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2014 Scholars Reception

The Scholars Reception, to honor students who were on the Dean's List and President's Scholars List during the spring and fall of 2013, will be held on Thursday, March 27 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Location to be announced. Students who qualify should save the date.

Requests for special accommodations (i.e.: close vision and/or tactile interpreters) should be directed to Daun DuVall, Office of the President, at by March 7.

Department of Interpretation promotes the need for educated and qualified sign language interpreters

Faculty from Gallaudet University's renowned Department of Interpretation recently participated in several high-profile media stories regarding the suspected credentials of a sign language interpreter at the memorial services for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Widening the Bottleneck: Training Highly Qualified Teachers to Serve Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Deaf Students.

Dr. Amy Hile, principal investigator, on award from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $248,526. The goals of the project are 1) to increase by 11 the quantity of culturally and/or linguistically diverse teachers, who are highly-qualified, dually licensed/certified (in general education and deaf education), with masters degrees and 2) to increase the quality of teacher preparation by providing campus-based course work in general education and deaf education founded upon contemporary knowledge of evidence-based practices and culturally-responsive classrooms. Innovative features include: dual licensing/certification; expansion of practica to include a wider continuum of settings with deaf and non-deaf children, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those differently-abled; rigorous content; action research collaboration with faculty; instruction in maximizing effectiveness of cochlear implants and auditory technologies in dual language environments; digital literacy; and the use of teacher work samples to promote mentorship, and focused recruitment to decrease workforce disproportionality. For more information, click here.

Dual Certification Through a Hybrid Program of Studies: A Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling Combined with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and their Families Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate.

 Congratulations to Dr. Lynda Lytle, principal investigator, on her award from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $221,546. This project seeks to increase the number of fully credentialed professional school counselors available to high-need deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth through 21, including those who are deaf-blind and those with secondary disabilities. Project scholars are professionals working in the field of deaf education, who come from all over the country and will impact changes nationally, in both rural and urban schools. The goals of the project are to increase the number of fully credentialed deaf and minority school counselors with multicultural competencies by making the MA degree more accessible through a hybrid program of studies and further enhance the qualifications of these scholars by giving them skills in collaboration and leadership to work with early intervention teams with deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and their families, through an interdisciplinary hybrid program of studies. For more information, click here.

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

Social work licensure preparation offered online

Social Work Licensure Preparation (PST 895) will be taught online by Ellen Schaefer-Salins, MSW, from November 18 through December 13, 2013. This online course has been designed for social work students, graduates and professionals who want to prepare for the social work licensing exams. This online course is entirely accessible to deaf and hard of hearing participants and will focus on some testing issues that may impact this population.

Participants will learn about the requirements for taking the exam, how to apply, what study materials are helpful, how to benefit from licensing practice materials, the content areas of the exam, important social work vocabulary, test taking strategies, special accommodation issues and more.

Prerequisite: None
Tuition: PST: $248.00 (free for full-time degree-seeking Gallaudet students)
Course Materials: DSM IV TR, Social Work Dictionary, ASWB Study Guide

Register online at

The deadline for registration is Friday, November 8, 2013. For more information, please contact or

Department of Interpretation Service Milestones

Image: Group Photo Photo courtesy of the Department of Interpretation

Faculty/staff members in the Department of Interpretation who recently celebrated service milestones with the University are (from left): Alice Ward, administrative assistant (five years), Dr. Valerie Dively, professor (25 years), and Beverly Hollrah, principal investigator and director of the grant supported Gallaudet University Regional Interpreter Education Center (20 years). Also pictured is Dr. Melanie Metzger, department chair.

Image: Chukwuma and Ogoke holding award Deaf Nigerians in America

The organization Deaf Nigerians in America held its annual lecture and fundraiser at Gallaudet on October 5 to mark Nigeria's 53rd independence anniversary, which falls on October 1. The fundraiser benefited the Abraham Chukwuma Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in memory of Chukwuma, father of Emilia Chukwuma (left), chair of the Department of Business. She is shown presenting an award and gift to Aristotle Ogoke, '80, Distinguished Independence Day Lecturer, whose presentation was entitled "To the Future with Faith." Ogoke currently teaches computing and technology at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Wilson, and is married to Gallaudet trustee Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke.

Congratulations: Service Awards

Image: Chukwuma and Agboola holding service award           Image: Agboola and Penna holding service award

Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services, recognizes Emilia Chukwuma, chair of the Department of Business, for 25 years of service to the University, and Dr. David Penna, chair of the Department of Government and Public Affairs, for 20 years of service.

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