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Archives: Fall 2017

Appointment of Dr. Khadijat Rashid as Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services

Dear Campus Community: I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Khadijat Rashid as Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services (SEBHS). Dr. Rashid has served with dedication and distinction as Interim Dean since 2017. Read the full letter from Provost Erting here.


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The Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI) / Village Capital (VilCap) Pitch Competition was held Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Gallaudet's Chapel Hall.
The competition featured eight teams, and was judged by James Sorenson, Sorenson Impact Foundation; Jim Meisser, CEO of Hiawatha National Bank; Jessica Moseley, CEO of TCS Interpreting; Melissa Malzkuhn, ’04 & G-’08, digital innovation and media strategy manager, Visual Language & Visual Learning Research Center, and co-founder of Ink & Salt; and Peter Lundquist, head of product of VilCap. Read More...

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Gallaudet Students Go Hiking

Courtesy of Matt McKinney While hiking in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Gallaudet students learn about climate change and barrier island shifting. This was part of a coastal culture, ecology, and wilderness course, taught by Dr. Matt McKinney, physical education assistant professor. For more information about this course, as well as registration, please go here.

Dr. Mark Myers, ’80, Government and Public Affairs assistant professor, received his 5-year service award

group of all white people standing together From left: Katherine Breen, ’99 & G-’09, adjunct faculty; Brendan Stern, ’06, instructor; David Penna, department chair; Myers; Marlon Kuntze, ’75, associate professor; and Karen Terhune, disability coordinator.

"Language, Power, and Resistance: Mainstreaming Deaf Education" presentation to be held March 28, 2018

The Department of Education invites you to the upcoming presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Mathews, G-’05, taking place on Wednesday, March 28.

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Michael Fischer, G-’14, named WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks assistant general manager

Congratulatory Spurs flyer for FischerMichael Fischer, G-’14, who graduated from Gallaudet's Master of Public Administration program, was recently named assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Early Childhood Education Summit IX to be held April 5–7, 2018

The Departments of Education, Linguistics and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences are pleased to sponsor the ninth Early Childhood Education Summit (ECE Summit) IX!

Click here for online registration

For more information about the National American Sign Language and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education, check out

We hope to see you at the exciting summit.

Gallaudet University Acquires Contract with SignAll Technologies for the Project “SignALL – Automated Translation"

The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Principal Investigator, on his contract in the amount of $21,567.

Summary of the Project

SignALL Automated Translation is a project based in Hungary that aims to provide full automated sign-to-text translation. The goal of the partnership between SignALL and Gallaudet University is to create full accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people and to broaden the possibilities of communication across different languages. Gallaudet’s Technology Access Program, led by Dr. Christian Vogler, is a unit committed to creating equality in telecommunications. This project is a cross-collaboration between the Department of Interpretation and Translation, Dr. Boudreault's home department, and Gallaudet’s Technology Access Program. Both investigators and their departments are integral to the project with staff providing translation and computer language processing expertise on the type of vocabulary words and sentences that are recorded for the software.

Details of the award are as follows:

  • Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Principal Investigator
  • Associate Professor, Department of Translation and Interpretation
  • Dr. Christian Vogler, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Professor, Director of Technology Access Program, Department of Art, Communication, and Theater
  • SignAll Technologies
  • Dollar amount of private funds awarded: $21,567 for the period of October 2, 2017 through June 1, 2018.
  • Percentage total cost of the program financed with private funding: 100%

Grants and contracts are integral to establishing "Gallaudet as the epicenter of research development and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity." A central component of Gallaudet University's mission is the enhancement of faculty and staff opportunities for creative and scholarly research and training. If you have a question about the grant writing process or if you have an idea or concept and would like to discuss potential grant opportunities, please contact Audrey Wineglass Foster at We look forward to meeting and working with you.

Breast cancer survivors and previvors wanted for participation in a community research group

Dr. Kendra Smith, faculty member of the Department of Counseling, is exploring the need for a study into the experiences of women in the deaf community who have (or had) breast cancer. More information here.

Last day to submit applications to the Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Village Capital program

Today (January 23, 2018) is the last day to submit your application. Sessions will begin on campus next week Tuesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. More information here.

Department of Business Service Awards Presented

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From left: Janger, Chukwuma, and Gershwind. Courtesy of Chardae Jenoure

Department of Business faculty Michael Janger and Reed Gershwind received their service awards from Emilia A. Chukwuma, ’85, associate professor and department chairperson, on September 15, 2017. Janger received his five-year service award and Gershwind received his ten-year service award.

Dr. Danielle Hunt gives presentation: "Power and Ideology in Interpreter-Mediated Contexts: Researching ASL-English Interpreters' Identity from Sociolinguistic and Phenomenological Perspectives"

On November 23, 2017, Dr. Danielle Hunt, G-’15, assistant professor in the Department of Interpretation and Translation gave a research presentation titled "Power and Ideology in Interpreter-Mediated Contexts: Researching ASL-English Interpreters' Identity from Sociolinguistic and Phenomenological Perspectives" at the LARIM2 Conference in Rome, Italy. Read more here.

Department of Business to offer new 400-level course on entrepreneurship

The Department of Business will offer a new course: BUS 495-01/PST 452-01 "The Psychology of Entrepreneurship: Have you got what it takes?" in Spring 2018. Registration is now open.
The course will examine the typical characteristics of the entrepreneur, whether working in a corporate setting, running an own business, or managing a not-for-profit institution. Research has shown there are specific traits that are commonly displayed by entrepreneurs. Are you that person to run your own shop? Case studies will be presented and expanded through reading materials, role play and presentations.

The class will meet on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

: Jacqueline S. Roth, ’76 & G-’84, a creative manager who established and manages a successful real estate business in New York City. In addition, she is a communications consultant, marketing consultant, project director, and theater marketing consultant among others. Roth, who is an excellent ASL user, offers a lot on how to be successful in business.

To apply: Go to the CCOE website then click on the blue APPLY NOW button

"Coastal Culture, Ecology & Wilderness: South Carolina" course now open for spring 2018 registration

Learn from local naturalists about the coastal ecosystem and wildlife. We will visit varied landscapes, from Cyprus swamps and tidal marshes to the Atlantic Ocean. Expect to see lots of wildlife, including dolphins, alligators, lizards, owls and eagles, river otters and the rare swallow-tailed kite. Learn camping, paddling and other wilderness travel skills. Earn Leave No Trace certification. Engage with federal land managers, adventure recreation business owners and naturalists.

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Dr. Laurene Simms, from the Department of Education, Presents at Collaborative Education Conference

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The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans hosted its third annual Collaborative Experience Conference on November 3, 2017.
Dr. Laurene E. Simms, professor, Department of Education, hosted an all-day workshop to teach how to assess visual communication and sign language fluency in children ages 0-5, the first time the state hosted a training to assess visual language acquisition in babies and children.
More than 360 professionals and parents of affected children had the opportunity to attend more than 30 workshops and obtain information about the most recent research and practices.
The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans is a governor-appointed commission advocating for communication access and equal opportunity with the 20 percent of Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

Gallaudet Welcomes Ryan Maliszewski as Director of the Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute

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Gallaudet University is pleased to welcome Ryan Maliszewski as the new director of its Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI).
In May 2015, Gallaudet launched the GIEI and since then has hosted a number of business competitions, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, and other events to encourage entrepreneurship. Now with Maliszewski, GIEI will continue to build its brand on and off campus and build relationships with a broad range of area universities/colleges, foundations, corporations, investment funds, government agencies, and other stakeholders to support Gallaudet's aspiring entrepreneurs.
Previously, Maliszewski was an executive strategy and technology advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Science & Technology Branch. He began his career in the Washington, D.C. area in late 2001, working on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Senate as well as the House of Representatives for several years prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm.
Maliszewski bills himself as a "Weekend Entrepreneur" with his entrepreneurial roots going way back to when he was six years old selling products door-to-door in his neighborhood. He began a summer landscaping business just before high school, then started up a tax preparation and debt management business after graduating from the University of Arizona in Business Management with concentrations in Organizational Management and Entrepreneurship. Maliszewski's recent ventures include developing a beer education tool available today in the Apple Store, a change and process management consulting business, and a small power washing operation in the Arlington, Virginia area.
Maliszewski has been involved with the D.C. entrepreneur community for some time now, both personally and professionally. Recent engagements include various DC Tech Meetups including leading an Innovation through Accessibility Meetup group, being a co-founder of Sixth Street Sense, and participating in courses or events offered by 1776, Halcyon, Singularity University, CapOne Labs, and General Assembly.

RMI Presentation by Jeffery Willoughby

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Photo courtesy Andrew Greenman
Jeffery Willoughby, '15, gave a presentation to a Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) class on October 5, 2017, describing his experiences as a full-time underwriter for Philadelphia Insurance Companies, which began as an internship in 2015. Philadelphia Insurance Companies was rated "A++" by A.M. Best Company, and "A+" by Standard & Poor's.

Department of Education's Garate Celebrates 20 Years

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Photo courtesy of Tramell Henson
The Department of Education presented a 20-year service award to Dr. Maribel Garate, G-'97 & PhD '07. Staff and faculty of the department joined in celebrating the milestone with Garate.

Department of Social Work faculty members invited as keynote speakers in Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Teresa Crowe, G-’91, and Kota Takayama, G-’09, both Department of Social Work faculty members, were invited by the Japanese Research Society of Psychotherapy with Deaf to be keynote presenters at a deaf and mental health workshop, held July 15-17, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan. In the beginning session, Crowe provided a tele-keynote presentation titled “Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Therapists Working Together.” Takayama worked to provide a presentation on best practices for hearing mental health professionals working with the deaf and hard of hearing community. The theme of the three-day supervision workshop was cross-cultural supervision, and relationships between deaf and hearing mental health professionals. Subtopics included intersectionality, cultural competency, and self-care skills. Two Gallaudet graduate alumni, Alesia Allen, G-’11, and Makoto Ikegami, G-’09, provided face-to-face lectures on self-care and cultural competency during supervision sessions. The workshop discussed the role of therapist between deaf and hearing individuals in the field of mental health services in Japan. The workshop was supported by the Nippon Foundation, a long-time partner with Gallaudet University. Along with Takayama, Japanese Sign Language-American Sign Language interpretation and coordination was provided by Megumi Kawakami, ’11 & G-’13.

Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Summit Held

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Courtesy of Matthew McKinney

On September 15 and 16, Gallaudet's second Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Summit was held on campus. Ten new and six veteran Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows gathered for a two day conference to learn how to infuse innovation and entrepreneurship into their courses. The Summit kicked-off with opening remarks by interim dean Khadijat Rashid, '90, followed by a team-building exercise hosted by CorpsThat founders Sachiko Flores and Emma Bixler.
Dr. Matthew McKinney, faculty coordinator of Gallaudet's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Dr. Joseph Roberts, program coordinator of the Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows Program, and Keith Doane, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute administrative assistant, facilitated a series of creative thinking exercises and discussions on the concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship. Veteran Faculty Fellows also shared their experiences from last year and mentored the new Fellows.

By providing faculty with a wider variety of teaching methods for infusing innovation and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn skills that benefit their future careers and entrepreneurial pursuits. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows meets monthly to work on course infusion, an Entrepreneurship Presenter Series and the Gallaudet Student Business Pitch Competition. The goal of these initiatives is to develop Gallaudet University as a global and regional leader in innovation and entrepreneurship in the deaf community.

Jake Grindstaff gives presentation about telematics to RMI class

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Jake Grindstaff, a current Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) student and Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) chapter president, presented to the Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance class on Telematics, which he focused on during his internship with the D.C. Department of Insurance last summer. He also shared with the class his experience during the GIS leadership conference, held in Columbus, Ohio, in August 2017.

Celebration of life for Kevin DeWitt Odgen to be held Friday, September 15, 2017

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The campus community is invited to join family and friends in celebrating the life of Kevin DeWitt Ogden on Friday, September 15, 2017, 3-4 p.m., in Elstad Auditorium. This will be followed by a reception at the JSAC Multi-Purpose room until 5 p.m.

Close vision or tactile interpreting requests are to be submitted to

"Constitution Day: Freedom of Speech" presentation to be held September 18, 2017

On Monday, September 18, 2017, there will be a presentation discussing freedom of speech in light of various current events: the Charlottesville protests, the Google memo, NFL players' national anthem protests, among others. Dr. David Penna will give a presentation and lead the discussion at JSAC G-Area from noon to 1 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Government and Public Affairs Department.

Department of Interpretation and Translation Lecture

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DOIT faculty pose for the camera. From left: Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, professor and research center director, DOIT; Dr. Keith Cagle, professor and chair, DOIT; Boudreault; and Emily Shaw, assistant professor, DOIT. Courtesy of Tony Ellis

Dr. Patrick Boudreault, E-'93, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation and Translation (DOIT), gave the first lecture in the 2017-18 DOIT Colloquium Lecture Series, held September 8. During his lecture, Boudreault summarized his work on a ten-year project, the Deaf Genetic Project. This was a collaborative effort to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials for ASL users in the deaf community.

Academic Achievement: Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Ph.D.
Collaboration with Students

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Photo: Dr. Thompson-Ochoa conducting a group counseling session with students at Cascade School for the Deaf, North Trinidad

Danielle Thompson-Ochoa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Department of Counseling, returned to her native island of Trinidad and Tobago, with a Teacher of the Deaf from Arkansas, Ms. Shannon Winter, to work with local teachers at Cascade School for the Deaf (North Trinidad), Audrey Jeffers School for the Deaf (South Trinidad), University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) faculty, Dr. Paulson Skerritt, and University of West Indies (UWI) faculty, Dr. Benjamin Braithwaite. The focus of the trip is to re-develop curriculums focused on closing the achievement gaps for Deaf and Hard of Hearing primary school aged children on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and to re-establish a career-transition program for post-secondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Trinidad and Tobago. A strategic five-year goal has been agreed upon and Dr. Thompson-Ochoa will continue to be one of the leaders in assisting with implementing changes.

MPA student attends USBLN Conference in Orlando, Florida

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President Roberta J. Cordano poses with Michael Snyder. Both of them are smiling towards the camera. They are in a conference building with several lights shown in the background

Michael Snyder, graduate assistant for the Office of the Dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services and current MPA student in the Department of Government and Public Affairs is pictured with President Roberta J. Cordano. Michael was selected to attend the U.S. Business Leaders Network Conference in Orlando, FL. Michael attended various workshops throughout the week including a panel discussion featuring President Cordano during the "Rising Leaders Luncheon Plenary" which focused on issues important to college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Department of Social Work's Body Positivity Video

Department of Social Work honor society, Mu Pi, created a video as a community servcie project to bring awareness and spread positive body image. Dr. Audrey Frank is the Mu Pi Advisor.

Watch the Video

President Cordano attends NBDA Conference

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Courtesy of Elavie Ndura

President Roberta J. Cordano attended the National Black Deaf Advocates conference in Baltimore, Maryland on August 2, 2017. She received a plaque as a token of appreciation for her keynote address, "Ignite and Explore Beyond All Limits."

From left: Tim Albert, NBDA president; Chief Diversity Officer Elavie Ndura; Cordano, Patrice Creamer, NBDA vice president; and Dr. Khadijat Rashid, '90, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) and Gallaudet University invite you to attend an upcoming Cyber Liability CE workshop on behalf of the Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance.Topics will include Emerging Cyber & Privacy Exposures and Insurance Solutions.
Registration via Eventbrite
Please RSVP by Thursday, August 18th

The Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance was established to promote and support the concept of risk management and insurance education as a discipline within the Business Department of Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language.

The cost of this event is $50 and will go to support student expenses within Gallaudet’s RMI program such as cost of interpreters, travel to conferences, seminars and general student membership dues, etc. Attendees will earn two continuing education credits for this event.

Date/Time Date/Time:
Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Lunch and Workshop:
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Punctual attendance is required)
Location Location:
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Student Academic Center 1011
Parking: Go here for your complimentary parking pass


Gallaudet Student Jake Grindstaff Interns with NPF Insurance

Individual at desk with paperworkJake Grindstaff, a student with Gallaudet’s Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) program, is currently interning at NFP Insurance in Bethesda, Maryland. Grindstaff, who is working with analytics and data comparisons with current clients, is NFP’s first official intern. NFP is listed as the number 11th largest insurance broker in America and were named the fifth largest benefit's broker. This is Grindstaff’s second internship as an RMI student. Last summer, he interned with the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking. He is currently president of the Gallaudet chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, an international RMI and actuarial science collegiate fraternity..

Photo courtesy James Bruner

Gallaudet Scholars in Scotland

Group of people head to toe with two holding papersGallaudet was well-represented at the conference, "Deaf Scholars and Innovations in Deaf Studies," at Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 14 and 15. The conference brought together deaf scholars and researchers from all over the world to discuss recent developments in the field.

From left: Arlinda Boland, ’05 & G-’13, program assistant, International Development M.A (IDMA); Lindsay Dunn, ’85, staff member, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; Dr. Audrey Cooper, director, IDMA; Kaj Kraus, linguistics doctoral student and M/A. in Deaf Studies MA graduate; Elizabeth Diflo, Deaf Studies graduate student; Dr. Joseph Murray, E-’97, professor, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; and Dr. Khadijat Rashid, '90, interim dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services.

Department Of Interpretation and Translation Hosts Second Symposium on Research and Translation to Global Audience

Man reads book up closeEduardo Andrade Gomes, from Brazil, reviews the program for the 2017 Interpretation and Translation Research Symposium. Gomes, along with Charley Pereira Soares, gave a poster presentation, "Understanding the intermodal interpreting concept energy in termochemistry's classes for semantic-pragmatic inference." Photos by Zhee Chatmon

Over 260 registrants from across the globe came to Gallaudet University to attend the 2017 Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research Symposium, hosted by the Department of Interpretation and Translation (DOIT) from March 31 through April 1, 2017. This year's symposium was preceded the Deaf Translators Summit, also hosted by DOIT.

This second symposium (the first was held in 2014) was a rare opportunity for hearing and deaf students, researchers, educators, and practitioners to come together and learn about current research in Interpretation and Translation Studies. Registrants attending the symposium hailed from countries such as China, Ghana, Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Brazil, Panama, and Haiti, among others.

Read more: Gallaudet News article

Dr. Christi Batamila Wins Global Health Stories Contest

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Dr. Chrisiti Batamula, faculty member in the Department of Education, was selected as one of the two winners of the 2017 Untold Global Health Stories contest, sponsored by CUGH, NPR’s Goats and Soda blog, and Global Health NOW of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her submission which focused on her work with Deaf children and adults in Tanzania was selected from among the 200 submissions. As a result of her submission and that of the second winner, the topic of deafness in developing countries will be covered in-depth by NPR journalists.

Read the Story on the the Global Health NOW page

Drs. Steven Collins and Keith Cagle Honored for Service

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On April 19, 2017, Dr. Melanie Metzger, G-’93, Department of Interpretation and Translation chair, presented service awards to faculty members, Dr. Steven Collins, ’85 & G-’93, for 25 years of service (left photo) and Dr. Keith Cagle for five years of service (right photo).

Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) International Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity Chartering at Gallaudet

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The Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) International Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science Collegiate Fraternity chartered its Gamma Alpha chapter at Gallaudet University on March 29, 2017. GIS representatives from their corporate office administered the chartering ceremony at Gallaudet. Other notables in attendance included Steve Taylor, Washington, D.C. Commissioner of Insurance; Glen Dorr, Northeast regional director, Lloyd’s of London and member of the GIS Board of Directors; guest speaker Lori Badenhop, senior risk manager, FedEx, and risk manager-in-residence at The Spencer Foundation; several members of the RMI Board; other insurance executives; and students from other universities with established GIS chapters—including Howard University, St. John’s University, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The 28 Gallaudet students inducted were: Ahmad Alabbad, Maryah M. Arzola, Yunhe Bai, Claudine Bastien, Sarah K. Bakos-Killian, Rebecca Jean Breitbach, Shua S. Clay, Cody Warren Crace, Jerome Dupuis, Jamal Garner, Jake Avis Grindstaff, Sean Richard Huber, Zachary D. Israel, Jasmine Jeter, Ramon Louis Johnson, Klimentina N. Klimentyeva, Joseph Mattiace, Alexseyia McBride, Tyler J. McIntyre, Camille A. Mitchell, Kevin D. Ogden, Angela Ortega, Antoine L. Parham, Farhan A. Rana, Miguel J. Rodriguez, Jennifer Savage, Chrissy Sze, and Jessalyn M. Wortham.

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"Deaf Women of Color National Conference 2017" to be held April 6–9, 2017

The 12th annual "Deaf Women of Color Biennial National Conference 2017" conference will take place between April 6 and 9, 2017. Grab your spots while open. All beautiful DWC presenters are ready to share their valuable knowledge with you in two months. We hope to see you all. #DWC #DWCPEARLS #DWCNC2017

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Intersectionality Course Offered for Spring 2017

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Coffee chat with Department of Counseling faculty members to be held November 14, 2016 

Join us for coffee, tea, donuts, and gluten free muffins with Department of Counseling faculty, where you can learn more about counseling and meet faculty members. Read More

NVCC and Gallaudet establish collaborative agreement

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Zhee Chatmon/University Communications 

On October 31, 2016, Gallaudet University and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) established a collaborative agreement which allows students in NOVA's Associate of Applied Science degree program in American Sign Language to English Interpretation to transfer credits into Gallaudet's Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program.

Gallaudet has similar agreements with John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado, and Ohlone College in Fremont, California.

First row, from left: Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Department of Interpretation; Dr. Beth Benedict, executive director, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, Enrollment Management Services; JoAnn Benfield, director, GURC-South; Steve Collins, faculty, Department of Interpretation; Julia Brown, transfer policy coordinator, NOVA; Jennifer Daniels, dean; Kevin Taylor, faculty, NOVA; Valerie Dively, faculty, NOVA; and Karen Sheffer, director, Recruitment. 
Second row, from left: Lisa Jacobs, director, National Outreach; Keith Cagle, coordinator, BAI, Department of Interpretation; Dr. Genie Gertz, dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Isaac Agboola, dean, School of Business, Education, and Human Services; Dr. Carol Erting, provost; Melanie Metzger, chair, Department of Interpretation; Pamela Brown, provost, NOVA; Paula Debes, assistant dean, NOVA; and Megan Walton, graduate of NOVA and current BAI student. 
Bottom, from left: President Roberta J. Cordano and Scott Ralls, NOVA President.

Social Work Newsletter

The Department of Social Work has distributed a department newsletter for 2016. Read it here.

Celebration of life for Dr. Amy Elizabeth Hile, '91, to take place September 16, 2016

The community is invited to a celebration of the life of Dr. Amy Elizabeth Hile on Friday, September 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim"). Presenters at the celebration will include Dr. Hile's colleagues, students, and family members. A reception will follow the program. To read more about Amy's life including her accomplishments and contributions to deaf education, see the attached document containing the provost's announcement to the community.

Her obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune can be read here. The Hile family thanks the University and Clerc Center communities for their support.

Donations collected in memory of Amy E. Hile may be made to Gallaudet University online at

Related Document: Hile Announcement-June 16 2016

Gallaudet University receives grant award from the U.S. Department of Education

The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate Drs. Kendra Smith and Mary Hufnell on their grant “Long-Term Training of Mental Health Counselors Working with Learning and Language Challenged Deaf Rehabilitation Clients” funded by U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $150,000.

Read more here.

Coffee chat with Department of Counseling faculty members to be held September 19, 2016

Want to learn more about counseling and the rewarding career that counselors have? Interested in obtaining a M.A. in counseling?

Come chat with the Department of Counseling faculty on Monday, September 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Fowler Hall lobby. Free coffee, tea, donuts, and gluten-free muffins will be provided.

Related Document: September 2016 Coffee Chat flyer 

Maguire Presents to Gallaudet Interns

Gallaudet Interns with MaguireFrom left: Zachary Israel, Frances M. Maguire, James Maguire Sr., Anthony Finocchio, and Jeffrey Willoughby. Courtesy of Robert J. Shilling 

On August 8, 2016, James Maguire Sr., founder of Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), spoke to an audience of interns at PHLY, including Gallaudet’s Zachary Israel and Anthony Finocchio. Israel and Finocchio are both students with the Risk Management and Insurance program at Gallaudet, funded by the Maguire Foundation, which was founded by Maguire and his wife, Frances M. Maguire. For the second consecutive summer, PHLY has hosted interns from Gallaudet. Jeffrey Willoughby, ’15, one of two interns from last summer, now works at PHLY as a full-time underwriter.

Dr. Danielle Hunt Presents at RID

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Dr. Danielle Hunt, G-'06 & PhD '15, assistant professor in the Department of Interpretation, gave a presentation titled, "The Work is You" at the joint Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Region IV and Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, July 21. Hunt's presentation stems from her research about ASL-English interpreters' professional identities. 


DOI doctoral student Amy Williamson has research study published

Williamson's article was published in the "International Journal of Interpreter Education," Volume 8, Issue 1, 4-22, in May 2016.

DOI doctoral students Sheneman and Collins have research article featured in book by GU Press

Naomi Sheneman, ’98, and Pamela F. Collins's, ’07 & G-’11, article appears in the book "International Sign: Linguistic, Usage, and Status Issues." 

Dr Yuknis Selected as ASCD Influence Leader

Dr. Christina Yuknis, in the department of education, will be an ASCD Influence Leader for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. This invitation-only program provides educators support and tools to make a difference at all levels of education policy. She will work closely with the ASCD Government Relations staff to participate in building advocacy skills, leading Twitter chats on education policy topics, and writing about her work as an advocate. Additionally, she will have an opportunity to meet with government representatives to engage in education policy conversations.

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MA Students Attend Panel Discussion

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On June 21, 2016 students from the Masters Programs in International Development and Public Administration attended a panel discussion hosted by the Asia Foundation. Titled "Asian Perspectives: Evidence-based Approaches to Ending Violence against Women and Girls," research presented from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste included innovative approaches to address intimate partner violence developed in/by research participant communities. IDMA and MPA students also raised questions related to their fields of study for an excellent discussion.

MPA Program Admitted to NASPAA

Gallaudet's Master of Public Administration program, introduced in March 2012 with classes beginning in the fall of 2012, was admitted to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), an accrediting body of the MPA program. 

Gallaudet establishes fifth community college collaboration to benefit interpretation students

On May 19, 2016, Gallaudet University established a collaborative agreement with John A. Logan College (JALC), in Carterville, Ill., to allow students in the two-year Interpreter Preparation Program at JALC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program. 

List of SEBHS award winners

Education Department Updates

1) Dr. Maribel Gárate-Estes .Associate Professor and Chair and Dr. Laurene Simms, Professor in the Department of Education have been announced as two of  the keynote speakers at the first National Deaf Education Conference which will be help in Phoenix AZ from July 6-9th and preceded the 2016 NAD conference.  

2) Please join us in congratulating these well-deserving Education students and faculty who were recognized at the UG Awards Day ceremony.  Bellow is a list of the awards and the recipients:  

UG Student Recipients: 

Education Award Jenna Fox & Cindy Siebert 
Psi Iota Xi Dance Scholarship Tanisha Russell (Also a co-emcee!)

Ph.D Student Recipients:  

The Bruce Hlibok Playwriting Competition Grand prize: Joseph Santini
Special Mention for the Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence  Heather Zimmerman

Faculty Recipients:  

Rachel Hartig Award for Research Excellence  Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia 
SEBHS Undergraduate Teaching Award Dr. Fred Mangrubang 
SEBHS Faculty Scholarship Rising Start Award Dr. Christina Yuknis

Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund is Endowed

Photo: The late Dr. Steve AckleyPhoto: The late Dr. Steve Ackley

The Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the HSLS faculty in September 2014 to honor the memory and legacy of Steve Ackley, beloved faculty member, teacher, advisor, mentor, colleague, and friend. In just over a year, it raised the necessary $25,000 for endowment thanks to the outpouring support from Dr. Ackley’s family, former students, colleagues, and friends. The first Steve Ackley Memorial Scholarship Award will be presented at the 2016 Graduate School Awards and Hooding Ceremony on May 12, 2016. For more information about the Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit the donation page.

Student Academy of Audiology(SAA) Gallaudet Chapter recognized as the National SAA Fundraising Challenge Champion.

Photo: SAA members at one of the fundraising events, Walk4Hearing.Photo: SAA members at one of the fundraising events, Walk4Hearing.

Students in the Audiology Program raised over $3,200 this academic year, the most in any audiology program in the nation, and were recognized at the American Academy of Audiology conference in Phoenix, AZ this month. The SAA Gallaudet Chapter uses these funds to support national and international humanitarian efforts.

Emilia Chukwuma, ’85, and students give back to community with annual tax prep workshops

From left: Emilia Chukwuma, Thapa Satish, Joanna Cericky, Karunya Samuel, '83 (IRS staff), Yauheni Koran, and Makur Aciek, '97 (accounting professor). Salish, Cericky, and Koran were three of the students trained to assist clients with income tax preparation.From left: Emilia Chukwuma, Thapa Satish, Joanna Cericky, Karunya Samuel, '83 (IRS staff), Yauheni Koran, and Makur Aciek, '97 (accounting professor). Salish, Cericky, and Koran were three of the students trained to assist clients with income tax preparation.

When an instructor was needed for a class on income tax preparation in 2004, Emilia Chukwuma, '85, was penciled in. Hoping to instill in her students a practical understanding of the subject matter, she had them set up a table on campus to help Gallaudet community members fill out their tax forms.

RMI students connect with insurance professionals during "Lunch and Learn" event

Gallaudet's RMI students attended a "Lunch and Learn" event at the Marsh & McLennan Companies office in northwest D.C. One of the goals of the RMI program is to connect students with RMI professionals.

 Photo courtesy of James Bruner

Gallaudet's RMI students attended a "Lunch and Learn" event at the Marsh & McLennan Companies office in northwest D.C. One of the goals of the RMI program is to connect students with RMI professionals. 

Dr. Kendra Smith, chair, Department of Counseling, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award

Kendra Smith and Agboola with awardDr. Smith and Dr. Isaac Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with her award

Dr. Kendra Smith, chair, Department of Counseling, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award from Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, during a recent SEBHS chairs meeting on February 23, 2016.

Sharing the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew Foster, the "Father of Deaf Education in Africa"

Dr Isaac Agboola presents about Andrew FosterDr. Isaac Agboola, '81 & G-'83, interim dean of the School of Business, Education, and Human Services, and Bunmi Aina, G-'96, director of Keeping the Promise: Equitable Outcomes for Students, a unit within the Office of Diversity and Equity for Students, were both beneficiaries of an education from a Christian Mission for the Deaf (CMD) school.

Agboola first met Foster in 1971 while attending the Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf (IMSD) in Nigeria. He also worked in Foster's mission office in Ibadan as an administrative clerk, describing this as "inspiring" since he would sit two seats away from him. "The opportunity to attend his school enabled me to resume my education. It is highly unlikely that I would have achieved as much as I have if he had not established a mission school in Nigeria," said Agboola.

Department of Counseling Announcement

The Department of Counseling is very pleased to announce that it has received full accreditation of its three graduate degree programs through March 2024. This includes Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Summers and Online School Counseling. The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) noted in its letter that receiving accreditation for the full eight-year period is a worthy achievement deserving of commendation. This was accomplished through the hard work of the faculty, students, alumni, and fieldwork supervisors during the extensive review process. The accreditation helps to ensure that our students graduate having met the highest educational standards in our field and provides them advantages in gaining employment and state licensure.

Students with Certificates

Students Join Pre-Law Society

Photo courtesy of Leslie Southwell
Students Michael Snyder and Jehanne McCullough are initiated as members of the Pre-Law Society club of Phi Delta Phi in 2015, with Dr. David Penna, professor and department chair of Government and Public Affairs. The certificates bear the official seal of Phi Delta Phi.

Department of Interpretation Newsletter

Please find attached the first edition of the new Department of Interpretation e-newsletter. We send this now and hope you might have an opportunity to read it while the snow days are upon us. Special thanks to Mr. Tony Ellis, Ms. Cat Fung, Dr. Keith Cagle, and Dr. Dani Hunt for their work on the DoI Newsletter committee. Note that you may make submissions for the next edition by sending to Alice Ward, deadline the 15th of each month. 
Dr. Melanie Metzger, Professor
Department Chair & PhD Program Co-coordinator
Department of Interpretation

Read the Department's Newsletter here as a PDF!

Dr. Tom Baldridge and alumni featured in Associated Press story about deaf entrepreneurs

Dr. Tom Baldridge, professor and director of the Business Administration program, and alumni Melody, E-'96, and Russ, '95, Stein were featured in an Associated Press story about deaf entrepreneurs. Melody and Russ are the current owners of Mozzeria, an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, Calif. Click here to read the written story.

Dr. Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with Dr Crowe

Dr. Teresa Crowe, chair, Department of Social Work, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award

Dr. Crowe and Dr. Agboola, Dean of SEBHS, with her award

Dr. Teresa Crowe, chair, Department of Social Work, received her fifteen year anniversary recognition award from Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean, School of Education, Business, and Human Services, during a recent SEBHS chairs meeting on October 27th.

New B.S. Degree in Risk Management and Insurance approved

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved a new major in Risk Management and Insurance. The new program evolved with the financial support of the Maguire Foundation. There are currently 22 students enrolled in the Principals of Risk Management and Insurance course.

Future career opportunities look bright in the insurance industry, as upwards to 40 percent of current employees are expected to retire over the next seven years. This is creating a demand for young, educated people to enter the industry. Jobs include, but are not limited to: risk managers, underwriters, actuaries, claims, audit, analysts, adjusters, brokers, agents, and marketing. Internships will also be available.

For more information about this new major, please contact James H Bruner, Executive Director, Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance, at or visit

SBA meets with Department of Business Faculty

Faculty with SBA officialsL-R: William Washington; Christopher Upperman; Eugene Cornelius; Emilia Chukwuma, CPA; David Kimble, Dr. Thomas Baldridge, M.F.A., J.D.; Dr. Khadijat Rashid, Ph.D.; and Jarvis Grindstaff. 

SBA met with Gallaudet University officials today to discuss potential areas for partnership and collaboration. Gallaudet University’s Department of Business, Office of Field Operations, and Office of Entrepreneurial Development discussed a strategy to building a better economic future for Americans with disabilities, initially with the deaf and hard of hearing community.


Nicodemus presentationGallaudet Community Members Present at EFSLI in Warsaw, Poland

Photo courtesy of EFSLI. 
Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, associate professor; Dr. Giulia Petitta, visiting scholar; and Mark Halley, doctoral student; from the Department of Interpretation, presented at the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (efsli) conference in Warsaw, Poland, September 11-13, 2015. The research team reported on their study of interpreters' management of metalinguistic references in discourse.

Hurwitz with others who supported the partnershipGallaudet Partners with Austin Community College & Front Range Community College

Photos by Lynn Dey
On September 10, 2015, President T. Alan Hurwitz signed the agreement that partners Gallaudet University with Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Tex., and Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Westminster, Colo., thus allowing students in the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Interpreter Training program at ACC and the two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpreter Education at FRCC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Gallaudet signed a similar agreement last year with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. Keith Cagle honored with 2015 ASLTA George Veditz award

Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor and Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program coordinator, was honored with the American Sign Language Teachers Association's (ASLTA) George Veditz award for 2015 during its 8th Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. ASLTA is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and deaf studies teachers. Cagle has a long history of service to ASLTA, including two terms as president, and as chair of the ASLTA Evaluation and Certification system, which he currently serves.

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Dr. Wilson Visits the University of Lancaster in England

Dr. Amy Wilson, the program director of the graduate degree in international development in the Department of Education, spent two weeks at the University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN) in Preston, England as a Visiting Distinguished Professor. She is pictured here with Dr. Jun Hui Yang, a 2006 PhD Gallaudet graduate from the Department of Education and currently a Senior Lecturer of Deaf Studies at UCLAN. Dr. Wilson led workshops and gave presentations on topics related to best practices when working with Deaf communities in economically poor countries, as well as on the importance of including Deaf researchers and professionals in all aspects of development assistance and in research.  

DOB majors enjoy summer internships at Philadelphia Insurance Companies

Congratulations to Department of Business (DOB) majors Joshua Sechman and Jeffery Willoughby, '15, for being selected for underwriting internships at Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), located in Bala Cynwyd, just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia. During the internship, they will gain hands-on experience inside the dynamic and challenging world of insurance. 

The DOB is excited about partnering with PHLY in providing ongoing internship opportunities for our students. Join us in congratulating Joshua and Jeffery for being selected as the first interns at PHLY from Gallaudet University. 

Gallaudet Students Attend the 2015 Maguire College Scholars Annual Luncheon

April Jacobs speaks with Mr. Maguire

About 400 students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators attended the Maguire College Scholars Annual Luncheon on April 17, 2015 at Philadelphia University. Seven students from Gallaudet University who have received scholarships through the Maguire College Scholars program traveled to Philadelphia to participate.

The Maguire Foundation's mission is to invest in young people by partnering with educational institutions to provide families of need with scholarship assistance and grants for grade school, high school, and college. The Foundation was co-founded in 2000 by James J. Maguire, Sr., founder of the Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and his wife. At the luncheon, Mr. Maguire delivered his remarks entirely in ASL to the delight of the audience, especially the Gallaudet contingent.

Several Maguire College Scholars, including April Jacobs (shown talking with Mr. Maguire), a Gallaudet Social Work major, were featured speakers at the luncheon. In her remarks, Ms. Jacobs shared how she was inspired by Mr. Maguire’s memoir, Just Show Up Every Day, and mentioned specific quotes from the memoir which had deeply inspired her including: “You must believe what you are and become what you believe”, and “Be passionate and positive about your dream…if you don’t love it, you’ll never make it”. Ms. Jacobs said she was inspired by Mr. Maguire’s examples to have a strong sense of purpose and to make a difference.

Gallaudet receives gift from Maguire Foundation to establish Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance

Gallaudet University has received a $500,000 gift from The Maguire Foundation to establish the Maguire Academy of Risk Management and Insurance. The funds will be used over three years to build up a risk management and insurance academic concentration area for undergraduate students in Gallaudet's Department of Business.

Presentation and Discussion: Head Mounted Displays: Facilitating Sign Language in Challenging Learning Environments

Dr. Fred Mangrubang, professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University and Dr. Michael Jones, professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University, Utah discussed their National Science Foundation research on Head Mounted Displays: Facilitating Sign Language in Challenging Learning Environments. This presentation and discussion was from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in JSAC, Room 1011.

Abstract: We evaluate head-mounted displays (HMDs) as a tool to facilitate student-teacher interaction in sign language for children in planetarium shows. Deaf or hard-of-hearing children who communicate in sign language receive all instruction visually. In informal science education, and other, settings the child must split their visual attention between visuals and sign language. This is particularly difficult in a planetarium show because the visuals on the dome and signer seated on the floor are far apart and the room itself is often dark except for the visuals on the dome. The most common way to deliver sign language instruction in a planetarium is to place the signer on the floor with a red light. This solution is not adequate because the signer cannot move with the child’s gaze and is located far from the visuals. We have studied HMDs as a means for delivering sign language narration to deaf children in planetarium shows. We find that providing an American Sign Language (ASL) ‘sound track’ in a HMD is an effective method to deliver scientific content in a planetarium environment.

On-going research by Brigham Young University was also  shared with the audience:

  • How can an English-ASL Dictionary on a Smartphone help improve reading skills for deaf children?
  • How can an English-ASL Dictionary help hearing parents of deaf children help their children learn to read?
  • Audience questions were welcomed. Interpreters were  provided for the presenters and Q&A.

Dr. Fred Mangrubang is a Professor of Education at Gallaudet University. He specializes in science education in elementary and secondary schools.

Dr. Michael D. Jones is a Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on human-computer interaction.

Photo of Dr. Catherine O'BrienDr. O'Brien Presents at University of Texas

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, a professor in the Government department, was recently invited by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to give a University Wide presentation about her research regarding Mexican American Deaf Students and Education Access.  There were about 125 people in the audience and the presentation was well received by the Mexican American Deaf population, Deaf education teachers, and faculty. The Q and A continued for over an hour and the attendees stayed until 9pm (6:00-9:00pm) to continue the conversation with Deans, department chairs and Dr. O'Brien.

Many concerns were raised and the Deaf community raised the greatest concern regarding the Deaf Education program being in the school of medicine and not in the school of education complicated with the denial of Deaf students to enroll. The Deaf community gave many examples of affirmation regarding the presentation. The University would like for Dr. O'Brien to come again. The Consortium for Social Transformation in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development sponsored the lecture.

Read the San Antonio Express News article about Dr. O'Brien's presentation here. (PDF)

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Dr. Collins Guests on the Kojo Nnmadi Show

Photo by Kaitlin Luna 
On Monday, March 30, Dr. Steven Collins, assistant professor in the Department of Interpretation and Coordinator of ASL Support and Deaf Interpretation, was a guest on WAMU's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show." The show focused on the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people during interactions with law enforcement and how both communities can avoid misunderstandings during such encounters. Follow the link to watch a video of the segment (with ASL), to read the transcript, or to listen to the broadcast. Pictured (clockwise from left) are Dr. Collins, fill-in host Jen Golbeck, GIS staff interpreter Adam Bartley, and Caroline Jackson, staff attorney for the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center.

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Dr. Christina Yuknis to receive Early Career Publication Award at the Council for Exceptional Children annual convention and expo in San Diego, CA on April 2015

Dr. Christina Yuknis is the recipient of the 2015 Early Career Publication Award. This award recognizes outstanding research publications by individuals who completed their doctorate within the last five years. Dr. Yuknis is an assistant professor of education at Gallaudet University. The following publication was nominated: Yuknis, C. (2014). A grounded theory of text revision processes used by young adolescents who are deaf. Exceptional Children, 80, 307-322.

SEBHS Faculty Member Dr. Marilyn Sass-Lehrer Named a Keynote Speaker for the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf in Greece this Summer
Topic: Evidence Based-Practice in Early Intervention: The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating

Summary: Not long ago, early intervention professionals had little direction for working with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. Little was known about child or family outcomes, and even less was known about early intervention program characteristics that facilitate child development and the family's ability to support them. Two recently published seminal documents addressing best practices in early intervention have shed much needed light on the question "What works in early intervention?"  These two documents have much in common, not only in the goals and principles identified, but also in their use of "evidence" to support their respective guidelines for best practices. While these significant documents have the potential to enhance the quality of services throughout the world, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. That is, consumers must be the ones who determine the extent to which the evidence makes sense to them and the guidelines are meaningful. This presentation will address the possibilities and cautions of using evidence-based practices across widely different populations of children and families and their cultural contexts. Five "evidence-based" practices from these documents will be discussed along with possible adaptations to this recipe that hold promise for successful outcomes for young deaf children and their families. 

Also, the following SEBHS faculty have been given travel awards to attend the ICED conference this year.

Department of Education
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, ICED presenter
Bobbie Jo Kite
Amy Hile
Julie Mitchiner

Department of Government
Lon Kuntze
Catherine O'Brien

Department of Counseling 
Linda Lytle

News from the Government and Public Affairs Department

Marquez with other Government department faculty members

Dr. Frances Marquez received her ten year anniversary from the University during the Government and Public Affairs department meeting on February 12th.  

Two graduate students who are studying for a Master of Public Administration degree under the Dept. of Government and Public Affairs won the election for Graduate Student Association president and vice president! Keith Doane as Vice President and Phillip Steele as President, respectively.

New Collaborative Agreement with Central Piedmont Community College

Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office Photo: Zhee Chatmon/University Communications
Back row (from left): Dr. Keith Cagle, associate professor in the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Department of Interpretation; Dr. Isaac Agboola, interim dean of the School of Education, Business, and Human Services; Lisa Jacobs, director, Regional and National Outreach; Karen Sheffer, director, Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southeast; Tony Ellis, technical support specialist, Gallaudet Interpreting Service; Kaitlin Luna, coordinator of public and media relations, University Communications; and Laura Willey-Saunders, coordinator of transfer and articulation, Registrar's Office

On December 5, Gallaudet established a collaborative agreement with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in Charlotte, N.C. The agreement allows CPCC students to transfer credits into Gallaudet's Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation program.

Dr. Hurwitz (pictured center) signed the articulation agreement after a joint ceremony with CPCC in which CPCC administrators and faculty participated remotely from their campus.

The partnership allows students in the two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Interpretation Education program at CPCC to transfer credits into Gallaudet's four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interpretation (BAI) program. Students will live, study, and interact with deaf and hard of hearing people from the United States and abroad on Gallaudet's bilingual campus. 

Gallaudet is the only university in the world that offers both undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) in interpretation studies within a sign language immersive environment. Gallaudet's recently renovated and award-winning interactive interpretation laboratories prepare students for a high-demand career through hands-on training in a variety of medical, business, education, and government settings.

"Our unique linguistic and cultural immersion is one of the many strengths of our interpretation degree programs," said Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Gallaudet Department of Interpretation. "Our goal through this agreement is for CPCC graduates to earn a bachelor's degree at Gallaudet and then to take those skills with them throughout the country to provide high-quality interpretation services to the deaf and hard of hearing community." 

"CPCC is proud to be the first community college to enter into an articulation agreement with Gallaudet University's Bachelors in Interpreting Program, providing our students with a clear pathway to complete their four-year degree in ASL-English Interpreting. By further honing the fine skills acquired at CPCC, students who continue their studies at Gallaudet will enjoy increased employment and leadership opportunities, becoming practitioners who can serve the deaf and hard of hearing community in more challenging and advanced settings," said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC President.

"As a deaf person who grew up with little to no access to interpreters, I understand the hardships many deaf and hard of hearing people face if they do not have a competent sign language interpreter present during doctor's appointments, in classes, and other important meetings," said Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz. "This partnership is one of the ways our institutions are ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people around the country receive adequate and quality interpreting services."

The need for skilled interpreters became an issue of international interest last December during the Nelson Mandela memorial service in South Africa. The service's official sign language interpreter did not interpret the speakers' comments into any discernable language and the global deaf community was outraged. Dr. Metzger and BAI program coordinator Dr. Keith Cagle were sought out by national media outlets such as CNN, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post to comment on the controversy.

"The Mandela service brought to the forefront a very serious issue deaf and hard of hearing people around the world face - a lack of qualified sign language interpreters," said Dr. Cagle. "We look forward to welcoming CPCC students to Gallaudet as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional interpreters. In the long run, skilled interpreters serve all of us, both hearing and deaf, by ensuring people communicate, interact, and work together successfully."

Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals, and government agencies. Alumni have gone on to start their own businesses, receiving contract work in settings such as business, education, government, theatre, medicine, law, health care, and video relay. 

The interpretation classes are optimized for ASL medium teaching and classrooms are equipped to serve the needs of the rapidly advancing field of interpretation. The department's amenities include tools that allow for recording live and interactive interpreting role play, video conferencing for national and global collaboration among students and faculty, and private recording booths and central computer stations for individual and class activities. The department also houses the Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research, which includes a library, filming rooms, video relay services (VRS) simulation center, and student research bays with video and statistical software.

Social Work Students go to the CRPD Hearing

Image: Women fingerspelling C R P DPhoto: Andrea Shettle
Social Work professor Barbara White (right) and master of social work students (from left) Brielle Perea Johnson, Bregitt Jiminez, and Margaret Gburek sign the acronym for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty at a November 5 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider ratifying the treaty.

The CRPD is made up of guiding principles ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation and inclusion in society, equality of opportunities, accessibility, and non-discrimination. A section in the CRPD refers to "recognizing and promoting the use of sign languages." Dr. White said the MSW students are working on strategies to encourage the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD treaty for a class project on community organizing. For more information and details on how to get involved in this effort, visit

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