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School of Human Services and Sciences

Counseling

Francine White Outstanding Counseling Student Award

for a graduate student who demonstrate high aptitude for and commitment to counseling

Dominique Jimenez

About the Award

Dr. Francine White served for 23 years (1981- 2004) as a faculty member of the Department of Counseling. Fran was a wonderful teacher, advisor, and school counseling program director. Fran had a deep interest in providing training on alcohol and drug prevention. She also developed elective courses on Gay and Lesbian Issues. What made Fran special was her keen interest in and love for foster children, their rights, and welfare.

After Dr. Fran White, passed away in 2004, The Department of Counseling established the Fran White Outstanding Student Award to recognize a student who has demonstrated:

1. Dedication and commitment to the field of counseling and the Deaf

2. Engagement with the Department, University, and/or community

3. Ability to relate with peers; professionals; and deaf consumers

4. Potential to be an outstanding professional counselor

The Department of Counseling’s graduating students and faculty have selected Dominique Jimenez to be the 2020 recipient of the Fran White award. Congratulations, Dominique!

Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences

R. Steven Ackley Memorial Scholarship

for a student in the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences who exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Steve Ackley, who was a beloved colleague, mentor, and friend to many; this memorial award is made in celebration of his warmth, humor and devotion to his students and his commitment to audiology and deaf education.

Bryn Griswold & Talah Wafa

About the Award

This scholarship was established to celebrate Steve’s warmth, humor and devotion to his students, and to honor his commitment to Audiology and Deaf Education, this memorial award is presented to a student in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences who exemplifies Dr. Ackley’s legacy. This year, the department chose two recipients: Bryn Griswold, an AuD student, and Dr. Talah Wafa, a Ph.D. student.

Jane Handelsman & David Pryor Hendrix Memorial

for the professional training of outstanding students in the Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences in order to facilitate the provision of service to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and established by Dr. and Mrs. Jacob Handelsman and Mr. and Mrs. William Hendrix in memory of their children, Jane Handelsman, a graduate of our audiology program, and her husband David Pryor Hendrix

Kyle Langfitt & Emily Thompson

About the Award

The Handelsman-Hendrix Memorial Fund was established by their families to honor the memory of Jane Handelsman, a 1980 graduate of the Audiology program, and her husband David Pryor Hendrix. The award recipient shall be one who has demonstrated a record of achievement and service to Gallaudet’s community of concern, and who manifests those personal qualities for which Jane and David Pryor are remembered: compassion, integrity, leadership and warm-heartedness. This year, the audiology program selected two recipients: Kyle Langfitt and Emily Thompson.

Adrienne L. Kaplan Memorial Endowment Fund

for the professional training of outstanding students in order to facilitate the provision of service to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and established by Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Kaplan in memory of their daughter who, although not deaf, had a physical disability that impacted her ability to communicate

Madeline Kedrowicz

About the Award

The Adrienne Kaplan Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Kaplan in memory of their daughter who, although not deaf, suffered from a physical disability that interfered with her communication. The award is designed to support the professional training of outstanding students in the Department. The award is presented to a student in Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. Selection is made by the Department based upon academic excellence and clinical performance. This year the department chose a first-year speech-language pathology student, Madeline Kedrowicz.

Seltzer League Award

for a student who has demonstrated excellence in both the academic and clinical areas of the Speech-Language Pathology Program, a student who is expected to broaden the understanding of hearing and hearing loss

Ellyn Palmer

About the Award

The Seltzer League Award recognizes a first year speech-language pathology student who has demonstrated excellence in both academic and clinical endeavors. This year the SLP program selected Ellyn Palmer.

Award for Excellence in Speech-Language Pathology

for a speech-language pathology student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical and academic endeavors and is expected to make significant contributions to the profession and to deafness

Lauren Kelley

About the Award

The Excellence in Speech-Language Pathology Award recognizes a second-year student who demonstrates excellence in clinical and academic endeavors and is expected to make significant contributions to the field. This year the SLP program recognizes Lauren Kelley. Since her two years at Gallaudet, she has demonstrated strong clinic and academic success. In addition, her thesis project combined research and clinical practice in supporting D/HH children who struggle with language acquisition.

Award for Excellence in Audiology

for a first-year audiology student who has demonstrated excellence in clinical and academic endeavors and is expected to make significant contributions to the profession and to deafness

Dominique Calandrillo

About the Award

The Excellence in Audiology Award recognizes a first-year student who demonstrates excellence in clinical and academic endeavors and is expected to make significant contributions to the field. This year the audiology program selected Dominique Calandrillo. Not only does she have a background and interest in research, but she has also transitioned knowledge into strong clinical practice. She has an easy interactive style that helps develop rapport with clients.

Award for Excellence in Ph.D. in HSLS

for a PhD student in HSLS who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and/or collaborative endeavors

Ashley Zaleski-King & Melissa Kokx-Ryan

About the Award

The Excellence in PhD in HSLS Award recognizes a PhD student who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and/or collaborative endeavors. The department is thrilled to announce two recipients: Dr. Ashley Zaleski-King and Dr. Mel Kokx-Ryan. Their dissertation projects have contributed significant new knowledge to the field.

Psychology

Larry G. Steward Award

for an outstanding student in school psychology

Paul Silvasi

About the Award

The Larry G. Stewart award is awarded to a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. The recipient of the award demonstrates outstanding professionalism, integrity and commitment to research and clinical practice with the deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communities. This year our award is presented to Paul Silvasi. Congratulations!

Elizabeth Peet Award

for an outstanding student in clinical psychology

Katherine Daley

Transcript

Hi I am Tania Thomas-Presswood Director of the School Psychology Program. Every year the faculty selects a student for the Elizabeth Peet Award. This year the faculty selected Katherine Daley. Congratulations!

Additional text blurb for the website:

Katherine is an outstanding student who always produces excellent work. Katherine is highly respected by her peers and gained the trust of practicum supervisors due to superb work with children and teachers. The faculty selected Katherine unanimously for this honor based on:

  • A consistently high level of performance in coursework and professional dispositions
  • Exemplary scholarship in comprehensive examinations
  • Commitment to the highest standards of professional practice at practicum sites

 

School of Language, Education, and Society Awards

Education

Daniel T. Cloud Award

for two outstanding graduating students in memory of Daniel T. Cloud

Margaret Lambertson & Roxanna Rocha

About the Award

This is an annual award to two outstanding students (one hearing, one deaf) studying deaf education.

Helen Fay Award

for the student most likely to make a significant contribution to the field of teaching deaf children and who is expected to remain in the field for some time

Joshua Hanna

About the Award

This award is given to a student who is most likely to make an outstanding contribution to the field of teaching deaf or hard of hearing children.

Majorie Stull Memorial Scholarship Award

for a first-year student who has demonstrated scholastic ability and aptitude for teaching deaf children

Dara Hoffman & Neha Balachandran

About the Award

This award is given to a student who has shown exceptional ability and aptitude in teaching students who are deaf on the basis of first-year graduate student performance. Dara Hofmann Dara is an excellent student who excels in all of her classes, and in a practicum where her current cooperating teachers gave rave reviews on her performance. Dara is an inquisitive student who asks thoughtful questions, is a team player, and comes prepared for every class. In the practicum, Dara reaches out to challenging students and is able to create a classroom environment that is based on mutual respect so that students can concentrate on their schoolwork.

Interpretation and Translation

2020 MAI Awards Script

Paul Harrelson, Ph.D.: Every year the faculty of the MA in interpretation program gives two awards, the Ron Coffey Award and the Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award. Steven Collins, Ph.D.: The Ron Coffey Award is presented by the Interpretation faculty to an outstanding student interpreter graduating with a Master of Arts in Interpretation who demonstrates a commitment to the profession. Pamela Collins, Ph.D.: Ron Coffey was a truly noteworthy interpreter whose work served as an inspiring model to our students. Paul Dudis, Ph.D.: The Ron Coffey Award goes to … Austin Rutland. APPLAUSE! Anita Harding: The Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award is presented by the Interpretation faculty and recognizes an exemplary interpretation research paper completed by a student during their graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Interpretation program. Dani Hunt, Ph.D.: The Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award goes to … Catherine Ledden. Paul Harrelson, Ph.D.: Congratulations to these two outstanding students … and all of the wonderful students graduating this year! Congratulations to the class of 2020. APPLAUSE!

Ron Coffey Award

for an outstanding interpretation student

Catherine Ledden

Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award

for a graduate student who has completed an exemplary interpretation research paper while enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interpretation Program

Austin Rutland

M.A. in International Development

Euphrasia Mbewe Award for Excellence in Social Advocacy Work

for a student who has demonstrated excellence in social advocacy work while enrolled in the International Development Program

Olufemi Ige

Alexander Mentkowski

About the Award

This award recognizes IDMA graduate student initiative in working with signed language communities to address social inequalities through practical advocacy and collaborative partnerships.

In his graduate coursework and internships, Olufemi Ige demonstrated great determination to analyze, understand, and advocate for changes in social policy and organizational structures that historically marginalized deaf people and people with disabilities. Conducting internships at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, and at CBM International in Abuja, Nigeria, Olufemi’s steadfast approach to disability-inclusive development introduced non-deaf International Development professionals to social and human rights models of inclusion and promoted innovation in organizational policy and programming to advance implementation of rights-based approaches with local stakeholders. Olufemi’s social advocacy work also encouraged the organizations he worked with to expand their outreach and recruitment to deaf professionals and professionals with disabilities. Congratulations to Olufemi Ige!

Alexander “Alex” Mentkowski began his graduate career eager to contribute to the advancement of Deaf leadership in local and national development spaces and to also strengthen Deaf political organizing and international collaboration. Alex cultivated internship experiences allowing him to learn from senior Deaf professionals in Gallaudet’s Office of Research Support & International Affairs–for whom he developed a global database on Deaf organizational and signed language resources. Alex was then selected for Save the Children organization’s Disability Inclusion Guyer Fellow position–a highly competitive fellowship position at their Washington, DC-based headquarters. In that role, Alex contributed to the development of disability-inclusive policy and programming initiatives for STC’s worldwide projects, as well as contributing to the development of disability-inclusive employee recruitment and retention. In addition, Alex conducted an additional internship with Deaf Legal Advocacy Worldwide in Indonesia to identify Deaf community interest in pursuing the study and practice of legal advocacy. Congratulations to Alexander Mentkowski!

IDMA Program Award for Excellence in Policy Development and Research

for a student who has demonstrated excellence in policy development and research while enrolled in the International Development Program

Nichelle Steffan

About the Award

This award recognizes IDMA graduate student methodological and/or theoretical innovation in conducting policy development and analysis, or other research contributing to understanding connections between signed languages and human rights.

Throughout her graduate career, Nichelle Steffen has consistently pursued critical research projects that offer insights for policy development and reform. Nichelle conducted two graduate internships: The first, with Humanity & Inclusion, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, centering on Shared Governance and Disability Inclusion. The second, with Chemonics, based at the St. Anthony’s School Nkozi in Uganda, centering on connections between sustainable livestock programming and sustainable education. In both roles, Nichelle promoted the inclusion of deaf community diversities, including but not limited to the intersectional understanding of Deaf and Blind experiences. Through such activities, Nichelle directly impacted these organizations to expand planning for diverse deaf and disability representation in project development and implementation. Pursuing a dual-degree in Deaf Studies, Nichelle also developed an original research study examining DeafBlind people’s classroom experiences in the US, which she is currently in the process of writing up for graduate requirements and publication. This research has the potential to directly inform understanding of DeafBlind pedagogies. Nichelle was also among the first students to study Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness at Gallaudet and developed research examining organizational approaches to disability-inclusive disaster management. Congratulations to Nichelle Steffen!

Linguistics

Robert E. Johnson Award

for an outstanding linguistics student

Lee Ann Tang • Chanika Dorsey

About the Award

Debbie Chen Pichler: The Robert E. Johnson Outstanding Graduate Linguistics Award was established in honor of Bob Johnson, who founded the Linguistics Department here at Gallaudet 35 years ago. Thank you, Bob! This year the award will be presented to two students: Lee Ann Tang [Lee Ann’s namesign] and Chanika Dorsey [Chanika’s namesign]. Congratulations to both of you!

Julie Hochgesang:: Lee Ann and I have worked together closely for MoLo, a research project. She was our lead interviewer. I’ve been so impressed with her level of professionalism and her ability to engage with people. She has a wonderful ability to gather information from a variety of people. If not for her involvement, we would be lost! We’re so thankful for Lee Ann.

Debbie Chen Pichler: Hi Lee Ann! Congratulations! Congratulations!

Julie Hochgesang: And now for Chanika, I’ve been very impressed by her level of involvement, her thoughtfulness in asking questions, her reflection on content and research, and her ability to pull all of those observations together. She really asks wonderful questions and has shown a truly impressive level of involvement.

Risa Shaw: Yay! Congratulations!

Deanna Gagne: Congratulations to you both! We hope to see you around soon, and we look forward to seeing your accomplishments that are to come!

Julie Hochgesang: We look forward to seeing you as fellow linguists!

Miako Villanueva: Congratulations!

Risa Shaw: Happy award to you! Congratulations! Hooray!

Ryan Lepic: Awesome! Congratulations! Thumbs up!

Debbie Chen Pichler: Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

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