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WEEK ONE

JumpStart Newsletter

It’s been a busy week for the JumpStart community! 94 students are here! Our university has been busy making sure our students feel welcomed! We had no idea how BUSY we would be with such a large group. I bet you didn't know we accepted a new transfer student on our 4th day of JumpStart! Who knows, more may be coming.   Our teachers have created a syllabus where our students would have homework in the summer! Yes, homework! You should see their facial expressions when they saw they have homework due within a few days of

Community Service: Costa Rica

their arrival! That's what JumpStart is all about, giving you a head start on what to expect in college. Aside from academics, it is also knowing about your community as a Gallaudetian. We were fortunate to be part of celebrating 20 years of the passage of the American Disabilites Act.   As I was reviewing this newsletter, I read what the students said about JumpStart. We are all about putting the students' needs first. Every week you will see articles from different teachers, photos and most importantly,  the

Personal Discovery

JumpStart students in action! Your family and friends may want to know what is happening, please send them the link to the newsletter as well!   Your comments are important so please email jumpstart@gallaudet.edu if you are looking for something specific that isn't in the newsletter.   Thanks for a great week!

The Symbiosis of DPN and the ADA


Carie Palmer, PhD Applied Literacy Professor Common Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The common reading dialogue helps develop students’ reading skill, critical thinking, and facilitates group discussion about sensitive issues. Weekly, all 94 JumpStart students meet with Carie and Peer Counselors for a book dialogue in an interactive hour classroom setting.

What are we teaching? Who’s Who?

Marc Burton ASL Lead Instructor

Krista Brown English Instructor

Siskoth Chhun Math Instructor

Brad Dale ASL Instructor

Sharon Pajka, PhD English Lead Instructor

Tiffany Dodge r Math Lead Instructo

Nathalie Pluvoise ASL Instructor

Kurt Kaufmann English Instructor

Michelle Stricklen ASL Instructor


What’s your first impression of the JumpStart program? JumpStart is a program that puts the needs of the student first. What do you think that JumpStart will do for you? Exactly what the program is called, give me the ability to come into Gallaudet with a jump into the semester.

What’s your first impression of the JumpStart program? It’s a large group and I expect small classes. What do you think that JumpStart will do for you? My peer counselors give me good advice and are helpful because I am learning about Gallaudet’s history and its policies.

What’s your first impression of the JumpStart program? JumpStart is impressive because of many adventurous activities and diverse students. That motivates me to learn about Gallaudet. Overall, the JumpStart program welcomes me with big open arms. What do you think that Jumpstart will do for you?

SHANNA KUHLMAN JUMPSTART: NEW SIGNER FROM: VIRGINIA STATUS: READMIT; TRANSFER

J UAN MUN OZ JUMPSTART: ACADEMIC SUCCESS FROM: TEXAS STATUS: FRESHMAN

T Y RO N E P R I M O U S JUMPSTART: ACADEMIC SUCCESS FROM: ILLINOIS STATUS: TRANSFER

I believe that JumpStart will help me improve whichever areas I need to focus on.

What’s your first impression of the JumpStart program? My first impression of it was fascinating. I thought it was such an awesome idea to get students together who know little or no sign at all. I knew from the start that I would participate in this amazing opportunity to help me get the best experience at Gallaudet. What do you think that JumpStart will do for you? It will increase my signing ability for sure. I know I will be able to read lips and understand people sign. So, I’m looking forward to mastering it and learning about Deaf culture, which I’m so excited about.

STEPHANIE WEISS JUMPSTART: NEW SIGNER FROM: FLORIDA STATUS: FRESHMAN



JS Newsletter - Week One