The 2006 Cherry Blossom Princesses, along with the 2005 and 2004 Japanese Queens, visited Kendall Green on April 5 during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Their first stop was KDES, where they met with students and talked with them about their lives, their future aspirations, and, of course, how they became princesses. The princesses also handed out books and Beanie Babies to the students, and the students returned the gesture by giving them books they had made. The princesses then met with President Jordan and Linda Jordan in the President’s Office. The princesses were fascinated by how the couple met, what their children were like, and they had many questions about deaf people and about Gallaudet. The princesses’ visit was part of a goodwill tour of Washington, D.C., that included stops at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and various embassies before the annual Cherry Blossom parade on April 8. (Kristina Hilboldt of Kansas was chosen as the 2006 Cherry Blossom Queen.)
Female educators from Asian and Middle Eastern countries visited Gallaudet on April 4 to discuss female leaders in the education sector and the educational concerns of women and girls. In the afternoon, the visitors were invited to a panel discussion on education from an international perspective. Representing Gallaudet were Thuan Nguyen, coordinator of mentoring and minority support in Academic Advising, and Beverly Buchanan, program manager for Campus Life. They were joined by two representatives from the U.S. Department of Education: Vanessa Santos, an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel and Sambia Shivers-Barklay, who coordinates international visitors with the Office of the Under Secretary. Lindsay Dunn, special assistant for advocacy in the Office of the President, also attended. The visitors and panel dove into controversial topics in education, including separating groups according to race, gender, and physical disability and sex education. While Shivers and Santos explored burning issues in U.S. education such as funding for public education, discrimination, and evaluating schools, visitors shared some of the issues in their countries. The educators’ visit was made possible by the State Department’s Phelps Stokes Fund and arranged with help from Gallaudet’s Visitors Center.
President Jordan receives a certificate of appreciation for his and Gallaudet’s support of the ASL, Deaf Culture, and Cancer Control Fellowship Program from Dr. Georgia Sadler (second from right), director of community outreach at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The program began in 2003 as a collaborative effort between the UCSD School of Medicine and its Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center, Deaf Community Services of San Diego, Inc., and Gallaudet that seeks to break down communication and cultural barriers between deaf patients and hearing doctors. At the end of the five-year program, which is funded by a $4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, it is hoped that up to 35 medical students will have gone through the training. Also, to date, six cancer education videos in ASL have been created: www.cancer.ucsd.edu/Deafinfo. The students spend four weeks at Gallaudet in the summer taking an ASL and deaf culture immersion program. According to Dr. Linda Lytle (right), an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and director of Gallaudet’s involvement in the partnership, the Gallaudet program has been refined. This summer, the medical students will be offered “Special Topics: Service Learning in Health Education with Deaf People,” taught by Lytle and Dr. Rachel St. John, a pediatrician at Georgetown University Hospital, director of the Kid’s Clinic for the Deaf, and a graduate of Gallaudet’s master’s in mental health counseling program, and a course for students interested in advancing their ASL skills specifically related to the medical setting. (Also pictured is Melanie Nakaji, program manager and ASL and deaf cultural trainer for the UCSD Cancer Center.)
Seema Jalan (fourth from right), senior policy manager at Women's Edge Coalition of Washington, D.C., was the guest presenter for an April 5 Women’s Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) session. According to its website, the coalition "advocates international economic policies and human rights that support women worldwide in their actions to end poverty in their lives, communities and nations." Jalan discussed the role of advocacy on economic issues facing women in developing countries and gave WLTI members hands-on activities to help them consider creative ways that advocates can empower women in various situations. Pictured with Jalan are (from left): student Tanya Sealy, Dr. Donna Ryan, a professor in the Department of History and Government, students Jessica Swecker, Jennifer Keener, Haydee Garcia, and Brett Best, and Dr. Susan Burch, an associate professor in the Department of History and Government. Ryan and Burch are co-facilitators of WLTI.
An April 5 ceremony was held to induct communication studies majors/minors into the Gallaudet chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society. Pictured (from left) are: standing--newly inducted students and faculty advisor--Jessica Valencia; Erica Hossler, president-elect; Dr. (?) Lillie Ransom, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies; Norman Chan; Jennifer Lash; and Kristin Macgill, secretary-elect; seated--Megan Leschly, secretary; Valerie Sharer, treasurer; Brooke Aldrete, vice president; and Dana Hoffman, president, Lambda Pi Eta/Iota Nu Chapter, 2005-2006.
Happy birthday, Gallaudet!
Leticia Arellano, instructor/evaluator in the Center for ASL Literacy, serves cake in the Marketplace area of the Student Union Building April 6 in commemoration of the University’s 142nd birthday. The event was part of the Charter Day activities planned by the Office of Alumni Relations. (Also pictured is Sherry Duhon [right], assistant director of Alumni Relations.)
Charter Day Awards
Individuals recognized at the 37th Annual Charter Day Awards Program April 8 were (from left): Kenneth Norton, ‘50 (Calif.), GUAA Pauline “Polly” Peikoff Service to Others Award; Audree Bennett Norton, ‘52 (Calif.), GUAA Pauline “Polly” Peikoff Service to Others Award; Khadijat “Kubby” Rashid, ‘90, mistress of ceremonies, holding the LCCF Alice Cogswell Award for Marcella Meyer (Calif.), in absentia; Linda Jordan, GUAA Resolution; President I. King Jordan, ‘70 (D.C.), LCCF Edward Miner Gallaudet Award; Kelby Brick, ‘94 (Md.), GUAA Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; Gertrude Scott Galloway, ‘51 (Tex.), LCCF Laurent Clerc Award; and Ann Marie “Jade” Bryan, E-’88 (N.Y.), LCCF Amos Kendall Award.