September 2010 | Vol 2 Issue 6

      Alumni Newsletter
PATHS Program goes to heart of UDC’s mission

White House pledges continued HBCU support
The presidents of some 70 HBCUs met recently in DC and heard President Barack Obama deliver a strong commitment to continued federal support of their institutions. More at

UDCNAS to Meet Sept. 25
The University’s official alumni organization continues to need YOUR involvement as it builds its exciting agenda for the future. UDCNAS meets next on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Bldg. 44, Rm. A03. Get membership details at

Opening Convocation
UDC’s Fall Opening Convocation will take place on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. in the University’s Auditorium. Contact Academic Affairs at 202.274.5072.

Needed RIGHT NOW: Mementos for 160th!
Jan. 29 will be UDC’s 160th Anniversary Opening Gala at the Mellon Auditorium. Alumni are being asked to participate in many ways—with one special request: Memorabilia from your school days! Deadline: Oct. 5. Email archivist Chris Anglim for more information.

Save the Date—Nov. 13
Dr. Portia Holmes Shields ’60, former president of Albany State College, is the featured keynote speaker for the UDCNAS Annual Homecoming Dinner-Dance on Nov. 13 at Ft. McNair Officers Club in DC. Great food, music, dancing and mixing! For information, email or contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

* Condolences
We are saddened to announce the August 22 death of Duane Kevin Travis ’08, son of Theresa Nelson Travis ’77 and ’90, a UDCNAS Board of Directors member.

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The University of the District of Columbia is serving its land-grant mission very well through Paving Access Trails for Higher Security, a university-government collaboration serving the DC community. UDC’s School of Business and Public Administration runs the13-year-old PATHS program, which has received $2 million in grant funds each year for the past three years and is administered by SBPA’s Dr. Antonia Nowell.

PATHS provides technical assistance for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families clients in the city and training for the DC Department of Human Services/Income Maintenance Administration and Assistance (DHS/IMA) staff.

In 1977, SBPA asked DC agencies how the University could assist them. The creation of the PATHS program was the result. A year later, a contract between SBPA and DHS/IMA cemented the University-District partnership. The resulting collaboration used a person-centered case management approach to assess barriers to building integrated counseling and life and job skills programs for PATHS clientele. Studies and hands-on experiences in Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Health Aides, Child Development Associates and Medical Record Billing and Coding programs have been building blocks to change with PATHS.

Nowell, PATHS founder and current principal investigator, says, “As it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire university to create, grow and sustain a successful program.” She credits the UDC community for PATHS’ continuous accomplishments in serving DC citizens. PATHS has received many honors, awards and citations from the IMA administrator, DHS, local think tanks and nonprofit organizations, and The Washington Post.

Pictured above: Dr. Antonia Nowell and George Lhagvadorj ’00, PATHS director since 2004, display an award given to PATHS for its outstanding service to the District of Columbia.

Campus News

UDC positioned to be leader in sustainability

Late last month, the University kicked off its sustainability initiative, a comprehensive program designed to rehab the campus and “prepare students for the greatest environmental challenges of our time.” Along with the launch of CAUSES, new courses, internships and service-learning opportunities related to sustainability are also being developed. The goal is to position UDC as a sustainability leader among institutions of higher education and as a national model for urban sustainability in both campus operations and educational offerings. To learn more, email Howard Ways or Josh Laski or visit the new sustainability Web pages. Read Dr. Sessoms’s announcement of a new task force charged with developing a long-term strategic plan for sustainability at the University, here.

Alumni News

UDCNAS golf tournament

In just a few days, alumni and their friends will take to the greens for the Sixth Annual UDCNAS Golf Tournament at The Osprey’s Golf Club at Belmont Bay in Woodbridge, VA. Besides a stake in winning a trophy on Friday, Sept. 24, tournament players will have a chance to help UDCNAS, the University’s official alumni organization, raise money for scholarships. That’s no small feat when considering that many of today’s students require assistance to fulfill their higher education dreams. Just $125 will assure you a fun day of golf and a chance to help a future or present UDC student. Tee time is 9 a.m. For information, email or visit

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