Alumni Dinner Dance
At-Large DC City Councilmember
Michael Brown will speak at the
UDCNAS Alumni Homecoming &
Scholarship Dinner Dance at the
Hilton Washington, DC/Silver
Spring Hotel on October 24.
The black-tie evening of dining
and dancing begins at 6 p.m.
Cost: $100 per person. Proceeds
will go toward establishing the
UDCNAS Endowed Scholarship
Fund. Click here for details.
UDC GloLocal Open Forum
The Office of International
Programs & Exchange and
several other UDC divisions
will present the forum, Jobs
Challenges, on Nov. 12 from
5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Windows
Lounge, Building 38, 2nd floor.
Click here for details.
Operation Warm Begins
Right NOW, you can make a
difference. Meet the UDCCommunity
challenge with a
donation of $17 to Operation
Warm! Contact one of the
authorized off- or on-campus
captains to make your
contribution during our fund
drive. Email Jackie Thompson,
or Jayson Green, to find the
team captain nearest you.
The "Flame on the Fly" is
a monthly e-publication
produced by the Office
of Alumni Relations.
Please feel free to submit
comments, story ideas and
inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
When Rodney Hawkins ’76 was laid off in 1999, he took the opportunity to
develop his dream of entrepreneurship and founded the Washington Technology
Group, Inc. Now located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, WTG is celebrating 10
years as a viable multimillion-dollar information technology business serving
clients such as the FBI, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the US Departments
of Transportation and Homeland Security, the US Army Biometrics Task
Force and the Executive Office of the President. He and WTG were recently
profiled in Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine for providing essential IT support
services to federal and commercial customers. WTG was recently awarded
a $15 million Minority Small Business 8(a) competitive bid contract to support the
Pacific Hickman Air Force Base in Honolulu. Hawkins’s strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.
A dedicated and steadfast leader, Hawkins is a mentor and volunteers for a number of community groups,
including Calvin Coolidge High School, the Clara Muhammad School, Prosperity Media Summer Youth
Media Arts Program, Your Community Center and the DC Juvenile Detention Center. He is also a
member of the University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society (UDCNAS). Click here to
learn more about WTG.
UDC's Water Quality Education Program
In 2005, the University’s Water Quality Education Program (WQEP) began under the auspices of UDC’s
Community Outreach and Extension Service’s Environment and Natural Resources unit to promote
water quality programs throughout the Washington, DC area with workshops, fact sheets, brochures
and updates on water issues. In 2006, WQEP began a collaborative effort with the Mid-Atlantic Water
Program—a coalition of universities using science to improve water quality throughout the region—and
began to receive funding to conduct water-quality projects. One such project set up rain gardens in
Washington, DC schools in Wards 4, 5 and 6. For information about WQEP, contact UDC Extension
Agent Wellela Hirpassa ’92.
Kenneth Barnes, Sr. Named “Hometown Hero”
Thanks to your emails, Kenneth Barnes, Sr., ’76 and ’79, was named BET-KFC Hometown Hero for his
long-standing work against gun violence within the District of Columbia. After the death of his son in 2001,
Barnes created Reaching Out to Others Together, Inc. ROOT is a grassroots organization dedicated to
organizing residents, police, faith-based groups, media, businesses and others in the community to find
peaceful solutions to the perpetual problem of the violence that plagues DC and so many other urban
areas. He can be heard on the Spirit In Action radio show on WPFW (89.3 FM) during its Fifth Fridays
community forum from 10 a.m. until noon. Click here to reach Kenneth Barnes.
Harris Connect to Build UDC-Alumni Bond
Within the next few weeks, you will receive phone calls, emails, postcards and other alerts from Harris
Connect, a nationally-known company that supports relationship-building using the Internet, directories
and other well-tested research solutions. Through Harris, UDC wants to reach YOU—our most esteemed
stakeholders—so that we can update your information, help you connect with your fellow alumni and
involve you in shaping the University’s future. Your participation is critical, so please respond. Click here to learn more.