July 2011 | Vol. 3 Issue 3

      Alumni Newsletter
She’s an Author…and, Yes, She’s Published!

UDC Climbs the Ranks
The HBCU Digest, which e-blasts daily news on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, ranked UDC number four on its list of five prominent HBCUs that should be noted nationwide for its achievements. See www.hbcudigest.com/the-digest-five-most-underrated-hbcus/ 

Black Studies and Higher Ed
Two dozen college teachers from across the country are participating in a Harvard University program aimed at training professors to integrate more black history into their classrooms and research projects. See the WashPo Sun., July 17 article.

UDC Farmers' Market
Fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more are in abundance at the UDC Farmers’ Market. Meet and greet local farmers as you shop at the market on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact clewis@udc.edu for details.

HBCU Health Walk
Join the “UDCNAS Steppers” for the 105 Voices of History’s annual HBCU Health Walk Sat., Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. (Walk starts at the US Capitol.) Info: Erma McCray ’06 at EJMccray@ers.usda.gov or register at www.hbcuchoirs-105.org.

Fall ’11 Semester
It’s back-to-school on Thurs., Aug. 25 for new and returning students at the University of the District of Columbia, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDCCC).

Keep YOUR News Coming In!
The “Flame On The Fly” is all about you, so please send us your news, personal and professional updates and other fun facts so we can continue to produce an e-newsletter that’s useful and engaging. Submit your information to the Office of Alumni Relations at jthompson@udc.edu or call 202.274.5206. 


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One thing Karla Brady Bullock '00 believes is that dreams do come true. The UDC alumna (BA in economics) said that her first dream was to finish her education at the University, which she did, even though it took 11 years to do so. She never gave up. She said that economics is a discipline that requires sharp reasoning, research and writing skills. These skills served her well as an intelligence research specialist at the FBI, a position Bullock held for eight of the 12 years she worked for the bureau, and would help this closet writer in a new career: novelist.

Flash forward to 2011. Bullock, who had been journaling since childhood, penned The Bum Magnet, a romantic comedy published by Simon & Schuster this March. Like a number of new authors, Bullock had run the gamut of literary agents when, in 2009, she decided to self-publish and promote her book. About four months later she received an email from an executive editor at a publishing house and eventually landed an agent and a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster. Her sequel, Got a Right to be Wrong, is scheduled for publication in January 2012.

In addition to writing, the multifaceted Bullock sells real estate and works for a government contracting firm. She has completed two other novels that she is working with her agent to get published. Bullock can be reached at brady0207@msn.com.

Campus News

Master Plan Unveiled
In late June, the Zoning Commission for the District of Columbia approved UDC’s master plan, which details the construction of an already funded $40 million student center, two 300-bed student resident halls and the completion of the plaza deck renovation, which is already underway. The student center will feature LEED Platinum construction, the highest sustainability designation as determined by the US Green Building Council. The interior renovation of the plaza deck represents the largest green roof initiative currently underway in the District of Columbia. View UDC’s master plan at www.udc.edu/facilities/master_plan.htm.  

Build It and They Will Come

The newly-launched Bricks and Pavers Campaign will give alumni, faculty, staff and students a chance to have their names etched into UDC’s history. The drive is a continuation of the University’s momentous 160th anniversary celebration and  renaissance as a premier public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital and will result in much-needed improvements and transformations to the main campus. “Brick by brick, we are changing the face we present to the public, and our new Founders’ Commons is an apt and welcome addition,” says John T. Butler, associate vice president for institutional advancement. “With this project, we will highlight our legacy institutions as we create an eco-friendly gathering space for the University and our neighbors.” The campaign is asking for contributions of $1,600 for a brick ($160 for a student brick) or $5,000 for a paver as the charting of a new course at UDC continues. For more information, please contact fbrant@udc.edu.

Alumni News

UDCNAS Golf Tournament—Set for the Greens!
Avid golfers are gearing up for UDCNAS’ 7th Annual Open Golf Championship at the National Harbor Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, MD.  This early fall classic on Fri., Sept. 23 will help UDC’s official alumni organization establish its Endowed Scholarship Fund to aid students for generations to come.  Don’t miss this day of golfing, camaraderie and fund-raising—and a buffet lunch.  There will be prizes for:  Closest to the Pin; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place; Longest Drive Contest; and Putting Contest.  Registration Fee:  $125.00 per golfer. Tee time: 10 a.m.  Info:UDCNAS@comcast.net.

UDC staffer Emanuel Yeoman plays at a previous UDCNAS Golf Tournament.

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