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December 2020 Alumni Newsletter
Dave Via '86 and Lauri Via '86
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Terp Love for Life
Ever since a chance meeting in the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house, Dave Via '86 and Lauri Via '86 have been in love with each other and Maryland. Read more about the couple and how they recently celebrated their Terp pride.
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To learn more about ways to leave a legacy on campus through named gift opportunities like a garden bench in the Dessie M. Moxley Gardens, contact Jeff Williams at
Video - Behind The Play: Kristi Toliver
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Behind The Play: Kristi Toliver
Toliver '09 Reflects on Shot that Led MD to 2006 National Championship
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Dominique Dawes '02 to Congratulate Graduates at Virtual Ceremony
Terp Profile
Former Olympic Gymnast Takes the Next Leap
Winter Commencement Speaker, Olympic Medalist Dominique Dawes Runs Academy Focused on Building Self-Confidence
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The Sound On! Series
The Sound On! Series
Ongoing starting Jan. 13, 2021
The Alumni Association's regional alumni networks are hosting a series of virtual events to help you reach your New Year's resolutions and build your support network as we all continue to navigate through the pandemic. Each month will feature a unique topic, with experts discussing their tips and tricks while answering your burning questions.
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Bridging the Multigenerational Work Gap
Bridging the Multigenerational Work Gap
Tuesday, Dec. 8 | Noon EST
What do the terms "baby boomers," "Gen X," "Gen Z" and "millennials" all mean, and how can we close the generational gap and improve communication, teamwork and innovation? In this enlightening webinar, "The Millennial Manual" and "The Generation Z Guide" author Ryan Jenkins will provide perspectives of each generation's varying views on work, leadership, communication and technology, and provide best-in-class examples of organizations successfully closing the generational gap.
Register for this webinar and check out other upcoming webinars here.
Baltimore-based Amanda Lynne '10
Holiday Tunes with Terps
Wednesday, Dec. 16 | 6 p.m. EST
We're all missing our favorite holiday parties this year, but that doesn't mean we can't gather for a cozy night of music, dancing and Terp cheer. Sing or dance along as Baltimore-based Amanda Lynne '10 performs holiday tunes and well-known classics. This is a time to relax and enjoy the holiday season with fellow Terps or make it a holi-date.
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Young student wearing a TerrapinSTRONG Face Mask
TerrapinSTRONG Face Covering
Purchase your TerrapinSTRONG reusable face covering for only $15. This face covering is not sold anywhere else! Proceeds support the Alumni Association Student Engagement Fund and the UMD Student Crisis Fund.
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Face coverings are 100% cotton and contain an internal filter pocket. One PM2.5 filter is included. Adult size only.
No returns or exchanges. Not intended for use in surgical or clinical settings and not a substitute for any medical grade PPE.
Reimagine Riggs
Reimagine Riggs
It's time to look ahead and reimagine your upcoming meeting, wedding or special event with us. Book your 2021 event now to take advantage of our anniversary specials: Host your first event at Riggs and receive a 15% discount on any beverage package, or come back to Riggs for a return booking and receive a 15% discount on your rental.
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Terps Together: The University of Maryland Alumni Association Cookbook
Terps Together: The University of Maryland Alumni Association Cookbook
Get ready to cook up some Maryland pride with the first-ever University of Maryland Alumni Association cookbook! This collection of recipes features Maryland and family favorites, submitted by Terps across the country.
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Today is Giving Tuesday!
Today is Giving Tuesday!
During this challenging time, one fundamental truth gives us hope: Together, Terps can do extraordinary things. On this global day of generosity, let’s show the world that Terps support each other. Let's tackle Grand Challenges with Fearless Ideas. Make your #GivingTuesday gift to #UMD before midnight!
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UMD's Virtual Winter Commencement
UMD's Virtual Winter Commencement
As winter graduates prepare for UMD's virtual Winter Commencement on Dec. 20, please join us in wishing them a warm welcome to the Maryland Alumni family! Share your words of encouragement and congratulations on social media using #UMDgrad.
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Free When You Join or Renew
With an Alumni Association membership, you can support student success by mentoring the next generation of Terp leaders and paying it forward through Alumni Association scholarships.
Join or renew by Dec. 31 and add this members-only T-shirt to your collection. Act fast! It's your last chance to lock in a three-year membership for $108 before rates increase in January 2021.
Already a member? You have the exclusive chance to purchase this T-shirt for $20. Buy it now.
Lifetime memberships paid in full by April 30, 2021 will be engraved in the fall of 2021. One gift per membership.
Terp Trips: Staycation
Terp Trips: Staycation
We might be stuck at home, but we've got you covered with a cozy little staycation. Relax and have fun with these Maryland-themed family activities. Or check out our D.C. or Maryland itineraries for more Terp fun.
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UMD Right Now – UMD Alumna and Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes to Address University of Maryland's 2020 Winter Graduates
Maryland Today – Nearly All Undergraduate Courses to Immediately Go Online
Maryland Today – Terps Spread Goodwill on Good Neighbor Day
Maryland Today – Saluting Students Who Served
Maryland Today – With Biden Named President-Elect, Pines Thanks UMD Community for Participation, Patience
Stay active. Stay informed. Stay Connected.
How do you stay fearless? Share your pictures with us on social media!
Pop Quiz
Student enjoying Winter Commencement at home
UMD will celebrate Winter Commencement virtually on Dec. 20. What was the first year that UMD held a winter graduation ceremony (formerly taking place in January) in addition to Spring Commencement?
  1. 1930
  2. 1944
  3. 1970
  4. 1985
  5. 1997
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Three Terps who respond correctly will be randomly selected to win an Alumni Association plaid blanket.
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Joe Muscara via Twitter
Joe Muscara Twitter Post
#StayFearlessUMD #TerrapinStrong #WhoIsThatMaskedMan #GoTerps! Thanks @President_Pines @AmyEichhorst @Maryland_Alumni #TerpForLife
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Anna De Cheke Qualls via Twitter
Anna De Cheke Qualls Twitter Post
First-ever West Coast Doctoral Alumni Gathering focused on doctoral careers and supporting our current grad students and #postdocs. Thank you all! #gradterps @UMDGradSchool @Maryland_Alumni #phdcareers @UMDPHDCareers @UMD_postdocs #UMDGPDAN #gradschool
Mom and child at home | COVID and the Holidays
COVID and the Holidays
As the winter holidays approach, many people are wondering how they can celebrate safely. Learn which activities are low-risk and how you can modify traditions for safety.
A Healthy Balance is brought to you by University of Maryland Medicine, a collaboration between the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Click here to learn more.




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