Testudo is the centerpiece of our
campus, and the act of rubbing his nose for good luck is our
most-enduring tradition, going strong since 1933!
Since the early 1990s, students have left Testudo offerings of any
imaginable kind: food, cigarettes, soda, beer, poems, computer disks,
candy, flowers, coinshoping that Testudo will bring them luck at final exam time.
Replicas of Testudo can be found at three locations on campus: Comcast Center, Cole Student Activities Building,
and Byrd Stadium, where there are two.
Jim Henson and Kermit Statue
Have your photo taken with Jim Henson and Kermit!
of Maryland dedicated the
statue of Jim Henson conversing with Kermit the Frog and the memorial
garden which surrounds it, outside the Stamp Student Union, on September
Henson, who graduated from the University of Maryland
in 1960, was known the world over for his creation of the Muppets and
his work in television with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. His work
on film included six movies starring the Muppets and two fantasy pieces,
The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
The statue, created by sculpter Jay Hall
Carpenter, captures Jim Henson and Kermit in bronze, sitting on a
red granite bench, and weighs 450 pounds. It is surrounded by a memorial
garden, designed by landscape architect Philip Cho. The entire project
cost $217,000 and was funded in part by gifts from the Classes of 1994,
1998, and 1999.
McKeldin Mall fountain
This 16 feet by 250 feet
fountain honors members of the campus chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society.
Each fountain tier represents one of the leadership qualities found in
ODK members. Engravings around the fountain include quotations from
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., the symbol of
ODK, and a listing of fraternity members from the university. This
installation also features a plaque honoring donors who contributed to
the building of the fountain.
The Sundial, located in the center of
McKeldin Mall, was originally a gift from the Class of 1965, the
Department of Physics and Astronomy, and friends of Professor Uco Van
Wijk, who died in 1966. It was renovated with donations from the Class