Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Around CAUSES November 2013

Here are some of the topics and events happening around CAUSES:
  1. UDC farmers market closes for the season
  2. 4-H "Ready, Set, Go!" training 
  3. Watch: Dr. Wayne Curtis hosts UDC Forum on Minority MBAE Case Competition
  4. Dr. Prema Ganganna interviewed by PBS 
  5. GO DUTCH 2014 Consortium partnership
  6. Agriculture and nutrition team guest lectures at Georgetown University
  7. Former Governor of Bangkok visits UDC
2013 farmers market season comes to a close 

The UDC farmers market recently celebrated the end of another successful season. Said Market Manager Stephanie Wingate: The last Saturday, for 2013 UDC Farmer's Market came and passed. To reflect on the day, I remember seeing a D.C. policeman standing for a while, with one of our vendors, nice friendly chat, even helping to hawk the vendors goods for a few moments to patrons as they walked by. So many people were grateful for the market and are already ready for the 2014 season to begin in April. Thanks to everyone, who participated in this 2013 Farm Market season!

4-H hosts "Ready, Set, Go!" training

The "Ready, Set, Go!" training was recently offered by Operation Military Kids, a division of the Center for 4-H and Youth Development. Ready, Set, Go! community trainings are designed to increase non-military youth workers, educators, counselors and other community members understanding of military culture and the issues facing military youth, among other things. 

In other 4-H news, the center received a special visit from a Chinese delegation. China is interested in implementing their own 4-H club!

Watch: Dr. Wayne Curtis hosts UDC Forum 

Dean Sabine O'Hara is not the only TV star we have within CAUSES! Dr. Wayne Curtis, project specialist for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Center for Sustainable Development, recently hosted an episode of UDC Forum. Watch him as he interviews four UDC graduate students who are participating in the 9th Annual Minority MBAE Case Competition, sponsored by LMI Consulting. Giresse Pembele (MBA), Anita Johnson (MPA), Timothy Glymph, III (MPA) and Tamon George (MBA) provide insight into the preparation and presentation of their award winning case study.

The competition is held at the annual Howard University MBA Exclusive where student find endless networking opportunities with top executives, engaging professional development workshops and a career fair with industry leading companies. The case competition unites top MBA candidates across the country and gives them the opportunity to develop important professional skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to an organization's strategic challenge. Dr. Curtis can be reached at wayne.curtis@udc.edu.

Dr. Prema Ganganna interviewed by MacNeil/Lehrer (PBS)

Dr. Prema Ganganna, Professor and Director of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science, was recently interviewed by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, producer behind the PBS series, Newshour. Dr. Ganganna addressed the topic of trans fats and their prevalence in today's food culture for the "The.News," a non-commercial, multi-platform news broadcast geared towards high school and middle school students. We can\t wait to see the finished product! 

Go DUTCH Consortium partnership coming in 2014

UDC's Center for Sustainable Development will partner with the GO DUTCH Consortium. The Dutch want to learn about the  way in which urban renewal, sustainability issues and social and economic empowerment in D.C. neighborhoods, and will in turn, demonstrate best practices. The partnership is supported by the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), the New Communities Initiative in the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the Dutch Embassy and Dutch Government. Stay tuned for more information as the partnership develops or contact Dr. Dwane Jones, director of the Center for Sustainable Development.  

Agriculture and nutrition team guest lectures at Georgetown University

On Nov. 7, CAUSES’ very own Mary Farrah, Katie Swanson, Yao Afantchao and Che Axum staff were guest lecturers at a Georgetown University freshman seminar titled African-American Food Culture. The class examines the multiple ways African-American people, movements, and history, have intersected with food. This particular session was devoted to looking at the District’s food security issues, including the city’s food deserts, their disproportionate impact residents according to race, socio-economic status, and geographic location, and the subsequent impact on health. After an interactive discussion outlining the District’s problems, CAUSES representatives discussed their outreach programs that address these problems, including teaching basic nutrition, healthy food preparation and growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, contact Che' Axum, director for the Center of Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education.  

Former Governor of Bangkok visits UDC

Dr. O'Hara met with Dr. Pichit Rattakul, President of the Navamindradhiraj University (and Former Governor of Bangkok), a university with a similar mission to UDC. He spent several hours over two days with UDC administrators and faculty, to share views and experiences about university management, curriculum management, educational services, scholarship, and the relationship between university and city.

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