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June 25, 2021


Gallaudet University alumni are constantly on the move! Here is a sampling of recent alumni accomplishments.

Shayna Unger, ’14 & G-’17; and Scott Lehmann, ’12 & G-’15, reached the summit of Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, in mid-June. They are believed to be the first deaf-led climbing team to scale the 20,310-foot (6,190 meters) peak, located within Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Shayna’s brother, Chad Unger, documented their journey. Watch this video to learn more!

Alumnae Emelia Beldon, ’21; Bridget Berrigan, ’20; and Isabelle Troup, ’20, left June 19 on a bicycle trip across the United States. They are raising funds for Off-the-Grid Missions, a non-governmental organization founded by Angela Marie Nardolillo, ’02. Watch this Melmira segment to learn more.

Jessica Nortey, ’16, a payroll accountant in the Finance Office, has published her first book, The Ashanti Prince Who Couldn’t Hear. It is available through Amazon as a Kindle download.

25 June 2021


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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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