Board of Trustee members.
Tommy Strunk from Pennsylvania was just awarded a M.A. degree on May 14. With two degrees under his belt, Strunk is setting his sights on getting his next, a Ph.D.
Jennifer Peterson of Michigan is congratulated by best friend and CBS Survivor, Christy Smith.
“Courage and support held us together as a class,” recalled undergraduate Commencement speaker, Ms. Fara Wilson, an Early Childhood Education major, graduating with Honors.
Dr. Angela McCaskill was the graduate speaker at Commencement 2004. Angela received her Ph.D. in Special Education Administration and she works as an Educational Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
Remembering his grandmother's blueberry pie, Commencement speaker, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III urged graduates to take time to experience, savor and treasure the small moments in their lives. Dr. Hrabowski has been president of University of Maryland Baltimore County since 1992.
Mrs. Mary Herring Wright received a standing ovation as she accepted her honorary Bachelor of Arts degree on May 14.
Keeping pace with a rapidly changing world requires proactive, not reactive, thinking. For the deaf community to not only succeed but to strengthen its identity, Gallaudet must continue to provide its students with the knowledge, skills, and training to prepare them for a new era. A new and exciting step that is being taken to meet this challenge is the proposed Language and Communication Center, a $20 million building that the University plans to have constructed between the Student Academic Center and Hall Memorial Building by 2008. Provost Jane Fernandes (right) and LCC Planning Committee Co-Chairs (from left) MJ Bienvenu, Thomas Allen, and Catherine Sweet-Windham, who have met weekly for the past year, gave information and received feedback on the project at April 23 and May 3 campus meetings in the HMB Atrium. Or. Fernandes explained that while all of Gallaudet’s departments are an integral part of the University’s mission, the following departments and units have been proposed to relocate into the LCC in order to achieve a balance between academics, services, research, and training to best serve the needs of the deaf community:
ASL and Deaf Studies; Communication Studies; Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences; History and Government: Linguistics; Sociology: and the University Archives and Deaf Collection. In addition, the "History Through Deaf Eyes collection will be permanently housed there. Dr. Allen said that the heart of the building is the collaboration and interdisciplinary work between disciplines that defines a new, non-traditional approach to learning and empowerment. Dr. Bienvenu pointed to the almost constant advances in technology that have reshaped interaction between deaf people. Who knows, she asked, what the deaf community’s access to the world will be in 10 or 20 years. The LCC, she said, will be just one way of assisting in making Gallaudet’s future grow. Sweet-Windham spoke of the recent and highly successful Unite for Gallaudet Capital Campaign that financed the construction of the SAC and funded many of the University’s programs. While the Development Office will continue to support all of the University’s efforts, she said that the new Capital Campaign, which began in January, will focus specifically on the LCC. The Planning Committee seeks input from the campus community. To provide feedback and questions, please contact the provost or any of the co-chairs.
Dr. MJ Bienvenu, chair of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, diversity fellow for Academic Affairs, and a co-chair of the Language and Communication Center Planning Committee, addresses undergraduate and graduate students whose high academic standing from the fall semester designates them as President’s Scholars. A total of 440 students earned the title last semester. Bienvenu discussed the meaning of the word 'scholar' and how the title applies to these accomplished Gallaudet students, as well as the faculty and staff members present who have helped them succeed. She went beyond the conventional, lengthy definitions of a scholar to include attributes that she feels all true scholars share: an ability to apply learning to real-life situations; an appreciation of learning; thinking and acting globally; keeping an open mind; possessing highly developed social skills; a desire to continue learning; and encouraging others to learn.
President Jordan names Emilia Chukwuma, a professor in the Department of Business, as Distinguished Faculty Member for 2004 at the Scholars Dinner. A certified public accountant since 1992, Chukwuma is noted for the annual service to the campus of organizing free federal and state income tax preparation, led by students in her "ACC328" taxation class. Her dedication to her students has twice placed her on 'Who's Who Among the Teachers in American Universities and Colleges."
The prestigious American News Women’s Club named Michelle Eldridge (center) as one of three recipients of its annual scholarship at the organization’s annual gala, held on April 14 at Washington, D.C.’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Gallaudet senior was recognized from the head table, which included such press luminaries as Dan Rather, Judy Woodruff, Jim Lehrer, and Bob Schieffer (right), who was honored that evening as the 2004 recipient of the ANWC Helen Thomas Award for Excellence in Journalism or Outstanding Contributions to Public Service. Eldridge, who attended the gala with English Department professor Pia Seagrave (left), is majoring in English and graphic design with minors in art history and journalism. She credits Dr. Shirley Myers, director of the Honors Program, as a leading influence on her aspirations to become a journalist, and Dr. Seagrave for being her interpreter at the event, “and a wonderful professor.” The ANWC awards its scholarships based on nominations submiffed by local colleges and universities. According to its web site, the ANWC is one of the nation’s oldest press clubs, and its membership includes professionals in journalism, public relations, new media, and publishing.
The Department of Business selected Marilyn Smith (fourth from left) as the Deaf Business Person of the Year for her work as the founder and executive director of Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services and vice president of the National Association of the Deaf during its Business After Hours on April 13. The activity recognizes and applauds deaf entrepreneurs and professionals for their work and service while exposing Gallaudet students and the community to role models and potential networking contacts. Pictured (from left) are Provost Jane Fernandes, assistant professor Bernard Brown, Business Department Chair Isaac Agboola, Smith, emcee Jackie McMall - a student in the Department of Business, and President Jordan.
Dr. Stephen Weiner, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, receives the Tower Clock Dedication from Rob McConnell, literary editor (left) and Chad Karnowski, editor-in-chief, at the annual Awards Day ceremony, held April 20 in the Kellogg Conference Hotel. The dedication goes to a person who has worked at Gallaudet for more than 15 years, has contributed in a wide variety of areas, and has demonstrated support for a variety of organizations and programs in the deaf community. McConnell commended Weiner for “giving his heart and soul to the Gallaudet community,” and commented that in seeking names for their favorite professor, Weiner’s name “came up again and again.” Awards Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, Faculty Committee C, and the Office of the Associate Dean, Center for Academic Programs and Student Services.
The Communication Studies Department and the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society in communication studies hosted an April 15 open house where former and current communication studies students were on hand to talk with potential students about the program. The event featured a panel of communications studies alumni who described to students the types of careers open to graduates in the field. Pictured are Communcations Studies professors James Fernandes and Jane Norman.
Disability Awareness Day, hosted by the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSWD) and observed on April 23, was marked at Gallaudet by a number of events hosted by the Office of Students With Disabilities. Keynote speaker Andrew Imparato (left), CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest crass-disability membership organization in the United States, addressed the need for people with disabilities to work together to create and sustain legislation to ensure political and economic empowerment. Imparato, who has a bipolar disorder, is a graduate of Yale University, Stanford Law School, and a former attorney for the Disability Law Center. In addition to Imparato’s presentation, the AAPD and the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars announced a scholarship initiative for people with disabilities. The events were rounded out with a panel discussion on disability. (Also pictured is interpreter Andrea Capuyan)
President Jordan and Provost Jane Fernandes join retirees around the cake at an April 28 reception in their honor. Pictured (from left) are: Marilyn Galloway (20 years); Dr. Fernandes; Dr. Marita Danek (27 years); Edward Krest (30 years); Dr. Jordan; Patricia McCoy (26 years); Dr. Nancy Kensicki (37 years); Fred Brandt (37 years); Dr. Patricia Spencer (26 years); Natalie Rae Johnson (28 years); Sharon Hayes (27 years); Sarah Raymond (30 years); and Samuel Yates (33 years). Other retirees unable to attend were: Dr. Patricia Byrd (29 years); Theresa Ewan (31 years); Dr. Harvey Goodstein (34 years); Jeffrey Grandel (32 years); Gail Ries (31 years); Dr. Roslyn Rosen (33 years); and Dr. Carolyn Williamson (29 years). The retirement reception is held annually by Academic Affairs and the Presidents Office. This year the event was hosted by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and coordinated by Paul Blakely, administrative assistant.
The University kicked oft its new recycling program, “Keep it KENDALL Green” with a Recycling Fair, appropriately held on Earth Day, April 22. To be in compliance with Washington, D.C., law, Gallaudet is required to recycle everyday materials such as clean and co-mingled paper, plastics, batteries, and printer cartridges—even cell phones and pagers. The fair, held at Hanson Plaza, featured vendors with information and fact sheets on recycling, and to make it entertaining, fairgoers were treated to games, food, free T-shirts, and a raffle for prizes. Paul Kelly, vice president for Administration and Finance, which sponsored the fair, displays a recycling bucket for batteries. The Recycling Fair was organized by Sherri Fleishell, administrative assistant to Gary Aller, executive director of business and support services.
The University kicked oft its new recycling program, “Keep it KENDALL Green” with a Recycling Fair, appropriately held on Earth Day, April 22. To be in compliance with Washington, D.C., law, Gallaudet is required to recycle everyday materials such as clean and co-mingled paper, plastics, batteries, and printer cartridges—even cell phones and pagers. The fair, held at Hanson Plaza, featured vendors with information and fact sheets on recycling, and to make it entertaining, fairgoers were treated to games, food, free T-shirts, and a raffle for prizes. Here, (left) Brenda Keller, supervisor of student services in Postal Services, hands out recycling buckets for clean paper to Academic Technology staff members Chuck Bowie (left), supervisor of computer labs, and Sean Hourihan, classroom technology coordinator.
Director of Media Relations Mike Kaika gives a hearty laugh during his retirement roast on April 23 in ‘Ole Jim.’ Sitting between his wife, Susie, and daughter, Jennifer, a GIS interpreter, (and his former boss, Jack Gannon, and Gannon’s wife, Rosalyn), Kaika watched as Ralph Fernandez, WWW developer/designer in the Office of Public Relations, portrays him in a hilarious video skit entitled “A Typical Mike Kaika Work Day” (which consisted of smoking cigarettes in the vicinity of the EMG or Student Union buildings).
Artfully combining the characteristics of late-night TV talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno, PR’s David Tossman (right) chats with Jennifer Kaika, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies Chair MJ Bienvenu (who gave a Top Ten list of things that will not happen to Kaika after retirement—with his beloved Red Sox never winning the World Series coming in at Number One), and Susie Kaika and sets the stage for the video skits that were part of the royal roast and retirement send-off party given by Institutional Advancement in honor of Kaika’s 28 years of service to Gallaudet.