Summer 2012 | Vol . 4 Issue 3

      Alumni Newsletter
A Golden Celebration . . . And A Legacy Brunch, Too!

Farmers Market
June 9—November 10
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Click Here for more information

dasHaus Tour at UDC
July 31 - August 9
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
dasHaus Pavilian located at the
UDC Van Ness Campus'
Athletic Field
4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
For information click here.

National Alumni Society (UDCNAS)
Board of Directors Meeting 
Saturday, August 27, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Administration Building,
Board Room, 3rd floor
Contact Alumni Affairs
202.274.5206 or
Additional Information
Click Here.

Mid-Atlantic Social Business and Microcredit Forum
Focusing on Youth Entrepreneurship,
Economic Development,
and Helping Communities
in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Friday, September 28, 2012
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact Sylvia Benatti; 202.274.5794 
Additional Information
Click Here
  UDC Students: Free
  (Must still register)
  Non-UDC Students
  (with ID): $5
  General Admission: $15
  VIP Admission:
  $99 (includes reception)

All registered attendees will
receive a copy of Dr. Yunus'
book Building Social Business:
The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs
Click Here to
Register Online Now

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May was the month for celebration all over the University of the District of Columbia! Graduating seniors claiming their degrees, alumni celebrating reunion activities and the auspicious Closing Gala for the 160th Anniversary were exceptional moments in the academic year that meant so much to so many.
It was a time of special cheer for the Jubilee celebrants at the University’s Alumni Class Reunion Dinner and Reception on May 10. Under the big tent in front of UDC’s auditorium, the happy crowd of alumni and their families and friends, as well as University administrators, saluted DC Teachers College class of ’62 members Beverly Jackson Wheeler, Samuel McCoy and Ezra Naughton. While the Jubilee trio beamed in the spotlight, alumni from as far away as Washington State applauded them as they received the 50th Anniversary Medallion. The honorees of the evening took to the stage and fondly told their “back-in-the-day” stories and commented on the role DCTC played in their lives. Another highlight of the night was when former UDC basketball and volleyball coach Bessie Stockard ’74 was recognized. Stockard, who has been named to the prestigious Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame for 2012, touts a record of achievements that includes winning fetes as a local and national tennis player and coach.
The 160th Anniversary Legacy Brunch, which took place at the historic Mayflower Hotel on May 20th, capped off the joyful month for alumni and the University community. Graduates of each of the predecessor schools were acknowledged and stood proudly when John T. Butler, associate vice president for institutional advancement, called the school’s names. The illustrious Georgia Johnson Herron ’46 was noted for her longstanding and unparalleled dedication and demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the University and was awarded a 160th Anniversary Medal.


Campus News

UDC Eligible for Federal Funds Under New Senate Farm Bill
UDC celebrated a victory with passage of The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 by the US Senate. The Bill is a measure that authorizes millions of dollars in federal agriculture grants; it makes DC, like the states, eligible for federal funding under the McIntire-Stennis Act, which created a forestry research program that provides federal funds to public land-grant universities. Find out more about this topic and what it means for UDC, click here

New Water Resources Lab to Test Residential Water
With the opening in May of the Water Resources Management Laboratory at the Van Ness Campus, DC residents now have a convenient way of testing their water for lead and other impurities. The water testing lab is part of a larger effort by the University to provide services for a greener environment. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. UDC faculty member Dr. Tolessa Deksissa heads the lab and looks forward to engagement with the community and invites inquiries. Call him at 202.274.5273 or email to find out more on how you can get your water tested.

160th Anniversary Closing Gala Shines Light on Accomplishments
UDC’s Closing Gala marked the end of a more than year-long series of events commemorating the 160-year anniversary of the University. It was a rousing success. Amid the opulence of the Mayflower Hotel, President Allen L. Sessoms thanked all those whose dedication and talent have helped pave the way for a renaissance of sorts within the District’s only public university.  
UDC thanks the official 160th Anniversary sponsors, Lauren Bias of Luxury Brand Marketing, for the official wine; Lee’s Flowers and Card Shop, official floral designers; and GODIVA Chocolatier, the official chocolatier. UDC also thanks FEI Construction as the Closing Gala Presidents Reception sponsor and Lim Limo Lady, LLC, which provided the limousine for Doreen Gentzler. Read More...

For future donor and sponsorship opportunities, contact Lee Brian Reba, executive director of corporate relations & special events, at or 202.274.5561.

Coffee Table Book Dives into UDC’s History and Impact on the District
Learn more and be among the first to receive UDC’s new commemorative coffee table book, 160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation's Capital. Click Here to purchase your copy.

Brick and Paver Campaign: Be a Part of UDC’s Past and Its Future
Have you checked your mail lately? By now, you should have received materials about our Brick and Paver Campaign. We’re rebuilding UDC from the ground up and invite you to celebrate your connection to the University or commemorate a loved one by purchasing a brick or paver that will be placed on the new Founders’ Commons on Cleveland L. Dennard Plaza. With several levels of giving ($1,600–$25,000) and paying options, the Office of Institutional Advancement has affordable ways to support an important initiative to beautify the campus and support students for generations to come. Reserve your brick or paver today:

Alumni News

UDCNAS Officers, 2012–2014
The University of the District of Columbia National Alumni Society has elected the following as its officers for 2012–2014: Alton B. Byrd, PhD ’94, president; Jacqueline Daughtry-Miller ’04, 1st vice president; James D. Gaston III ’11, 2nd vice president; Mindy Hill ’10, secretary; Carol E. Parks ’84, assistant secretary; Erma J. McCray ’06 and ’12, treasurer; and Kirk A. Adair ’99, sergeant-at-arms.

Once on Trial for Murder, Law School Grad Interns for PDS
Central Michigan University graduate James King became interested in justice after his NFL football career was derailed, before it even began, by a wrongful murder charge in Michigan. After graduating from UDC’s law school, King ’12 scored a coveted internship with DC’s Public Defender’s Service. Read more here.

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Hey, Alumni! UDC Students Need Your Help
In this very competitive job market, our UDC students are looking for job and internship opportunities, and you may be in the position to help them. We are reaching out to hiring managers and human resources departments to build relationships with organizations to recruit UDC students through our job fairs, online job database (Firebird Jobs) or information sessions. If you are in a position to refer your hiring managers or HR officials to our Career and Professional Development Center, please contact Katie Nailler, director of career and professional development,

Know a Bright, Talented, College-bound Student? Looking for Professional Development? Thinking About Changing Careers?  
Did you know UDC now offers more than 75 degree programs and professional pathways—from associate to Master’s and even Law School degrees? Prospective students have good reason to apply to UDC, including quality academic programs, a personalized learning experience, expert faculty, diversity, convenience and affordability—right here in the Nation’s capital! For more information on how to apply, visit


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