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Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Established in 2008, the University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Garden (ABG) encompasses a campus-wide inventory of over 8,000 trees, garden plantings and nearly 400 acres of urban forest. The arboretum strives not merely to assemble a diverse collection of teachable plants in a sustainable setting but to do so in a way that improves the quality of everyday life on campus.

Arboretum and Botanical Garden link here.

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City residents can register to ride University of Maryland Shuttle-UM at no cost

The College Park City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services to offer Shuttle-UM services to City residents.

Need a Place for your Special Event?

The University has beautiful facilities that can accommodate your next event!

Dates to Remember

These events may impact traffic.

Fall 2010:

Football Games:

For further schedule details click here


Washington Post Building has been named the Severn Building after Severn River

It's official! The building formerly known as the "Washington Post Building" has its permanent University of Maryland name - the Severn Building (building #810). It is named after the Severn River, which flows from Anne Arundel County to the Chesapeake Bay at Annapolis. There are other Severn Rivers in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, all of which were named after the River Severn in Great Britain.

Knight Hall The New Home for Journalism at Maryland

The new home for the Merrill College is the first "LEED Gold" building on the University of Maryland campus.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Pick your own seats when you buy tickets online to season 2010–2011.

Making Connections

Message from Ann Wylie:

Greetings and what an exciting few months it has been here at the University. We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new President, Dr. Wallace Loh. Dr. Loh comes from University of Iowa where he served as executive vice president and provost. He will join the University of Maryland on November 1st. In his remarks at the introduction gathering, Dr. Loh expressed the importance of being engaged in the community. He stated that "there cannot be a great University without a great and vibrant community." He is committed to work towards that end.

To read more about Dr. Loh, please click on this link.

On another note, we have begun exclusive negotiations toward a formal partnership with the Cordish Company as the master developer of the East Campus district. The company brings an excellent track record of high-quality, mixed-use, high-impact development and has received an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence.

And lastly, the University of Maryland College Park and the City of College Park have agreed to initiate a study of the economic interdependence of the University and the City. The purpose of the study is to attempt to quantify the benefits and costs that the City brings to the University and the benefits and costs that the University brings to the City and the way in which the economic and institutional well-being of each entity is impacted and supported by each other.

UMD in the Community

University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program

Annually, nine participating high schools in Baltimore City and eight schools in Prince George's County each nominate senior students to compete for an Incentive Award. One student from each high school is selected as an Incentive Award Scholar to enroll at the University of Maryland, in the academic area of his or her choice, with all tuition and living expenses paid.

We are very excited to introduce you Diana Zolfaghari, City of College Park resident and High Point High School graduate, as a new recipient of this incentive award.

Anticipated Major: Biology

Aspiration: Dentist

People say: "Diana is one of the most well-rounded individuals I have met in a long time. She understands the value of a strong work ethic, which is rare among teenagers. She does beyond what is necessary to make herself a better student and person. She is an energetic, dedicated, successful and hardworking young lady and has a great deal to offer to any university. Her academic and extracurricular records demonstrate that Diana will succeed at any undertaking she chooses, with grace, humility and clarity of purpose."

For more information about the Incentive Awards Program and the application process please click here.

Center for Educational Partnership

Last year, University of Maryland Extension (UME) initiated a series of programs to revamp their community engagement efforts. UME's goal is to have a strong program presence in this area for the mutual benefit of UME, University of Maryland, and the residents of the Riverdale area. Three overarching program areas will be emphasized in the Riverdale area: Urban Agriculture, Nutrition, and 4-H/Youth Development. It is anticipated that these foundational programs will grow with additional human and financial resources. This past summer UME, Maryland Multicultural Youth Center (MMYC) and GapBuster Learning Center worked together to offer a free summer camp for the students of William Wirt Middle School.

To read more about University of Maryland Extension please click here.

Another key program from the University at the Center is the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy. This Leadership Program provides a bridge between needs of local communities and government in the State of Maryland and the knowledge and expertise of Maryland residents age 50+ who are seeking careers as volunteer service leaders.

Paint Branch Elementary School Partnership

Students attend school in China

A sixth-grader at Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park -- wasn't sure how he'd communicate with his new classmates when he was placed into a classroom with more than 30 Chinese students at Nankai University Elementary School in Tianjin.

Other related article click here.

What's Happening...

David Mitchell to Lead University of Maryland Police

Former county chief brings leadership, experience, and familiarity to the challenge.

The University of Maryland has hired David B. Mitchell to become the new Director of Public Safety and Chief of the University of Maryland Police Department. Mitchell brings more than 39 years of public safety experience, having served in three police departments in two states, including 24 years with the Prince George's County Police Department.

Events in the Community

Welcome Back to College Park Night!
Thursday, September 2
5 to 8pm
Location: College Park City Hall Grounds, 4500 Knox Road

Meet Public Safety Officials, University of Maryland and City of College Park Representatives. ALL FREE!
To see the flyer please click here.

Berwyn Day
Saturday, September 11
Noon to 4pm
Location: Berwyn Park

Berwyn Day give the residents the opportunity to meet new neighbors at their annual community day picnic.
To see the flyer please click here.

Lakeland Community Heritage Project
Parade and Picnic
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Location: College Park Community Center 5051 Pierce Ave.

This is an opportunity to celebrate 120 Years of the Lakeland Community.
To see the flyer please click here.

College Park Day
Saturday, October 9, 2010
1 to 5pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Paint Branch Elementary School and the College Park Community Center.

College Park Day was created to celebrate the city in all its glory, from its diverse populations and delicious food, to its arts and culture, to its communities and history.

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College Park, MD 20742-5035
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