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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!
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!
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
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“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
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
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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
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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
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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:
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“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!
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!
- Info on Cherry Blossom Festival, go to www.nationalcherryblossomf estival.org
Peak of Cherry Blossom Festival at Jefferson Memorial
PLUS Meeting at Union Station Meet at Benson Hall at 5pm
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
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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.
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