The ethnic and cultural diversity of Gallaudet’s student body is one of the University’s strongest assets. The immeasurable contributions that each international student brings to Kendall Green was celebrated during Gallaudet’s recognition of International Education Week, held November 15 to 19. The week featured discussions on topics such as volunteer opportunities outside of the United States for students, the benefits and challenges of foreign study, international development with deaf communities, and imagining the bleakness of a campus community without international students. There were also entertaining, educational activities at a November 17 International Festival featuring dance, crafts, food, culture, and fashion. The week’s events were sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Services, Multicultural Student Programs, the Mentoring Program, Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the International Student Club, the English Language Institute (ELI) Students Organization, and the Asian-Pacific Association. Nishio Masaki of Japan, sitting behind a world map, helps students Mitsuyoshi Yabe of Japan (left) and Vita Marcelino of Angola pin tags on their home country.
ELI students Olatokunbo Ogunbayo (left) and Shwepmwa Vwarji, both of Nigeria, demonstrate dance steps to a delighted audience.
Le Toudjida Allara, an ELI student, makes a point during a panel discussion entitled “Impact of the International Community on Gallaudet’s Academic Culture.” Other panelists were Hend Alshowaier, a student from Saudi Arabia, Dr. Laurene Gallimore, an associate professor in the Education Department, Dr. Joseph Kinner, associate professor in the Department of Government and History, and Lindsay Dunn, special assistant to the president for advocacy.
Gallaudet’s Scholars Dinner, held November 22, honored 377 high-achieving students this semester who obtained the status of President’s Scholars. Addressing the students was Larry Pearce, a biological laboratory technician at The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a member of the Class of ‘95. Pearce said that the National Cancer Institute has the lofty goal of eliminating suffering and deaths due to cancer by 2015. He talked about research being done on Capsaicin, a naturally-occurring compound in hot peppers that has been used historically as a pain killer. Pearce also informed the students that the NIH offers one-year fellowships to qualified individuals, including recent college graduates, to do lab work. Here, President Jordan presents Pearce with President’s Scholars T-shirts for himself and his wife, Catherine Valcourt-Pearce, production editor for the Clerc Center.
Graduate School and Professional Programs Dean Thomas Allen (left) congratulates Business Department Chair Isaac Agboola for 20 years of service to Gallaudet.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Chair Fat Lam (center) recognizes department faculty members receivng service awards from the University: (from left) Zoltan Szekely, associate professor (five years), Mohammad Obiedat, associate professor (five years), Herbert Mapes, associate professor (35 years), and William Millios, assistant professor (five years).
Dr. Jane Norman, a professor in the Department of Communication Studies, receives her 25-year service award from department chair Robert Harrison.
Department of Government and History Chair Russell Olson receives his 35-year service award from CLAST Dean Karen Kimmel.
Honored at an October 15 retirement ceremony in “Ole Jim” were Brenda Johnson, a custodian and floor maintenance worker in Custodial Services for 30 years, and Floria Speight, a mechanic in Maintenance Services, who worked at the University for 29 years. Johnson most recently worked in the Mary Thornberry Building, Peet Hall, and “Ole Jim.” Speight started her career at Gallaudet as a custodian, and in 1979 was promoted to mechanic, becoming the only female in Maintenance Services. Pictured are (from left): Michael Delauder, maintenance supervisor, Speight, Johnson, Carl Prince, custodial manager, and Sue Loggins, custodial supervisor.
Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, an expose` on the fast-food industry, takes questions on November 19 from students in English professor Leslie Rach's “English 120” class, plus first-year Honors students, in the College Hall Lyceum before Schlosser's presentation to the campus. The following day he met with first-year Honors students who read his book for their fall semester focus on “Nutrition and the American Diet,” which connected “Intro. to Biology” and Honors English. (Also pictured is interpreter Amanda Mueller.)
Archives technician Michael Olson receives a restored film from the collection of Rev. Robert and Estelle Fletcher from their daughter, Roberta Fletcher Ray. Rev. and Mrs. Fletcher are alumni of Gallaudet from the Classes of 1926 and 1928, respectively. Rev. Fletcher, who went on to graduate from the Philadelphia (Pa.) Divinity School, was the sole Episcopal minister for black and white deaf congregations in nine Southern states from the 1930s to the 1950s, at which time he focused his efforts on churches in Alabama until his retirement in the 1970s. The Fletchers gained an extraordinary following in the Southern deaf community, not only as religious leaders, but for helping deaf people find homes, jobs, and even spouses. The couple’s collection includes seven films, numerous photographs and slides, newspaper clippings, and address books for each of the churches in Rev. Fletcher’s expansive territory. According to Jean Bergey, director of the “History Through Deaf Eyes” project and who is overseeing the film restoration, “The donation is revealing from an historical perspective; it’s a look at a half-century of church life in the deaf South.” Ray, of Hallieford, Va., is one of the Fletchers’ four children, who include Louise Fletcher, an Academy Award-winning actress and an honorary degree recipient from Gallaudet. The film that Ray is shown giving to Olson has been titled Dixie Home for the Aged Deaf because it comprises Rev. Fletcher’s calls for fund raising for the former Moultrie, Fla., home, and narrative from its residents. The mid-1930s film was in a serious state of decay when it was taken to a Rockville, Md., photo lab, where it was subjected to six weeks of treatment before it could be safely run through a processor and copied first from negative to positive film, then to Beta and DVD formats. Care was taken to find the correct film speed, so that the sign language would be clear to the viewer. The other six films are currently being restored; their content is not yet known. The collection of Rev. and Mrs. Fletcher will soon be available in the Archives for the public to see.
Teresa Arcari, director of field instruction in the Department of Social Work, receives her 25-year service award from Dr. Martha Sheridan, MSW program director.
English Department Chair David Pancost congratulates Dr. Marcia Bordman, a professor in the department, for 35 years of service to the University.
Economic and social challenges facing the European Union—Germany, in particular–were presented before a Gallaudet audience on October 13 by Dr. Hubertus Lauer, a professor for family and child welfare law at the School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences, in Lüneburg, Germany. Dr. Janice Mitchell, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, interpreted the lecture. Lauer’s presentation was the focus of this year’s International Forum on Social Work, which began last year as an outgrowth of the pilot internship program developed by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in collaboration with the Department of Social Work in hopes of opening up partnership opportunities in Germany for social work students. Lauer’s talk was followed by a reception hosted collaboratively by Gallaudet’s German and Social Work Club students and their faculty advisors—Dr. Margaret Mullens, Dr. Barbara White, Marcia Schweitzer, and Teresa Arcari. Because this program also has a language component, Gallaudet’s German students in basic and advanced courses have been integral in the planning for and hosting of the visitors, professor Lauer, and social work students Till Schiller, Stefanie Richards, and Kai v.d. Brelie. The event, which also was attended by students from Howard University, was sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Social Work.
Graduate Education and Extended Learning Associate Dean Robert Johnson makes a presentation about the University's graduate psychology program to prospective students at the Psychology Department's October 27 Graduate School Information Day for Undergraduate Psychology Students.
Graduate Education and Extended Learning Associate Dean Robert Johnson makes a presentation about the University's graduate psychology program to prospective students at the Psychology Department's October 27 Graduate School Information Day for Undergraduate Psychology Students. (Pictured with Dr. Johnson are, from left: Dr. Robert Williams and Dr. Patrick Brice, professors in the Psychology Department, Wednesday Luria, coordinator of prospective graduate students, Graduate Education and Extended Learning, and Talibah Buchanan, a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Margery Miller, acting director of the Undergraduate Program, and Dr. Virginia Gutman, department chair, coordinated the program.