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The Faculty Student Affairs committee is delighted to release this website of the 2020 Undergraduate Student Awards! Although we were unable to gather in person this year, the Bison Spirit remains strong. We congratulate all the award winners and the hard work all of our students, faculty, and staff have done to make these accomplishments possible. Together we rise to the challenges we face and boldly charge on to new heights as we connect with one another, discover new horizons, and influence our world to be the best we can make it. More description on these awards can be found here. Special thanks to: Dr. Kari Hansen for website coding assistance Tiffanee Barnes for administrative assistance Dr. Kirk VanGilder, Faculty Student Affairs committee, chair Lizzy Martinez, Faculty Student Affairs committee Dr. Cara Miller, Faculty Student Affairs committee Dr. Martreece Watson, Faculty Student Affairs committee Gregory Bland, Faculty Student Affairs committee Logan Waldo, Faculty Student Affairs committee
Presented by: Tom McCarthy, Co-Chair Rotary Scholarship Endowmenta
Hello! My name is Tom McCarthy [name sign]. I'm a member of the Rotary organization, [name sign] the organization. Rotary was established in 1905 and has since grown continuously into the global organization it is today. Several years ago, Rotarians in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area collectively decided to donate funds to Gallaudet in order to establish an endowment. The endowment supports scholarships for students who need money to pursue and continue their educations at Gallaudet. To all of you recipients of scholarships from Rotary's endowment, I say congratulations! It is our hope that in the future after your graduate, you look back and remember the way Rotary helped you. What better way is there to thank Rotary for this help than to turn around and help other people? Because Rotary was here to help you, we hope you pay it forward. We hope you persevere in your studies and work hard toward your graduation. To learn more about Rotary, visit Rotary.org.
The Ernest G. '24 and Fern L. '27 Langenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by Dr. Donald N. Langenberg a physicist, professor, and former Chancellor of the University System of Maryland. Ernest and Fern Langenberg, both graduates of Gallaudet University, were Dr. Langenberg's parents. The purpose of the Langenberg Memorial Scholarship is to provide an award to outstanding undergraduate students who demonstrate success both in and outside the classroom. Langenberg scholars should hold a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above, as well as demonstrated success in one or more of the following areas: athletics, arts, leadership in student organizations, or involvement in community programs, civic programs and causes.
Presented by: Dr. Max Kazemzadeh, Professor/ACT Chairperson
The Joseph L. Mattivi Award goes to an Art & Media Design Major who has gone above and beyond the creative and technical requirements of the program, and have proven to be leaders in their field. Students were selected by the collective Art & Media Design Program faculty. While meeting all of the criteria for this award, each student is acknowledged for a specialization where they have exceeded most. The Joseph L. Mattivi Award with a specialization in "Creativity & Innovation Award" goes to Melissa Estes. This award goes to the student who has continued to push the creative boundaries with each assignment and task posed and has consistently found innovative solutions to these challenges. This student has also courageously explored a range of media both tactile and technological to the point where they have inspired others to set higher goals for themselves.
Presented by: Dr. Max Kazemzadeh, Professor/ACT Chairperson
The Joseph L. Mattivi Award goes to an Art & Media Design Major who has gone above and beyond the creative and technical requirements of the program, and have proven to be leaders in their field. Students were selected by the collective Art & Media Design Program faculty. While meeting all of the criteria for this award, each student is acknowledged for a specialization where they have exceeded most. The Joseph L. Mattivi Award with a specialization in "Self-Starter & Leadership Award" goes to Melissa Rogers. This specialization goes to the student who has represented a self-starter attitude throughout their education, conducting independent research and extra work where necessary to continually improve the quality of their project outcomes. This student has also exhibited leadership with the dedication to learning the material and making these creative processes their own, and then helping others achieve similar successes through their influence
Presented by: Ethan Sinnott, MFA, Professor of Theatre Arts; Program Director, Theatre and Dance (ACT)
Hello! My name is Ethan Sinnott, program director for Gallaudet University’s Theatre and Dance unit. It is with excitement that I present this award: this annual competition is made possible by the gracious contributions of the Hlibok family in honor of their son and brother, #deaftalent, well-known Deaf actor, director, and playwright, Bruce Hlibok. The goal of this competition is to encourage and support the creation of original plays for the stage by aspiring Deaf and hard-of-hearing writers. This year’s Grand Prize Winner is senior Theatre Arts major, Anna Rose Wood-Jacobowitz for her play, "Deafenstein." Congratulations!
Hello! My name is Sue Gill-Doleac. I am the director of the Gallaudet Dance Company. I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I will be presenting five awards today. First award is the Ear Ball Award for excellence in dance. It is awarded to a Gallaudet Dance Company member based upon the following criteria:
1) Loyalty to Gallaudet Dance Company 2) Performance ability 3) Number of shows the student has participated in 4) Have a strong interest in music 5) Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
This award will be given to two new members of the company. Both are in the honors program and a valuable member of the dance company. Who? Shelby Norris and AnneMarie Timling Congratulations!
Next award is called the Liberace Award for excellent in dance, music and theatre. This award will be given to two outstanding students who are extremely talented in dance or theatre. Who? Lexine Brooks and Vicki Duncan Congratulations!
Last award --- the Psi Iota Xi dance award. This award will be given to the best, talented dancer and has contributed a lot to the Gallaudet Dance Company. Who? Harmony Baniaga Congratulations to all of you!
Gene Mirus: Hello all, every year, the Deaf Studies program gives out an award named the Marie J. Philip Award. To receive this award, the student must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and be an undergraduate Deaf Studies major that shows leadership potential and contributes to the activities of the Department. With those four criteria in mind, faculty carefully screened students and agreed that we should recognize Allyson Paduano. We know she will do well in her career and we wish her the best of luck.
Photo shows Allyson presenting in front of a slide with assorted De’VIA art works and some excerpts of ASL poetry and ASL literature. Text on the screen: “Allyson Paduano, Cultural Aspects of Language Deprivation, DST 595: Language Deprivation Seminar”.
Tawny Holmes Hlibok: Yes, one example of how we were impressed with Allyson. She really worked hard to gather student interest, complete paperwork to establish a new student organization that grew from our traditional activity “Bring Your Own Lunch”. The new student organization is named the Yerker Andersson Club, “YAC” for short. That student organization is for our ASL and Deaf Studies majors and minors but all students are welcome. By doing that, Allyson left a legacy. Thank you, Allyson, for your leadership and participation in classes, which always was thoughtful, motivated, and supportive to other classmates. We will be missing you here at Gallaudet.
Photos of students and faculty gathered in the open area lobby of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies, Allyson presents to the group, posing with photos and printed banner
Text: “First Gathering, Yerker Andersson Club”
Dandelion animation movie with the text of “Department of ASL and Deaf Studies”
Presented by: Wanda Riddle, Faculty/Major Advisor & Tawny Holmes Hlibok, Faculty & ASL and Deaf Studies Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
Wanda Riddle: Hello everyone! We the BA-ASL Program are thrilled to make this announcement. We tend to give this award every year. What is this award? It is the George W. Veditz award (shows Veditz’s name sign), which is typically awarded to a senior majoring in ASL with a good GPA plus active participation in departmental activities. After discussing, we decided to pick Manju Canuel (shows name sign).
Photo of Manju Canuel, with the text “ASL Major and Jumpstart Intern, Manju Canuel”.
Wanda Riddle: We truly are thrilled to give this award to Manju because she has done so much and contributed so much to our ASL program. For example, she has volunteered her times at Open House and helped coordinated the previous Bring Your Own Lunch program (lunchtime social) for one year, including bringing in guest presenters with my support. She also was actively participating in research, did an internship, did well in classes. She was very ambitious in classes, often showing her deep curiosity by asking questions and being engaged in her classwork. She really wowed us.
Photos show Manju volunteering at a booth (and receiving a certificate of appreciation) with her classmates and other volunteers at the ASL Day event at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School in the spring of 2019. Text: “Volunteer, ASL Day at KDES”.
Tawny Holmes Hlibok: Yes, it’s for sure that we can say that Manju as a critical thinker. She really takes the time to think, takes assignments seriously, and always tries to see from varying perspectives. We really appreciated her presence, discussion, participation, and volunteering. It was really great to have her in our department the past few years. We wish her the best of luck as she advances her career success. Congratulations, Manju!
Photo shows Manju presenting in front of a slide with her classmate, with a graphic of a brain, colorful text boxes, and several drawings. Text on the screen: The Critical Language Learning Period and Language Deprivation, DST 595 Presentation with Breannah Medina”.
Wanda Riddle: Wow, she really deserved this award. We are thrilled to give it to her. We can see how she grew from when she entered our program. She was shy and unsure of herself, but now is extremely confident in sharing her thoughts. My heart is touched. I’m thrilled to know that she has been accepted at Boston University as a graduate student in Deaf Education this fall. That is incredible to her success! Again, we are thrilled for her. Congratulations, Manju! (Makes a warm and heartfelt gesture) Thank you.
Dandelion animation movie with the text of “Department of ASL and Deaf Studies”
Presented by: Dr. Qi Wang, Chair of Department of Business Student Award CommitteeHi, I am Dr. Qi Wang from Department of Business. Today, representing my department Chair, Professor Emilia Chukwuma, the department faculty, and the Student Award Committee, I am here to present Dr. Frank B. Sullivan “Excellence in Business” Award to the most outstanding graduating senior with all-around excellence. This year, the award goes to Patricia Schmidt who is expected to graduate in May from the University Honors’ Program with a BS in Accounting, GPA of 3.98, a graduate program admission from the University of Texas at Austin, and a summer internship offer at Earnest & Young. What an accomplished student leader! Congratulations, Patricia! We are very proud of your achievement!
Maxwell Graham-PutterJaclyn GleicherJack Kalil
1st Place: Payne Yance2nd Place: Devin Goldstein
Brianna DiGiovanni - Outstanding Graduating History Senior
Claire Lucas - Outstanding History Major
Presented by: Dr. Barbara Stock and Eleu
Hi! The Philosophy program from the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology is excited to offer this award -- the James E. Haynes Award for Excellence in the Study of Philosophy. Dr. Haynes was the first Deaf person to earn a PhD in Philosophy. This award recognizes students who show the following three characteristics: (1) intellectual curiosity -- fascination with philosophical questions, continuously questioning; (2) strong logical/analytic skills, in order to problem solve and find answers to questions; (3) motivation to engage in debate in the classroom and outside of the classroom. My assistant couldn't wait to announce the winner: Justin Rutledge! And here's my assistant -- Eleu says, "Congratulations!" [meow]
Presented by: Prof. Julie Fennell
My name is Julie Fennell, and I'm a Sociology professor here at Gallaudet. It's my pleasure to present the program's annual award to Kevin Fitzpatrick. He worked with Everett Polzin (who graduated in December) on an excellent research project about the challenges and complications Deaf people face interacting with the police. Together, the two students interviewed police officers and interpreters about working with Deaf people. I look forward to seeing Kevin's future work with the criminal justice system.
Marie Jean Philip Awardees:
Emma FitzhughMeagan JohnsonElisha WatsonBrianna McCormack
Blaise Wafo Ndestatsin Awardee:
Raquel Taz Espinoza-Ortega
Presented by: Dr Steven Collins, BAI coordinator Hello, this is Dr. Steven D. Collins, faculty member of the Department of Interpretation and Translation. Behalf of our department faculty members are thrilled to present two awards to our senior students. Marie Jean Philip Award
The Marie Jean Philip Award is awarded to an exemplary senior graduating with a bachelor of arts in interpretation who demonstrates excellence in academics and interpreting. Recipients are: 1) Emma Fitzhugh 2) Meagan Johnson 3) Elisha Watson 4) Brianna McCormack The Blaise Wafo Ndestatsin Award:The Blaise Wafo Ndetatsin Award is awarded to a senior. Graduating with a bachelor of arts in interpretation who made outstanding contributions to a Deaf community on or off the university campus.
Recipients of the Blaise Wafo Ndetatsin Award.1) Raquel Taz Espinoza-Ortega
Pablo Gonazlez Jr
Note: any late submitted awards will be added to this site by June 1, 2020
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