YOURwords CLASS GIFTS CREATE MARYLAND MEMORIES
Okay, you’ve got me. The new Terp arrived yesterday. It is such a vast improvement, and it contains so many worthwhile articles, programs, quotations, and offerings, I am sending you another check at the end of the month. It isn’t much, and I am certainly not one of your involved philanthropists, but achievement should be rewarded. … Keep up the good work. —Ella Jane Peebles Davis ’67
A sampling of class gifts that make your alma mater what it is today:
1910 The Memorial Gateway, an ornamental iron arch by the Rossborough Inn was built in 1941.
1933 Students raised funds for the bronze Testudo by holding their prom on campus instead of downtown Washington.
1943 This class raised funds to help furnish the new Memorial Chapel.
1965, 1990 The Sundial is a joint gift from the classes, the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and friends of professor Uco Van Wijk.
Terps Bowling for Third Straight Year Three years ago the Terrapin football team entered the last game of the season in the same position they were the previous year. They needed a win to become bowl eligible. That day the Terps fell to Georgia Tech just as they had been defeated by Virginia the previous season. The loss ensured a 10th consecutive year without a bowl bid. Enter alumnus and coach Ralph Friedgen ’70, ’72. In Friedgen’s first year he guided a remarkable turnaround and Maryland won 10 games en route to an Orange Bowl
Senior C.J. Feldheim and appearance. The following fellow Terps give the year Maryland won another 10 “Fridge” the traditional games and added another vicvictory soak following Maryland’s 41–7 win. tory with a Peach Bowl championship and a 30–3 pasting of Tennessee. This year Friedgen and the Terps did it again by earning a berth in the Toyota Gator Bowl against West Virginia and for the second straight season came away with a resounding bowl victory, trouncing the Mountaineers 41–7. —RL
1986 &1987 The gift of light—the “M” traffic circle is illuminated.
Henson and Kermit Come Home 1991 Jim Henson ’60 used his ingenuity while an art student at Maryland to make Muppetry—and created a whole new world of children’s icons with his craft. Now Henson and his beloved Muppet protagonist, Kermit the Frog, —best known for saying, “It’s not easy being green”—are cast in bronze on a bench at the entrance to the Stamp Student Union. The sculpture, designed by Jay Hall Carpenter, and Memorial Garden, landscaped by Chapel Valley Landscape Company, are gifts of the classes of 1994, 1998 and 1999. They signify a salute to how a little imagination can go a long way. The largest class gift at Maryland so far, the sponsoring classes contributed some $45,000 for the memorial, about 20 percent of the total cost. Many members of the Henson family came in from the West and East Coasts for the statue unveiling and dedication ceremony, held on what would have been the late Henson’s 67th birthday, Sept. 24, 2003. During the week-long celebration, a Muppet movie fest was held in Hoff Theater. “This is a wonderful honor for Jim,” says Henson’s wife Jane, ’55, who is pictured above next to the statue. “It was at the University of Maryland that Jim explored his interest in the fine and performing arts that would later bring him worldwide recognition and success. Jim never lost sight of that and was forever grateful to his fellow classmates and instructors who encouraged him in his work.” —SLK
A multicultural book endowment was given to Hornbake Library and college banners were placed on Hornbake Mall.
2000 A free-standing clock was given by this class for display outside the Adele Stamp Student Union.
The Terrapin football team saw a new season attendance record set last year with more than 50,000 people attending all six home games. Maryland students had their best-ever attendance by averaging 10,450 per game.
Terp quarterback Scott McBrien originally attended West Virginia before transferring to Maryland. The Gator Bowl was McBrien’s third win against his former school. McBrien earned MVP honors in the Gator Bowl, his final game as a Terp, by completing 21 of 33 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns.
The Terps closed out their 2003 season by winning 10 games in three consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. Only four other schools have three straight 10-win seasons during the same span: Miami, Texas, Oklahoma and Washington State.
I was amused to find on page 6 of the fall 2003 issue of Terp the following item: “Who it benefits”! This being an entry in an item touting Maryland’s Grammar Hotline makes me wonder: What’s happened to “whom”? Is this the way the trained tutors prefer to express the object of the “benefits”? Just curious. —Reynold Greenstone, MS ’58. I recently received the debut issue of Terp. It is outstanding. I found myself wanting to read everything on each page of the new magazine. You captured so many of the different flavors of the campus, and things in which the alumni will be interested. I am so impressed with it. My big question is, how can you possibly have that many more great things to write about every issue? I know you will, but it will be a daunting task. Congratulations on a well conceived format and a very clever name. Keep up the great work. You make this honorary alumnus very proud. —Leonard Raley ’96 (Honorary Alumnus) Vice President for University Advancement, Ohio University
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“M” CIRCLE PHOTO BY GLEN DIMOCK; ALL OTHERS BY JOHN T. CONSOLI
FRIEDGEN AND MCBRIEN PHOTOS BY LLOYD FOX, BALTIMORE SUN
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