Members of the Bean Counters volleyball team accept their trophy from President Davila as winners of the 2008 showdown at the Employee Appreciation Barbecue. The team members (from left) are Makur Aciek, Brent Klassen, Stephen DaSilva, David Farias, Peter Un, and Jeffrey Leach. Deborah Shaw and Russell Kestenbaum supported the team as spirited cheerleaders.
New graduate students take part in the annual Ghost Tour as part of Graduate Student Orientation (GSO). The guides for the eerie look at Kendall Green were Provost Stephen Weiner (atop steps, right), Theatre Arts faculty members Ethan Sinnott (left) and Willy Conley (in audience, second from left). This year, GSO welcomed 160 new graduate students.
Paula Tucker (right), director of Gallaudet Hillel, the organization for Jewish life on campus, hands a dish of ice cream to second-year undergraduate Rachel Benedict. The Office of Campus Ministries (OCM) distributed the sweet treat to the campus community on August 26 to raise awareness about what OCM has to offer. More information on OCM is available at ocm.gallaudet.edu
Gallaudet welcomed 12 new faculty members this fall, including (from left): backóPaul Sabila (Chemistry), Daniel Lundberg (Chemistry), Joseph Murray (ASL and Deaf Studies); middleóMiako Villanueva (Linguistics), Raychelle Harris (Interpretation), Lindsay Buchko (Mathematics and Computer Science), Brenda Kruse-McConville (Education); frontóDaniel Koo (Psychology), Marta Vrbetic (Government and History), Christina Yuknis (Education), and Karen Garrido-Nag (Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences). (Not pictured is Marie Ogork [Business]). In addition, authors Michael Chorost and Joshua Swiller have joined the faculty as visiting professors to teach an Honors class.
Hearing and deaf students and teachers from Gukei University, Tokyo, led by Professor Toyohiko Hamada (third from right) were on campus August 21 to learn about how Gallaudet provides support to students with disabilities, and how the University supports students with learning disabilities. Also pictured (back row, behind Hamada) are Kota Takaya, a student in Gallaudetís master of social work program, and Tissa Peiris, culture and language teacher in the English Language Institute. Peiris spent two years in Japan as an ASL teacher and was very happy to translate from ASL to JSL during the groupís visit.
Pictured are three of the four presidentís fellows (from left): Kirk VanGilder (Philosophy and Religion), Janel Kisner (GSR), and Brendan Stern (Government and History) who have joined the Gallaudet faculty for the 2008-09 academic year. The Presidentís Fellows Program brings deaf and hard of hearing individuals to teach at the University as they pursue a terminal degree. (Not pictured is Ilia Rivera [Sociology].)