Grand Opening Program

Gallaudet University Museum
Chapel Hall
April 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

The Opening of the Museum
Featuring the Exhibition

Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond

and Introducing

Rotating Exhibition II: Then and Now

Program

Welcome and Greetings

Dr. Stephen Weiner, Provost, Gallaudet University
Dr. Jane Norman, Director Emerita, Gallaudet University Museum
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, President, Gallaudet University

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Robin-Eve Jasper, President, NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District

Student Speaker

Zhencheng Chen, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School
Clerc Center
Gallaudet University

Exhibit Introduction

Dr. Jane Norman, Director Emerita
Ms. Meredith Peruzzi, Interim Manage and Curator, Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond

Ribbon Cutting and the Opening of Chapel Hall Doors

Museum Staff

The Gallaudet University Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For special requests, please contact museum@gallaudet.edu.

The museum is open on April 8, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our regular daily hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Free admission for all.

About the Speakers

Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz

Dr. Hurwitz served as the 10th president of Gallaudet University at the time of the grand opening. He has brought extensive expeirence to the position, including his time as president of NTID, chair of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents' Council and former president of both NAD and the World Organization of Jewish Deaf. He served as Gallaudet's president from January 2010 until January 2016.

Dr. Jane Norman

A former Gallaudet professor in the field of media and communications, Dr. Norman was involved in important media events in Deaf history, including KRON-TV, Deaf Mosaic, Deaf Way I and II, and World Cinema Festival. Her experience in leadership positions led her to establish the Gallaudet Museum and she was its Director and Curator from 2007 to 2013.

Dr. Stephen Weiner

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Weiner attained his bachelor's and master's degrees from Gallaudet University, and his doctorate from American University. At Gallaudet, he has held several administrative posts. Dr. Weiner served as Provost, from July 2007 to June 2014. The Gallaudet University Museum reports to the Office of the Provost.

Meredith Peruzzi

Originally the Museum's chief exhibition writer and researcher, Peruzzi became the Curator or the Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond exhibition in November 2o13. Her experience in this role made her a natural choice to become the Interim Manager after Dr. Norman's retirement. Her background is in Deaf Studies and History, with a focus on the history of Gallaudet.  She has since become a permanent fixture of the museum.

Robin-Eve Jasper
President of the NoMa BID

Formerly the Director of Washington D.C.'s Department of Real Estate Services, President Jasper brought her experience as a corporate attorney and lobbyist to the NoMa BID. Her knowledge gained from years working in the area have helped revitalize the business improvement district. Gallaudet resides in the NoMa (North of Massachusetts) district.

Zhencheng Chen

Zhencheng Chen was born in China and comes from a deaf family. At the time of this speech, he was preparing to enroll in high school. His involvement with his school, from plays and performances to artwork, truly shows his commitment to his school and to the Gallaudet community; thus, his young leadership will certainly inspire us. His favorite subjects are science and math.