GradFest 2009 on Wednesday was a "great success" as undergraduate and graduate students—who anticipate graduating on May 15—found a "one-stop shop" for all of their commencement-related questions and needs. Did you miss GradFest 2009? If so, go the the Commencement website
for more information and to download your GradFest 2009 handbooks.
Student signs up to purchase her class photo at GradFest 2009
The painting "Diligence" by Ericka Brown appears as a preliminary sketch and final product in the Student Art Showcase that was on display at the Washburn Art Building in January and February.
Dr. Robert E. Johnson, a professor in the Department of Linguistics, presents the lecture “Deaf Bilingual Education: An Imperative.” The February 4 presentation was part of the University’s Culture and Language Lecture Series, which features discussions involving key issues in deaf communities. This discussion included a look at bilingual educational environments like Gallaudet. While the fact that they are bilingual is hard to dispute, Johnson argued, bilingual policy, curriculum, and practice are very much in their hands. He talked about specific constructions of bilingualism that might better lead to outcomes the University expects.
Phil Bravin, president emeritus of the National Captioning Institute, presents at the workshop “Increasing Access with Assistive Technologies” that took place on February 6. Participants from area colleges and universities, the D.C. Public Library, and D.C. Public Schools, as well as members of the media, attended this Gallaudet-hosted event.
Susan Goldin-Meadow presents “Gesture’s Role in Creating and Learning Language” on February 11 as part of the VL2 Presentation Series. Dr. Goldin-Meadow, who heads the Goldin-Meadow Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, presented her findings about the versatility of gesture and its role in children’s language development and learning.
Gallaudet’s first-ever Graduate School Fair was held February 13 in the James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center’s Atrium. The fair, entitled “Open Hands, Open Eyes, Open Minds ... Open House,” provided information to undergraduate students from Gallaudet and neighboring colleges and universities who are considering graduate school; showcased some of the research and publications of Gallaudet’s graduate faculty and students; and served as a venue for the campus community to find out more about the Graduate School and their colleagues’ activities. Approximately 100 prospective students and visitors attended the event, visiting more than 14 booths with 23 programs or departments represented, and attending one or more of the 27 presentations related to graduate study at Gallaudet. The Graduate School and Professional Programs extends its thanks to the entire campus community for its participation and support of the fair.