Page 1

Fall 2016: Vol.4


• Signing Ceremony

• Upcoming Events

• GURC-S & ACC Info to Go

• Gallaudet Youth Programs

• VL2

• Gallaudet University Regional Centers

Exciting Seasonal News from Gallaudet University Regional Center - South

Valethia Linton-Busby: Fall Intern of GURC-South This recent Fall 2016 semester, we were fortunate to have Valethia Linton-Busby as our Intern. She is a Senior from Texas School for the Deaf and will be graduating this year. Valethia’s goal is to work in the hospitality field, but she wanted to gain some administrative and organizational skills. We had the pleasure of having her work closely with our Administrative Assistant, Libby Allen. If you want to learn more about Valethia’s experience at GURC-South, you can view her video at http://

Fall 2016: Vol.4

Toured the White House during the GURC annual meeting. GURC-South Director visits the North Carolina School for the Deaf to prepare for the upcoming South Regional Academic Bowl.

Gallaudet University President Cordano and NOVA President Ralls.

Students asking questions during college day in San Antonio, TX.

President Ralls of Northern Virginia Community College gives brief remarks during the articulation agreement signing ceremony at Gallaudet University.

Daniel Girard, Gallaudet University’s Coordinator of Youth Programs Operations, poses in front of North Carolina School for the Deaf.

President Cordano gives brief remarks during the articulation agreement signing ceremony at Gallaudet University, while NOVA President Ralls looks on.

Fall Highlights September-December

Our Fall season brought us to several places and events. We attended a conference, transition and college fairs, had an articulation agreement signing ceremony (see page 3), had our annual GURC meeting, and made a site visit to our South Academic Bowl regional competition site. GURC-South travels to the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are interested in having GURC-South visit your school, community college, transition fair, expo, or attend a conference please contact us at You can also check out our whereabouts at: in our upcoming events.


Fall 2016: all 2016: Vol.4.4


Gallaudet and Northern Virginia Community College establish collaboration to benefit ASL interpretation students


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.

Graduates from Gallaudet's interpretation degree programs work in a variety of settings for organizations, individuals, and government agencies. Alumni of the programs work in settings such as business, education, government, theatre, medicine, law, healthcare, and video relay.

At Gallaudet, students are immersed in a bilingual living and learning environment of American Sign Language and English. Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students from the United States and abroad all live and study on Gallaudet's Washington, D.C. campus. 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. Gallaudet and NOVA held an articulation agreement signing ceremony on October 31 at Gallaudet to commemorate the partnership. "Equal access in communications is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, too many deaf and hard of hearing people do not have access to qualified interpreters," said Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano. "There is a critical need for skilled interpreters to help us achieve equal communications access in schools, court rooms, public meetings, hospitals and doctor's offices. NOVA alumni will help us achieve the goal of equal communications access for all."   Gallaudet is the only university in the world to offer interpretation programs from the bachelor's level to the doctorate level within a sign language immersive environment. Gallaudet's award-winning interactive interpretation laboratories prepare students for a highdemand career through hands-on training in a variety of medical, business, education, and government settings.

Photo by Zhee Chatmon. "Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of interpreters serving the deaf community and we do this by collaborating with community colleges in offering the opportunity to transfer their graduates to our university," said Dr. Melanie Metzger, chair of the Gallaudet University Department of Interpretation. "We want to also increase our understanding of the products and processes of interpretation and translation, as well as to better understand more about successful interpreters and translators, whether they be deaf, hard of hearing, and or hearing, through research.” 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 Center for the Advancement of Interpretation and Translation Research includes a library, filming rooms, and student research bays with video and statistical software.

"When NOVA alumni come to Gallaudet, they will find a community like no other place in the world," said Gallaudet University Provost Carol Erting. "They will be immersed in our living and learning environment with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, faculty, and staff. NOVA alumni will learn under and conduct research with faculty members who are both professional interpreters and scholars Written by Kaitlin Luna in their field.” Published November 2, 2016


Fall 2016: Vol.4


Coming Soon!

Winter Highlights

Academic Bowl Regionals


& more!


Spring/Summer 2016: Vol.4


Youth Empowership Training and click on Youth Empowership Training

Check out Austin Community College’s ESOL-DHH and ASLIT Programs! 5

Spring/Summer 2016: Vol.4


Check out the weblink for more Youth Programs information.


Spring/Summer 2016: Vol.4



Spring/Summer 2016: Vol.4



Spring/Summer 2016: Vol.4


Connect With Us!


E-Newsletter Fall 2016  

GURC-South's Fall 2016 edition.

E-Newsletter Fall 2016  

GURC-South's Fall 2016 edition.