Inauguration Week Events Showcased Accomplishments, Aspiration of Pines and Terp Community
A festive atmosphere fills the Dekelboum Concert Hall in Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Thursday night as UMD President Darryll J. Pines and family members celebrate his inauguration at the "Moving Maryland Forward" event featuring music, poetry and an overview of Pines' ambitious goals for the university.
With streamers flying and surrounded on stage by his family, Darryll J. Pines on Thursday night celebrated his inauguration as the University of Maryland’s 34th president—an exhilarating apex in a week filled with high points.
A hybrid of virtual and in-person festivities, the schedule saw Pines honoring the work of notable Terps like David C. Driskell, the late professor and giant of African American art, or parading across campus for light-hearted selfies with students; he introduced a new ice cream flavor created in his honor, along with a new business incubator to nurture the development of revolutionary quantum technology firms that will take shape in UMD’s “innovation ecosystem.”
His presidency has focused from the start on “grand challenges”—conquering racism, arresting climate change, beating pandemics—and those were a constant theme last week, but so was a spirit of fun, embodied in Saturday’s virtual/real-world Maryland Day festivities, including the football team's Red and White Game.
Here are some of the unforgettable scenes:
Pines scoops out a sample of the newest flavor of handcrafted Maryland Dairy ice cream, named in his honor: TerraPines and Pralines. It features traditional praline-coated Georgia pecans, hand-blended with a brown sugar swirl in a rich, small-batch Maryland sweet cream ice cream with a touch of real vanilla. (Photo by John T. Consoli)
Kalala Pines ’18, now a doctoral student at Emory University, introduced her dad to the stage during his investiture ceremony on Thursday. (Photo by John T. Consoli)
University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman places a medal around Pines’ neck at an investiture ceremony Thursday, where he was formally inaugurated as UMD president. Linda Gooden, chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, looks on. (Photo by John T. Consoli)
Pines mugs for the camera with students outside Eppley Recreation Center on Wednesday during the Pines on Parade event, which also featured stops at the Nyumburu Cultural Center and Prince Frederick Hall, free servings of TerraPines and Pralines ice cream and appearances from the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band; Testudo; Pines' wife, Sylvia Pines; and their dog, Rocky. (Photo by John T. Consoli)
The Alumni Association honored six outstanding Terps Friday night at its signature event, A Celebration of Terps: Featuring The Maryland Awards. Shown: Jody K. Olsen Ph.D. '79, former director of the Peace Corps, received the President’s Award. Other awards went to Maryland Del. Jazz Lewis ’11, MPP ’14; L. Seth Statler MBA ’87; Wanda Alexis Alexander ’81; Joseph Kunkel M.Arch. ’09; and Johnny Holliday, the “voice of the Maryland Terrapins.” (Photo by Mike Morgan)
The Terps’ spring football season wrapped up on Saturday with the popular Red and White Game at Maryland Stadium, which the White team won 12-10. Here, redshirt senior running back Tayon Fleet-Davis tries to drive though a Red team tackle. Junior Taulia Tagovailoa led the White offense, completing 35 of 47 passes for 353 yards. Senior Joseph Petrino scored all of the White team's points, making four field goals. (Photo by Greg Fiume)
Sophomores Katie Whitehead (left) and Jenna Prasad were among the participants in Saturday’s Maryland Day scavenger hunt hosted by the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life. Teams competed to figure out the UMD-themed math or word puzzles or trivia and take pictures on a walk or run in their local area—which for students was often the campus itself. Winners took home T-shirts or digital self- or pet portraits from artist Caitlin Daitch '14.
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