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BTN LiveBIG: Terps bring veterans home to College Park

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. A fortunate confluence of events led to the creation of Terp Vets, the University of Maryland’s organization for student veterans. The university hosted the Outdoor Recreation and Education National Conference in November 2013. That event featured two presenters. One was Joe Mornini, executive director of Team River Runner, a non-profit that aids veterans’ transitions into civilian life via adventure recreation — specifically,

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland faculty members declare war on poaching

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. A worn pickup truck sits by the side of the road outside South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. The hood is popped; engine trouble, it seems. The driver waits by the vehicle. Just then a small group of individuals appear, bounding over the park’s low fence. They’re spiriting away something large. The driver slams down the hood, the men pile into the back,

BTN LiveBIG: Terps take can-do attitude toward doing good

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. A person’s college years are typically thought of as a time of personal exploration and experimentation, and rightly so. But a corollary of that impression is that most people don’t expect college students to make a big impact on the world until well after graduation, when they’ve truly “found themselves.” At the University of Maryland, students have turned that notion on its

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland’s Terp Farm fills bellies and minds with good stuff

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. The University of Maryland is a diverse place. And thanks to the Terp Farm, that applies not just to the student body, but also the watermelon, kale, squash and other vegetables being grown on campus. “The Terp Farm is our sustainable vegetable farm,” said Allison Lilly, sustainability and wellness coordinator for UMD Dining Services, one of the three offices that administer the

BTN LiveBig: Maryland students' food charity has more mouths to feed

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Few organizations have grown as much and as quickly as the Food Recovery Network (FRN). Founded by students at the University of Maryland in 2011, today it’s a powerhouse with a nationwide presence. “We’ve become the largest student movement against hunger in America,” said Ben Simon, co-founder and executive director of FRN. “We started about three years ago and are now at

BTN LiveBIG: Maryland professor offers deep perspective on life

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. It’s the end of the year, a time when many people reflect on their past and look towards the future. I’m no exception to that, although it’s not just because of the looming change in calendars. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the remarkable Bill Dorland, a physics professor at the University of Maryland. He lives very intentionally, because he’s acutely