Mourners gather around a collage of photos depicting the life of Eric Plunkett, the Gallaudet freshman who was found dead in his Cogswell Hall dormitory room on September 28, at an October 6 memorial service in the Field House. Provost Jane Fernandes and Tom Green, president of the Lambda Society of Gallaudet University were among many Gallaudet officials, family members, and friends who paid tribute to Plunkett at the service. "We are so deeply saddened by the loss of Eric, a new and promising member of the Gallaudet community," said Dr. Fernandes. "We did not have enough time to get to know you, Eric, but we will not forget you. You have left us with a great deal to think about. We will remember you when we welcome new students to Gallaudet and give them our special attention, support, and love. We will take more time to get to know each other, and try harder to understand and appreciate what each of us brings to Gallaudet and to each other. May peace and comfort come to you and your family." said Green. "In just a month here, Eric became an important part of our communityís fabric. Ö The fact that he was so new, and so young, makes Ericís death especially hard. We were still in the process of welcoming the new students to this community and now itís a community with a gaping wound."
Students in instructor Angela Farrandís "Introduction to Theatre" class take part in a workshop led by Rachel Grossman (second from right), assistant director of education for Arena Stage. The activity was part of the Theatre Arts Departmentís involvement with Arenaís "Expedition Theater" program in which the students saw a sign interpreted production of the critically acclaimed play THE GREAT WHITE HOPE, followed by a week of classroom work led by theater professionals. Here, Grossman has the students create a "power sculpture" using three inanimate elements.
Christopher Madden applies a coat of wax to the statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet giving a lesson to Alice Cogswell before buffing the bronze to a glossy sheen. The October 2-3 sprucing-up of the statue in front of Chapel Hall is part of a national restoration effort funded by Save Outdoor Sculpture to repair the effects of deterioration on historic statues. The 1888 image of Gallaudet and his young student by famed sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose credits include the statue of President Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., had not been worked on for the past 20 years, said Madden, and was starting to corrode. Actually, Madden and objects conservator Shelley Sturman did major work on the statue last year and both of them returned this year for a maintenance call.
Lindsay Dunn, special assistant to the President for diversity and community relations, introduces Claudia Gordon at the 25th anniversary awards ceremony of the Gallaudet Community Relations Council on September 30. Gordon, an attorney with the National Association of the Deaf, was presented with the GCRCís Outstanding Educational Achievement Award.
Students who hadnít brought enough posters and pictures from home, had the opportunity to look through thousands of posters during a special sale in Ely Center on September 13 and 14.
Dr. Vinton Cerf, senior vice president for Internet Architecture and Technology, WorldCom, and a member of Gallaudetís Board of Trustees, discusses the unprecedented growth of the Internet, its future challenges, and potential uses in his September 25 keynote address for the Second Annual Conference on Videoconference Technology in Deaf Education. The two-day conference on Kendall Green focused on development and growth trends in videoconference technology and videoconference projects being used in deaf education. Cerf said he actively seeks feedback from the deaf community on its needs in this growing field so that the required technology can be developed. "I have people around the world dying to make the Internet more accessible to everyone," he said. Cerf noted that Gallaudet is "a perfect place" to test new technologies in order to make them a universal means of communication. (Also pictured is interpreter Paul Harrelson.)
President and Mrs. Jordan welcomed new teachers and faculty members by hosting a tea at House One on September 26.