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Thanksgiving Week Schedule Changed: Monday Classes Online, Tuesday Classes Canceled

President Darryll J. Pines and Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community about the extension of Thanksgiving break.

FOX to Air Football Pregame Show on Saturday From UMD

The University of Maryland will be home to FOX's “Big Noon Kickoff” show on Saturday, when the Terrapins host No. 2 Michigan at SECU Stadium.

National Orchestral Institute + Festival Partnership Fosters Musical Mentorship and Training

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, will be the orchestra partner for 2024’s National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All initiative.

Field Hockey Team to Host First Round of NCAA Tournament

The Maryland field hockey team (16-5) on Sunday night earned its 35th overall NCAA Tournament bid. The Terrapins, the No. 4 overall seed, will take on Old Dominion (14-5) at noon Friday in the first round at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

Nonbinary Option Now Available as Gender Marker in Testudo

University of Maryland students can now update their gender marker in Testudo to include a nonbinary option, the Office of the Registrar announced.

Graduate Students Invited to Open Forums

The University of Maryland will host a series of open forums for graduate students focused on their central role in the institution’s success.

UMPD to Host Drug Take Back Day

The University of Maryland Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in National Prescription Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Scientists Discover Molten Layer Covering Martian Core

An international research team that includes a University of Maryland scientist discovered the presence of a molten silicate layer overlying Mars’ metallic core—providing new insights into how Mars formed, evolved and became the barren planet it is today.

Mini-grants Available for Student Art Projects on Black Lives

Artists at the University of Maryland are invited to submit proposals to a mini-grant program supporting projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

School of Public Health to Host Showing of PBS Public Health Documentary

The University of Maryland School of Public Health will kick off its Global Health Film Series on Wednesday with a screening of a film about the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps that features the school’s dean, Boris D. Lushniak, a member of the uniformed service branch for 27 years.

Registration Still Open for Good Neighbor Day

The University of Maryland, the City of College Park and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host the 12th annual Good Neighbor Day from 8:30 a.m to noon Oct. 21. Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership that brings together residents of College Park and surrounding communities with UMD students, staff, faculty and alums for a day of service.

First Year Book, ODI to Host Talk With Contractor Who Removed Confederate Memorials

A Virginia-based construction firm owner, Devon Henry, will offer a unique take on the University of Maryland’s First Year Book, “Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments.”

UMD Libraries Expands LGBTQIA+ Literature Collection

The University of Maryland Libraries has enlarged its LGBTQIA+ English literature collections with 170 new titles of transgender and bisexual fiction and poetry.

$3.24M NIH Grant to Fund UMD Researcher's Study of Structural Racism and Cancer

A $3.24 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will fund a study by a University of Maryland researcher and a colleague seeking to understand how structural racism, discrimination and lived experiences impact African Americans’ cancer risk and prevention and screening behaviors.

City to Host College Park Day on Saturday

The city of College Park on Saturday will host its annual College Park Day, a fun- and information-filled event that brings together the community, from noon to 6 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport.

UMD Researchers Bolster New State Center for Behavioral Health and Public Safety

Researchers from the Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center (MCRIC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a strategic plan for a new center that will serve as a hub for the state to improve access to behavioral health care and reduce engagement with the criminal justice system.

City of College Park Celebrates First Sale in New Homeownership Program

ew program that provides a path to affordable homeownership in College Park for middle- and low-income residents celebrated its first home sale Wednesday.

New Awards, Initiatives to Recognize, Support UMD Staff

Follow up to announcement of three new staff-focused initiatives to support the work of UMD's Fearlessly Forward strategic plan commitment to invest in people and communities.

Homecoming Office Decorating Competition Registrations Welcomed

Registration is open through noon Oct. 3 for the University of Maryland’s 10th annual Homecoming Office Decorating Competition.

UMD to Host College Access Fair for Spanish-Speaking Families

The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Prince George’s County Public Schools, will host Estudios Universitarios a Su Alcance (A College Education Within Your Reach), a college access fair in Spanish, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.

Big Ten Open Books Project Launches First Collection

University of Maryland Libraries and other libraries in the Big Ten Academic Alliance announced the launch of the Big Ten Open Books Project, a collaboration between the university presses and libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Johns Hopkins APL, UMD Partner to Advance Space Engineering Research

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the University of Maryland signed an agreement on Friday to partner on advanced research opportunities in space missions, as well as spacecraft instrument definition and design.

New Maryland Fellows Program to Focus on Local, Public Service

The University of Maryland has created a new branch of its Fellows Program to prepare undergraduates for careers in local and state public service.

Proposals Welcomed for Teaching Innovation Grants

The University of Maryland is seeking proposals for Teaching Innovation Grants to support effective, engaging and inclusive learning experiences that prepare students to navigate a technology-rich world.

Applications Open for 2023-24 Sustainability Fund

The University of Maryland Sustainability Fund will cultivate a new crop of projects this year with $665,000 in seed money available to support campus improvements, student engagement and sustainability-focused research.

Do Good Institute Recruits Students for Grant, Fellows and Workshop Programs

The Do Good Institute is accepting applications this fall for Accelerator Fellows, Mini-Grants and its newest student program, ChangeMaker Pathways.

Actor, Comedian Eric André to Headline SEE Homecoming Comedy Show

Actor and comedian Eric André will headline Student Entertainment Events’ annual Homecoming Comedy Show at the University of Maryland.

Updated Campus Preparedness Resources Now Available

What would you do in the event of a tornado warning? What safety and security measures are in place to keep you safe on campus? The Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity (OEMBC) has updated its emergency preparedness resources and reminds the campus community of safety lessons during September, National Preparedness Month.

Campus Community Advised to Plan Ahead for Friday Night Football Game

A new academic year also means another year of cheering on our student-athletes, and this fall, on Friday, September 15 at 7 p.m., Maryland Football will host the University of Virginia for a Friday night game.

Maryland Hires League-Winning Softball Coach

A two-time Coach of the Year in a Great Lakes-centric athletic conference has been named to lead the Maryland softball program, Damon Evans, the Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics, announced on Thursday.

ODK Leadership Society Seeks Nominations

Applications are available for nominations to the University of Maryland’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Celebrate College Colors Day With a T-shirt Trade-in

Are T-shirts from college visits collecting dust in the back of your closet? College Colors Day, when people nationwide are encouraged to wear their school colors, is the perfect chance for Terps to make a trade and rock the red, black and gold just before football season kicks off.

$1.5M NSF Grant Supports Advances in Residential and Commercial Solar Power Systems

Supported by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, University of Maryland faculty are leading new interdisciplinary research that could lead to major breakthroughs in power-electronic interfaces for solar energy conversion systems.

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