August 2011 | Vol.3 Issue 4

      Alumni Newsletter
Aim High

Walk This Way
Stride with the UDCNAS Steppers at the Annual 105 Voices of History’s HBCU Health Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17. Register at Fee: $25.00. Email for details.

HBCU Conference
The 2011 HBCU Week Conference is set for Sept. 19–20 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in DC. Info:

Opening Convocation
UDC’s Opening Convocation for AY 2011–12 is set for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium. Email for more information.

Homecoming Dinner
Dance ’11

Keep your standing date with UDCNAS for its Annual Homecoming Dinner Dance at the Navy Yard. Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Cost: $75 per person. Expectations are for a grand evening for alumni and their special guests. for details.

Buy a Brick or a Paver
Join fellow alumni, faculty and friends in helping UDC mark its 160th anniversary with the purchase of a brick or paver on the newly constructed Founders’ Commons. Your participation ensures that, “Brick by Brick,” you, too, will play a role in changing the University’s face as it continues its renaissance. Proceeds from this campaign will benefit students and UDC programs. For more information or to purchase a brick or a paver, please visit

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Work. Study. Focus. These words have resonated with UDC alumna and staff member Dr. Linda Carmichael-Freeman for quite some time. Carmichael-Freeman, who earned her AA, BA and MA degrees from UDC in ’93, ’97 and ’03, is a program coordinator at UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences and has always held demanding jobs. These experiences plus mature insight gave her the impetus later to seek higher learning for its expanded career opportunities. 

With foresight, Carmichael-Freeman developed a plan of action and worked it with determination.  “I have the initiative to complete any task given to me as long as I am afforded the opportunity,” she said. So she took one or two classes at a time, working full-time and part-time jobs so that she could send her three children to private schools and pursue her educational objectives. 

Once the journey started, Carmichael-Freeman earned three college degrees and still yearned for more. She wanted to go the distance; she wanted to obtain a terminal degree. A pithy objective, she thought, but nonetheless she persevered.

Recently, on a sunny day at California Southern University, the event may have surprised some folks but not Carmichael-Freeman. She simply smiled and claimed her prize: a PhD in psychology and counseling.

Carmichael-Freeman touts UDC’s talented and nurturing professors whose support, she says, helped lay the groundwork for her achievements. Her advice for today’s students? “Always appreciate your support system and stay focused on what you set out to accomplish. You must never give up when people doubt you…Your biggest advocate is you.” 

Dr. Linda Carmichael-Freeman has developed workshops to help people stay on point as they navigate life’s challenges. She can be contacted at

Campus News

New UDC Provost Named
Dr. Ken Bain, currently vice provost at Montclair State University, has been selected new provost and vice president of academic affairs, effective January 1, 2012. Prior to his post at Montclair State, Bain had a distinguished record of service as a faculty member in history at NYU, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. He has demonstrated academic leadership of faculty excellence and has written and presented extensively on this and other contemporary topics in higher education. Email for more information.  

Council Names Seven to BOT
In July, the Council of the District of Columbia recently named seven new members to UDC’s Board of Trustees, bringing the total number of board members to 14. The new trustees are George Vradenburg, Stephen Porter, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz ’80, Dr. Carmen Ramirez, Christopher Bell, LuAnn Bennett and Katherine Bradley. “The individuals joining us now are truly dedicated and influential people who will be able to help us continue building a great university,” said Dr. Sessoms. Info at

Alumni News

UDCNAS Golf Tournament 
Most UDC alumni golf enthusiasts—and their colleagues and friends who play the game—have already registered for the Annual UDCNAS Open Golf Championship slated for Friday, Sept. 23.  At that time, UDCNAS will host its fall classic at the National Harbor Golf Club at Tantallon in Ft. Washington, MD. Golfers will get a full day to play their winning game, vie for prizes and enjoy a buffet lunch while helping UDCNAS establish its Endowed Student Scholarship. Tee time for this worthy cause and fun-filled day is 10 a.m. Those interested in purchasing corporate sponsorships or registering for the tournament should contact immediately.

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