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FALL 2015!



Gallaudet University Regional Center Exciting Seasonal News from Gallaudet University Regional Center - South

GURCs Granted another 5 years! This fall, the Gallaudet University Regional Centers (GURCs) received wonderful news! Our centers were granted another 5 years on our contract. The GURCs are funded by grants in order to do the amazing outreach work that we provide for our regions. We are proudly the arms and legs of Gallaudet University. Our center is no longer the Southwest region. We have gained 11 new states with the two states we had from the Southwest region. Our center is now the Gallaudet University Regional Center - South.


Our center now serves the states of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, go to gurcsouth

What’s Inside! • • • • • •

Fall Highlights GU Appoints New President Attention! GURC-S & ACC Info to Go Youth Programs VL2



FALL HIGHLIGHTS! Start Here...Get There!

SERID Conference

Team Builders 8

On October 21, 2015 GURC-South presented its 2nd Bi-Annual“Start Here...Get There! program to ACC students and the Austin, Texas community.

GURC-South’s Interim Director, JoAnn Benfield, attended the 2015 Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness Conference from October 25-28, 2015.

GURC-South collaborated with Austin Community College’s ESOL and ITP to bring Team Building 8 to Austin, Texas on November 6, 2015 at the Eastview Campus.

This program brought together approximately 40 deaf and hard of hearing, as well as Interpreter Training Program students, staff, and community members. The purpose of this presentation is to keep current and prospective students, staff, and the community updated on Austin Community College and Gallaudet University’s new and current programs.

This conference was held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the theme was Making Waves for Success. This conference provides educational and professional development for those that work with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, and latedeafened individuals. The purpose of the conference is to allow collaboration with communities within these efforts and promote vacant positions in various programs. Their deaf keynote speakers were Claudia Gordon, from the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Matt Hamill, a UFC fighter.

Team Builders 8 (TB8) is an organizational consulting and leadership training company that provides team-building, organizational development, leadership training, professional coaching, and strategic planning facilitation.

The attendees were able to meet staff members at ACC who were also Gallaudet Alumni. They were also able to view testimonials from students who are currently Gallaudet students that transferred from ACC, or students who were former Gallaudet students that transferred to ACC. This gave them a scope of insights on what programs they were unaware of and what to expect through their journey or potential transfer experience. For more information on Austin Community College, go to: For more information on Gallaudet University, go to:


JoAnn Benfield attended this conference to network with new individuals and programs as GURC-South has adopted most of the southeastern states. She says, “This was a great conference to meet other professionals that work with the deaf and hard of hearing community and to build better relationships.” People who attended this conference were able to earn CEUs and promote their business and programs at daily exhibitions.

ACC contracted TB8 (Laura Cook and Lisa Swanson) to provide a group of faculty and staff members from several select departments with a one-day training and planning retreat. The retreat, themed, ‘Building a Signing Community’ was sponsored by GURC-South and the ACCESOL department. To read more about TB8 at ACC, go to and click on Gallaudet and GURC-South highlights. To learn more about TB8, visit their website at:

For more information on this conference, visit:



FALL HIGHLIGHTS! Marshall H.S. Career Fair

GURC Annual Meeting

KYCEC Conference

GURC-South’s Interim Director, JoAnn Benfield and Administrative Assistant, Libby Allen traveled to San Antonio, Texas for John Marshall High School’s Career Fair on November 10, 2015.

GURC-South’s Interim Director, JoAnn Benfield went to Washington, D.C. for the Gallaudet University Regional Centers annual meeting from November 16-19, 2015.

From November 22-24, 2015, GURCSouth’s Interim Director, JoAnn Benfield, attended the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children’s conference in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House.

This career fair invited several colleges, businesses, and military programs to exhibit our programs and services. Over 2,500 students attended this event during their lunch hours.

Every year, the GURCs meet in Washington, DC to collaborate, update our knowledge on Gallaudet’s new programs, and share our center’s highlights.

This year marks the first year of Gallaudet University regional Center - South embarking on connecting with new regional states. This conference was a great conference to network with people in the field of education - with a focus on deaf and hard of hearing students as well as others with disabilities.

Our exhibit drew in various students that were interested in ASL or are deaf and hard of hearing attending the school. Some of them were considering continuing their education in ASL. Approximately 300 students are currently taking ASL 1 or 2 at this school. The school also has a deaf and hard of hearing program. A few of the deaf and hard of hearing students that came to our exhibit remembered us from a Youth Leadership Training we hosted last year. For more information on John Marshall High School, visit their website at:

This year, we learned a lot of exciting things in regards to Gallaudet with their new tagline: Connect, Discover, Influence. We also learned about many new programs that Gallaudet will be offering. To learn more about Gallaudet’s new tagline, visit: connectdiscoverinfluence-.html Gallaudet now has a newly renovated 4th floor at the Hall Memorial Building and now the new Science/Technology/ Mathematics (STM) program area. It features new labs, new equipment, new classrooms, and new courses. For more information, visit:

Gallaudet University Regional Center Midwest’s Director, Sheri Cook, was one of the guest presenters. Her topic focused on, “Preparing Your Deaf/Hard of Hearing Child for Success as an Adult.” This brought in educators and professionals in the deaf and hard of hearing field that wanted to learn more about how to support their students and preparing them for life after high school. To learn more about this conference and other topics of interest can be viewed at:

The Youth Programs has introduced a new program that will commence this summer. The new program has been named the Young Scholars Program: r/Evolutionary Stages. To learn more about this program and other Youth Programs, go to: http:// youth-programs.html For more information on our regional centers, go to: outreach-programs.html



SOUTH NEWS GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT On October 9, 2015, Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees announced Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, J.D. as the next President of Gallaudet. Bobbi Cordano will begin her reign as Gallaudet’s 11th President beginning January 1, 2016. She is currently the Vice President of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We congratulate her and wish her the best of luck on her new journey. We bid farewell to T. Alan Hurwitz, our current Gallaudet University President and wish him the best on his retirement at the end of this year. He has been a major part of many positive changes at Gallaudet. Thank you for 5 1/2 wonderful years of leading Gallaudet to greatness. To read more about President select Roberta Cordano, visit this link:




ATTENTION! Coming Soon! • • • • • • • • •


School Visits/Training Parent Night Jr. NAD Retreat SW Regional Academic Bowl TSD Summer Camp Expo SE Regional Academic Bowl Houston Transition Fair SXSWEdu Conference and more...



GURC-South & ACC Info to Go Our Youth Leadership Training is undergoing construction at the moment. Keep your eyes peeled for new information soon! For information on our past Youth Leadership trainings, go to: and click on Youth Leadership Training

ACC’s ESOL and Interpreter Training Program information is undergoing construction. Keep your eyes peeled for a new website link and brochure coming soon! For current and past information, go to: and type Deaf and Hard of Hearing or ASLIT in Search ACC




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