Ice cream — The University of Maryland Dairy is famous for its ice cream, which is made daily on campus and has been recognized as the Washington metropolitan area's best. The Dairy introduced five new flavors in the spring of 2004: Fridge Fever, Exam Cram, Midnight Madness, Spring Break, and Fear the Turtle. Three more flavors debuted in 2005: Comet Crunch, Campus Squirrel Crunch, and 1856. Mochalatta Mote, honoring University President Dan Mote, and Let's Tour S'More were introduced in 2010. To celebrate the 13th anniversary of Maryland Day and President Wallace Loh's inauguration, Dining Services created a special Vani-Loh Mango ice cream in 2011, which was served in the Dairy for a limited time. Other limited time flavors have included "Senior Swirl," vanilla Ice cream with a chocolate swirl, red and yellow sprinkles, and brownie pieces, and "Star Spangled Explosion," a hand-crafted small-batch treat that commemorated the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner;" the latter featured strawberry ice cream spiked with sherry and swirled with red, white, and blue sprinkles and milk chocolate malted (cannon) balls. A more detailed history of ice cream production is available in a 2004 news release from the UM Newsdesk.
Intensive Education Development Program — established in 1968 as one of Maryland's primary efforts to provide access to a university education for under-represented groups of students, many of them African-American. A history of the IED program from its beginnings through 1976 is available on the Office of Undergraduate Studies website.
International students, first — The Maryland Agricultural College quickly attracted students from around the world. Early international students included Pastor A. Cooke of Panama (1871-72), A. P. Menocal of Cuba (1875-76), Min Chow Ho of Korea (1887-88), and Pyon Su of Korea (1887-88).
Pyon Su (or Penn Su), who received his B.S. degree in 1891, was the first Korean student to graduate from any American college or university. He was born in Korea in 1861 and entered the Maryland Agricultural College in the fall of 1887. He was killed in College Park in a tragic train accident on October 22, 1891. He is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Ammendale in Beltsville, Maryland.
The first Chinese student at the Maryland Agricultural College was Chunjen Constant Chen from Shanghai. He entered in 1915 and completed three years of study in College Park before transferring to Cornell, where he received his B.A. degree. He returned to College Park where he received his M.S. in Agriculture in 1920. After a hiatus of more than 40 years, he returned to the University of Maryland where he taught Chinese from 1956 to 1967. He died in 1978. All four of his sons attended the University of Maryland.
The first Japanese student at the Maryland State College was Masanori Yoshikawa from Yamada, Hyuga Province. He matriculated in 1919 as a sophomore General Chemistry major but withdrew during his junior year due to illness. The first Japanese student to graduate from the University of Maryland was Toshio Keta from Tokyo. He graduated in 1956 with a B. S. in Accounting. While attending the university, Keta lived in the home of Dr. Gordon W. Prange.
Some of the first documented students from Europe were Salvador Oliver (Spain; attended one year in 1908); L. D. Andriopoulos and A. B. Xerocostas (Issari, Greece, Class of 1915); Heinrich Wilhelm Heerman (Westfalen, Germany, 2-year degree in Agriculture, 1915); and Vaso Trivanovitch (Yugoslavia, Class of 1922).