New year, new plans! UDCNAS President Michael D. Woodard, PhD,
encourages you to attend the first meeting of 2010. The agenda will
include: the membership campaign launch, the current alumni trustee’s
nomination and election process, upcoming fundraising activities and
more. President Sessoms will also attend, so mark your calendar.
Contact Dr. Woodard for more UDCNAS news and Valerie Grant for membership information. Sat., Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., Bldg. 39, Board Room, 3rd fl.
The University’s first-ever winter commencement will take place on Jan.
29. The keynote speaker will be Ward 3 councilmember, Mary Cheh. Fri., Jan. 29, 2 p.m., Auditorium
Save the date for the annual Founders' Day convocation and awards program. RSVP online or by phone: 202.274.5206. (Parking will be available in the campus garage. Entrance on Van Ness.) Wed., Feb. 17, 10 a.m., Auditorium
Our new annual fund video
is up and will surely remind you of your own school days. Please give
generously to the institution that has given so much to you. Thanks.
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It was a bitterly cold day and snow was in the air when UDC’s caravan
of coats drove up, first to Ferebee Hope and then to Plummer Elementary
schools, in southeast DC. The coats-for-kids program—a joint venture
between Operation Warm (out of Chadds Ford, PA) and the
University—raised $4,686, enough to buy colorful down jackets for 275
very excited kids. Many thanks to Jason Green and his Jump Start team
who co-chaired this project with the Office of Alumni Relations. Kudos
to Tobeka Green of Communities in Schools and the entire UDC community
of students, faculty, staff, alumni and board members for their
generosity. See photo gallery on Flickr.
Michael Pearson Appointed to MD Circuit Court
Michael Pearson SBPA ’94, a seasoned prosecutor who has tried
approximately 150 homicide cases to verdict in seven years for the
Prince George’s County (MD) State’s Attorney’s Office, was appointed as
an assistant state's attorney to the circuit court for that office by
Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2009. The UDC alumnus has experience in private
practice at the Greenbelt-based firm of Bennett & Blair, LLP, where
he represented clients in circuit and district courts across the state.
Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of the PG County
Bar Association and the J. Franklin Bourne Bar Association and as
co-chair of the PG County Bar Association’s criminal law section for
the past three years. Pearson is a member of the Maryland Bar
Association and is affiliated with a number of professional
organizations, including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,100 Black Men of
Maryland and the AME Church’s Law Ministry. He is a graduate of the
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Alumni Election to the BOT
The 2010 nomination period to elect a new alumni board member is now
closed. Ballots, including biographical information about the nominees,
will be in the mail as of Jan. 25, so start checking your mailboxes
soon thereafter. You can cast your vote by mail or online (directions
for voting are on the ballot) and the election will conclude when all
ballots have been tallied. The deadline for voting is Feb. 11. Visit
the alumni Web site for more information.
Another first for the University. The inaugural issue of The Flame,
our biannual alumni magazine, is packed with updates on alumni
accomplishments, campus news and lots of great photos. If you don’t
receive a copy, please contact Jackie Thompson with your address (street and email). In the meantime, you can read the electronic version on our Web site.
Building the UDC/Alumni Bond
Look for a message from Harris Connect,
our 2010 alumni directory publisher and online community host. Our
partnership with Harris Connect will give you the opportunity to update
your records and stay in touch with your alma mater and alumni. Your
continued involvement will help us expand our outreach and develop
programs and services that benefit you and the University.