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The University of the District of Columbia celebrated its annual Founder's Day on Wednesday, February 16, with a very special program honoring 160 years of service in the nation's capital. President Allen L. Sessoms gave note of the university's historical connection to the "fabric of Washington, DC", illustrating the university's history reaches back to 1851 with the founding of the Myrtilla Miner Normal School. Through the years, the Miner School merged with various other teaching and technical schools to become what is known to day as the University of the District of Columbia. The keynote speaker, Judge Michael R. Pearson of Prince George's County, Maryland, noted his connection to UDC as a graduate of the institution. And Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kendrick Curry gave a spirited elocution of UDC's unique position in the city, region and nation. Exclusive in this special 160th anniversary celebration was the awarding of two Myrtilla Miner medals, which were given to the families of Dr. Paul Cooke and UDC's first President, Lisle Carter. Award recipients: Dr. Paul Phillips Cooke Lifetime Achievement - Hon. William C. Pryor; Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator's Award - Katherine Bradley; Dr. Cleveland L. Dennard Distinguished Service Award - Dr. Antonia Nowell; Hon. Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award - Laurie Robinson, Esq. Student Scholarship Awards: Schlain Bhayla, CCDC; Wanda Briscoe, UDC Junior; Camilla Henry UDC Senior; Kareem R. Jackson, UDC Junior; Gideon Olatuyi, UDC Senior.
Posted By: Nataly Lavren
Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 3:59PM
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