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GALLAU D E T U NIVE R S ITY R E GIONAL CE NTE R Exciting seasonal news from Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southwest Farewell Arlene! As we welcome the new Interim Director, we also bid farewell to Arlene Gunderson, who has been the Director of GURC-SW since it first opened on January 12, 2011.
52nd NAD Biennial Conference
Gallaudet’s 150th Reunion
Statewide Conference for the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Gallaudet Youth Programs
GURC-SW Welcomes New Interim Director! Greetings E-Readers,
recruitment efforts, our center’s very own
My name is JoAnn Benfield, and I am the new
Youth Leadership Training, Academic Bowl, the
Interim Director for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. I
2+2 Interpreter Training Program, as well as
am very excited to begin this new journey, as I
several other tasks and prospects.
have already had a rich experience with the center. Some of you may remember me as the
I highly encourage you to visit our website at
www.austincc.edu/swgurc and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GURCSW to
My brief, yet deeply enriching experience as the Coordinator, prepared me for this exciting opportunity. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Arlene Gunderson, the former Director, for her advice, training, support, and
keep up to date with where we are and what events will occur within the southwestern states of: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
believing in my abilities to take on amazing tasks throughout my time with the center. I
I look forward to my term with the center and
wish her the best of luck on her journey as the
working with and for the southwestern region.
new Principal of the Colorado School for the
Have a fabulous year!
Deaf and Blind. Sincerely, This year, we have many exciting events
JoAnn Benfield, M.Ed
coming up. Our main focus will be on
GURC-SW Interim Director