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Back Issue: April 15, 2005

Soccer at the Mall
A perfect cool spring day brings international students to the Gallaudet Mall for a recreational soccer game.
Soccer at the Mall
A perfect cool spring day brings international students to the Gallaudet Mall for a recreational soccer game.

"Envision a New Campus Culture of Collaboration" was the theme of a two-day planning workshop last month that focused on the James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center that will be constructed on campus in the near future. Representatives from departments and programs slated to be housed in the center, along with the provost and co-chairs of the new building¡¯s planning committee, discussed issues specific to creating a visu-centric space that will promote collaboration across the disciplines. Some of the participants were (from left, seated): Robert Glip, of the architectural firm Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott; Provost Jane Fernandes; Dennis Naber, manager of Physical Plant; Rebecca Hill, Heery Construction Management; Dr. Paul Dudis, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics; Dr. MJ Bienvenu, diversity fellow, Academic Affairs, and chair of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; Dr. H-Dirksen Bauman, a professor in ASL and Deaf Studies; Ulf Hedberg, director of archives; and Leslie Page, diversity fellow, Office of the President. (Standing, from left, are interpreters Paul Harrelson, Bruce Riley, Jamie Yost, and Sherry Hicks.)
Wong Chinese Lion
International Awareness Week at Gallaudet kicked off March 28 with the famously colorful and vibrant Chinese New Year dance, performed by the Wong Chinese Lion Performers of Washington, D.C. The event, hosted by the Office of international Programs and Services and the English Language Institute Student Organization (ELISO), was held to draw visibility to the contributions that the 25 countries represented by ELI bring to the rich fabric of the Gallaudet community.
A display of traditional dress by ELISO students
International Awareness Week - The week included a display of traditional dress by ELISO students (right, with ELI teaching assistant/advisor Ali Vazir Safavi).
International Awareness Week - Dance
International Awareness Week - Dance by students from Africa (from left, Shwepmwa Vwarji, from Nigeria, Godwin Rutihinda [with drums], from Tanzania, and Tokunbo Ogunbayo, from Nigeria)
International Awareness Week - Thailand & Mid-East
International Awareness Week - Thailand, and the Middle East (from left, Raed Al-Fulaij, from Kuwait, Bader Alomary, from Saudi Arabia [drumming], and Hamad Alhamad, from Saudi Arabia); foods from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Ukraine; and presentations by students about the culture, history, politics, and education system of their home country.
Catherine Andersen
First Year Experience Program Director Catherine Andersen explains the results from the First Year Initiative, a national benchmarking study of the First Year Seminar (FYS) course at a March 24 presentation in the Student Academic Center auditorium. Dr. Andersen said that the results from last fall - Gallaudet¡¯s third year of participation in the FYS course - were overwhelmingly positive: overall effectiveness ranked third among 51 participating colleges and universities. Her remarks came just before a teleconference from the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience entitled "Learning Communities: Pathways to Deep Learning and Campus Transformation.¡±
Diana Gates
Reference and Instruction Librarian Diana Gates leads one of seven workshops on how to access electronic books. The use of electronic books among libraries is on the increase as a cost- and space-effective means to expand their collections and to provide easy access for readers. The Gallaudet Library has over 17,000 books online in a full gamut of subjects, including business, economics, history, humanities, social and behavior sciences, applied sciences, science, mathematics, medicine, allied health, and deafness. All of these books are available 24/7 from the dorm or home. The electronic books are listed in the Washington Research Libraries Consortium Catalog section of ALADIN and are easily identified by the words, "electronic book" and "electronic resource." In some cases, the Library owns a book in both traditional print format and electronic version. Gallaudet librarians think faculty members will be pleased by the new broad range of research materials available to students online. (For more information on electronic books, e-mail library.reference@gallaudet.edu.)
McMall, Cheng, Chukwuma and Brock
Jacqueline McMall (seated, left), a student volunteer enrolled in the Department of Business¡¯ ¡°Taxation¡± class, assists student Mabelle Cheng (seated, right) in preparing her income tax forms on March 24 while Emilia Chukwuma (standing, left), associate professor in the Department of Business, certified public accountant, and volunteer income tax assistant (VITA) administrator, and Leandra Brock, an Internal Revenue Service tax specialist, oversee the process. Each year, the Department of Business provides free income tax services to the Gallaudet community and to individuals from off campus. Students receive hands-on experience during the three-day service, during which close to 400 clients were served. In fact many students say it is the best part of their learning, and it lifts a financial burden fom clients, many of whom can¡¯t afford the fees of professional tax preparers. Many deaf clients from on- and off-campus also seek out the University¡¯s tax preparation service because they have access to better communication with deaf tax preparers. ¡°We are very grateful to Mrs. Brock and her staff from the IRS office in Landover (Md.), who provided two-day training to the volunteers in January last year and this year,¡± said Chukwuma. ¡°They work with the students and instructors to make sure returns are properly filed and transmitted electronically to the IRS tax system.¡± She added that the IRS office also provides all of the software and other materials used by the students for the tax preparation.
Yestrau, Anderson, Kapp and Musa
Yvette Yestrau (right), a student service consultant from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, presented the topic ¡°Educating Children Takes Everyone¡± on April 4 in the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). Yestrau provides leadership in programming and support to schools, emphasizing early education, special education, and behavior intervention programs, and assists schools in developing individualized plans for students. (Yestrau is also the sister of Mona McCubbin, international services specialist in OIPS.) Also pictured are (from left) Tim Anderson and Shannon Kapp, English Language Institute instructors, and Larry Musa, OIPS global education specialist. Her presentation was co-sponsored by the Department of Education and OIPS as part of the Visiting Researchers Lecture Series.
Willy Conley and Angela Farrand
Theatre Arts Department Chair Willy Conley acknowledges Angela Farrand, assistant professor in the department, for 10 years of service to the University.
Japhet Moyo and Qi Wang
Japhet Moyo, a Computer Information Systems (CIS) major from the Department of Business, recently became the first Gallaudet undergraduate to receive the prestigious CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) Network+ Certification. Professor Qi Wang, shown presenting Moyo with the certification, was his mentor in helping him prepare for the external certification exam. Although external certifications are not part of the CIS curriculum requirements, they are a viable validation for the quality of the program and its majors. In addition, they give Gallaudet¡¯s students competitive advantages in the job market and in their future career. According to CompTIA, the Network+ certification is an international industry credential that validates the knowledge of networking professionals with at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or adequate academic training. Earning a CompTIA Network+ certification demonstrates that a candidate can describe the features and functions of networking components, and possesses the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols, and services.
Jeremy Dolan
Junior outfielder Jeremy Dolan ranks third on the Gallaudet baseball team in hits.
New Mobile DVD Creation Systems
Faculty and staff from the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies, Student Affairs, and the Graduate School and Professional Programs who are involved with the e-Curriculum program gather on March 23 with their deans, department chairs, and Academic Technology¡¯s e-Learning staff for the unveiling of the University¡¯s 15 new Mobile DVD Creation Systems. Each of the 13 departments represented received a cart with the equipment needed to simplify the process of converting VHS, mini-DV, and Hi-8 tapes into DVDs. The mobile systems represent a huge savings in time and effort for students, faculty, and staff working on video projects. For more information, go to: helpdesk.gallaudet.edu/dvdcreation.
Andre Pellerin
Andre Pellerin, art gallery, lab, and special collections assistant, discusses the cache of approximately 800 paintings, etchings, and lithographs that are part of Gallaudet's archives collection following an April 6 presentation in Washburn Arts Gallery entitled "Treasures of Gallaudet." Forty of these works of art, from 1800's to the 1970's, were exhibited in the gallery until April 15. In the display case is a pastel portrait of Samuel Porter, a science teacher at Gallaudet, that was painted by Marcus Kerr, a student in the late 1860's. Pellerin said future exhibits are planned to show more works in the collection to the campus community.

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