The University and its Office of International Programs and Services welcomed a group of teachers from deaf schools in the Czech Republic at Hradec Kralove, Stredni Skola, Zakladni Skola, and Materska Skola. During their June 9 to June 16 visit, the teachers met with University faculty and Clerc Center teachers and discussed bilingual education, audiology and speech language pathology, and teaching English as a Second language. Pictured (from left) are teachers David Jirous and Veronika Dostalova, Assistant Principal Pavel Prazak, Principal Iva Rindova, teacher Eva Stolinova, and teachers and English Language Institute alumni Tereza Nenickova and Dana Vodrazkova.
Bronze hands spelling out the ASL alphabet, a staple of the traveling History Through Deaf Eyes exhibit that settled for some time in the lobby of Gallaudet’s Visitors Center, have found a home in a new museum at the site of their origin, the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), Frederick. The sculpture, which was cast from wooden hands carved by MSD student Clayton Forsythe in 1912, is part of the new Bjorlee Museum on the MSD campus. A grand opening for the museum was held on June 6, and it is now open to the public. The museum, named for the school’s fifth superintendent, Dr. Ignatius Bjorlee, includes diverse items from pre-Victorian times through the 1950s. These items are of historical significance and interest to historians of wars from the Revolutionary War to World War II, MSD alumni, the deaf community, and the general public.
Five graduates of the University’s master’s in leisure services administration program were on campus June 13 to take part in interviews that will be used as a recruiting tool on the Department of Physical Education and Recreation’s web site, as well as cast in CD format for use at recruitment fairs and similar events. The alumni were asked to share their stories and insights about how their master’s degree changed their lives and professional life course; in short, explaining what their Gallaudet graduate degree has meant to them. The project was part of an Academic Technology Video Grant received by Physical Education and Recreation professor Carol Riddick. Pictured (from left) are Phyllis Gaines, Class of 2004, who started a business in Florida, Sign of Da’ Times, that bridges the gap between deaf and hearing cultures through the performing arts; Floyd Jackson, Class of 2003, who is employed as a certified therapeutic recreation specialist in California and works on a unit serving deaf patients in a psychiatric hospital; Joseph Kolcun, Class of 2005, director of intramurals at Gallaudet; Randi Baron-Leonard, Class of 2004, who is employed as a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at a state hospital in Maryland; and A.J. Roupp, Class of 2004, who works in Houston, Tex., with the ManKind Project as a leader and facilitator for deaf men and co-founded the Silent Warrior Weekend.