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A Happy and Healthy Spring Break

For the last two years, COVID-19 has disrupted our travel plans. Though our campus vaccination and booster rate is extremely high and case counts are dropping on campus and across the country, we urge every member of our community to remain vigilant during Spring Break. If you are traveling, please monitor conditions in your destination and follow CDC guidance. There may be restrictions for entry and departure.

Capital Budget Testimony FY2023

I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2023 capital budget request. We greatly appreciate the General Assembly’s ongoing support of our capital requests, which is transforming our campus and the state’s economy.

A Global Community

As a global community comprised of faculty, staff, students, families and alumni from over 100 countries around the world, we are all impacted by the attack on Ukraine. There is a ripple effect in ways we can and cannot see. As global citizens committed to building a better world, the horrifying images of the invasion are distressing to us all. And it is even more heartrending for our fellow Terps with loved ones in Ukraine.

COVID-19 Update: Indoor Mask Mandate

Earlier today, Prince George’s County announced the lifting of the indoor mask mandate, effective Monday, February 28. This follows a previous announcement by Governor Larry Hogan lifting indoor mask requirements in all state buildings updated guidance released today from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Effective Monday, February 28, we will lift the indoor mask mandate on campus for all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

Announcing Plans for Spring 2022 Commencement

Although the spring semester may have just begun, we are already looking forward to celebrating our graduates this spring. We want to honor them amongst family, friends and peers and celebrate their resilience and achievement. Spring 2022 graduates will be joined by Winter 2021 grads to mark a special day for our Terrapin community.

Fearlessly Forward

Over the past year, more than a thousand members of our campus community worked together to create an ambitious vision for the future of our university. Fearlessly Forward: In Pursuit of Excellence and Impact for the Public Good, The University Of Maryland Strategic Plan presents a bold reimagining of what our university must be to uphold and expand our mission of service to humanity. Our vision is at once ambitious and fearless.

New Vice President for Research

We are excited to share with you that Dr. Gregory F. Ball will be the next Vice President for Research overseeing the joint research enterprise at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

The Promise of 2022

It is with great pride that I welcome new members of our community and returning members back to our beloved campus. Since the last time most of you were here, we have ushered in a new year and watched our campus become blanketed with snow.

Pleased to Announce Proposed Pay Increases for UMD Employees

I write to share good news with our valued employees.  Last night, Chancellor Perman announced proposed pay increases for most regular status faculty and staff employees of the University System of Maryland schools. The increases are part of the budget proposal recently announced by Governor Larry Hogan and have been made possible through education and advocacy spearheaded by our System and institution leadership. We have worked to demonstrate the priceless value of our higher education workforce and the talented faculty and staff who power our academic and research enterprise.  

Spring 2022: COVID Precautions and Requirements

We write to update you on our plans for the spring semester. As it has been from the beginning, our decision-making is guided by the careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and by campus and local health officials. Our plan is to begin the spring 2022 semester as planned and in-person on January 24. After weighing all available data and recommendations, we plan to emphasize the following four primary strategies during the spring semester to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our highly vaccinated community.

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