Irvine Stewart, representing the graduate class at commencement, lamented the short amount of time he had to sum up all he has learned at Gallaudet. He talked about the family members and classmates—”everyday heroes”—who have made an impact on his life for their strength to persevere despite obstacles. No matter what career path his fellow graduates take, Stewart’s message to them was, “… being accountable for what you do is a sign of strength and maturity.” He reminded the Class of ’03, “You represent the best of Gallaudet University everywhere you go.” In closing, he told them, “You are my everyday heroes.”
Among the exuberant graduates at the 134th commencement exercises are Joan Corley and Julie Dameron; an unflappably cool Alex Archie; and Daniele Valencia, Donna Valverde, Kim Johnson, and Brian Thornsberry.
134th commencement: an unflappably cool Alex Archie.
134th commencement: Daniele Valencia, Donna Valverde, Kim Johnson, and Brian Thornsberry.
Rebekah Lee Smith, representing the undergraduate class at commencement, advised her classmates to “Learn from the past, live in the present, plan for the future.” Smith, an adoptee from South Korea, credited her adoptive parents for valuable lessons from the past. “My parents adopted seven children from diverse backgrounds, and they have given each one of us hope and dreams for the future,” she said. For this, “they deserve my profound gratitude.” Living in the present, said Smith, “means paying attention to the voice inside that tells us how to make the right decisions.” Planning for the future not only involves the responsibility of each graduate to chart his or her own destiny, she said, but “an obligation to help make the future better for everyone.”
Dr. Henry Klopping (center) acknowledges his friends and family after receiving his honorary doctor of laws degree. The citation for Klopping, superintendent of the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and former dean of men at Gallaudet, praises him “for his courage, vision, and effectiveness in improving the education, lives, and futures of deaf and hard of hearing students and his leadership in the profession of deaf education.” Klopping is past president of the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf and the Associations for Education of the Deaf. He has served as vice chair of the Congressional Commission on Education of the Deaf and on the National Mission Advisory Panel for the Clerc Center. He also played a leading role in developing and securing the passage of California’s Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights. Also pictured are Board of Trustees members Ken Levinson and Celia May Baldwin.
Faculty members recognized at commencement included (from left) Dr. Irene Leigh, distinguished faculty member for 2003, Dr. Ronald Sutcliffe, dean emeritus, and Ausma Smits, professor emerita.
Dr. Robert Harrison, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and outgoing chair/member of the Council on Undergraduate Education, is given a plaque in appreciation of his five years of service as chair of CUE by other members of the council and outgoing CLAST Dean Jane Dillehay at the May 6 CUE meeting.
University Faculty Senate Chair William Marshall presents a resolution to Communication Studies Chair Rosemary Weller at the senate’s May 5 meeting commending her for her service to the University Faculty. Since 1971, she has been parliamentarian, secretary, a member of committees C (Faculty-Student Affairs), D (Grievances), S (Nominations, Elections, and Quality in Educational Programs), and chair of Committee A (Faculty Welfare), and served on the Bylaws Committee. The senate’s resolution praises Weller, who is retiring in August after a 41-year career at Gallaudet, as being "…the voice of quiet reason heard about the occasional cacophony of campus debates," that she has "…the gift of contributing harmony and amicability to the parliamentary floor," and that "… hers will be the legend and memory that goes down into the campus lore."
Several retiring faculty and staff members were thanked for their many years of service to Gallaudet at an April 22 retirement reception in the GUKCC. Among those feted were from left (first row): Rita Laporta, outreach specialist for the Cochlear Implant Center; Dr. Barbara Brauer, professor, Department of Counseling; Sue O’Brien, administrative assistant, Office of the Dean, Clerc Center; (second row)Marcia Freeman, movement teacher, early childhood education, Clerc Center; Linda McCarty, social studies teacher/researcher, MSSD; Stanley Matelski, director, Sponsored Programs; (third row) Dr. Allen Sussman, professor, Department of Counseling; Doreen Dixon, administrative secretary II, Education Department; and Astrid Goodstein, executive director, Enrollment Services.
Authors of the new book Parents and Their Deaf Children: The Early Years (second from left) Dr. Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, a professor in the Department of Education, Dr. Donna Mertens, a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, and Dr. Kathryn Meadow-Orlans, professor emerita and former GRI senior research scientist, sign a copy of the book for Ross Mitchell, Research Scientist II in GRI, May 15 in Fowler Hall. The book was published by the Gallaudet University Press.
President Jordan told a group of Gallaudet’s top donors at the May 14 Friends of Gallaudet reception that their integral support of the University’s students and its programs could be compared to the Chinese proverb: "One generation plants a tree, others get the shade." This year, the annual event, which is hosted by the Office of Development, was held in the newly renovated Washburn Arts Center, where exhibits of student art were prominently displayed. Linda Jordan commented that she was sure if Cadwallader Washburn, a gifted artist and member of the Class of 1890 for whom the building is named, were present that evening, "he would be amazed at the skills of our expertly trained students" and proud of Gallaudet students’ proven success. She introduced Bridgette Keefe (First), a junior whose painting, "Alley 2003," was made into a poster that was given to each of the "friends," and Amy Stevens and Scott Carollo (Second right), Art Department instructors, who designed the poster. Board of Trustees Chair Glenn Anderson noted that it had been 15 years since DPN, and quoted from Jordan’s inaugural speech on his vision for deaf people’s "capacity for excellence" and how the support of people like the Friends of Gallaudet made these ambitious accomplishments possible. Jordan added that the 2002-03 academic year has been an eventful one, and gave as examples the opening of the Student Academic Center and the Student Union Building renovation, new graduate programs in deaf studies and audiology, the Gallaudet Leadership Institute, and the expansion of the Honors Program. "Without your support, these things can’t happen," he said. But he added that "our most significant accomplishments" of the year are the 297 graduates receiving their diplomas at commencement. "That is what we do. That is our pride," he said. Jordan then commended Dr. Bette Martin, his special assistant for institutional affairs since he became president. (See related article, page 2.) "She has always been a very strong supporter of Gallaudet and a generous donor," he said. (Thrid Left) Jordan and Board of Associates Chair John Yeh then presented a gift to W. Reid Thompson, former CEO and Chair of PEPCO, for his efforts over the years as a charter member of the BOA, founded in 1991, which he has just stepped down from.
Children perform in the National Deaf Dance Academy recital at KDES on May 4. The recital showcases the skills the young students learned under the tutelage of Sue-Gill Doleac, assistant director of the Gallaudet Dance Company, and other members of the Gallaudet Dance Company during an eight-week course.