UDC News

March 17, 2010


Congress Shows Overwhelming Support for the new USDC

Washington, DC - The University System hosted a reception on Capitol Hill last night, and several members of Congress attended to show their support for the new USDC.  Dr. Allen Sessoms greeted each member and welcomed their support as the institution continues its transition physically, academically and perceptually.

“This is by far the greatest reception for a university involving members of Congress I have ever seen,” said Dr. Sessoms, congratulating Government Relations Director Aimee Occhetti and her staff for pulling the event together.  “If we are to continue our forward progress, we need to lock arms with our local and Congressional partners.”

The event was attended by more than 20 members of Congress, all committing support for the only public institution of higher education in the nation’s
capital and the only urban land-grant university system in the nation.

“There is no more fitting institution to receive our respect and resources,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).  “This is the year our state university finally rises to become the example of public higher education in this country.”

Members attending the event included:

David Obey, D-WI, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Nick Rahall, D-WV
Peter DeFazio, D-OR
Marion Berry, D-AR
Michael Honda, D-CA
Jim Moran, D-VA
Tim Ryan, D-OH
John Boccieri, D-OH
Mary Jo Kilroy, D-OH
Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY
Howard Coble, R-NC
Tim Bishop, D-NY
Raul Grijalva, D-AZ
Jim McDermott, D-WA
Lacy Clay, D-MS
Russ Carnahan, D-MS
Vernon Ehlers, R-MI
Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC
Sen. Paul Strauss, D-DC

(Caption: pictured left to right: Congressmen Berry, Rahall, Moran, Dr. Sessoms, Congressmen Obey, Ehlers)

Members turn out for first-ever Univ. of D.C. Capitol Hill reception - The Hill Newspaper



The University System of the District of Columbia is the only accredited public institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. Member institutions include: the University of the District of the Columbia, offering Bachelors and Masters Degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; The David A. Clarke School of Law, consistently rated one of America’s best public interest law schools; and the Community College of the District of Columbia, offering two-year Associate’s Degree and certificate programs. CCDC serves students by integrating workforce preparation, employability skill development, quality education and remediation, and continuous lifelong learning. As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System supports a broad mission of education, research and community service.

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Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371