Social Work Newsletter

The Department of Social Work has distributed a department newsletter for 2016. Read it here.

Celebration of life for Dr. Amy Elizabeth Hile, '91, to take place September 16, 2016

The community is invited to a celebration of the life of Dr. Amy Elizabeth Hile on Friday, September 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim"). Presenters at the celebration will include Dr. Hile's colleagues, students, and family members. A reception will follow the program. To read more about Amy's life including her accomplishments and contributions to deaf education, see the attached document containing the provost's announcement to the community.

Her obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune can be read here. The Hile family thanks the University and Clerc Center communities for their support.

Donations collected in memory of Amy E. Hile may be made to Gallaudet University online at

Related Document: Hile Announcement-June 16 2016

Gallaudet University receives grant award from the U.S. Department of Education

The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate Drs. Kendra Smith and Mary Hufnell on their grant “Long-Term Training of Mental Health Counselors Working with Learning and Language Challenged Deaf Rehabilitation Clients” funded by U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $150,000.

Read more here.

Coffee chat with Department of Counseling faculty members to be held September 19, 2016

Want to learn more about counseling and the rewarding career that counselors have? Interested in obtaining a M.A. in counseling?

Come chat with the Department of Counseling faculty on Monday, September 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Fowler Hall lobby.Free coffee, tea, donuts, and gluten-free muffins will be provided.

Related Document: September 2016 Coffee Chat flyer 

Maguire Presents to Gallaudet Interns

Gallaudet Interns with Maguire From left: Zachary Israel, Frances M. Maguire, James Maguire Sr., Anthony Finocchio, and Jeffrey Willoughby. Courtesy of Robert J. Shilling

On August 8, 2016, James Maguire Sr., founder of Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), spoke to an audience of interns at PHLY, including Gallaudet’s Zachary Israel and Anthony Finocchio. Israel and Finocchio are both students with the Risk Management and Insurance program at Gallaudet, funded by the Maguire Foundation, which was founded by Maguire and his wife, Frances M. Maguire. For the second consecutive summer, PHLY has hosted interns from Gallaudet. Jeffrey Willoughby, ’15, one of two interns from last summer, now works at PHLY as a full-time underwriter.

Dr. Danielle Hunt Presents at RID

Daniele Hunt PresentsCourtesy of Dr. Danielle Hunt 

Dr. Danielle Hunt, G-'06 & PhD '15, assistant professor in the Department of Interpretation, gave a presentation titled, "The Work is You" at the joint Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Region IV and Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, July 21. Hunt's presentation stems from her research about ASL-English interpreters' professional identities. 

"Rethinking Luggage Fees"

Senators Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal have suggested that airlines waive checked baggage fees during peak travel periods as a means for reducing airport security delays. The airlines, predictably, have declined; they're not going to give up the resulting revenues.

 "Thirsty Dragon China's Lust for Bordeaux and the threat to the World's Best Wines" (A review) 

Here is what is so enticing about wine economics. I am sitting in Starbucks reading through my newspaper. A small article catches my eye, one that I would usually just skip over and keep turning the pages.

DOI doctoral student Amy Williamson has research study published

Williamson's article was published in the "International Journal of Interpreter Education," Volume 8, Issue 1, 4-22, in May 2016. Read More

DOI doctoral students Sheneman and Collins have research article featured in book by GU Press

Naomi Sheneman, ’98, and Pamela F. Collins's, ’07 & G-’11, article appears in the book "International Sign: Linguistic, Usage, and Status Issues." Read More

Dr Yuknis Selected as ASCD Influence Leader

Dr. Christina Yuknis, in the department of education, will be an ASCD Influence Leader for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. This invitation-only program provides educators support and tools to make a difference at all levels of education policy. She will work closely with the ASCD Government Relations staff to participate in building advocacy skills, leading Twitter chats on education policy topics, and writing about her work as an advocate. Additionally, she will have an opportunity to meet with government representatives to engage in education policy conversations.

Students watch Panel discussion

MA Students Attend Panel Discussion

image courtesy of Audrey Cooper

On June 21, 2016 students from the Masters Programs in International Development and Public Administration attended a panel discussion hosted by the Asia Foundation. Titled "Asian Perspectives: Evidence-based Approaches to Ending Violence against Women and Girls," research presented from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste included innovative approaches to address intimate partner violence developed in/by research participant communities. IDMA and MPA students also raised questions related to their fields of study for an excellent discussion.

MPA Program Admitted to NASPAA

Gallaudet's Master of Public Administration program, introduced in March 2012 with classes beginning in the fall of 2012, was admitted to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), an accrediting body of the MPA program. Read More

Gallaudet establishes fifth community college collaboration to benefit interpretation students

On May 19, 2016, Gallaudet University established a collaborative agreement with John A. Logan College (JALC), in Carterville, Ill., to allow students in the two-year Interpreter Preparation Program at JALC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program. Read More

Department of Interpretation Newsletter

Dear students, faculty and staff: Please find the April-May issue of our department newsletter attached. This issue is filled with stories and photos reflecting the full and rich activities of all our students and programs this spring, and includes a special graduation section recognizing those members of our academic family who have completed their current academic journey this May.

All that and more included in the April-May issue of the DoI newsletter. Enjoy! Thanks to all of you who have submitted contributions to our newsletter this year. Special thanks to Drs. Cagle and Hunt, Stephanie Roché, and especailly to Cat H.M. Fung and Tony Ellis for making these newletters possible. Best wishes to each of you on this holiday weekend, and for an enjoyable and productive summer!

Dr. Melanie Metzger

Professor, Department Chair

List of SEBHS award winners

Education Department Updates

1) Dr. Maribel Gárate-Estes .Associate Professor and Chair and Dr. Laurene Simms, Professor in the Department of Education have been announced as two of  the keynote speakers at the first National Deaf Education Conference which will be help in Phoenix AZ from July 6-9th and preceded the 2016 NAD conference.  

2) Please join us in congratulating these well-deserving Education students and faculty who were recognized at the UG Awards Day ceremony.  Bellow is a list of the awards and the recipients:  

UG Student Recipients: 

Education Award Jenna Fox & Cindy Siebert 
Psi Iota Xi Dance Scholarship Tanisha Russell (Also a co-emcee!)

PhD Student Recipients:  

The Bruce Hlibok Playwriting Competition Grand prize: Joseph Santini
Special Mention for the Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence  Heather Zimmerman

Faculty Recipients:  

Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence  Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia 
SEBHS Undergraduate Teaching Award Dr. Fred Mangrubang 
SEBHS Faculty Scholarship Rising Start Award Dr. Christina Yuknis

Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund is Endowed

Photo: The late Dr. Steve AckleyPhoto: The late Dr. Steve Ackley

The Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the HSLS faculty in September 2014 to honor the memory and legacy of Steve Ackley, beloved faculty member, teacher, advisor, mentor, colleague, and friend. In just over a year, it raised the necessary $25,000 for endowment thanks to the outpouring support from Dr. Ackley’s family, former students, colleagues, and friends. The first Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Award will be presented at the 2016 Graduate School Awards and Hooding Ceremony on May 12, 2016. For more information about the Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit:

Student Academy of Audiology(SAA) Gallaudet Chapter recognized as the National SAA Fundraising Challenge Champion.

Photo: SAA members at one of the fundraising events, Walk4Hearing.Photo: SAA members at one of the fundraising events, Walk4Hearing.

Students in the Audiology Program raised over $3,200 this academic year, the most in any audiology program in the nation, and were recognized at the American Academy of Audiology conference in Phoenix, AZ this month. The SAA Gallaudet Chapter uses these funds to support national and international humanitarian efforts.

Emilia Chukwuma, ’85, and students give back to community with annual tax prep workshops

From left: Emilia Chukwuma, Thapa Satish, Joanna Cericky, Karunya Samuel, '83 (IRS staff), Yauheni Koran, and Makur Aciek, '97 (accounting professor). Salish, Cericky, and Koran were three of the students trained to assist clients with income tax preparation.From left: Emilia Chukwuma, Thapa Satish, Joanna Cericky, Karunya Samuel, '83 (IRS staff), Yauheni Koran, and Makur Aciek, '97 (accounting professor). Salish, Cericky, and Koran were three of the students trained to assist clients with income tax preparation.

When an instructor was needed for a class on income tax preparation in 2004, Emilia Chukwuma, '85, was penciled in. Hoping to instill in her students a practical understanding of the subject matter, she had them set up a table on campus to help Gallaudet community members fill out their tax forms. Read more here

RMI students connect with insurance professionals during "Lunch and Learn" event

Gallaudet's RMI students attended a "Lunch and Learn" event at the Marsh & McLennan Companies office in northwest D.C. One of the goals of the RMI program is to connect students with RMI professionals.

 Photo courtesy of James Bruner

Gallaudet's RMI students attended a "Lunch and Learn" event at the Marsh & McLennan Companies office in northwest D.C. One of the goals of the RMI program is to connect students with RMI professionals. Read more about the event here. 

Dr. Kendra Smith, chair, Department of Counseling, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award

Kendra Smith and Agboola with awardDr. Smith and Dr. Isaac Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with her award

Dr. Kendra Smith, chair, Department of Counseling, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award from Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, during a recent SEBHS chairs meeting on February 23, 2016.

Sharing the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew Foster, the "Father of Deaf Education in Africa"

Dr Isaac Agboola presents about Andrew FosterDr. Isaac Agboola, '81 & G-'83, interim dean of the School of Business, Education, and Human Services, and Bunmi Aina, G-'96, director of Keeping the Promise: Equitable Outcomes for Students, a unit within the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, were both beneficiaries of an education from a Christian Mission for the Deaf (CMD) school.

Agboola first met Foster in 1971 while attending the Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf (IMSD) in Nigeria. He also worked in Foster's mission office in Ibadan as an administrative clerk, describing this as "inspiring" since he would sit two seats away from him. "The opportunity to attend his school enabled me to resume my education. It is highly unlikely that I would have achieved as much as I have if he had not established a mission school in Nigeria," said Agboola.

To read more, visit Andrew Foster Presentations

Department of Counseling Announcement

The Department of Counseling is very pleased to announce that it has received full accreditation of its three graduate degree programs through March 2024. This includes Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Summers and Online School Counseling. The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) noted in its letter that receiving accreditation for the full eight-year period is a worthy achievement deserving of commendation. This was accomplished through the hard work of the faculty, students, alumni, and fieldwork supervisors during the extensive review process. The accreditation helps to ensure that our students graduate having met the highest educational standards in our field and provides them advantages in gaining employment and state licensure.

Students with Certificates

Students Join Pre-Law Society

Photo courtesy of Leslie Southwell
Students Michael Snyder and Jehanne McCullough are initiated as members of the Pre-Law Society club of Phi Delta Phi in 2015, with Dr. David Penna, professor and department chair of Government and Public Affairs. The certificates bear the official seal of Phi Delta Phi.

Department of Interpretation Newsletter

Please find attached the first edition of the new Department of Interpretation e-newsletter. We send this now and hope you might have an opportunity to read it while the snow days are upon us. Special thanks to Mr.Tony Ellis, Ms. Cat Fung, Dr. Keith Cagle, and Dr. Dani Hunt for their work on the DoI Newsletter committee. Note that you may make submissions for the next edition by sending to Alice Ward, deadline the 15th of each month.
Dr. Melanie Metzger, Professor
Department Chair & PhD Program Co-coordinator
Department of Interpretation

Read the Department's Newsletter here as a PDF!

Dr. Tom Baldridge and alumni featured in Associated Press story about deaf entrepreneurs

Dr. Tom Baldridge, professor and director of the Business Administration program, and alumni Melody, E-'96, and Russ, '95, Stein were featured in an Associated Press story about deaf entrepreneurs. Melody and Russ are the current owners of Mozzeria, an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, Calif. Click here to watch a captioned video story or to read the written story.

Dr. Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with Dr Crowe

Dr. Teresa Crowe, chair, Department of Social Work, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award

Dr. Crowe and Dr. Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with her award

Dr. Teresa Crowe, chair, Department of Social Work, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award from Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, during a recent SEBHS chairs meeting on October 27th.

New B.S. Degree in Risk Management and Insurance approved

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved a new major in Risk Management and Insurance. The new program evolved with the financial support of the Maguire Foundation. There are currently 22 students enrolled in the Principals of Risk Management and Insurance course.

Future career opportunities look bright in the insurance industry, as upwards to 40 percent of current employees are expected to retire over the next seven years. This is creating a demand for young, educated people to enter the industry. Jobs include, but are not limited to: risk managers, underwriters, actuaries, claims, audit, analysts, adjusters, brokers, agents, and marketing. Internships will also be available.

For more information about this new major, please contact James H Bruner, Executive Director, Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance, at or visit

SBA meets with Department of Business Faculty

Faculty with SBA officialsL-R: William Washington; Christopher Upperman; Eugene Cornelius; Emilia Chukwuma, CPA; David Kimble, Dr. Thomas Baldridge, M.F.A., J.D.; Dr. Khadijat Rashid, Ph.D.; and Jarvis Grindstaff. 

SBA met with Gallaudet University officials today to discuss potential areas for partnership and collaboration. Gallaudet University’s Department of Business, Office of Field Operations, and Office of Entrepreneurial Development discussed a strategy to building a better economic future for Americans with disabilities, initially with the deaf and hard of hearing community.


Nicodemus presentationGallaudet Community Members Present at EFSLI in Warsaw, Poland

Photo courtesy of EFSLI. 
Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, associate professor; Dr. Giulia Petitta, visiting scholar; and Mark Halley, doctoral student; from the Department of Interpretation, presented at the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) conference in Warsaw, Poland, September 11-13, 2015. The research team reported on their study of interpreters' management of metalinguistic references in discourse.

Hurwitz with others who supported the partnership Gallaudet Partners with Austin Community College & Front Range Community College

Photos by Lynn Dey
On September 10, 2015, President T. Alan Hurwitz signed the agreement that partners Gallaudet University with Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Tex., and Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Westminster, Colo., thus allowing students in the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Training program at ACC and the two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpreter Education at FRCC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Gallaudet signed a similar agreement last year with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

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Dr. Keith Cagle honored with 2015 ASLTA George Veditz award

Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor and Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program coordinator, was honored with the American Sign Language Teachers Association's (ASLTA) George Veditz award for 2015 during its 8th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. ASLTA is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and deaf studies teachers. Cagle has a long history of service to ASLTA, including two terms as president, and as chair of the ASLTA Evaluation and Certification system, which he currently serves. Read the full story!

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Dr. Wilson Visits the University of Lancaster in England

Dr. Amy Wilson, the program director of the graduate degree in international development in the Department of Education, spent two weeks at the University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN) in Preston, England as a Visiting Distinguished Professor. She is pictured here with Dr. Jun Hui Yang, a 2006 PhD Gallaudet graduate from the Department of Education and currently a Senior Lecturer of Deaf Studies at UCLAN. Dr. Wilson led workshops and gave presentations on topics related to best practices when working with Deaf communities in economically poor countries, as well as on the importance of including Deaf researchers and professionals in all aspects of development assistance and in research.  

DOB majors enjoy summer internships at Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Sechman and Willougby Photo

Congratulations to Department of Business (DOB) majors Joshua Sechman and Jeffery Willoughby, '15, for being selected for underwriting internships at Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), located in Bala Cynwyd, just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia. During the internship, they will gain hands-on experience inside the dynamic and challenging world of insurance.

The DOB is excited about partnering with PHLY in providing ongoing internship opportunities for our students. Join us in congratulating Joshua and Jeffery for being selected as the first interns at PHLY from Gallaudet University. 

Gallaudet Students Attend the 2015 Maguire College Scholars Annual Luncheon

April Jacobs speaks with Mr. Maguire

About 400 students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators attended the Maguire College Scholars Annual Luncheon on April 17, 2015 at Philadelphia University. Seven students from Gallaudet University who have received scholarships through the Maguire College Scholars program traveled to Philadelphia to participate.

The Maguire Foundation's mission is to invest in young people by partnering with educational institutions to provide families of need with scholarship assistance and grants for grade school, high school, and college. The Foundation was co-founded in 2000 by James J. Maguire, Sr., founder of the Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and his wife. At the luncheon, Mr. Maguire delivered his remarks entirely in ASL to the delight of the audience, especially the Gallaudet contingent.

Several Maguire College Scholars, including April Jacobs (shown talking with Mr. Maguire), a Gallaudet Social Work major, were featured speakers at the luncheon. In her remarks, Ms. Jacobs shared how she was inspired by Mr. Maguire’s memoir, Just Show Up Every Day, and mentioned specific quotes from the memoir which had deeply inspired her including: “You must believe what you are and become what you believe”, and “Be passionate and positive about your dream…if you don’t love it, you’ll never make it”. Ms. Jacobs said she was inspired by Mr. Maguire’s examples to have a strong sense of purpose and to make a difference.

Gallaudet receives gift from Maguire Foundation to establish Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance

Gallaudet University has received a $500,000 gift from The Maguire Foundation to establish the Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance. The funds will be used over three years to build up a risk management and insurance academic concentration area for undergraduate students in Gallaudet's Department of Business. Read More!

Presentation and Discussion: Head Mounted Displays: Facilitating Sign Language in Challenging Learning Environments

Dr. Fred Mangrubang, professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University and Dr. Michael Jones, professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University, Utah discussed their National Science Foundation research on Head Mounted Displays: Facilitating Sign Language in Challenging Learning Environments. This presentation and discussion was from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in JSAC, Room 1011.

Abstract: We evaluate head-mounted displays (HMDs) as a tool to facilitate student-teacher interaction in sign language for children in planetarium shows. Deaf or hard-of-hearing children who communicate in sign language receive all instruction visually. In informal science education, and other, settings the child must split their visual attention between visuals and sign language. This is particularly difficult in a planetarium show because the visuals on the dome and signer seated on the floor are far apart and the room itself is often dark except for the visuals on the dome. The most common way to deliver sign language instruction in a planetarium is to place the signer on the floor with a red light. This solution is not adequate because the signer cannot move with the child’s gaze and is located far from the visuals. We have studied HMDs as a means for delivering sign language narration to deaf children in planetarium shows. We find that providing an American Sign Language (ASL) ‘sound track’ in a HMD is an effective method to deliver scientific content in a planetarium environment.

On-going research by Brigham Young University was also  shared with the audience:

  • How can an English-ASL Dictionary on a Smartphone help improve reading skills for deaf children?
  • How can an English-ASL Dictionary help hearing parents of deaf children help their children learn to read?
  • Audience questions were welcomed. Interpreters were  provided for the presenters and Q&A.

Dr. Fred Mangrubang is a Professor of Education at Gallaudet University. He specializes in science education in elementary and secondary schools.

Dr. Michael D. Jones is a Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on human-computer interaction.

Read the Daily Digest Announcement here

Photo of Dr. Catherine O'BrienDr. O'Brien Presents at University of Texas

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, a professor in the Government department, was recently invited by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to give a University Wide presentation about her research regarding Mexican American Deaf Students and Education Access.  There were about 125 people in the audience and the presentation was well received by the Mexican American Deaf population, Deaf education teachers, and faculty. The Q and A continued for over an hour and the attendees stayed until 9pm (6:00-9:00pm) to continue the conversation with Deans, department chairs and Dr. O'Brien.

Many concerns were raised and the Deaf community raised the greatest concern regarding the Deaf Education program being in the school of medicine and not in the school of education complicated with the denial of Deaf students to enroll. The Deaf community gave many examples of affirmation regarding the presentation. The University would like for Dr. O'Brien to come again. The Consortium for Social Transformation in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development sponsored the lecture.

Read the San Antonio Express News article about Dr. O'Brien's presentation here. (PDF)

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Dr. Collins Guests on the Kojo Nnmadi Show

Photo by Kaitlin Luna 
On Monday, March 30, Dr. Steven Collins, assistant professor in the Department of Interpretation and Coordinator of ASL Support and Deaf Interpretation, was a guest on WAMU's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show." The show focused on the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people during interactions with law enforcement and how both communities can avoid misunderstandings during such encounters. Follow the link to watch a video of the segment (with ASL), to read the transcript, or to listen to the broadcast. Pictured (clockwise from left) are Dr. Collins, fill-in host Jen Golbeck, GIS staff interpreter Adam Bartley, and Caroline Jackson, staff attorney for the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center.

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Dr. Christina Yuknis to receive Early Career Publication Award at the Council for Exceptional Children annual convention and expo in San Diego, CA on April 2015

Dr. Christina Yuknis is the recipient of the 2015 Early Career Publication Award. This award recognizes outstanding research publications by individuals who completed their doctorate within the last five years. Dr. Yuknis is an assistant professor of education at Gallaudet University. The following publication was nominated: Yuknis, C. (2014). A grounded theory of text revision processes used by young adolescents who are deaf. Exceptional Children, 80, 307-322.

 For the full list of Research Awards, visit online at 2015 Research Awards Announced

SEBHS Faculty Member Dr. Marilyn Sass-Lehrer Named a Keynote Speaker for the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf in Greece this Summer

Topic: Evidence Based-Practice in Early Intervention: The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

Summary: Not long ago, early intervention professionals had little direction for working with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Little was known about child or family outcomes, and even less was known about early intervention program characteristics that facilitate child development and the family's ability to support them. Two recently published seminal documents addressing best practices in early intervention have shed much needed light on the question "What works in early intervention?"  These two documents have much in common, not only in the goals and principles identified, but also in their use of "evidence" to support their respective guidelines for best practices. While these significant documents have the potential to enhance the quality of services throughout the world, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. That is, consumers must be the ones who determine the extent to which the evidence makes sense to them and the guidelines are meaningful. This presentation will address the possibilities and cautions of using evidence-based practices across widely different populations of children and families and their cultural contexts. Five "evidence-based" practices from these documents will be discussed along with possible adaptations to this recipe that hold promise for successful outcomes for young deaf children and their families. 

Also, the following SEBHS faculty have been given travel awards to attend the ICED conference this year.

Department of Education
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, ICED presenter
Bobbie Jo Kite
Amy Hile
Julie Mitchiner

Department of Government
Lon Kuntze
Catherine O'Brien

Department of Counseling 
Linda Lytle

News from the Government and Public Affairs Department

Marquez with other Government department faculty members

Dr. Frances Marquez received her ten year anniversary from the University during the Government and Public Affairs department meeting on February 12th.  

Two graduate students who are studying for a Master of Public Administration degree under the Dept. of Government and Public Affairs won the election for Graduate Student Association president and vice president! Keith Doane as Vice President and Phillip Steele as President, respectively.

New Collaborative Agreement with Central Piedmont Community College

Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office Photo: Zhee Chatmon/University Communications
Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office

On December 5, Gallaudet established a collaborative agreement with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, N.C. The agreement allows CPCC students to transfer credits into Gallaudet's Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program.

Dr. Hurwitz (pictured center) signed the articulation agreement after a joint ceremony with CPCC in which CPCC administrators and faculty participated remotely from their campus.

The partnership allows students in the two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpretation Education program at CPCC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Students will live, study, and interact with deaf and hard of hearing people from the United States and abroad on Gallaudet's bilingual campus. 

Gallaudet is the only university in the world that offers both undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in interpretation studies within a sign language immersive environment. Gallaudet's recently renovated and award-winning interactive interpretation laboratories prepare students for a high-demand career through hands-on training in a variety of medical, business, education, and government settings.

"Our unique linguistic and cultural immersion is one of the many strengths of our interpretation degree programs," said Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Gallaudet Department of Interpretation. "Our goal through this agreement is for CPCC graduates to earn a bachelor's degree at Gallaudet and then to take those skills with them throughout the country to provide high-quality interpretation services to the deaf and hard of hearing community." 

"CPCC is proud to be the first community college to enter into an articulation agreement with Gallaudet University's Bachelors in Interpreting Program, providing our students with a clear pathway to complete their four-year degree in ASL-English Interpreting. By further honing the fine skills acquired at CPCC, students who continue their studies at Gallaudet will enjoy increased employment and leadership opportunities, becoming practitioners who can serve the deaf and hard of hearing community in more challenging and advanced settings," said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC President.

"As a deaf person who grew up with little to no access to interpreters, I understand the hardships many deaf and hard of hearing people face if they do not have a competent sign language interpreter present during doctor's appointments, in classes, and other important meetings," said Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz. "This partnership is one of the ways our institutions are ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people around the country receive adequate and quality interpreting services."

The need for skilled interpreters became an issue of international interest last December during the Nelson Mandela memorial service in South Africa. The service's official sign language interpreter did not interpret the speakers' comments into any discernable language and the global deaf community was outraged. Dr. Metzger and BAI program coordinator Dr. Keith Cagle were sought out by national media outlets such as CNN, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post to comment on the controversy.

"The Mandela service brought to the forefront a very serious issue deaf and hard of hearing people around the world face - a lack of qualified sign language interpreters," said Dr. Cagle. "We look forward to welcoming CPCC students to Gallaudet as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional interpreters. In the long run, skilled interpreters serve all of us, both hearing and deaf, by ensuring people communicate, interact, and work together successfully."

Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals, and government agencies. Alumni have gone on to start their own businesses, receiving contract work in settings such as business, education, government, theatre, medicine, law, health care, and video relay. 

The interpretation classes are optimized for ASL medium teaching and classrooms are equipped to serve the needs of the rapidly advancing field of interpretation. The department's amenities include tools that allow for recording live and interactive interpreting role play, video conferencing for national and global collaboration among students and faculty, and private recording booths and central computer stations for individual and class activities. The department also houses the Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research, which includes a library, filming rooms, video relay services (VRS) simulation center, and student research bays with video and statistical software.

Social Work Students go to the CRPD Hearing

Image: Women fingerspelling C R P DPhoto: Andrea Shettle
Social Work professor Barbara White (right) and master of social work students (from left) Brielle Perea Johnson, Bregitt Jiminez, and Margaret Gburek sign the acronym for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty at a November 5 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider ratifying the treaty.

The CRPD is made up of guiding principles ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation and inclusion in society, equality of opportunities, accessibility, and non-discrimination. A section in the CRPD refers to "recognizing and promoting the use of sign languages." Dr. White said the MSW students are working on strategies to encourage the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD treaty for a class project on community organizing. For more information and details on how to get involved in this effort, visit


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