Heather Knight, along with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Katrina, joined a Walking Town DC tour of Gallaudet on April 27. Heather and Scott are in the field of historic preservation, and were drawn by the late Victorian era buildings on campus. Walking Town DC, a program offered by the organization Cultural Tourism DC, included 80 free tours of different cultural areas that weekend. The two Gallaudet walks, led by Visitors Center Coordinator David Tossman and Student Tour Guide Brooke Budzinski, drew about 60 participants eager to learn about Kendall Green’s architecture, history, and community. Another weekend of city. tours will be offered in September.
On behalf of Sorenson Communications, Chris Wakefield (second from left), the company’s vice president of interpreting, presents the University with a reminder of their partnership at the five-year anniversary celebration of Gallaudet’s VRS center, held May 6 in the Kellogg Conference Hotel. President and CEO of Sorenson Communications Pat Nola was among the Sorenson representatives who attended the event. In 2003, Gallaudet was home to the first videophone booth in the country and the second Sorenson VRS center. Now, Kendall Green has multiple VP booths at several different sites and Sorenson has 78 relay centers. President Davila called the collaboration “a wonderful working relationship,” and presented Nola with a Gallaudet sweatshirt and his thanks for Sorenson’s support of the VP booths, the VRS center, and the new James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center. Also pictured are (from left): John Lewis, Gallaudet Interpreting Service VRS manager; Fred Weiner, Gallaudet’s director of business development; and Dr. Davila.
A member of the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit watches a town hall meeting in the Jordan Student Academic Center Sprint Multipurpose Room. The June 3 event, attended by students, administrators, faculty, staff, and members of the MPD, was called to discuss a series of burglaries in off-campus student homes that took place in May. MPD representatives from the First and Fifth districts explained what they had done to investigate the more than eight cases of theft that seemed to target Gallaudet students, while students brought up their questions and concerns. MPD detective John Haines said that he and his colleagues were still looking into the cases and scouring pawn shops for the stolen belongings. To prevent further losses, Haines encouraged students to secure their doors and windows, send any possible leads to the MPD's tip line at 50411, and document their valuables. Students can record serial numbers, take photographs of their items, or use the Operation ID service offered by Gallaudet's Department of Public Safety (DPS) to keep a record. The meeting was hosted by the Student Body Government, Campus Activities, the Commuter Lounge, DPS, and Student Affairs.