Teams of deaf players from Croatia, Denmark, and the United States—-which fielded two teams—competed in the first Deaf International Team Handball tournament, America Cup, held at the Gallaudet Field House July 5 and 6. Croatia emerged as the winner over Denmark in the championship game. The event was hosted by USA Deaf Team Handball and the USA Deaf Sports Federation. Here, Mario Basic of Croatia breaks a USA team defense and scores. He received the America Cup's Most Valuable Player Award.
Gallaudet’s Family and Child Studies Department teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Enrichment Center to offer a seminar at the University July 6 to 11 entitled "Learning Through the Arts" that was attended by 16 local and national teaching professionals and students working with toddlers and young children. The program provided a unique learning approach linking everyday objects such as books, stuffed animals, marbles, dolls, newspapers, rocks, and countless other collectables to art, creative movement, and children’s literature that gave participants the tools to design their own curriculum package. It was also a pilot study that Gallaudet and the Smithsonian hope will lead to a U.S. Department of Education grant to make this a national project. Pictured examining learning materials are (from left): Angela Farrand, assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department and a seminar presenter, Dr. Deborah Kirchbaum, associate professor, Department of Family and Child Studies, Ann Caspari, museum educator from the Early Enrichment Center and a seminar presenter, Dr. Julia Bertak, chair of Family and Child Studies, and Sharon Shaffer, executive director of the Smithsonian center.