Office of Communications

The Office of Communications and Marketing at the University of the District of Columbia is essentially the University’s creative team of writer/editors, graphic art designers, and Web professionals. This office is dedicated to helping our UDC colleagues develop publications, websites, and other products that promote the University and its mission.

The Office of Communications and Marketing offers comprehensive services in a convenient, one-stop setting. In addition to creating just about every type of piece you can think of—from brochures, magazines, and posters to websites, Flash animation, and e-blasts—the Office of Communications and Marketing also provides updates and “facelifts” of previously produced publications that need a fresh look and point of view.

Our “customers”—representing schools, departments, and initiatives throughout the University—will receive high-caliber creative services, complemented by our broad understanding of the University and its programs, priorities, and people. We have first-hand acquaintance with UDC identity and graphic standards as well as direct access to the visual resources your project may require, from archival photos to updated logos.


Staff

John Gordon, Jr. Communications Director , Jay Morrow Web Services Manager, Catrice Callands, Marketing Manager, Ed Jones General Manager, UDC-TV

 


Centralized Support

Communications Team

To enhance consistency and accuracy in the development collateral materials and dissemination of information, the Office of Communications is supported by a team of marketing professionals and designated department liaisons.

  • Kemmell Watson, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) – Coordinator, Communications and Community Outreach
  • Marcus Christon, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) – Marketing Communications Manager
  • Ann Lankford, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) – Director of Outreach and Student Engagement
  • Joe Libertelli, David A. Clarke School of Law (DCSL) – Alumni Affairs Director
  • Eric Zedalis – Sports Information Director
  • Rajeev Bansal – Director, Institutional Research, Data Management, and Assessment
  • Melinda Jennings, Community College (UDC-CC) – Student Activities Specialist
  • Gianna Hendrick, Office of Human Resources
  • Sheila McKay, Office of Admissions
  • Lucita Diaz, School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)
  • Doni Russell, Office of Student Development  and Student Success

Communication Services

Copywriting and Editing

UDC writers and editors provide writing, editing, and content development, including invitations, annual reports, a poster or periodical, a sophisticated brochure or crisp online copy. We would also provide project management and proofreading.

Design

Graphic designers would work closely with our editorial staff to create sophisticated materials that enhance and promote the image of UDC. Since our design team has played a pivotal role in the implementation of the University’s graphic standards and branding materials, we can ensure that your project conforms to University style.

Production Management

The Office of Communications and Marketing will work with several vendors providing printing services that the Office of Procurement Services has identified as reliable, high-quality, and competitively priced. We would select the most appropriate printer for your project and obtain an accurate estimate (including the variables that customers often wish to consider before selecting format and quantity).

Website Development

The Web provides many people, from prospective students to community stakeholders and possible philanthropic donors, with their initial impression of UDC. To help customers throughout the University meet their online communications needs, our team includes a Webmaster expert and designers with expertise in electronic design; our editors also have extensive experience in writing for the Web. We can also design online versions of invitations, newsletters, brochures, and other projects.

Video Production

Video production consulting services are provided through UDC-TV staff to assist University clients and grant partners in the development and creation of video content for short-form promotional use, personal appearances and video features in support of UDC-TV educational programming mission, or coordination, development, and creation of long-form educational products that are financially supported  by  grants or department funding.


Communication Procedures

Please send all submissions to udc-communications@udc.edu and we will determine which channel is best. Any request for a UDC Communication distribution has a minimum two week notice for the department to disseminate to the appropriate university audiences.

Thanks for your support.

Communication Channels

Channel Purpose Frequency
Social Networks
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,YouTube, LinkedIn,Instagram
Internal and external communications, videos and photos. As needed (during business hours – unless true emergency, like school closings).
Email
From central communications –
UDC-Communications@udc.edu
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).
myUDC
my.udc.edu
Internal communications, events, announcements. As needed (during business hours – unless true emergency, like school closings).
UDC Website
www.udc.edu,
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.
Monitors Short internal communications, events, announcements As needed (during business hours).
Blackboard
https://udc.blackboard.com
This is not an application supported by the Office of External Affairs, 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.

Office of External Affairs

Main Office Contact
udc-communications@udc.edu

Media Inquiries
Director of Communications

John Gordon, Jr.
202.274.5998 (o) | 202.697.1310 (c)


Branding & Style Guide

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UDC Branding & Style Guide Version 1.0


Legacy Magazine

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Forms and Resources
Logo Usage Guidelines
Photo Release Form - PDF Acrobat
Photo Release Form - MS Word Acrobat
Request a Communication
Order Business Cards


Web
Social Media Guidelines Acrobat
QR Codes
How to Create Web Content
Request a Web Update