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FYE Volume 1, Issue 2

From the Director’s BlackBerry... First‐year
students
rock!

You
are
making
 yourselves
known
all
over
campus,
in
so
many
 different
areas.
Here
are
just
a
few
of
the
 activities
where
first‐year
students
are
 becoming
stars
…. First,
in
your
academic
work
–
later
this
 month
we
will
honor
a
group
of
students
as
 Fantastic
First
Year
Students,
nominated
by
 your
instructors
for
your
outstanding
 commitment
to
academics
as
well
as
your
 leadership
and
support
of
your
classmates.
 Read
about
these
students
in
our
next
issue. Next,

74
of
you
went
on
the
Costa
Rica
Study
 Tour...read
a
lot
more
about
the
trip
in
this
 issue.
In
order
to
qualify
for
that
trip,
you
 earned
GPAs
of
2.
5
or
better.
From
reading
 your
blogs
and
watching
you
tell
all
about
 your
amazing
experience,
we
know
how
 much
you
enjoyed
it,
and
learned
from
it!

APRIL

By Judith Termini

We’re
offering
the
first‐ever
seminar
for
 transfer
students,
to
help
them
adjust
to
 Gallaudet.

Caroline
Finklea
is
teaching
six
 students
in
this
one‐credit
course,
and
they
 love
it!

Here
are
a
few
quotes: “I’m
surprised
and
relieved
that
you
offer
this
 class.
It
helps
a
lot!” “I’d
be
lost
without
this!” “I
LOVE
it!
Transfer
students
MUST
take
this
 class!” We’re
busy
planning
for
our
summer
 JumpStart
program
–
Academic
Success
and
 New
Signers.

We’re
also
serving
on
the
 Admissions
Review
Committee,
and
helping
 to
plan
New
Student
Orientation.
And
of
 course
we’re
working
with
our
wonderful
 PLUS
students,
and
teaching
GSR
101.
Whew!


2009

The
FYE
program
is
so
proud
of
Darian
 Burwell,
our
Coordinator
of
Student
Success
–
 she
was
named
the
GUAA
Outstanding
Young
 Alumnus
this
year!

Congratulations,
Darian
…
 you
ARE
outstanding!

Want experience? Want to make an impact, then look no further! Check out page 5!

CONTENTS Fantastic First Year Awards April 22nd, 2009 4-5:30pm at SAC MPR

PLUS Success Celebration May 4th, 2009

More information forthcoming

Spring Break: Costa Rica Alternative Spring Break Gallaudet Says Rape is Wrong Events for April 2009

2 3 4 6


“Yes, it is possible that spring break can happen with fac ulty and staff involved!”

Who’s Who... Judith (Judy) Termini Director of FYE Maria Waters GSR 101 Coordinator Jerri Lyn Dorminy Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator Darian Burwell Student Success Coordinator Jessica Crane Technical Support Specialist Jasmine Garcia New Signers Specialist Gladys MacInitosh Executive Secretary Alim Chandani Graduate Assistant - PLUS Taye Akinola Graduate Assistant - Transfer Students Krista Brown Study Table Leader Angela Vasquez Student Success Assistant

My Prayers Were Answered. By Georgina Fitzpatrick Before I met Alexis Pokipala, Delasha Singleton, Laurie Rodriguez, Leanha Lawson, Samantha Groetken, and Michael Halloran, I was frustrated with many things in my personal and academic life. So many new friendships were formed in Costa Rica. I thank my new friends for being the best thing that has happened to me this semester. They helped me to stand strong and learn what bonding means. I owe it to them for helping out with babysitting duties and senior Scott Cohen, too!

By Monica Keller - Freshman Class President

Brittany Castle

SPRING BREAK 2009- COSTA RICA By Darian Burwell I was one of several staff invited to come on this journey with the first year students and l o v e d every minute of it! People say the students bonded and made new friends but wait, the staff and faculty did too. Sure, we see each other on campus but it’s nothing like being together a full week! I had so much fun with all of the staff. We truly showed why we loved Gallaudet and our students. The bonding was evident in our rapport with one another. When chaos happened we got together to support one another. When a student was distressed we helped out and calmed the student. The constant hugs we gave one another showed a feeling of, I am so glad I got to know you better. On the plane ride back, it was funny how students mentioned to the faculty and staff how they will miss this interaction. We all learned from each other after talking about family backgrounds, relationships, careers, and expecting the unexpected. It was clear we must continue to keep in touch on a regular basis. If you are a new student reading this, consider coming to Gallaudet to be part of this amazing experience. If you are a staff or a faculty member, meet every first year student! Trust me they are hungry for our advice on their career plans and on life. If you are already a Gallaudet student, meet a first year student and get to know them. And yes, it is possible that spring break can happen with faculty and staff involved! Zhou Fang

ery ful scen e beauti ica and I th d n a the sun reat in Costa R almost no “I miss It was g re were ak y d alrea . e fact that the ch needed bre re th u su d m e m y a a jo I s en . It wa itely worth it. re e th it s y sa defin clock I were to l f us and for all o would agree if e.” - Colin Hil c e n n e o ri every l expe onderfu was a w

It is a great opportunity to expand networking with my fellow friends and staff that went on the trip with me. The experience is unexplainable, it is one of the best things ever happened in my life. I know that when I graduate from Gallaudet University, this trip will be one of the top five favorite memories throughout my college years. Costa Rica trip provides balance of helping people on the tour including countless hours of beach, zip-line canopy, white water rafting, altogether it surpasses the common spring break events, and most of all they provide it for free! Nothing can beat that! The best spring break bar none! “The experi en very inspira ce at Cartago Deaf Sch tional. It op ened my eye ool was bigger worl do s to a are differen ut there. It showed m e that there t Deaf cultu res out there closely inte rwin that are - Dana Harm d with the culture of its co untry.” an

By Trevor De Rosch Over 70 students headed down to Costa Rica for a study trip. We were there to study the culture and interact with the deaf community. Costa Rica is a beautiful nation in Central America, full of rainforest surrounded by beaches. The people were very friendly, and the culture was amazing. I would highly recommend it to any new freshmen next semester. You will not regret going. As a New Signer, I was occasionally lost amongst the constant signed interpreting. In the United States, I could rely on the speaker to understand what was being said, as they would speak in English. However, in Costa Rica, the announcements and presentations were given in Spanish, and translated into ASL. This was the first true test of my signing skills. Personally, I think I did very well. I understood enough to know what the plans were for the day, when we needed to meet, and other things. If I didn’t understand, I could ask a person sitting near me to repeat for me. Despite my lack of receptive skills, I had a great time. Touring San Jose, watching the amazing view from the buses, visiting the deaf school and the beaches, and the activities. One time, while white water rafting, I found myself having to translate for the guide to my fellow rafters. It worked out well. I learned a little Spanish while in Costa Rica, reawakening my middle school Spanish lessons, which I had for the most part forgotten (when was I ever going to have a need for Spanish?). Meeting new people, both from Costa Rica and from Gallaudet, people I hadn’t seen before. All made this trip a very enjoyable experience. Pura Vida!


ALT: SPRING BREAK! Angela Vasquez’s Experience at Habitat of Humanity Six of us, Gallaudet students, spent time building a house in Lexington, VA with another group from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. They all wanted to learn sign language and had no fear working with us! For the entire week, we built the walls outside and inside the layout of the house through rainy and sunny days. It turned out beautiful! After we finished work for the day, we had fun hanging out together. We had a great bonding! We do have their Facebook to keep in touch since we left to school. I don't remember when I get bored during spring break! It was a very nice and historic town! I thought I would never have rest sometime during spring break but I was wrong! I did have time to do what I wanted like shopping, tour, and walking around small town! :-) I really needed to do that to free my mind with no stress from my life. We wouldn’t have done it without Joe, our teacher, and Thomas, our construction/interpreter, who were extremely patient with us! I came back to Gallaudet with a big smile, knowing I helped that community.

GRO: Spring Break in Honduras by Alim Chandani During
Gallaudet’s
spring
break,
four
students
and
one
faculty
member
 from
Gallaudet
University
joined
the
GRO
delegation
to
Honduras.
We
 worked
closely
with
the
Honduras
delegates
focusing
on
two
issues:
 leadership
skills
and
employment
opportunities.
During
the
week,
the
 delegates
focused
on
the
importance
of
the
issues
and
spreading
 awareness
to
the
deaf
community
in
Honduras.
The
trip
was
indeed
an
 interesting
experience
for
the
delegates
because
of
the
interconnection
 of
different
cultures
and
it
is
something
we
will
never
forget.
We
 cherished
every
moment
of
it.
The
delegates
from
USA
have
learned
so
 much
about
their
own
leadership
abilities
and
faced
the
challenges
on
 breaking
the
communication
barriers
with
the
Honduras
Delegates.
Not
 only
that,
some
USA
delegates
have
been
impacted
and
inspired
by
this
 experience
where
they
are
thinking
of
changing
their
career
goals.
If
you
 wish
to
see
more
about
the
delegates’
experiences,
we
have
posted
the
 vlogs
and
blogs
on
our
website:
www.globalreachout.org
 Global
Reach
Out
Initiative
(GRO)
is
a
non‐proMit
organization
that
 focuses
on
creating
a
sustainable
community
of
Deaf
advocates
through
 the
establishment
of
peer‐peer
cross‐cultural
programs
in
the
 developing
countries.


Community Outreach: Artistic Dialogue at the Smithsonian American Art Museum outreach n. (out-rēch') 3. A systematic attempt to provide services beyond conventional limits, as to particular segments of a community: an educational outreach for working professionals. Community outreach has always been part of Gallaudet’s academic curriculum in terms of community service and service learning in the greater community. I am an avid member of the art community in Washington, DC. A good friend of mine asked if I would be interested in being part of the ASL Gallery Guide program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I was intrigued by the opportunity because it would allow me to reach out to the Deaf community in bridging the gap with the art community in the Washington, DC area. The ASL Gallery Guide program would allow the Deaf community to attend a gallery talk hosted by one of our Deaf gallery guides in creating an artistic dialogue about the artwork at the Museum. It would allow the Deaf community to artistically express themselves and see art in a whole new way. The program will commence sometime in April. More information about gallery talks will be provided through Daily Digest, Facebook, and flyers throughout campus. If you are doing any kind of community outreach within your community, let us know!

Here
are
comments
from
the
USA
delegates
that
went
to
Honduras
for
 their
spring
break:

“GRO gave me the opportunity to receive an insight of the deaf community in Honduras. It provided me an opportunity to step outside of my "American" shoes and better understand the kinds of issues that still exist in our world within the deaf community. Based on this experience, I have built a passion to continue educating and advocating deaf individuals from all parts of the world.” – Lindsay Buchko

s ras wa Hon du in I e c . n e or m perie ficial f RO ex “My G d bene n e of a iv t g c in e nd persp w o utsta e cing n n pe d a experie develo after ia Flis r o m t is ic r e V volunte uras trip.” – nd the Ho

“It was an outstanding experience for me. We develo ped a close relationship with the Honduras delegates by working together and learning from each other through the trip.” – Bregitt Jimenez

by Taye Akinola


Study Corner... Need a quiet place to study? Need by Krista Brown

Who: Briana Johnson, freshman, From: Atlanta, GA Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She believes this quote applies to her everyday life and what she wants to accomplish in the future. Dream Job: Criminal Investigator

help or support with an assignment? I am here to guide you to TACKLE your TOUGHIES!

PLUS study table’s REGULAR hours are: Mondays and Thursdays: 7:30p-9:30p Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7p-9p

WON 1st place!! COME TO SAC 1212!

Career Center’s Dress for Success

Gallaudet Says Rape is WRONG by Krista Brown

On
Monday,
March
9th
one
hundred
and
fifty
 Gallaudetians
expressed
their
opinions
 against
rape
by
painting
their
faces
with
red
 paint
and
wearing
a
sign
that
said,
“Meet
me
 at
Foster
Auditorium
at
4
PM.”
These
 students
also
became
a
walking
 advertisement
for
a
brief
performance
by
a
 group
of
students
on
rape.
Approximately
 two
hundred
people
attended
this
 performance!
These
two
hundred
people
 include:
first
year
students,
undergraduates,
 graduates,
faculty,
and
staff.
The
show
was
 brief,
powerful,
and
poetic
–through
a


continuous
beating
drum,
red
lights,
and
a
 performance
seen
only
by
its
shadows.
Blair
 Rasmus
and
Krista
Brown
gave
the
audience
 some
things
to
think
about
through
statistics
 and
ways
the
Gallaudet
community
can
come
 together
to
make
a
stand
against
rape
 because
now
the
“elephant
in
the
room”
has
 been
revealed,
let
us
talk
and
do
something
 about
it!

Be
sure
to
keep
a
look
out
for
more
 events
on
campus,
and
get
involved!


Trip to Newseum by Alim Chandani The
Mield
trip
to
Newseum
with
the
FYE/PLUS
students
was
much
more
than
just
an
educational
 experience.
We
all
enjoyed
ourselves
by
becoming
future
news
reporters
by
reporting
live
about
 a
story
that
the
students
made
up.
We
also
witnessed
how
reporters
response
to
the
public
on
 NEWS
during
live
emergency
incidents
such
as
9/11.
There
was
a
Mloor
where
we
could
see
all
 the
historical
moments
in
the
USA,
from
1800s
to
now.
One
of
our
favorite
moments
was
 watching
a
4‐D
movie,
which
was
entirely
different
from
watching
a
3‐D
movie.
The
difference
is
 in
4‐D
movie;
we
could
experience
what
the
characters
are
experiencing
in
visual
and
tactile
 form.
For
example,
in
one
scene
a
woman
could
feel
rats
crawling
all
over
her
and
we
could
feel
it
 too!
It’s
amazing
how
technology
can
get
this
far!

We
also
saw
an
exhibition
where
they
 displayed
all
of
our
US
Presidents
and
the
dogs
that
they
had
in
the
white
house.
They
have
a
 portrait
ready
for
President
Obama’s
dog
to
be
up
there
soon.
Overall,
it
was
awesome
to
visit
 this
amazing
museum. Here
are
the
comments
from
our
students
who
have
their
own
perspectives
of
their
experience
 Submit your Photo to us by at
the
Newseum:

Tuesday, March 24th!

“I really enjoyed my visit to the Newseum with the PLUS group. My favorite part of the Newseum is the Interactive Newsroom. I liked trying to read a news report in front of live camera like they do on television. If I didn’t know a word I would pretend and make up a sign for it, but I knew most of the words. When I finished, I could watch film footage of myself in front of the White House like a real news reporter. The Interactive Newsroom shows people how the news reports are made. Newseum is an interesting place for people to visit.” - Gil Estrada

“I had a great time at Newseum! One thing I love at Newseum is  "I-Witness: A 4-D Time Travel Adventure" film.” -Shannon Buto


Another Survey?!? NOT AGAIN!!!! by Jesse Crane Most
of
you
probably
groan
and
roll
your
eyes
every
dme
you
get
a
friendly
e‐mail
encouraging
you
to
complete
a
survey
of
30‐something
quesdons.
I
wouldn’t
be
 too
surprised
by
now
when
you
see
an
email
with
“survey”,
you
immediately
delete
it
without
even
opening
first.
But
that’s
okay…thinking
about
it,
if
I
was
a
student
 and
had
received
a
similar
survey
for
the
4th
or
5th
dme,
I’d
probably
ignore
it
too.
Yet
if
I
understood
why
these
surveys
are
important
and
how
they
help
you
and
 future
students,
I
would
probably
be
more
willing
to
do
it.
So,
for
once
and
for
all,
I’ll
explain
a
bit
about
the
surveys
and
their
purpose.
 Why
do
we
send
out
a
survey
at
the
beginning,
middle,
and
end
of
the
semester?
Because
we
want
to
know
how
you
are
doing:
what
is
working
well
for
you,
and
 what
isn’t.
When
we
read
your
responses,
we
use
the
informadon
to
follow‐up
and
make
changes.
You
would
be
surprised
at
how
many
responses
we
received
from
 students
last
semester.
Actually
I
think
students
were
more
surprised
that
we
made
the
effort
to
reach
out
based
on
their
responses
and
comments.
And
we
do
share
 your
concerns
with
key
people,
anonymously.

Your
input
is
important
and
helps
us
make
your
experience
here
at
GU
a
beier
one.

 On
that
note,
tell
us
what
we
need
to
know.

We
appreciate
your
honesty
and
look
forward
to
seeing
what
you
have
to
say,
both
posidve
and
negadve!

And
thank
 you
for
helping
us
make
a
difference!

GOT NSP?

by Jasmine Garcia

Hello
all, Spring
break
is
actually
over!
Where
did
the
time
go?
I
am
sure
you
all
 had
a
good
break.
Six
of
our
new
signers
went
to
Costa
Rica
and
they
 had
a
great
time.

Check
out
Trevor’s
article! Currently,
I
am
keeping
track
of
new
students
for
fall
2009
to
maintain
 contact
with
them
to
prepare
everyone
for
New
Signers
Program
 (NSP).
Many
of
our
new
signers
are
deeply
inspired
and
excited
about
 coming.
The
attitudes
of
our
students
coming
to
NSP
have
changed
into
 positive
ones.
In
the
past,
NSP
was
called,
“
New
Student
Summer
 Program
(NSSP)
”,
and
was
formally
changed
to
NSP.
Enrollment
in
NSP
 has
been
small
in
recent
years.
My
goal
is
to
identify
more
prospective
 new
signers
because
Gallaudet
University
is
a
great
place
to
learn
ASL
 and
develop
knowledge
of
Deaf
Culture.

I
am
pleased
to
announce
that
 our
numbers
of
prospective
new
signer
students
are
rapidly
growing
 this
summer
and
I
am
looking
forward
to
have
a
tremendous
summer
 at
NSP!
 We
have
a
great
team
at
Gallaudet
University
who
continue
to
work
 together
on
recruiting
more
students,
especially
new
signers.
Once
 again,
if
you
happen
to
know
any
new
signers
in
your
home
state
or
 who
has
already
been
accepted
to
Gallaudet
and
doesn’t
ASL.

Please
 feel
free
to
contact
me
at:
Newsigners@Gallaudet.edu.
More
updates
 coming
soon.
Have
a
great
April!


GRAB the EXPERIENCE! by Jerri Lyn Dorminy Looking
for
Summer
work
experience?
Come
work
for
JumpStart! One
of
the
most
valuable
experiences
you
can
have
as
a
student
is
working
on
 campus
in
the
various
student
leadership
posidons.

FYE
is
proud
of
our
 student
leaders
and
we
want
to
tell
you
about
upcoming
opportunides
for
 you
to
put
your
skills
to
work,
develop
new
skills,
and
have
a
great
dme
while
 you
are
doing
it!

Summer Opportunities We’re
seeking
students
to
work
in
a
variety
of
roles
for
our
summer
 JumpStart
Program.

Posidons
available
include
ASL
Tutor,
Math
Tutor,
English
 Tutor,
and
Peer
Counselors.

 Tutors
will
work
as
Teaching
Assistants
in
the
classroom
during
the
morning,
 and
provide
tutoring
in
the
ajernoon
to
help
students
improve
their
ASL,
 English,
and
Math
skills.

They’ll
also
help
plan
co‐curricular
acdvides.

 Peer
Counselors
will
primarily
be
responsible
for
planning
ajernoon,
evening
 and
weekend
acdvides
and
as
Peer
Counselors/Advisors
for
students.

 Students
with
strong
interpersonal
skills
who
are
accepdng
and
inclusive
of
 students
from
a
wide
variety
of
backgrounds
are
encouraged
to
apply.

This
is
 a
great
experience
for
future
counseling,
educadon,
social
work,
and
 recreadon
majors! Interested
applicants
must
have
a
2.5
GPA
and
be
in
good
disciplinary
 standing
with
the
Office
of
Student
Conduct.
In
addidon,
all
student
leaders
 must
be
available
to
work
beginning
Monday
July
13th
undl
Friday
August
 21,including
weekend
work.

Room,
board,
and
compensadon
will
be
 provided.
If
you
are
interested,
please
email
JumpStart@gallaudet.edu
and
 we
will
explain
‘next
steps’.

Get
started
early
before
posidons
fill
up!

Fall Opportunities We’re
seeking
students
as
Peer
Leaders
for
our
GSR
101:
First
Year
Experience
 Seminar!

Peer
Leaders
primarily

act
as
a
Teaching
Assistant
and
Mentor

in
 one
of
the
GSR
101/FYS
courses.

Peer
Leaders
earn
3
credits
for
their
work
 and
develop
many
valuable
resume
building
experiences.

Interested
 applicants
should
be
Juniors
or
Seniors
,
maintain
at
least
a
3.0
GPA,
and
be
in
 good
disciplinary
standing
with
the
Office
of
Student
Conduct.

If
you
are
 interested,
please
email

Jessica.Crane@gallaudet.edu
and
she
will
explain
 the
applicadon
process.

Again,

get
started
early
before
posidons
fill
up!


Check Out!

APRIL ‘09

- Info on Cherry Blossom Festival, go to www.nationalcherryblossomf estival.org

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Peak of Cherry Blossom Festival at Jefferson Memorial

ColorFEST http://colorfest.webs.com/

PLUS Meeting at Union Station Meet at Benson Hall at 5pm

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RIT/Gallaudet Weekend Brickfest Be Safe! Bring Home the Trophy! www.ntid.rit.edu/sports/ ritgally%20weekend/ announcements.html

Fanstatic First Year Award Ceremony 4pm -5:30pm at MPR SAC GU President and Provost will be attending!

U.S. Capitol Tour 1pm Meet at Benson Hall Circle at 11:30am

REMEMBER THESE UPCOMING DATES: PLUS Success Celebration Monday, May 4, 2009 More information coming soon! Last Day of Classes Monday, May 4, 2009 Final Exams May 6-9, 2009

Got New and Creative Ideas? contact alim.chandani@gallaudet.edu

GSR 101/102s- Waters and Anderson

Commencement May, 15, 2009

6 transfer students taking Transfer Seminar course

2 first-year students in a Spring production called, Urinetown!!

7 first-year students on gBlog.gallaudet.edu

Special Thanks to the following people who helped to make this FYE Newsletter: Alim Chandani, Taye Akinola, Jesse Crane, Jasmine Garcia, Maria Waters, Darian Burwell, Judy Termini, Krista Brown, Angela Vasquez, Jerri Lyn Dorminy, and everyone who contributed to the newsletter.

71 first-year athletes on Varsity teams

DID YOU KNOW?

NAVIGATE

your way to SUCCESS!!

DON’T FORGET to wear your

BUFF& BLUE

on Wednesdays!

FYE Newsletter - April 2009  

Volume 1, Issue 2

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