For Immediate Release
May 2, 2011
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Updated! Maryland Day Breaks Attendance Record with 97,200!!
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland's annual open house Maryland Day has set a new record with more than 97,200 visitors. On Saturday, participants enjoyed more than 420 academic, athletic, arts and family-friendly events, including talks and book signings by renowned authors Laura Duksta, Joy Bauer and Jeff Kinney.
"This was my first Maryland Day and I was overwhelmed by the pride, enthusiasm and joy that exuded from every part of the campus. Maryland Day truly showcases the great spirit and expertise of this outstanding university," said University President Wallace Loh. "Saturday was a gorgeous day and thanks to the hard work of so many staff, faculty and students, our campus looked magnificent."
"Maryland Day was a spectacular, record-setting success," said Brodie Remington, Vice President of University Relations. "Thanks to the enthusiasm and creativity of our staff, faculty and students, the quality of the programming for 2011 was second to none."
Graduate Journalism Students Ashley Westerman and Sean McCalley covered Maryland Day for Newsdesk as mobile journalists using only an iPod Touch. Here's Ashley's report:
Watch a video showing McKeldin Mall fill up during Maryland Day!
"Maryland Day is the culmination of a ton of hard work among our staff, faculty and students," said Holly DeArmond, associate director, University Marketing. "We work for almost nine months to get ready for Maryland Day so all of our committees felt a great sense of satisfaction that we were able to host more than 97,000 guests on Saturday."
Journalism Intern Sean McCalley filed this report on the experience of covering Maryland Day using nothing more than an iPod Touch:
Fun Maryland Day Facts
97,200 visitors - an all-time record!
Total Ridership on UMD Shuttle Busses: 2,396
The College of Behavorial and Social Sciences gave away 2500 balloons
Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney provided over 1,000 autographs.
Maryland Educational Solar Array (MESA) Project had its debut at Maryland day this year. All of the displays and demos on the Kim plaza were powered using only the energy of the sun. More than 2.25kW-hrs of green power was available - with the capacity to provide three times that amount.
The campus recycled 3.79 tons of materials.
From the Food Court:
From McKeldin Mall:
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