President Jordan presents MSSD Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Mike Weinstock with his President’s Circle Pin, which is given to faculty and staff members who contribute at least $1,000 in one year to the Campus Community Campaign. The pin was given to 46 faculty, staff, and teachers on Kendall Green during the Development Office’s appreciation breakfast in the Conference Center on March 24.
Larisa Aranbayeva (right), an accounting major, helps Marcela Matovcikova, an office support worker in the Center for International Studies, with her 2002 taxes in the HMB Atrium. Students in associate professor of business Emilia Chukwuma’s "Acc328" taxation class, as well as former students from the class, provided free tax preparation assistance to well over 300 members of the campus community on March 27 and 28. The service benefits not only the recipients, but the students, who get the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom. According to Chukwuma, this year was particularly challenging for the student tax preparers because of stepped-up efforts by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service for international students to complete Form 8843, which helps the bureau keep track of the international student movement. She said that about 200 international students at Gallaudet are required to complete one or more of these forms.
Members of the Class of 2003 take care of business before the May 16 commencement exercises by attending GraduationFest ’03 on March 26 in the SUB Multipurpose Room. Prospective graduates had an opportunity to make arrangements for commencement, pay outstanding debts, plan for careers or graduate school, register with the Alumni Association, and other planning issues. Here, senior Julie Moffitt discusses buying a class ring with Jostens sales representative Jack Teeter.
Louis Menand signs copies of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Metaphysical Club, for Dr. Ellen Loughran, an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, following his keynote address for the "Genetics, Disability, and Deafness" conference on April 2. The three day conference was sponsored by the Gallaudet University Press Institute. The book’s title is taken from the name of an informal gathering of academics and philosophers in Cambridge, Mass.—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey—following the Civil War, who Menand, an English professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, credits for moving American thought into the modern age.
The results of a seven-year, National Science Foundation-funded project to document sociolinguistic variation in ASL among 62 groups of Caucasian and African American signers across the nation are presented by Dr. Ceil Lucas, chair of the Department of Linguistics and Interpretation and Distinguished Faculty member for 2002-03, on April 1 in the GUKCC’s Swindells Auditorium. The goal of the project was to document variations in signs used by individuals based on such factors as the region of the country in which they live, their age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and factors specific to the deaf community—for example, the language they use in their home or school. The findings of the study are the basis for a videotape, What’s Your Sign for PIZZA: an Introduction to Sociolinguistic Variations in ASL, and an accompanying guide, co-produced and co-authored by Lucas, Robert Bayley, and the late Clayton Valli, to whom the videotape is dedicated. The video and guide, which were produced by Gallaudet University Press and Gallaudet University Television, will be distributed without cost to deaf community centers and clubs, residential schools, mainstream programs, deaf studies programs, and interpreter training programs. It will also be available for purchase from Gallaudet University Press this fall.
The fascinating technology behind X-rays: from their history since being discovered by the first Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Wilhelm Roentgen, in 1895 to the hypothetical theory of Superman’s fabled X-ray vision compared with alter ego Clark Kent’s human vision, was the topic of a Department of Chemistry and Physics-sponsored symposium led by Tufts University physics professor Peggy Cebe (second from left). Pictured with Dr. Cebe in SAC 1011 following the March 28 presentation are (from left): Dr. Freddy Khoury of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Juanita Cebe, coordinator of the Theatre Arts Department and the presenter’s sister, Dr. Walter Trafton, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Michael Moore, a professor in the department, and interpreters Jesse Thomas, Sherry Hicks and Tom Bull.