April 19, 2007
University of the District of Columbia Places Third in National Academic Competition
Washington, D.C. - Five outstanding students at the University of the District of Columbia engaged in a spirited contest of mental agility April 12-15, 2007 at the National Championship of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The UDC Team showcased their skills and intellect by quickly and accurately answering questions on world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture and African-American history and culture, and by finishing third out of 64 teams representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
More than 320 college students from 64 HBCUs across the country competed in the three-day tournament to win grants and glory for their academic institutions. The American Honda Motor Co., Inc. provided more than $300,000 in institutional grants to the competing schools. UDC’s victory was eclipsed by Tennessee State University, who placed first and Florida A & M University, who placed second at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.
Now in its 18th year, the theme for this extraordinary event was "Evolution of a Champion". The academic teams were joined by nearly 100 HBCU presidents, educators, alumni, and community volunteers.
"HCASC provides a platform for America's best and brightest from the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities to come together as competitors while becoming a part of a family," said Eric Conn, assistant vice president of Corporate Relations for the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Honda is proud to provide students with the opportunity to compete, exercise teamwork, and the rare experience of networking and establishing valuable long-term relationships with other contestants, alumni, and volunteers."
During the three-day tournament, 64 HBCU teams of four compete in a modified round robin format. The top two teams from each of eight divisions advance to the "Sweet 16," in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams then compete for the national championship title in a “best two-out-of-three” matches.
The UDC team is comprised of: Olubunmi Bakare, Team Captain, senior, sociology major from Washington, DC; Adrian Lanspeary, sophomore, history major from Leicester, UK; Caleb Reinhold, freshman, psychology major from Richland, MI; Spillman Truhart, Jr., sophomore, sociology major from Washington, DC; and Desmond Wolfe, senior, economics major, also from Washington, DC. They were coached by Willie Faye Garrett, Esq., associate professor. Everett Burwell, Jr., student coach, and UDC’s “First Lady”, Merriette Pollard, were the institutional representatives for the team. A photo of the team follows this release.
The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the only competition of its kind and was established by the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in 1989. Since the inception of the program, more than 50,000 HBCU students have competed in HCASC tournaments. Honda has awarded more than $5 million in grants to HBCUs to improve campus life through facility improvements and expanded academic resources.
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment 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. For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.