Students from Gallaudet and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have a discussion during an April 24 and 25 event on the MIT campus in Cambridge. Students and professionals in fields ranging from science and technology to art and cultural studies gave presentations on their work as part of the gathering, and took part in a workshop that challenged pairs of deaf and hearing participants to compose music in the sub-auditory range in order to explore the reaches of resonance and human communication. A vibrating floor, created at MIT, helped participants experiment and served as a soundless dance floor during a party. The weekend was an outgrowth of a December summit held at Kendall Green for students involved with Gallaudet’s DeafSpace Project and students taking the course “Special Problems in Visual Arts—Autism Studio” at MIT. “MIT’s motto, translated from the Latin, is ‘hand and mind,’ which is exactly the reason they are such a successful university. They encourage the interaction between doing and thinking,” said Robert Sirvage, a Gallaudet graduate student who helped plan the event with faculty member and Director of Campus Design and Planning Hansel Bauman. “We believe Gallaudet can contribute to a new, profound way of using both hands and minds,” Sirvage said.
Fulbright scholars gather for a presentation on Deaf Gain in the SLCC during an April 21 trip to campus coordinated by the Visitors Center. The Center for International Programs and Services hung the flags of each participant’s country in the building's atrium for the occasion.
Students and Career Center staff gather at an April 8 breakfast and awards ceremony organized by the Career Center to recognize Internship Hall of Fame winners Christopher Valle and Charlotte Habenicht (center). Valle and Habenicht distinguished themselves in internships at the University of Georgia’s Microbiology Department and the physical education program at Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Va., respectively. Department of Biology Chair Ann Powell and associate professor Ava Morrow were on hand to congratulate Valle on his work isolating genes from bacteria capable of degrading environmental pollutants. Physical Education and Recreation Chair Edward Dreher applauded Habenicht’s accomplishments in teaching adaptive PE to students with special needs.
Judges (from left) Lynn Jacobowitz, associate professor in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; Daniel Veit, career consultant at the Career Center; and Lillie Ransom, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, watch and take notes during the Teegarden Memorial Public Speaking Competition on April 10. Twelve students applied for the Alice M. Teegarden Memorial Award with presentations of stories and commentaries, and four finalists vied for the top prize. The winners—Amy Siebert, first place; Bregitt Jimenez, second place; Jeanine Wiesblatt, third place; and Sigridur Johnsson, fourth place—were announced at Undergraduate Awards Day. The competition is hosted each year by the Communication Studies Department.
The First Year Experience honored 40 students recognized as “Fantastic First Years” at an April 22 event. The 2009 awardees, who boast an average GPA of 3.8 and have all shown the ability to excel inside and outside of the classroom, were congratulated by President Davila (left), Associate Provost Catherine Anderson (middle row, right), Provost Stephen Weiner (top row, right), Coordinator of Student Success Darian Burwell (front row, fifth from left). Pictured are (from left): top row—Andrew Ferguson, Clyde Short, Denette Ligon, Jerome Wilcox, Jessica Yocom, Kyle Dacus, Caleb Hinton, Ryan Mahoney, Tony Tatum, Brandon Williams, Nicole Noble, Donna Guardino, Gil Estrada, Weiner; middle row—Allison Weiner, Danielle Koplitz, Joy Fraychineaud, Brittany Castle, Samantha Groetken; front row—Sara Malkowski, Georginia Fitzpatrick, Jessica Feldman, Colin Hill, Burwell, Anthony Harrison, Noel King, Amelia Hensley, Briana Johnson, and Jeryka Bourg. To see a video with highlights of the event, go to video.gallaudet.edu/firstyearawards.xml
George Pelecanos, a D.C.-based author, and producer and writer for the hit HBO show “The Wire,” gives the keynote remarks at the kickoff of The Big Read-D.C., held in Elstad Auditorium on April 25. Pelecanos is serving as honorary chair of the community event, which encourages D.C. area residents to read the same book from April to May. Pelecanos called the city’s 2009 selection, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, “a perceptive take on the human condition,” and dedicated this year’s Big Read to teachers—”our most underappreciated heroes.” The kickoff also featured a dramatic reading from the book, songs by the Labor Choir and members of the cast of the show “Road Signs,” and a reception in the Jordan Student Academic Center.