August 2010 | Vol 2 Issue 5

      Alumni Newsletter
DC Teachers College’s Cooke held torch high

Golf tournament,
Homecoming dinner-dance

Looking for a fun day on the greens? Then put the Sept. 24 UDCNAS annual golf tournament at The Osprey’s Golf Club at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge, VA, on your calendar. Add Nov. 13 as a “don’t miss” date, too; it’s the Alumni Homecoming Dinner-Dance at Ft. McNair Officers Club in southwest DC. Both events will raise money for the UDCNAS Scholarship Fund. For details, contact

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Wanted: Photos,
memorabilia for 160th

Alumni are asked to contribute memorabilia from their school days by Sept. 7 to UDC archivist Chris Anglim or to the Office of Alumni Relations (tel. 202.274.5206) for the University’s 160th anniversary celebration. The yearlong salute will begin with a gala in January 2011 at the Mellon Auditorium.

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Paul Phillips Cooke, EdDPaul Phillips Cooke, EdD, distinguished scholar, author, educator and former president of the District of Columbia Teachers College, died on July 4 in Washington, DC. Cooke, who graduated with a BS from Miner Teachers College in 1937 and who received advanced degrees from NYU, Catholic, Columbia and American universities, was 93.

Cooke was a professor of English at DCTC from 1944 to 1966, serving as the college’s academic dean during that time. A “teacher’s teacher,” Cooke always demanded excellence from himself, his students and his colleagues. He was named the college’s president in 1966 and served in that capacity until 1974.

The esteemed educator authored more than 200 publications and papers and won the admiration and respect from his peers and associates in numerous arenas. Cooke established the Paul Phillips Cooke Lecture series in 1979 and the Paul Phillips Cooke scholarship in 1982, which is given to students admitted to UDC’s teacher education program. Over the years, he remained active in many professional, social, international, community and civic organizations, including the Catholic Interracial Council of Washington, DC; American Veterans Committee; World Veterans Federation; and the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.

Cooke was married for 63 years to the late Rose Cooke, who was also a 1937 graduate of Miner Teachers College.

Campus News

MetroArts summer camp ends with finale
UDC’s campus was abuzz for several weeks with boys and girls ages 7 through 17 enrolled in the 10-year-old MetroArts Summer Camp program.   Four longstanding arts education institutions united to form the 2010 MetroArts Collaborative; Prosperity Media (collaborative leader), the University of the District of Columbia Theater Program, The Association for the Preservation of the Arts/Northeast Academy of Dance and the DC Youth Ensemble.  Fifty youngsters, who took classes in dance and movement, theater, vocal music and media arts, concluded their exhilarating and fun-filled program with a Broadway-styled production “INTO THE HOODZ.” The kids-and-family tale is an urban hip hop fantasy that was inspired by Stephen Sondheim's Broadway classic "INTO THE WOODS." The play received rave reviews from the audience at its Aug. 5 matinee performance in UDC's auditorium.  Cheryl Hawkins ’93, president of Prosperity Media, spearheads the summer arts program each year, and can be contacted at for more information.

Title III funding increase
UDC will receive $4,602,858 in Title III funding for FY ’11. Additions to the $2,904,771 fourth installment of a five-year, noncompetitive grant include two new awards: $753,629 to the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and $944,459 to the University under Title III’s Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The increase in Title III funding will go toward academic resources, student retention, financial management, and faculty and staff development programs, according to UDC’s Title III officer Dr. Ernesta Williams ’86.

Alumni News

UDCNAS officers 2010–2012 
Congratulations to the recently elected UDCNAS officers—Michael D. Woodard, PhD ’72, president; Gloria Green-Ridley ’74 and ’75, first vice president; Antonell Kinard Aikens-Thompson ’92, second vice president; Jacqueline Daughtry-Miller ’04, secretary; Cornett Njoku ’96 and ’99, treasurer; and Kirk Adair ’99 and ’08, sergeant-at-arms. They invite YOU to roll up your sleeves and get involved! Contact to find out more. 

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