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Alumni Author & Speakers’
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
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.
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 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.