Schedule of Events

OCTOBER 1 - 31

Yes, you read that right. You have an entire month to do the 5K!

Sponsored by the Office of Parent and Family Affairs and the University of Maryland Alumni Association.
$35 early bird registration per person; increases to $39 per person on October 10. Registration required.
It’s your race, at your pace! Get on a treadmill indoors or go outside to run, jog, walk, skip or prancercise your way for 3.1 miles. Register for the event, track your own time, submit your results, and we’ll send your swag: a race medal and Testudo socks! Once you complete your 5K, post a picture and tag us using #diamondbackdash and #terpfamtogether on social media. We will be sure to give you lots of virtual high-fives! 5K must be completed by October 31, 2020.  Proceeds benefit the Fostering Terp Success Scholarship Fund and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.


4:00 p.m. (and continuing throughout the weekend)
Zoom link provided to participants.
Registration for this event is now closed, but you can still participate! A recording of the 4 p.m. Zoom session is available on the Terp Family YouTube channel. Instructions were also emailed to participants and are also available here.
Ok, Terp Family… get your bakers ready! We are recreating the hit Netflix show in our own unique way. Families who register to participate will join a Zoom session on Friday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m. to receive instructions and see the edible masterpiece you will need to recreate in your kitchen. You will have 48 hours to shop, bake, and decorate. Families are encouraged to post photos or video of their progress on social media throughout the weekend. Be sure to tag @terpfamily on Facebook or Twitter and use #TerpFamNailedIt. Photos of your finished culinary creation must be posted by 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 4 by tagging @terpfamily and using #TerpFamNailedIt. Our esteemed panel of judges will review submissions and award prizes. Entries will be judged in the following categories: Best Presentation, Most Terp Spirit, Most Entertaining.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 
Free event, but advance registration requested.
Join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for Family Night 2020. This annual event for ECE students and their families will introduce key faculty members and our Undergraduate Advising Team and feature virtual tours of some of our state of the art educational labs. Click the following link to register: Questions? Contact Darcy Long at

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Zoom link provided to registrants.
Registration for the free Zoom link is now closed.  Families wishing to view the live broadcast can tune in to the Terp Family YouTube channel.
Prepare your favorite meal and beverages, set the table, and join us as we spend time getting to know Dr. Darryll Pines & Mrs. Sylvia Pines.


10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Free event, but advance registration required.
How do college graduates fare in the job market? What skills are employers seeking? What steps should all students take to prepare for the job search? Kelley Bishop, Director of the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, will address those questions and others in a 50-minute workshop on navigating the transition from college to career. The session is geared toward parents and family members that want to know more about the resources available to their students and how the career development process works. Click here to register.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Zoom link provided to registrants.
Registration for this event is now closed. A recording of the session will be posted on the Terp Family YouTube channel.
Join Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo, and other senior leaders from the Division of Student Affairs, for a conversation about all things student life. We’ll provide updates about the fall semester, focus on issues of health, safety and well-being, and participants will have the opportunity to join breakout rooms to learn more about our the services, resources, and programs we offer to ensure our students thrive!

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Zoom link provided to registrants.
Registration for the free Zoom link is now closed. Families wishing to view the live broadcast can tune in to the Terp Family YouTube channel.
All Young Adults (and YAs at heart) are invited to join us for a conversation with author Jason Reynolds and UMD associate professor La Marr Jurelle Bruce as we explore the themes of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You and engage in the work of countering typical curriculum by learning and unlearning about the construct of race and racism, and make a collective commitment to antiracism and social justice. Prior reading of the book is helpful but not required.

Jason Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, and Look Both Ways. He is a National Book Award finalist; the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors; and the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award, among other honors. Jason is currently the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He lives in Washington, D.C and invites you to visit him online at

La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Ph.D., is an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, cultural and literary critic, Black/black studies devotee, first-generation college graduate, and Associate Professor of American Studies at UMD. His scholarly expertise surrounds black expressive cultures: literature, film, music, theatre, religion, and the art and aesthetics of quotidian black life. Throughout his work, he is especially attentive to blackness and feeling: the phenomenological, affective, erotic, sensuous textures of black life across the diaspora. More broadly, his scholarly interests include popular culture studies, LGBTQ studies, disability studies, performance theory, psychoanalysis, and theories and praxes of love.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Materials and Zoom link sent to participants.
$15 per person. Advance registration required. Registration for this event is now closed.
If you’ve ever thought, “I love to cross-stitch!” or “That looks like fun, I should try that sometime.” or “Sew? I don’t even like tying my shoes!,” then this is the event for you. Regardless of your skill level, you will have an opportunity to enjoy cross-stitching or learn a new skill. Participants will receive an embroidery kit with all supplies needed to stitch a custom design: the UMD shell! Participants will be invited to meet virtually with an instructor and enjoy a sewing circle. Kits will be sent on September 25 for all registrations received by September 24 to ensure materials arrive on time.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Zoom link provided to registrants.
Registration for the free Zoom link is now closed. Families wishing to view the live broadcast can tune in to the Terp Family YouTube channel.
Slam Jam! is a virtual performance event of poets, spoken word artists, and musicians—featuring spoken word poet and actor, Carlos Andrés Gómez; singer/songwriter Be Steadwell; and our very own Terpoets: Shanice Silva, Chidinma Opaigbeogu, and Hadas Sandalon.  Don’t miss this wonderful evening of art and community.

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author of Fractures, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Hijito, winner of the Broken River Prize and a #1 SPD bestseller, and the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. A star of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and Spike Lee’s #1 box office movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Carlos’ honors include the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, Foreword INDIES Gold Medal, and the International Book Award for Poetry. A genre-transcending multi-hyphenate, he partnered with John Legend on Senior Orientation, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students. Carlos is a proud Latinx and father.

Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter and filmmaker from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella, and folk, Be transforms a blend of genres and personal stories into what she calls "queer pop." In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's original music features her earnest lyricism, and proud LGBTQ content. Be kicked off 2017 singing behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae with The Big Lovely Band at the Women's March on Washington.