December 2009 | Issue 7 Alumni Newsletter  
UDCNAS Puts on the Ritz for Homecoming ’09!

Askew to Chair Board of Trustees

On Oct. 28, Joseph L. Askew Jr. ’98 (JD, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law) was elected chairman of the University’s board of trustees. Askew, director of Government and External Relations at Verizon, has been an active board member since his election as an alumni trustee in 2005. Get to know Chairman Askew.

Operation Warm Drive Nets $4,685.67!
The Office of Alumni Relations reports that the University’s Operation Warm Drive was a smashing success! Generous donations from UDC administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends of UDC and Epicurean and Company will help UDC fund 276 new winter coats for needy children in DC. Thank you for your generosity!

Alumni Trustees’ Elections Coming Soon
Alumni will elect three alumni representatives to the UDC board of trustees in 2010. The entire election process will be explained in literature that will be mailed in the next two months. Email Mark Farley for full details.

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What a feeling…what a night! The hallmark, opening act for Homecoming Week did not disappoint. Alumni and their friends, dressed splendidly in black-tie attire, graced the Hilton Washington, DC/Silver Spring hotel Oct. 24. They mingled, met with acquaintances, dined on a delicious menu and danced the night away. Remarks by the keynote speaker, DC City Councilman At Large Michael Brown, UDCNAS President Michael Woodard, PhD, ’72, and 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz ’80 were highlights of the evening. Schwartz was also honored at the University’s Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 for his distinguished career service with the National Guard. Other special guests of the evening were Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, CEO of the new Community College, and Dr. Valerie L. Epps, vice president for Student Affairs.

Homecoming for alumni continued Oct. 27 with the Alumni-Student Networking Session at the 4.0 Lounge. Graduates of the University and its predecessor institutions advised nearly 50 students how to prepare for success in college and beyond. The program, coordinated by UDCNAS President Michael D. Woodard, resulted in a lively discussion on careers and a commitment to academic success. By recounting her own story, Dr. Joan Jackson, UDC career counselor, told students that they must move beyond the baccalaureate status for today’s marketplace. Cheryl Hawkins ’93, a UDC-TV production coordinator, also spoke about her pride as a University graduate who now has the chance to teach and mentor students.

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