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June 25, 2021

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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.

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President Cordano has written a thoughtful article, Connecting Visually through Sign Language and Dreams for a Post-Covid World, in the Concordia Language Villages WorldView blog.  she writes that humanity thrives on connection, and at the core of that connection is language. She then says that while many deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind people experienced...

Brad Hermes has been named the first Deaf senior financial leader in Gallaudet’s 157-year history, in the newly-formed role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Said President Cordano in her announcement on July 14, “Brad brings to Gallaudet an impressive and proven track record, as well as an enthusiastic commitment to Gallaudet’s mission.” Brad comes...

Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, ’93, Special Assistant to the Provost for Research and Engagement, is one of three authors of a research letter in the July 15 edition of the Journal of Internal Medicine. They propose that there is a second pathway to COVID-19 infection: self-infection to the lungs via one’s one speech. An NIH researcher...

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