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University Relations & Public Affairs

Main Office Contact
phone 202.274.5954 | phone 202.274.5453 |

Media Inquiries

John Gordon, Jr., Director
Office of Communications
202.274.5998 (o) | 202.697.1310 (c)

University Relations & Public Affairs

Communication Procedures

Now that myUDC is in use university-wide, the Firebird and all UDC communication channels are undergoing a slight transformation. See our handy-dandy chart below for what will run where.

Please send all submissions to and we will determine which channel is best. Watch this space for more information and please keep those comments/suggestions coming.

Thanks for your support.

Communication Channels

Firebird on the Fly
Repurposed as of Nov. 1, 2011 as UDCommuniqué
Showcases scholarly and faculty news from the campus and opinion and commentary from thought leaders in public higher education. Bi-monthly.
Social Networks
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn
Internal and external communications, videos and photos.As needed (during business hours - unless true emergency, like school closings).
From central communications -
High-level communications, board meetings/agendas, emergency notifications.
System Outages
Procurement Deadlines ( i.e. closing and opening of the budget)
New System Implementations (i.e. Banner, Blackboard Analytics, myUDC)
As needed (during business hours - unless true emergency, like school closings).
Internal communications, events, announcements, "hero box" stories like those in the Firebird.As needed (during business hours - unless true emergency, like school closings).
UDC Websites,
Communications and information focusing on student recruitment and retention. Geared for external audiences.As needed (during business hours - unless true emergency, like school closings).
Turnaround times are 3 days for basic web updates (if all requirements are confirmed), but longer on bigger projects.
MonitorsShort internal communications, events, announcementsAs needed (during business hours).
This is not an application supported by URPA, however If you need assistance with Blackboard, please visit their Online Help Desk or call toll free 877.736.2585. If you are on campus you can visit the Blackboard office in the Learning Resources Division, Bldg 41, 1st Floor, Room 106.


Publication PurposeFrequency
The Flame MagazineExternal print communication for alumni primarily but also sent to other key constituents.Bi-Annual.
Flame on the FlyE-newsletter primarily for alumni but is also sent to other key constituents.Monthly.
Annual ReportPrint communication primarily for donors but sent to other key constituents.Annual.
Course GuideOnline course listing.Fall, Spring, Summer.
Road PieceAdmissions Recruitment Brochure.Annual.
Program brochuresRecruitment to select degree programs.As needed.