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April 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University of the District of Columbia Receives $35 Million
In Capital Funding from the D.C. Council to Build a Student Center

Washington, D.C. – The University of the District of Columbia is pleased to announce that it will receive $35 million in capital funding to build a student center as a result of the Council of the District of Columbia (D.C. Council) budgetary revisions during the recent budget hearings. The D.C. Council made the announcement at a press conference to announce their "markup" of the spending plan on Tuesday, April 28 with University of the District of Columbia President Allen L. Sessoms and several students from the University in attendance for the press conference. The student center will cost almost $40 million to build. In addition to the $35 million, $5 million will come from UDC student fees.

With the funding announcement, University of the District of Columbia President Allen Sessoms will deliver a key part of the vision he outlined for the University when he took office in September 2008. Plans for a student center at the University have been on the drawing board for many years. The lack of a student center has been a major concern for the students, with the intensity growing in recent months. “Our students deserve a top-notch student center just like any other university or college,” says President Sessoms. “With the gracious D. C. Council support of $35 million, we can now deliver on a major promise to give our talented student body a center they can be proud of.” The students in attendance were equally excited about the news.

Planning for the student center will start in 2010. Construction will begin in 2011 after a groundbreaking ceremony, which will be announced at a later date. The new student center is scheduled for completion in 2013.

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The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public source of accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.

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Jackie Boynton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications, & Alumni Relations, jboynton@udc.edu or 202.997.7161