Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is shown with Judy Stout, founder and former president of the Maryland Deaf and Hard of Hearing Democratic Club, which worked with Van Hollen on his campaign after the Maryland primaries, during a June 2 visit to the Gallaudet campus. Van Hollen, a Congressman for Maryland's Eighth District who serves on the Government Reform Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee, fielded questions and comments on important concerns for the deaf community, from movie captioning, insurance for hearing aids, emergency alert systems, and attempts to scale back the ADA, to general issues like bringing major league baseball to Washington, D.C. His visit was hosted by the “Political Leadership Class,” taught by Stout and offered through the Department of Social Work, with the support of Barbara White, director.
The Gallaudet Community Relations Council is given a presentation on the New York Avenue corridor development study by two project consultants, Hadiah Jordan, project manager for Justice and Sustainability Associates of Washington, D.C., and John Hart, senior project manager for URS Corporation of Hunt Valley, Md., at the May 21 meeting of the GCRC on campus. The study, which began last fall and will end in December, is an initiative of the District of Columbia Division of Transportation to make traffic and aesthetic improvements to the five-mile stretch of New York Avenue (U.S. Rt. 50) between the Anacostia River bridge and Mt. Vernon Square—a major entryway to the city. The consultants have been collecting citizen input through a survey and a series of information sharing sessions with citizen advocacy groups such as the GCRC, and May 20 and June 17 public meetings in ‘Ole Jim.’ The final meeting for sharing information and collecting citizen input will be in September (time and location to be announced). The meetings are co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Community Relations.
Department of Public Safety Chief Jennifer Turner presents a gift and plaque to Capt. Michael Jernigan (left), in recognition of his 23 years at Gallaudet, at his May 23 retirement reception in ‘Ole Jim.’ Also pictured is Lt. George Azmaveth, assistant shift supervisor.
A late May conference sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education on “Integrated Marketing and Branding” brought (front row, from left) Mercy Coogan, director of public relations, Cathy Sweet-Windham, executive director of development, Jane Fernandes, provost, and Debby DeStefano, executive director of enrollment service, to San Diego, Calif. Gallaudet is in the process of developing a cohesive marketing and communication plan aimed at strengthening student recruitment, donor participation, and relationships with other key constituencies. The University contingent also met with alumni from the San Diego Chapter, among them (back row, from left) Gary Mayers, artist in residence, ’03, David May, Jr., ’75, and Mike Wynne, ’79.
Dr. Carol Twigg (center) of the Center for Academic Transformation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, meets with Provost Jane Fernandes (left) and Dr. Cynthia King, executive director of academic technology and conference site host, following her keynote address, “Improving Learning and Reducing Costs: New Models for Online Learning,” at the annual e-learning conference, hosted by the chief academic officers of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. This year’s conference, held May 23 at Gallaudet’s Student Union Building, was entitled “The Real Stuff: Faculty E-Learning Showcase” and attracted faculty members and others from the consortium colleges who are interested in improving student learning with technology.
Other highlights of the day were an e-learning showcase, presentations on video conferencing and webcasting, and an address on regional opportunities and challenges for enhancing higher education in the region, including tools for predicting student success in distance learning, shared catalogs, planning for new programs, knowledge management, and regional pedagogical collaboration given by Dr. Sondra Patrick (left), assistant professor of higher education administration and director of the higher education administration doctoral program at George Washington University’s Virginia Campus, and Dr. Reynolds Ferrante (center), professor of education at Pennsylvania State University. Bill Lantry (right) of Catholic University was the program coordinator.
Early Childhood Education Team kindergarten classes put on their best manners for a House One tea party on April 22, courtesy of Linda Jordan. Earlier that month, the classes hosted a tea party for their families, and each student made clay teapots and paper teacups, demonstrated proper social decorum for a tea party, and sang and signed “I'm a Little Teapot.” An invitation was extended to Mrs. Jordan because the students knew she collected teapots. She was so impressed with the occasion that she reciprocated by inviting the kindergarten students and ECE teachers and staff to House One to see her collection and to enjoy decaffeinated English tea and cookies outside. Pictured with the students at the House One tea party are (second row, from left): Shelly Peterson, teacher aide; Phyllis Ballenger, teacher; Bettie Waddy-Smith, communication specialist; Gail Solit, ECE coordinator; Nancy Topolosky, teacher; Grace Walker, ECE counselor; Senoa Goehring, teacher aide; Tyese Wright, teacher; Linda Jordan, and Marcia Freeman, ECE movement specialist.
The Visual Playwrights Retreat, held on campus May 18-31, paired three deaf playwrights with theater experts to help them build and enhance their scripts in order to make them more visual. Further assistance was provided by professional actors Angela Farrand, Shira Grabelsky, Bev Miderland, Andres Otalora, Peter Regan, and Sara Ridberg. The retreat was a collaboration between Gallaudet’s Theatre Arts Department and Quest: Arts for Everyone, and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Pictured are the playwrights and their mentors (from left), front row—Douglas “Ray” Kennedy, author of Deafia, a musical comedy set in 1935-40 Chicago, which incorporates the internal rhythms that deaf people feel in a story about the struggles of deaf people from that time period; Tim McCarty, Quest founder and director; back row—Annie Wiegand, author of Deafie & Terp, which explores women’s issues, particularly those of deaf women, and communication between hearing and deaf people; Eric Beatty, Wiegand’s mentor, director of the Homewood Arts Programs at the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University; Vikee Waltrip, author of Alex in Wondernet, an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, where a deaf 13-year-old boy is drawn into a computer and begins a process of self-discovery; Oran Sandel, Waltrip’s mentor, a freelance teacher, workshop facilitator, and artist-creator and former artistic director of Living Stage Theater Company of Washington, D.C.; Willy Conley, retreat director and Theatre Arts Department professor and playwright; and Dr. Jane Norman, Kennedy’s mentor, professor in the Department of Communication Studies.