I hold a lifetime membership with the University of Maryland Alumni Association. In 1988, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Logistics, and since that time I have built an active career in financial management. Despite my busy professional life, I remain committed to my alma mater. The Life Member Program at the University of Maryland Alumni Association earns participants a spot on the Eric S. & Frann G. Francis Lifetime Member Wall, located in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. A lifetime membership costs $850 for an individual or $950 for a couple, and payments can be made in five yearly installments. Membership dues are tax deductible and go to support the work of the Alumni Center and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. The University of Maryland Alumni Association maintains a number of annual awards, recognizing the accomplishments of former students. For instance, the Association’s International Alumnus Award recognizes an alumna/us who was born outside of the United States or who lives abroad and has distinguished him or herself for leadership. Other awards offered by the Association include the Humanitarian Award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for individuals under 35, the President’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of professional excellence, and the Tyser Gottwals Award for service to the University. Members of the University of Maryland Alumni Association also have access to the M Club, the athletic facilities of the University. They participate in numerous clubs and professional development groups, and they belong to clubs representing the University’s various disciplines of study. Additionally, members have access to exotic travel packages at discounted prices. More information can be obtained at alumni.umd.edu.