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Gallaudet University applauds Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) for signing two bills on April 26, 2016, which will directly benefit the deaf community.
Senate Bill 272 will allow Maryland’s deaf and hard of hearing students to receive a grant from the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Award. The award was originally designated for Maryland residents attending an in-state institution, but with the passage of the bill, deaf and hard of hearing students can attend an out-of-state school of higher education, including Gallaudet, if comparable provisions are not available within the state. Along with legislative efforts, Hogan signed the bill after accepting recommendations from the Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, directed by Kelby Brick, ’94.
“This bill will enable more Deaf and hard of hearing students from Maryland to attend Gallaudet, the world’s premier university for Deaf and hard of hearing students,” said Brick.
Senate Bill 781 establishes the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Program, which beginning with the Class of 2017, will allow local school boards to award this honor to high school graduates who attain proficiency levels of one or more languages, including American Sign Language, in addition to English. Maryland joins 17 other states and the District of Columbia in having this program.
State Senator Nancy King (D) was the primary sponsor of SB 272; seven other senators (five Democrats and two Republicans) were co-sponsors. State Senator James C. Rosapepe (D) is the primary sponsor of SB 781; 15 other senators (11 Democrats and four Republicans) co-sponsored the bill.
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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