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Counseling

Francine White Outstanding Counseling Student Award

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

Hannah Coleman • Yuye Gao • Jesse Mendez • Mariah Nevers • Raquel Grindstaff • Delasha Singleton

About the Award

The Fran White Outstanding Counselor Student Award recognizes a counseling student who has demonstrated the following:

  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
  5. Typically, our department presents this award to a single student –one from each of our programs in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling.

However, we have decided to approach this differently this year in light of the overwhelming, unprecedented challenges we all faced during the academic year of 2020-2021 with the pandemic of COVID-19 and the sudden halt of in-person to remote learning and teaching, the murder of George Floyd and numerous other Black men and women reigniting a global movement to dismantle systemic racism throughout the country…and most recently with the rise in AAPI hate incidences and crimes across the country, etc.

All of these external circumstances brought on a landslide of stressors for our students causing quite a disruption to their education and professional training particularly while they were out in their fieldwork placements over the last year into this, their final year.

In spite of these hardships, our cohort of 2020-2021, remained resolute in their commitment to their education AND their professionalism in servicing their clients. Their potential to continue to be “outstanding” professional counselors in their respective disciplines is undoubtedly clear to the department faculty, and it is for this reason that we are very proud to be presenting this award to each of the students in our 2020-2021 cohort! The students in this cohort are:

  • Hannah Coleman
  • Yuye Gao
  • Jesse Mendez
  • Mariah Nevers
  • Raquel Grindstaff
  • Delasha Singleton

Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences

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

Maggie Gehm

About the Award

Maggie has excelled in her short, largely remote, time here at Gallaudet. She has gone above and beyond in coursework and in her time as a research assistant, acquiring skills beyond the expectations of the program. She works in the peer mentoring program, and has supported the department moving forward in many ways. In the clinic, she is enthusiastic and committed. She respects and recognizes the needs of her clients, keeping them the center of attention while in her care.

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

Johnathon O’Neal

About the Award

Johnathon is a very enthusiastic student who actively seeks out learning opportunities across multiple areas of study. He demonstrates a natural ability and interest in connecting with others and when faced with new experiences, Johnathon often takes the lead without hesitation. He is naturally inquisitive and demonstrates the independent learning style needed in higher education and professional practice.

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

Emily Quinn Parks

About the Award

Emily Quinn brings calming positivity to the cohort. Like Dr. Ackley, Emily Quinn is encouraging and supportive to her fellow classmates both clinically and academically. Her passion for the profession is abundant and her ability to draw on previous experiences prior to coming to Gallaudet has helped her become a natural clinician!

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

Erika Slothower

About the Award

Hello. The speech-language pathology program is thrilled to announce our award recipients for spring 2021. Our first award is called the award for excellence in speech-language pathology. This award is for a student who is graduating and during their two years at Gallaudet has shown strong academic success. This year, the speech-language pathology program selected Erika Slothower. Erika has natural clinical skills and is skilled at interacting with a variety of ages and client types. At the same time, she has demonstrated academic success. Congratulations Erika.

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

Melissa Richardson

About the Award

Hello. The speech-language pathology program is thrilled to announce our award recipients for May 2021. This award is the Adrienne Kaplan Memorial Endowment Fund. This award is given to a first-year graduate student. Out program selected Melissa Richardson this year. Melissa will soon finish her first year here at Gallaudet. During this time, she has shown strong academic and clinical skills. In class, she participates and works collaboratively with classmates. In the clinical setting, she has a natural interaction style with different clients. Congratulations Melissa.

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

Erin Curran

About the Award

Hello. The speech-language pathology program is thrilled to announce our award recipients for May 2021. This award is the Adrienne Kaplan Memorial Endowment Fund. This award is given to a first-year graduate student. Out program selected Melissa Richardson this year. Melissa will soon finish her first year here at Gallaudet. During this time, she has shown strong academic and clinical skills. In class, she participates and works collaboratively with classmates. In the clinical setting, she has a natural interaction style with different clients. Congratulations Melissa.

Psychology

Larry G. Steward Award

for an outstanding student in school psychology

Denise Fedlan

About the Award

Each year the Clinical Psychology Program Faculty recommends a student to receive the Larry G. Stewart award, in honor of Professor Larry Stewart, who taught in the Department of Psychology and demonstrated commitment to professionalism, integrity, and highest standards related to theory, practice, and research in psychology and deaf people. This year, the award goes to Denise Fedlan.

Denise is currently an advanced student in the clinical psychology program. She will soon begin her predoctoral clinical internship. She successfully defended her dissertation, Examining the Relationship between Perceived Parenting Style and Attachment in Deaf Adults. Her studies have highlighted her skill in research design and quantitative analysis.

She stands out as a leader among her peers. She has taken on a number of leadership roles, most recently becoming our program’s student representative and serving as a liaison between students and program faculty. Congratulations Denise!

Elizabeth Peet Award

for an outstanding student in clinical psychology

Tobias Canterbury • Maia Quinn

About the Award

Hello Everyone, I am Dr. Robert Whitaker, faculty in the Gallaudet School Psychology Program. I am here to announce this year’s winners of the Elizabeth M. Peet Fellowship. Dr. Elizabeth Peet was a professor of English, Latin, and French from 1900 to 1950 and Gallaudet’s Dean of Women from 1928 until her retirement in 1951. The fellowship was established in 1987 by Laurence and Elizabeth Randall in honor of Dr. Peet. Every year, the Gallaudet School Psychology Program faculty chooses an advanced graduate student pursuing a degree in School Psychology with a subspecialty in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.

The recipient demonstrates commitment, enthusiasm, and skill in providing psychological services for deaf school children and whose work holds the potential for significant contributions in the field of school psychology. I am excited to announce the 2021 Elizabeth M. Peet Fellowship winners. Tobias Canterbury and Maia Quinn! Tobias and Maia have shown consistent excellence in their course work, advanced performance on comprehensive examinations, and a commitment to the highest standards of professional practice. Tobias and Maia show potential for important contributions in the field of school psychology. Congratulations to you both!

School of Language, Education and Society

M.A. in Sign Language Education

Dr. Nathie L. Marbury Award

for two graduate students who influence significant systemic change in the field of sign language education

Erica Miley • Vyron Kinson • Krishna Madaparthi

About the Award

The three people who are receiving an award are recognized. The award is called Dr. Nathie Marbury—Black Deaf teacher, poet, storyteller, and innovator who is heavily involved in the Deaf community, especially the Black Deaf community to fight ASL education against the system for the betterment.

Masters in Sign Language Education Academic Achievement Award

for two graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in the field of sign language education

Nha Kim • Jenna Smith • Desiree Duong

About the Award

The three people who are receiving an award are recognized. The award is called MA- SLED Academic Achievement.

Masters in Sign Language Education Award

for two graduate students who exhibit pedagogical innovation and aptitude in the field of sign language education

Eduardo Ayala • Leeza Williams • Jerome Lagaya

About the Award

The three people who are receiving an award are recognized. The award is called MA- SLED Education—pedagogical innovation—- technology related.

Education

Daniel T. Cloud Award

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

Gara Gabriel • Neha Balachandran

About the Award

The Daniel Cloud Award is for students who have done outstanding work in their studies. There are two recipients of this award. The first one goes to a student who successfully completed her graduate studies and student teaching in Elementary Education and Deaf Education. She is a dedicated student. The award goes to…. Gara Gabriel. Congratulations!

The second recipient is a student who successfully completed her courses and student teaching in Deaf Education. She is passionate about teaching and excelled in supporting other students in the department. The award goes to… Neha Balachandran. Congratulations!

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

Hannah Neild

About the Award

The Helen Fay Award is for a graduate student judged most likely to contribute to the field of teaching deaf students and to remain in the field for some time. This recipient is an outstanding student who will make a great impact on Deaf/hoh children. The award goes to… Hannah Neild. Congratulations!

Majorie Stull Memorial Scholarship Award

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

Stephanie La Salle • Brianna DiGiovanni

About the Award

This award is given to a second-year student in the Dept. of Education who has demonstrated academic ability and aptitude for teaching the deaf on the basis of first year-Graduate school performance. This year we will be giving this award to two recipients who excelled in their studies during their first year. The award goes to…Stephanie La Salle and Brianna DiGiovanni. Congratulations to both students!

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

Christine “Chrissie” Marshall

About the Award

In her internships with Special Olympics International and InterAction, Christine has championed advocacy for deaf, deaf-disabled, and other deaf-intersectional representation within the International Development field. Her leadership in these internship roles strengthened workforce recruitment and programming that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion for all stakeholders engaged in International Development. Christine has also advanced research on and resource development related to deaf community healthcare access in multilingual settings.

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

Nageena Ahmadzai

About the Award

In her internships with Chemonics International and FHI360, Nageena has been instrumental in advancing progressive policy development related to education access for women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Throughout this work Nageena has provided an emphasis on education for deaf women/girls and women/girls with disabilities. She has set forth recommendations for research methodologies for the collection of disaggregated disability data and for intersectionality-oriented approaches for engaging deaf people in Gender Equity and Social Inclusion initiatives (GESI).

Interpretation and Translation

Ron Coffey Award

for an outstanding interpretation student

Tierra Carter

About the Award

The Ron Coffey Award is presented by the faculty to an outstanding student interpreter graduating with a Master of Arts in Interpretation who demonstrates a commitment to the profession. Ron Coffey was a truly noteworthy interpreter whose work served as an inspiring model to our students. The Ron Coffey Award goes to … Tierra Carter!

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

Christina DeHart

About the Award

The Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award is presented by the faculty and recognizes an exemplary interpretation research project completed by a student during their graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Interpretation program. Barbara Babbini Brasel, a Deaf woman, and interpreter educator, was a pioneer in interpreting research. The Barbara Babbini Brasel Research Award goes to … Christina DeHart! Congratulations to these two outstanding students … and all of the wonderful students graduating this year! Congratulations to the class of 2021!

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!

School of Arts and Humanities

Deaf Studies

George Veditz Deaf Studies Award

for a graduate student who has made and will continue to make an impact on the field of Deaf Studies

Ai Takayama

About the Award

In my capacity as the program coordinator for the Deaf Studies MA program, it is my great pleasure to announce the winner of this year’s George Veditz Deaf Studies Award. This award is for students who have and will continue to make an impact on the field of Deaf Studies. This year’s winner is Ai Takayama. Ai is a student who works hard and makes many contributions but that is not all. Ai has really made a big contribution to the deaf community in Japan. She is a student that I have learned a lot from, not just as a teacher but also as a human being. It has been wonderful having her in the program. I am very fortunate to have worked with her. After graduation, Ai will work with deaf people in Japan on cancer education and research. Ai’s background is in the nursing profession but in the program, she really stretched herself beyond science and medicine; she immersed herself into the study of language and language ideologies. It is not easy to pivot and stretch your intellectual interests but Ai has shown that she is capable of doing this. We are very fortunate to have had her with us at Gallaudet. Congratulations, Ai, and I look forward to working with you going forward!

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