Members of the Gallaudet Dance Company perform “God Bless America.” for the lunch attendees.
Leaders from the National Delta Zeta (DZ) sorority, the Gallaudet DZ chapter, and the Delta Zeta Foundation came together at the Delta Zeta Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on October 24. Also in attendance were President Davila, theater and dance professors, Development Office staff, scholarship recipients, and student dancers. DZ has been a longtime supporter of the Gallaudet Dance Company and Theatre Arts programs at Gallaudet, sponsoring the Delta Zeta Dance Studio, and helping to purchase performance equipment and costumes. Since 1999, the Delta Zeta Foundation has given scholarships to deserving Gallaudet women, adding eight this year for a total of 59 scholarships and $115,000 in aid. The organization’s support of the performing arts at Gallaudet dates back to 1959.
Ruth Patterson (third from right), Delta Zeta Foundation president, presents Dr. Davila a gift of $10,000, which he accepted on behalf of the University. Also pictured are (from left) Joan Lowry, the national sorority president; Theatre Arts Department Chair Willy Conley; and Gallaudet Dance Company Director Diane Hottendorf. The gift will go toward the Gallaudet Athletic Dance Fund.
Dr. James Nickerson, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, congratulates Dr. Fat Lam, professor, and Dr. Vicki Shank, associate professor, for 30 years of service to Gallaudet.
Gallaudet students Sylvain Angouono and Serge Okogo (pictured here), teaching assistants in Dr. Cristi Berdichevsky's French 111 and 112 courses, shared their experiences growing up deaf in Gabon at a November 13 campus presentation. Students from the French 111 and 112 classes also shared what they learned about Gabon. Laurent Ndong, a cultural counselor from the Gabonese Embassy, also attended the event.
The New Gallaudet spirit inspired efforts that led to a lifted probation.