The Shell: Homecoming Edition
October 2020 Alumni Newsletter
Oct. 26–31
Homecoming 2020 will be like no other. While we can't gather on campus by the thousands this year, alumni can still expect a week full of programs focused on building connections, revisiting traditions and celebrating the future of Maryland.

For the full schedule of events, visit
Alumni Town Hall with President Pines
Save The Date: Alumni Town Hall with President Pines
Monday, Oct. 26 | 7 p.m.
Kick off Homecoming Week by hearing from President Darryll J. Pines about his vision for the University of Maryland. Learn about the student experience this fall and everything happening on campus. Sylvia Pines, the president's wife, will also join the conversation. This virtual event is open to all alumni and friends of the university.

More details to follow.


Terp Community Food Drive
Terp Community Food Drive
Oct. 26 – Nov. 6
Join fellow Terps in filling our community pantry shelves by donating nonperishable food items Oct. 26 – Nov. 6. All donations will benefit the College Park Community Food Bank and the UMD Campus Pantry. A list of participating businesses will be available on Oct. 26. Can't make it during this time? Deliver your donation to Ikea in College Park on Nov. 7. This project is brought to you by the UMD Alumni Association and Office of Community Engagement.
SEE Presents: Homecoming Comedy Show ft. Hasan Minhaj
SEE Presents: Homecoming Comedy Show ft. Hasan Minhaj
Thursday, Oct. 29 | 8 p.m.
Hasan Minhaj headlines SEE's annual comedy event. The Emmy and Peabody award winner known for his unique take on the modern cultural and political landscape will take part in an entertaining Q&A, Zoom style.
Terps Tailgate Show
Terps Tailgate Show
Saturday, Oct. 31 | 1 hour prior to kickoff
Count down to the Terrapins' homecoming football game and home opener against the Minnesota Golden Gophers with a lively tailgate. Enjoy a game preview, President Darryll J. Pines' announcement of the Spirit of Maryland Award winners, and the team’s entrance onto the field.
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Virtual 5K
During the month of October, Terp alumni and families will run or walk a 5K to benefit Terp student scholarships. Register now; the early bird rate of $35 ends on Oct. 9.
Student and Alumnae Brunch
Student & Alumnae Brunch
Sunday, Nov. 1 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.
The Student and Alumnae Brunch aims to connect women-identifying Terps across generations. This virtual event will consist of a panel-style discussion featuring noteworthy Maryland alumnae, followed by facilitated Q&A with a student moderator. We will share fun brunch recipes with event registrants in advance and participants are encouraged to enjoy their brunch during the event.
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Noreen Welch '90 with Testudo
Finding a New Home for Her Terp Pride
Noreen Welch '90 struggled to reconnect with Maryland after graduation, so she took matters into her own hands. Today, she's one of the founders of the Howard County Terps Alumni Network, helping other Terps share their Maryland pride.
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State of the Association
State of the Association
Sixty thousand dollars awarded in student scholarships. Nearly 300 events. Almost 20,000 members. More than 50,000 Terps engaged. The past year has been a whirlwind of activity for the University of Maryland Alumni Association, particularly as we've pivoted to a virtual environment in the face of COVID-19. We share the highlights in our 2020 State of the Association report, which also showcases many opportunities for you to connect and stay involved with the Terp community and campus.
Read the Report
Networking in the New Normal
Networking in the New Normal
Wednesday, Oct. 14 | Noon–1 p.m.
This webinar will introduce you to a strategic approach for networking in this new normal, where our social and business interactions are happening virtually. Learn networking skills online through LinkedIn and all social media platforms, including how to connect authentically using tools like Zoom and more.
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Affinity Networks and Communities
Affinity Networks & Communities
Whatever made your time on campus memorable—a cultural organization, a student group, a living learning community—those bonds don’t end when you graduate. Explore the many alumni affinity networks and communities to help you stay connected to fellow Terps.
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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.
Lifetime memberships paid in full by April 30, 2021 will be engraved in the fall of 2021. One gift per household.
Terp Trips
Terp Trips
Have you ever wanted to explore Baltimore, D.C. and Frederick? Find those special spots for the best coffee or dining? Visit those cool iconic landmarks? From historic routes to family-friendly trails and Instagrammable itineraries, Terp Trips has safe and COVID-mindful activities for everyone.
Don’t want to go outside, or not in the DMV area? No problem: We have options for a snug little staycation, too. Book by Oct. 12 for early bird pricing.
Take a Terp Trip
The Hotel at UMD
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Stay active. Stay informed. Stay Connected.
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Pop Quiz
October is National Apple Month
October is National Apple Month. What is the name of the apple created by the University of Maryland in 2018?
  1. Sugarloaf Sunrise
  2. Antietam Blush
  3. Chesapeake Crisp
  4. Sweet Annapolis
  5. Golden Severn
Submit Your Answer
Three Terps who respond correctly will be randomly selected to win an Alumni Association drawstring bag.
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Theresa Baker via Twitter
Theresa Baker Quote Tweeting President Pines
@UofMaryland doing their part to help stop the spread of #COVID so proud to be a #Terp

Dr. Darryll J. Pines via Twitter (@President_Pines): In 25 years, I've never seen McKeldin quite like this. Choose a physically distanced shell, and spend your day on the Mall, Terps
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Alexis Lothian via Twitter
Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
My department, the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, on why we chose this name and the commitments that go along with it:
Department Statement On Name Change







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