Gallaudet was reminded that it is not alone in its suffering over the deaths of freshmen Eric Plunkett and Benjamin Varner when Howard University students and Vice President for Student Affairs Raymond Archer (right) came to Kendall Green February 9 to deliver a 60-foot banner bearing approximately 1,200 messages of sympathy and support from Howard faculty, staff, and students. The banner was the idea of Rukiya Wingate (front, center), a student from Greensboro, N.C., who said that it came to her after watching television news reports of Varner’s death with some friends on the Howard campus. "It was shocking. We couldn’t comprehend how it could happen on a campus and we felt something had to be done," said Wingate. "These are individual gestures to show that we sympathize and that we’re here." Members of the Gallaudet community and the Howard delegation are shown unfurling the banner in front of the Field House. The banner has been displayed in the Gallaudet Cafeteria and for Varner’s memorial service. It will be given to Varner’s family.
The Staff Advisory Committee (SAC)—a group of staff employees elected by their peers who advise the president of the University on matters affecting the staff community—welcomed five new members last month. New members voted to the SAC are: Marc Schweitzer (Central Utilities Building), Jimmy Lee (Audiology), Stephany Galich (Library), Marlene Matthews (Clerc Center), and Charles Bryant (Transportation); Returning members include: Sue Hotto (Gallaudet Research Institute), Daniel Timlen, vice chair (Career Center), Ricky Suiter, chair (Clerc Center), Pat McCoy (Clerc Center), Beverly Hollrah (Sign Language/Interpreter Education), and Agnes Muse (Personnel). Pictured at a February 8 meeting are, from left: (Front row) Galich, Muse, and Matthews. (Back row) Suiter, Bryant, LaRue, Sweitzer, Hotto, and Timlen. SAC members also are invited to serve on institutional committees, provide input on policies and procedures that contribute to the welfare of the staff community, and participate in the dispute resolution process by serving as the panel which hears staff grievances. SAC welcomes suggestions and concerns from staff. All correspondence received by SAC is kept confidential.