April 2010 | Volume 2 Issue 3 Alumni Newsletter  
Kia Baskerville – Spot On TV News Producer

Harris Connect Starts Directory Project
Don't get left out! Make sure your contact info is included in the Harris Connect Alumni Directory. Call 800.970.9773 or contact the Office of Alumni Relations for details.

Alumni Author & Speakers’ Series
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin '93, author and assistant English professor, will speak on Tuesday, April 20 at 4 p.m., 4.0 Lounge. Info: Division of Student Affairs or Office of Alumni Relations

UDCNAS and Omega Psi Phi Alumni Reception
Alumni Reclamation & Tribute to Alumni Trustees Reception. Wednesday, April 21, 7–9 p.m. Firebird Inn. RSVP to UDCNAS.

UDC and CCDC Commencements
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to deliver UDC's commencement address Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m., Walter Washington Convention Center. Info: SYates or CPearson. CCDC Commencement, Saturday, May 8, 2:30 p.m., University Auditorium. Info: Julie Johnson

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CBS News White House television producer Kia Baskerville '93 (BA, mass media/TV production) is a natural. The UDC alumna is smart, quick on her feet and can zero in on the important news of the day with calm authority. Baskerville demonstrated all of these qualities and more on September 11, 2001, while traveling, by chance, with President George Bush in Florida when the terrorist attacks occurred. An assistant producer at the time, she rose to the occasion and organized seasoned reporters to cover the president during his worldwide television appearance.

Most recently, Baskerville kept pace with President Barack Obama during the historic campaign for health-care reform.

Her study of hard news while at UDC prepared her to meet the challenges that come with the territory. "It's what the individual makes out of the college experience that is important," she stated. She noted that traveling, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures are crucial to the education process as well. She believes that learning never stops and, despite the fact that the Internet and the economy have hit the news business hard, students today should still consider broadcast journalism as a career.

According to Baskerville, today's technology "creates new opportunities if you are open to seeing and seizing these prospects as they come." She views herself doing that as she looks ahead and seeks personal growth through a desire to influence those who will follow in her footsteps. For the short term, that means Baskerville would like to head the CBS internship program in Washington. She would like to have hands-on experiences with novice journalists to help them understand that the field is still a "fascinating" one.

Campus News

Let the Competition Begin!
Home Depot's "Retool Your School" Program is UDC's chance to compete with other HBCUs to win money while beautifying the campus. The program will award one major grant of $50,000 and 10 minor grants of $10,000. UDC's primary project will be the "greenification" of the campus entrance, which calls for a new sun shelter/awning directly below the Firebird Inn, murals and new park benches made from recycled materials. Online votes and a judges' panel will decide the winners. Alumni, faculty, staff and students may vote now through May 3 at www.homedepot.com/retoolyourschool.

Alumni News

Alumni trustees Joseph L. Askew Jr., Esq. '98 and Mary C. Thompson '53 were re-elected and Jerome Shelton '71 was newly elected to the University's Board of Trustees in March. The swearing-in date for the three will take place in May. Chairman Askew underscored the importance of the election to the University community when he said, “The experiences and perspectives of graduates of the institution are invaluable in setting the policies and direction of the institution. Their professional backgrounds in education and the private sector qualify them to understand, analyze and strategically plan to address the University's critical needs as we move forward.” The trustees elected emerged from a field of eleven and will serve a five-year term. For more information contact Beverly Franklin.

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