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ASL Connect moved under the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer on October 1. Since its inception, ASL Connect has been under the auspices of the Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies in the Division of Academic Affairs. The initial vision for ASL Connect was conceived in 2012 as the brainchild of Dr. Kimberly Pudans-Smith, who at the time served as the Coordinator for the Professional Studies ASL Program, and Dr. Dirksen Bauman, who at the time served as department chair of ASL and Deaf Studies.
Over the years, ASL Connect grew in capacity, thanks in part to a grant from the Cafritz Foundation and the collaboration of Gallaudet Technology Services and the Center for Continuing and Online Education. As a widespread university initiative, ASL Connect benefited from the enthusiastic support of the former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Genie Gertz, former Provost Carol J. Erting, former President T. Alan Hurwitz and current President Bobbi Cordano, as well as the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees.
The official ASL Connect website launched in November 2018. From its humble beginnings, ASL Connect has now branched out into three distinct entities.
These units are currently led by Dr. Christina Hopewell-Albert, Associate Director of ASL Connect Education and Business, and Jodee Crace, Coordinator, ASL Connect Family Resources. All programs are supported by Guthrie Nutter, Coordinator of Marketing and Program Development. In addition to its dedicated leadership, ASL Connect is made possible through the contribution of digital media specialists, content developers, marketing specialists, operations support personnel, student interns, and dozens of online instructors and language mentors.
The move from the Division of Academic Affairs to the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer will strategically align ASL Connect with ongoing projects in ASL assessment, digital innovation and bilingual learning from birth onward. This furthers the goal of consolidating resources to enhance efficiency and language vitality, while reducing duplication. Together, ASL Connect and the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer position Gallaudet for bold lead.
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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