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Deaf hotelier Roberto Wirth passes away

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...

June 17, 2022

Alumnus Timel Benton to play professional football

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...

June 17, 2022

Alumni, faculty featured in The Music Man at Olney Theatre Center

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,...

June 17, 2022

Dimensions, a 3D animated short film, to be shown at Clin D’Oeil

The Motion Light Lab’s Dimensions, a 3D animated film, has been accepted to the Seattle Deaf Film Festival, Indie Shorts Awards New York, and Clin d’Oeil in Reims, France! Dimensions is a huge accomplishment for the lab, with its breakthrough in creating fluent, natural 3D signing characters. In the film, Zoe, the protagonist, tells a...

June 17, 2022

Gallaudet to participate in AAC&U Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute

Gallaudet University is one of 54 institutions selected to participate in the 2022 Curriculum-to-Career Innovations Institute (CCI) of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Dr. Tommy Horejes, associate provost for Student Success and Academic Quality announced the university’s selection on June 3. Co-directed by AAC&U and IBM, this virtual institute will focus on...

June 17, 2022

Gallaudet University and Sorenson Communications Launch Strategic Partnership With a $3 Million Endowment Gift for the Center for Black Deaf Studies

This new strategic partnership between Gallaudet University and Sorenson Communications aims, through a series of progressive initiatives, to inspire and facilitate collaboration between people who are deaf as well as the prospective government, education, and Fortune 500/1000 entities who engage them. Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. Gallaudet University and Sorenson Communications...

June 10, 2022

Nancy E. Kensicki: An appreciation

Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...

April 22, 2022

Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans: An appreciation

Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement.  During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...

April 22, 2022

Idaho State University, Gallaudet to partner in $2.1 million healthcare interpreting grant

Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...

April 22, 2022

Commencement 2022

Approximately 420 students – 220 undergraduate and 200 graduate – are expected to receive their degrees at Gallaudet’s 152nd Commencement on Friday, May 13 in the Field House. This will be the first face-to-face Commencement since 2019, and the first time that there have been separate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students. Apple chief executive...

April 22, 2022

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