UDC News

March 4, 2009


The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.,
In Collaboration With The University of the District of Columbia, Announce
Legacy Lecture Series and NSS Super College Fair

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (March 4, 2009) - - The Board of Directors of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. (Hall of Fame), in collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), invite everyone in the Metropolitan D.C. area to a Super Monday of educational events and activities! The day begins with the National Scholarship Service (NSS) presenting a Super College Fair at 8:30 AM, and the day culminates with their Legacy Lecture Series, Monday, March 16, 2009, at 6:00 PM. Both events will be held on the UDC Campus.

The National Scholarship Service’s Super College Fair is open to parents, students and everyone interested in going to college for the first time, regardless of age, as well as those returning to college. Participants will attend an extraordinary event affording them a tremendous opportunity to gain priceless college entrance information. More than 40 college recruiters will be available to answer questions on admission procedures, scholarships, financial aid, testing, and other matters during the “Student College Interview Session.”

Scheduled Monday, March 16, 2009, 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM, at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, Gymnasium, this Super College Fair is sponsored by the National Scholarship Service and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., and Co-Sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Washington, D.C. and the District of Columbia Public Schools. This Super College Fair will feature representatives from some of the nation’s top colleges and universities who will be present to meet you and answer questions. Admission is FREE!!!

The Legacy Lecture Series is also scheduled Monday, March 16, 2009 on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Auditorium, Building 46. The Legacy Reception will begin at 5:00 PM (CLOSED EVENT) with the Legacy Lecture Series beginning at 6:00 PM.

The 2009 Legacy Lecture Series theme is “Decision ’08: Now What?” The Moderator is Jeff Johnson, Host of BET’s popular half hour news program, The Truth.
Panelists will include: Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Judge Glenda Hatchett, The Judge Hatchett Show; Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Founder and Chairman, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.; TaNisha Fordham, Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame 2008-2009; Mwansa M. Changwe, Miss University of the District of Columbia, 2008-2009; Racquel Layne, University of the District of Columbia SGA President, 2008-2009; and Chadrick Mance, Morehouse College, SGA President, 2008-2009.
“The Legacy Lecture Series was developed out of a commitment by our Board of Directors to build a stronger bridge and link between our past Hall of Fame inductees, corporate and community partners, students and alumni of HBCUs, as well as the community at large,” stated Hall of Fame Founder and Chairman Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. “Given the tremendous diversity, skill, and experiences of our inductees, this series will afford an opportunity for our next generation of leaders to meet and interact with individuals who once walked their paths, while simultaneously promoting the viability of our HBCUs.”

The series of lectures features speakers with the ability to speak to diverse audiences consisting of students, alumni, corporate and community leaders, and other university stakeholders. The Hall of Fame’s goal is to allow the public to view and highlight the collective contributions and accomplishments of all HBCUs.

“The National Scholarship Service has reached more than a million students nationwide,” stated Mr. Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. “We are so excited to have this opportunity to bring this Super College Fair to our great nation’s Capitol! This unique Super College Fair has proven to be so successful because of the extraordinary opportunity for every one of all walks of life and economic status to meet with such an extensive and diverse group of choices, such as many of our most prestigious colleges and universities, as well as many esteemed art institutes and military academies. The Hall of Fame has more than 22 years of experience supporting students from those who wish to attend and those who are already enrolled to those desiring to return to the pursuit of higher education opportunities.”

About the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.
The Council of National Alumni Associations (CNAA) established the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation (Hall of Fame) as a 501(c)3 in 1985, to create awareness and interest in the achievements of HBCU alumni, students and the community. The Hall of Fame under the leadership of its Founder and Chairman, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., formed its mission around assisting alumni associations, students and other organizations as they work to ensure the survival and stability of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors made up of education, community and business leaders. Three major programs of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. are: 1) The Positive Image Program, which is designed to introduce elementary, middle and high school students to the heritage and significance of HBCUs; 2) the Legacy Lecture Series which links Hall of Fame Inductees, HBCU students and alumni, and community and business leaders in an effective free exchange; and 3) The National Scholarship Service which provides information exchange between students and college representatives through one on one sessions in College Fairs held over 30 cities. For more information on the Hall of Fame, visit: www.nbcahof.org or call (404) 524-1106.


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