May 2021

Past SOS Events

Keeping the Spark Alive: Dating and Marriage During a Pandemic - Hosted by the Baltimore Alumni Network - February 10, 2021 @ 7pm ET
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 therapist. 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!

Staying Civically Engaged While Socially Distant - March 11th, 2021 @ 7pm ET
Social distance requirements can present serious challenges for civic engagement and community organizing. In celebration of Women's History Month, join us for a conversation with fellow Terp women who are expert organizers for social change. Whether it's voter registration efforts or environmental activism, we'll have a thoughtful discussion on civic engagement during a global pandemic. Don't forget to bring your questions! Hosted by the DC and Philadelphia Alumni Networks.