April 19, 2024 Issue 50

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April is Community College Month, and we’re highlighting some of the programs—from aerospace technology to mortuary science—that make UDC Community College a great resource for anyone looking to advance their careers.   

Professor Harmon Martin Supports Political Science Students With 'Opportunity Fund'

While delivering her retirement speech in May 2023, UDC Professor of Political Science Shiela Harmon Martin, Ph.D., turned to a favorite quote by Mother Teresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” As she expressed her “great love” for her students, colleagues, friends, family and the University of the District of Columbia, Harmon Martin added, “My purpose-driven life journey continues!” Read More


Euphemia Lofton Haynes, First Black Woman to Earn Ph.D. in Math, Elevated D.C. Academic Community

Paving the way for future students and education leaders, UDC alum Euphemia Lofton Haynes was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Born Martha Euphemia Lofton on September 11, 1890, she grew up in Washington, D.C., and earned a degree in education from Miner Normal School in 1909. Five years later, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and, in 1930, attained a Master’s in Education from the University of Chicago. Read More


From left, Dr. Amit Arora, School of Business and Public Administration Dean Dr. Mohamad Sepehri, UDC President Dr. Maurice D. Edington, Dr. Sergey Ivanov and Dr. Anshu Arora.

President Edington Inducted Into Business Honor Society

Earlier this month, Maurice D. Edington, Ph.D., was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society founded in 1913. The honor society is exclusively for AACSB-accredited schools, an achievement bestowed on fewer than 6 percent of the world’s business school programs—including the UDC School of Business and Public Administration.

Last Chance to Provide Feedback on UDC’s New Strategic Plan

Share your thoughts on the university’s new five-year strategic plan, Delivering on the Promiseby April 22. The strategic plan was approved by the UDC Board of Trustees in February and will be implemented at the conclusion of the public notice period. The UDC community can email feedback to udcstrategicplanning@udc.edu.

In the News

Featured Events

MSNBC President Rashida Jones to Deliver Commencement Keynote

UDC will hold its 47th annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in-person at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The keynote address will be given by Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC. Read More

UDC Van Ness Campus Farmers Market Returns for the Season

The UDC Van Ness Campus Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the Student Center. This community staple offers produce, baked goods and other farm fresh products from growers throughout the region. This initiative, brought to you by the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences, or CAUSES, and the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, runs Saturdays through November 16.

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Cheer on Your Fellow Firebirds at an Upcoming Sporting Event:

Men’s Lacrosse

April 20 at 1 p.m. vs. Roberts Wesleyan at Jackson Reed High School

Women’s Lacrosse

April 20 at 11 a.m. vs. Molloy at Jackson Reed High School

April 24 at 6 p.m. vs. Caldwell at Georgetown University Cooper Field

April 27 at 11 a.m. vs. D’Youville at Georgetown Day School

Women’s Tennis

April 21 at 12 p.m. vs. Wilmington (DE)

For the latest sports news, check out UDC Athletics Website.

Seen on Campus

Digital media senior Brian Simpkins and sportscaster James Brown.

CBS Sports Anchor Brown Shares Insights With Digital Media Students

Emmy-winning CBS News Sports Anchor James Brown stopped by UDC March 19 to share highlights from his professional journey with UDC digital media students. “I didn’t have the news production skills that you all are getting here at UDC,” Brown said. “You’re much further ahead than I was.” 

Trustee Ken Grossinger and civil rights activist Maya Wiley.

CAS Reads Big Shines Light on Art World

UDC Trustee Ken Grossinger was in the spotlight at CAS Reads Big on March 27 for his book Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together, an event led by Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Maya Wiley. 

Dr. Edington and D.C. DOEE Director Richard Jackson.

UDC, DOEE Continue Work on Nurturing Residents, Environment

The D.C. Department of Energy and Environment—led by Director Richard Jackson—visited the UDC Lamond-Riggs Campus on March 25 to further advance UDC’s partnership with the District, rooted in our shared goals of serving D.C. residents and nurturing our environment. 

Back row: Career counselor Margo Ama Giddons, UDC student Mariah M.

Front row: WDLL Pathway Director Tysean Lawson-Bey, Administrative Assistant Joy Williams.

WDLL Career Expo Brings Together Community for Networking, Wellness

UDC Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning hosted a career and community expo at our Congress Heights Campus April 17, featuring job and networking opportunities, wellness screenings and healthy food demos for members of our D.C. community. 

Seen in the Community

UDC Community Shows Up Big for National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Firebirds—including members of our Royal Court and Greek organizations—represented UDC with pride April 13 at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. “Who put the U in D.C.? U-D-C!” 

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