November 23, 2022 Issue
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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to express how grateful we are for our students, staff, faculty and alumni—all of whom contribute in countless ways to make UDC a truly special place. Your commitment and support for each other and dedication to our University are reasons to be thankful throughout the year.

Please note that our campus will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We hope our students enjoy this break as they prepare for their final exams.

Wishing you all a Thanksgiving full of warmth, happiness and great memories.

Transformative Acts
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon and UDC President Ronald Mason.

Deputy Secretary of State motivates students for careers in the State Department

Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon visited UDC on November 16, 2022, as part of continuing efforts to engage with students on U.S foreign policy priorities and attract candidates who reflect a demographic cross-section of American society to careers in the State Department. Darion Akins, the diplomat-in-residence for the DC Metro Area accompanied Deputy Secretary McKeon. Other DACOR members in the audience included Rhonda Ferguson-Augustus, mentor Dawn Thomas and Tom Brannan, chair of DACOR’s Public Outreach Committee. Read More

Workforce Development offers healthcare technology training at no cost

Danielle Carroll represents the face of a new generation being trained for healthcare technology jobs in high demand. She is UDC’s student ambassador for the Public Health Informatics Technology (PHIT4DC) Workforce Diversification Program, which provides healthcare technology training and certification for underrepresented communities at no cost. Read More

Simoné Pärn at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference in Seattle, Washington earlier this month, where she presented her research.

Award-winning student-athlete is impactful on and off the court

Simoné Pärn, originally from Estonia, has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her academic career. She earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences at UDC (' 21) and is now in her second year of a master's degree in cancer biology, prevention and control—a partnership program with Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pärn began playing tennis at eight was recently nominated for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year award. She won the Excellence in Community and Character (ECC) award. Read More

Anacostia High School students tour the Van Ness Campus to learn about educational opportunities.

UDC offers Anacostia High School students a glimpse of college life

During a series of campus visits in October and early November, Anacostia High School students in all grade levels visited the Van Ness Campus, Community College, and the Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Campus. Students learned about the various programs offered at UDC and heard remarks from President Ronald Mason Jr., faculty and staff. Read More

First in-person homecoming since COVID-19 is a huge success

Homecoming 2022 is now in the books, but the memories will live forever. From the selfie museum and fashion show to the Homecoming Stroll-Off and the UDC National Alumni Society's 20th Anniversary Gala, Firebirds experienced a variety of unforgettable moments. Here's a video of what you may have missed. Until next year!

Featured Event

UDC Music Department presents its annual holiday concert

The concert will take place on Monday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre of the Arts, Van Ness Campus. The Chorale, The Voices, and the UDC Jazz Ensemble will perform. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Trinice McNally and Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Spelman College) with their awards.

CDIMA founding director honored at HBCU Truth Ball and Awards Reception

Trinice McNally, the founding director of UDC’s Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural  Affairs (CDIMA), received the 2022 Truth Award on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s HBCU Program. The awards took place on November 12 in Washington, D.C. McNally was recognized as a trailblazer who has contributed significantly to making HBCUs more safe, inclusive and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ and gender-expansive people.

Wayne Agtch, who is taking the apartment maintenance course this semester, receiving his award.

Division of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning student honored

Wayne Agtch, a Construction Pathway student, received the Head of the Class award from Malco Tools, a Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning partner with a long history in innovative HVAC tool manufacturing. The award recognizes Agtch’s excellence throughout the term and adept use of the tools and skills needed to provide superior apartment maintenance services. UDC students who are recognized by industry professionals is in keeping with the University’s mission to reduce unemployment and underemployment in the District of Columbia, by enhancing the skills of its residents and helping them earn good jobs and get promoted.

Emily Osbourne and Grace Yepez presenting at the AIB-SE conference.

School of Business and Public Administration students present research at international conference

Grace Yepez and Emily Osbourne, senior business administration and logistics and international trade (LIT) analytics majors, presented their research at the 2022 Academy of International Business U.S. Southeast (AIB-SE) conference at the end of October in Panama City, Florida. The theme was “Responsiveness in Business Environments: New Ways to Thrive.”  Dr. Amit Arora was the conference chair and advisor, along with Dr. Anshu Arora. Also, Dr. Anshu Arora and Dr. Alex Tan were track chairs at the AIB-SE conference.

Yepez presented “Performing Sentiment Analysis on Twitter to Counter Cyber Security Threats.” Both Osbourne and Yepez presented “Robotic Autonomy Benefiting Individuals with Autism: Ethical Curriculum Development through Social Robotics’ Design and Research.”  

The AIB-SE holds an annual conference consisting of competitive and interactive research papers, expert panels, consortia for doctoral students and early career faculty, workshops on teaching and research, meet-the-editor sessions, and networking opportunities. The conference had 170+ attendees from 29 countries worldwide.

City Administrator Kevin Donahue, CAUSES Associate Dean William Hare, DOEE Liaison to UDC & DC Public Schools, Julie Lawson, DOEE Chief of Sustainability & Equity Branch, Urban Sustainability Administration, Lillian Power, Bertie Backus Food Hub Manager Kyra Moore, Master Gardener Cheryl Dixon, and UDC Associate Farm Manager Mike Whyte.

City Administrator visits Bertie Backus Campus

Appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser in January 2021, Kevin Donahue serves as the City Administrator for DC Government, overseeing the day-to-day operations, setting performance metrics and goals, and implementing legislative actions and policy decisions of the Mayor and the DC Council. Donahue recently toured the sustainable gardens, greenhouses and commercial kitchen at UDC’s Bertie Backus Campus. Many farming innovations, such as the digitally powered grow house that can produce an acre’s-worth of kale, were funded by the Department of Energy and Environment’s Sustainable DC Plan.

Seen on campus

UDC Athletics welcomes new women’s basketball assistant coach

Coach John Nakpodia, who heads the women’s basketball team, announced on November 15 that Kiara Colston has come on board as an assistant coach. Colston’s most recent position was at another NCAA Division II institution, Lees-McRae College, where she was the assistant coach. Before her role there, Colston was the head assistant coach at Westcliff University. Colston received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowie State University, and her master’s in management from Westcliff University.
Seen on Campus
Seen on campus

DC Attorney General Karl Racine (far left) moderating a panel of criminal justice leaders after the More Than Our Crimes' new documentary, "Redemption," on Monday, November 14, at the UDC Theatre of the Arts at the Van Ness Campus. The panel focused on the District’s recent reform efforts.

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