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The History of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association

1889: The Association was organized on June 27 in Washington, D.C., during the third convention of the National Association of the Deaf:

“to preserve and increase the influence and prestige of the College; to extend the sphere of its benefits among those for whom it was established; to oppose all influences tending to restrict those benefits; and secondarily, to perpetuate the friendships formed in College, and to promote relations between graduates of different generations.”

Initiation fees were $1.00, and dues were $.50 annually.

John B. Hotchkiss, Class of 1869, chaired the organization meeting and Melville Ballard, Class of 1866, from Maine, the first person to receive an undergraduate degree, was elected the first president.

1890: The alumni objected to a measure adopted by the Congress which would have restricted free tuition to only certain students. The Association and the College administration campaigned and were successful in persuading Congress to repeal the measure.

1895: The Minnesota Chapter was the first to be established. Chapters were originally known as ‘Branches.’

1896: The Association advocated establishing a technical department within the College (which was accomplished when a science building was added to the campus). At the same meeting, the GCAA asked deaf graduates to be admitted to the “Normal Department” and asked to change the name to Gallaudet College.

1901: The Pittsburgh Chapter was established.

1905: The District of Columbia Chapter was established.

1906: The Metropolitan (New York) Chapter was established.

1907: The Michigan Chapter was established, and a resolution was passed to admit “Normals” to the Association.

The members also adopted a resolution protesting a Civil Service ruling, which denied deaf people the right to take the Civil Service examination. President Theodore Roosevelt banned the ruling by executive order.

At this meeting, the members launched a drive to raise $50,000 for a memorial to the College’s first president, Edward Miner Gallaudet.

1908: The Association was incorporated.

1913: The Connecticut Chapter was organized by Edward Miner Gallaudet.

1914: At the 50th anniversary of the founding of the College, the alumni presented the College with a full-length portrait in oil (costing $1,000) and a bust of Edward Miner Gallaudet.

1919: The Akron (Ohio) Chapter was established.

1927: The Northern California (NorCal) Chapter was established.

1928: The Pacific Northwest (Washington) Chapter was established.

1914: The Chicago (Illinois) Chapter was established.

1939: At the 75th reunion, $50,000 was presented to the College, later growing to over $100,000. The fund was used to build the Edward Miner Gallaudet Memorial Library, and the Percival Hall Endowment Fund was launched.

1944: The Greater Los Angeles (California) Chapter was established.

1946: The Indiana and Kentucky Chapters were established.

The first issue of the Gallaudet Alumni Bulletin, a quarterly, was published in Toronto, Canada.

1947: The Santa Fe (New Mexico), Jacksonville (Illinois), Kaw Valley (Kansas), and Knoxville (Tennessee) Chapters were established.

1948: The Mohawk Valley (New York) and Robert E. Lee (Virginia) Chapters were established.

1949: The Tucson (Arizona) Chapter was established.

A scroll was presented to the College to mark the establishment of the Percival Hall Endowment Fund. This fund was “conceived as a fount for the activities of the Association which, in turn, is dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and promotion of the ideals of Alma Mater.”

The Association was active in getting Congress to place Gallaudet employees under the Civil Service Retirement Act.

1949: The Carolinas (North Carolina), St. Augustine (Florida), and Austin (Texas) Chapters were established.

1949: Boyce R. Williams, ’32, became the first deaf alumni representative to be appointed to the College Board of Directors.

1952: The Mile High (Colorado) Chapter was established.

1956: The Wisconsin and West Virginia Chapters were established.

1960: The Nebowa (Nebraska-Iowa) and Riverside (California) Chapters were established.

The first Alumni Office opened on Kendall Green.

The GCAA published The Silent Muse, an anthology of prose and poetry by deaf writers.

1961: The GCAA Centennial Fund drive was launched, with a $100,000 goal.

1962: The Spud (Idaho) Chapter was established.

The Alumni Office moved from the Student Union Building to Dawes House.

The Alumni expressed concern over the College’s plans to triple enrollment to 1,600 by 1970, feeling there was inadequate consultation. The impression was that in order to increase admission, the College would lower standards.

The GCAA Board participated in hearings before the Sub-Committee on Appropriations. The resulting Advisory Committee on the Education of the Deaf reviewed Gallaudet College’s program and the whole educational program for teaching deaf students. The Committee published their findings as “The Babbidge Report,”” which resulted in a new approach to the education of deaf students.

1964: The Association passed a resolution calling for the joint maintenance of an alumni program on campus.

The GCAA urged the College to provide a program in leadership training.

The GCAA endorsed establishing regional technical or vocational schools to prepare or retrain deaf people for an occupation.

The members urged the College to give credit for courses in manual communication.

They asked to increase the College Board of Directors from 13 to 25 members, with six of the new members’ vacancies filled by deaf graduates of Gallaudet College and selected by the Association.

The Association also requested the College Board of Directors to rescind its restrictive procedures for selecting the alumni representative.

The GCAA urged the College to appoint a full-time in-service director to provide new faculty members with full training in oral and manual communication skills and the overall psycho-educational implications of deafness.

The members voted to take over, on a national basis, the Edward Miner Gallaudet Statue Fund Drive, which had originated with the D.C. Chapter in 1962.

1966: The Board of Directors voted to affiliate with the new Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf. The Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter replaced the Bulletin.

1967: On June 24, the Centennial Fund totalling $520,000 in cash and pledges was presented to the College.

An agreement was signed between the Association and the College calling for the establishment of three funds:

  • The Graduate Fellowship Fund, to assist deaf scholars study for doctorates.
  • The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund, to encourage and promote cultural activities among deaf people.
  • The Alumni House Fund, to construct an alumni house.

The Association favoured establishing the “National Technical Institute for the Deaf,” seeing it as a significant addition to opportunities for deaf people.

The Association also endorsed establishing a model high school (for the deaf) under the sponsorship of Gallaudet College.

The GCAA urged the College to establish a permanent staff and program to research the language of signs to refine, standardize and extend it.

The Association also proposed marking the celebration of Charter Day on the first Saturday in April to celebrate:

  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s birthday
  • Edward Miner Gallaudet’s birthday
  • Amos Kendall’s philanthropy
  • The signing of the College Charter

The Bylaws were revised to open membership in the Association to preparatory students who had attended Gallaudet one full academic year.

1968: The Genessee Valley (New York) and Louisiana Chapters were established.

The first budgeted Alumni Office was set up on the campus, and the first full-time executive secretary, Jack R. Gannon, ’59, was hired.

The first Graduate Fellowship Fund awards were granted.

The editing and printing responsibilities of the Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter were assigned to the new Executive Secretary. Circulation was 4,000.

The Alumni Office moved from the basement of Chapel Hall to Room 117, Hall Memorial Building.

As of June 1968, there were 893 Life Members.

1969: The Down East (Maine), Alabama and Arkansas Chapters were established.

The Executive Secretary was named to the President’s Cabinet.

The Association unveiled the Edward Miner Gallaudet statue and officially presented it to the College.

An oil portrait of retiring President Leonard M. Elstad, G-1923, was also presented to the College and $2,000 was donated by individual alumni and friends to Dr. Elstad’s International Deaf Educational Assistance Fund (IDEAF).

The first Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund awards were granted.

1970: In December, membership grew to 1,000 and, as of June 1970, there were 1,480 Life Members.

It was voted to investigate officers’ election by mail vote and, if agreeable to the membership, develop procedures for conducting mail ballots.

Once again, the members requested that the College Board of Directors increase the number of deaf people serving on the Board.

The Association committed to promoting total communication throughout the country and abroad and favoring a leadership training program for deaf adults.

The GCAA asked the College to place more stress on excellence in teaching and on the ability to communicate well with the students.

The GCAA asked the College Board to explore ways and means to initiate the financing and actual construction of an alumni house.

The Alumni Office moved to College Hall. The beautification project surrounding the Edward Miner Gallaudet statue was completed, bringing the memorial’s total cost to over $36,000.

1971: The Free State (Maryland) and Montana Chapters were established.

Life Membership dues were increased from $10 to $25.

The Board of Directors approved a College proposal to merge the Alumni and Public Relations Offices. The program was expanded to include a youth relations program and a visitors’ program, and the number of employees increased from two to nine.

1972: The Jessamine (South Carolina) and Beehive (Utah) Chapters were established.

The Association agreed with the College to administer a summer camp for deaf children in New Jersey.

1973: The Indiana Chapter hosted the 28th Reunion, the first to be held off-campus since 1923.

The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund of the GCAA provided the granite base for the small model of the statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet/Alice Cogswell, given to the College by Kelly Stevens, Class of 1920.

The first Charter Day program took place on the campus.

The GCAA athletic award program was expanded to include female athletes.

Membership reached 2,749 in June.

The members voted to amend the Bylaws to permit the election of officers by a national ballot.

1974: The Georgia Chapter was established; the GCAA Board officially sanctioned it on March 22, 1975.

The GCAA published The Gallaudet Almanac, a factbook.

1975: The report of the GCAA Task Force was approved by the GCAA Board of Directors and published. The Task Force took a thorough look at the Association and recommended three major goals:

  • Greater involvement
  • Better communication
  • Involvement in fund-raising

The GCAA published Notable Deaf Persons, a collection of nearly 100 biographies of deaf people written by Guilbert C. Braddock, Class of 1918.

1976: The Alberta (Canada), Bay State (Massachusetts), and Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) Chapters were established.

The Kentucky Chapter coordinated the first national election for Association officers.

The first GCAA/Alexandria-Potomac Lions Club Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to Art Roehrig, ’68.

Membership in the Association reached 3,000.

1977: The San Diego (California) Chapter was established.

1978: The Aloha State (Hawaii) Chapter was established.

Mary Anne Pugin, ’71, was selected Coordinator of Alumni Programs to assist the GCAA Executive Secretary.

1979: The Valley of the Sun (Arizona) Chapter was established.

The GCAA presented Gallaudet College with an oil portrait of the College’s fourth president, Dr. Edward C. Merrill, Jr., painted by deaf artist William Sparks.

The Metropolitan (N.Y.) Chapter coordinated the second national election.

1980: The Association sent Gilbert C. Eastman, ’57, to France to honor Laurent Clerc, America’s first deaf teacher of deaf students, at his birthplace, La Balme.

1981: The Metro Detroit (Michigan) and Central North Carolina Chapters were established.

The GCAA co-sponsored with the College the Gallaudet Journalism Award, which recognized outstanding articles on deafness in the popular presses.

1982: The Puget Sound Chapter (Washington) was established.

The GCAA established the GCAA President’s Award to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the association since the last reunion.

The Riverside Chapter coordinated the third national election.

The Association officially dedicated “Ole Jim” as its long-awaited Alumni House.

1983: The Greater New Orleans Area (Louisiana) and Big Spring (Texas) Chapters were established.

The GCAA persuades the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp in honor of the Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.

The Association became one of the first national organizations in the U.S. to join the World Federation of the Deaf and co-sponsored Yerker Andersson’s (’60) campaign as President of the World Federation of the Deaf.

Membership reaches 4,000.

1984: The Mississippi Chapter was established.

The GCAA published and distributed a 55-page collection of Gallaudet Day program materials honoring Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, one of the founders of the education of the deaf in America, compiled by Celia May Baldwin, ’70.

1984: The Aurora (Alaska) Chapter was established.

The Kaw Valley (Kansas) Chapter coordinated the fourth national election.

The Association sent GCAA President Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50 to France to participate in the 200th anniversary of Laurent Clerc’s birth.

The GCAA dedicated a garden at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. in honor of Edward Miner Gallaudet, one of the founders and the fifth president of the club, and the College’s first president.

The Association deposited $1,000 in the newly established National Association of the Deaf Credit Union.

1986: Gallaudet College became Gallaudet University, and the Association changed its name to Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA).

The Metro Atlanta (Georgia) Chapter was established.

The GUAA published and distributed The Basics of Parliamentary Procedure, written especially for deaf students by President Burstein, a registered and certified national parliamentarian. By 1994, it had been printed six times.

1987: The Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) Chapter was established.

The organization presented a copy of the Laurent Clerc bust to Gallaudet University to honor America’s first deaf teacher of deaf students.

The Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter began appearing in Braille for deaf and blind alumni.

The GUAA contributed to the restoration project of the plaster model of the Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet/Alice Cogswell statue at the University of Illinois.

1988: The PenJerDel (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware) Chapter was established.

The Association became the first national organization to make a cash contribution supporting the Deaf President Now movement.

The GUAA established the Leonard M. Elstad, G-’23 Endowment Fund, in honor of the University’s third president.

1989: The Greater Sacramento Valley (California) Chapter was established.

The Indiana Chapter coordinated the fifth national election.

The membership observed the Association’s centennial and the University’s 125th anniversary.

The Association presented Gallaudet with an oil portrait of Gallaudet’s sixth president, Dr. Jerry C. Lee, painted by deaf artist William Sparks, and picture portraits of Gallaudet’s fifth and seventh presidents, Dr. Lloyd Johns and Dr. Elisabeth Zinser.

The GUAA presented Dr. David Peikoff, ’29 the GUAA Century Award and buried a time capsule of GUAA records and mementos, to be opened in 2039.

Jack R. Gannon, ’59, resigned as Executive Secretary to become Special Assistant to the President for Advocacy. Mary Anne Pugin, ’71, was appointed Executive Secretary by the GUAA Board.

Life membership hit 5,000.

1990: The Ocean State (Rhode Island) Chapter was established.

The GUAA published the first Gallaudet University Alumni Directory through the Harris Publishing Co., Inc.

A special booklet was developed to provide more comprehensive information about the GUAA and its three major Funds:

  • Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund
  • Alumni House Fund

1991: The First-in-Flight (North Carolina) and San Antonio (Texas) Chapters were established.

The GUAA National Election Task Force was established to review the election procedure and submit recommendations for revisions. Task Force members were:

  • Marvin J. Marshall, ’47 (Indiana Chapter)
  • Kenneth S. Rothschild, ’68 (Metropolitan Chapter of the NYC (area)
  • Mary Anne Pugin, ’71, Executive Secretary

The GUAA offered the first Seiko Gallaudet University Watch through Diamond-Brostrom, Inc.

1992: The Mohawk Valley Chapter (Rome, New York) coordinated the sixth national election.

The GUAA sponsored its 34th Triennial Reunion on July 15-19.

The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Committee presented the University with an oil portrait of Gallaudet’s eighth president, Dr. I. King Jordan, ’70, painted by deaf artist William B. Sparks.

The GUAA presented its first Pauline “Polly” Peikoff, E-’36, Service to Others Award to Sarah Stiffler Val, ’67 and a special citation in recognition and honor of Dr. George Detmold, former dean of Gallaudet University.

An agreement, approved by the Gallaudet Board of Trustees, transferring full responsibility for the Centennial Fund to the GUAA, was signed by Gallaudet President I. King Jordan, Gallaudet Board of Trustees Chair, Phil Bravin, ’66, GUAA President, Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50, and GUAA Executive Secretary, Mary Anne Pugin, ’71.

The membership approved several amendments to the Bylaws, most notably:

  • Increase Board Members from three to four, with each member representing one of four regions in the continental United States, including corresponding areas of Canada.
  • Limit elected officers to two consecutive terms in the same office, except for the Treasurer.

The membership revised the “Procedures for Nominating and Electing Gallaudet University Alumni Association Officers and Board Members” to permit GUAA Active Life Members to nominate themselves or other Active Life Members to positions on the GUAA Board of Directors.

Donna Drake, ’69, became the first alumna to be elected president of the GUAA.

The GUAA Board approved the establishment of the GUAA 2000 Task Force, to review the future direction of the Association.

1993: The Nippon Chapter in Japan was established as the GUAA’s 64th and first overseas chapter.

The GUAA 2000 Task Force met in August 1993 and recommended five priorities:

  • Enhance communication with Gallaudet University alumni
  • Instill a sense of Ownership within alumni
  • Maintain a partnership with Gallaudet University
  • Embrace diversity
  • Utilize alumni resources

In a letter to Gallaudet President Jordan, the Board requested that the University publicly recognize American Sign Language (ASL) as a language.

The Executive Secretary represented Gallaudet University and the GUAA at the 25th Anniversary Reunion of the National Technical Institute of the Deaf in Rochester, New York, and presented a resolution commending and congratulating the alumni of NTID on its 25th anniversary, and on the official establishment of the NTID Alumni Association.

1994: The New Jersey Chapter was established.

The Board supported the recommendation to cease publication of the 28-year-old Gallaudet Alumni Newsletter and merge its Mileposts and Chapter Exchange columns, Class Notes, and Alumni Profiles into the Gallaudet Today quarterly publication.

The Alumni Relations Office became a unit of the Division of Institutional Advancement, and the Executive Secretary became Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the GUAA.

1995: The Metropolitan Chapter in New York served as the Screening Committee for the seventh national election, for the second time.

The Minnesota Chapter observed its centennial with a banquet at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault.

The GUAA published its second Gallaudet University Alumni Directory.

The GUAA hosted its 35th Triennial Reunion during the October Homecoming week instead of during the summer.

Dr. David Peikoff, ’29, GCAA president (1954-61), chairman of the Centennial Fund Drive (1961-64), and one of Gallaudet’s most distinguished alumni, died at age 94.

In honor of Dr. Peikoff, and his wife, Polly (E-’36), the Gallaudet Board of Trustees named the University’s alumni house (“Ole Jim”) the Peikoff Alumni House. At the Reunion Banquet, the GUAA paid tribute to the Peikoffs with an unveiling of a portrait montage of them, to be hung in the Alumni House.

The GUAA membership hit 6,000.

1996: At its October meeting, the GUAA Board commended Treasurer Donald O. Peterson, G-’53 on his retirement from Gallaudet University after 44 years as a faculty member with the Chemistry Department.

The Kentucky Chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary during its 24th annual Gallaudet-Clerc Banquet on December 12.

The GUAA Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund donated a granite marker, situated at the west end of Chapel Hall, to mark the Rose Cottage site, known as the “Cradle of Gallaudet.” The Rose Cottage was part of Amos Kendall’s estate and served as Gallaudet’s first building until the east wing of College Hall was built.

The Alumni Relations Office created the Gallaudet Alumni Homepage, which became one of GUAA’s communication vehicles with the alumni.

The GUAA Board formally supported the implementation of the Gallaudet Alumni Ambassador and Gallaudet Alumni Trailblazer programs, both established to solicit alumni volunteers in supporting the University’s recruitment, advocacy, and philanthropic efforts.

GUAA President, Donna Drake, ’69, was invited to represent the alumni and read remarks at the University’s commencement.

Two new funds are designated within the GUAA Graduate Fellowship Fund: the Regina Olson Hughes, ’18 Fellowship and the Waldo T., ’49 and Jean Kelsch, ’51, Cordano Fellowship.

1997: The GUAA sent letters to President I. King Jordan, ’70:

  • Encouraging Gallaudet to implement a leadership training program for deaf people to replace the terminated program at California State University, Northridge.
  • Expressing the GUAA’s interest in maintaining a partnership and open dialogue with the Gallaudet Board of Trustees through the representation of GUAA-recommended alumni on the Board of Trustees.

At the Charter Day Banquet and Awards Program, the GUAA presented Executive Director Mary Anne Pugin, ’71 with a GUAA embossed “Director’s Chair” to recognize her 25 years of service to Gallaudet University, and her 19 years with the Alumni Relations Office.

The GUAA Board acknowledged and endorsed the establishment of the Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50, Endowment Fund and the Charles R. Ely, G-1892/Donald A. Padden, 1945, Athletic Endowment Fund.

The GUAA Board endorsed the implementation of the $30 million Gallaudet Capital Campaign.

Through a collaboration with Gallaudet University, the Nippon Chapter in Japan celebrated Gallaudet Day with a video conference between Gallaudet and the Japanese deaf community.

1998: To observe the 10th anniversary of the Deaf President Now movement, the GUAA celebrated Charter Day with a luncheon and awards program in March at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center. The Master of Ceremonies was Phil Bravin, ’66, who became the first deaf Chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees following the 1988 DPN Movement.

The San Diego Chapter GUAA Election Screening Committee conducted the eighth GUAA Election.

Alumni Life Members of the GUAA approved, by mail ballot, several amendments to the GUAA Bylaws, one of which officially terminated the triennial GUAA Membership Meeting, effective after the 36th Triennial Reunion.

The GUAA sponsored its 36th Triennial Reunion during the Homecoming weekend.

At the Reunion Membership Meeting, alumni Life Members approved 11 resolutions, one of which endorsed the concept of an intensive Masters Degree Leadership Training Program at Gallaudet University.

1999: With the University’s $30 million “Unite for Gallaudet” Capital Campaign now active, the Board increased involvement and support for the campaign.

In addition to contributing 100% to the campaign, the Board participated in campaign training sessions.

Through an agreement with the University, Dr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50, GUAA President, and Dr Bernard Bragg, ’52, made bequests of $1 million each to establish:

  • The Bummy Chair:: The Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50 Endowed Chair in Leadership
  • The Bernard Bragg, ’52 Endowed Chair:: Deaf People in the Theater Arts

A new fund, the Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity Fellowship, became the 11th designated fund within the GUAA Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF).

The Board approved a request from the GUAA Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) Committee to change the name of the “LCCF Book Fund” to the “LCCF Publication and Production Fund.”

The Board agreed to increase GUAA life membership fees to $75 ($50 for students), effective on October 15, 2000.

The Board approved the establishment of the GUAA Community Support Fund.

Following a survey, the GUAA chapter directory was updated to list 31 Active and 34 Liaison Chapters.

The Chapter Handbook was revised and updated and sent to the Active Chapters.

With Gallaudet’s Art Department’s involvement, the LCCF Committee implemented a limited edition of 500 Gallaudet afghans. Designed by Gallaudet student, Young Mi Moreau, the afghans feature images of Gallaudet’s historic campus (“Ole Jim,” College Hall, Chapel Hall, Fowler Hall, and the Thomas H. Gallaudet/Alice Cogswell statue). Funds from the afghans’ sale will be used to install descriptive plaques on the houses along Faculty Row – the President’s Residence, Ballard, Fay, and Denison Houses.

2000: Alumni Life Members of the GUAA approved, by mail ballot, an amendment to the GUAA Bylaws creating a Board appointed GUAA Election Screening Committee. The nine-member triennial committee, which will meet for the first time in April 2001, will determine the final slate of Board candidates for the upcoming mail ballot.

The Board selected the GUAA Minnesota Chapter to serve as the Election Committee for the GUAA 2001 Election.

The Board approved a new policy restricting the release of alumni addresses for University purposes only.

2001: The GUAA donated $10,000, from the Charles R. Ely, G-1892/Donald A. Padden, ’45, Athletic Endowment Fund, towards the cost of a new wood floor in the Field House.

The GUAA donated $5,000 for the publication of the “History Through Deaf Eyes” brochure.

The GUAA granted honorary life memberships and sent donations to Gallaudet University in memory of freshmen students Eric Plunkett and Benjamin Varner, murdered on campus in September 2000 and February 2001.

The Minnesota Chapter GUAA Election Committee conducted the ninth GUAA Election.

The GUAA Election Screening Committee met for the first time in April in the Peikoff Alumni House to screen Board nominees and finalize the slate to two candidates for each office (except Treasurer).

In place of the Triennial Reunion (the last one being in 1998), the GUAA sponsored a GUAA/Homecoming Weekend celebration. Activities included anniversary class reunions and a Recognition Luncheon, held in the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center.

The GUAA published its third edition of the Gallaudet University Alumni Directory, including a CD-ROM version.

Mary Anne Pugin, ’71, director of alumni relations and GUAA executive director, announced her intent to resign from the Alumni Relations Office in October 2002. Astrid Amann Goodstein, ’65, executive director of enrollment services, accepted the responsibility to oversee alumni relations and GUAA programs on an interim basis and chair a search process for Pugin’s replacement.

2002 : GUAA President Andrew Lange, ’83, was invited to speak at the Gallaudet Board of Trustees Luncheon on “What a Gallaudet Education Means to Me.”

Gallaudet Alumni E-newsletter, an email newsletter for alumni and friends, was launched with team efforts from the Office of Alumni Relations and the Public Relations Office to reach out to alumni and friends with news about Gallaudet between the publication of Gallaudet Today the magazine and newsletter.

Sam Sonnenstrahl, ’79 & G-’84, was appointed as Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Director of GUAA.

In July 2002, GUAA President Andrew Lange, ’83, was a part of the Deaf Way II Opening Celebrating program welcoming 9,000 registrants.

The GUAA Board endorsed the Gallaudet Club concept. The Gallaudet Club is an event that the GUAA chapters and the Home Office co-host. It is an informal gathering and provides a great opportunity for local alumni to catch-up with one another and learn what is happening at Gallaudet.

2003: Pauline “Polly” Nathanson Peikoff, E-’36, died on May 15th. A memorial service was held on September 17 in honor of her 90th birthday. The Graduate Fellowship Fund, David Peikoff, ’29 Fellowship Fund, is renamed to David, ’29, and Pauline “Polly”, E-’36, Peikoff Fellowship Fund.

GUAA Board authorized the use of the Alumni House Maintenance Fund to renovate the aged Peikoff Alumni House.

The GUAA received a bequest of $7,198.53 from the estate of the late Joseph G. Memeza, a Gallaudet University Honorary Degree recipient from Canada.

2004: Gallaudet Club events were well attended at the annual Gallaudet Academic Bowl regional competitions.

The Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Committee presented replicas of the Gallaudet Charters to the University to commemorate the 140th Anniversary, in a ceremony in the Student Academic Center on April 16.

The 35th annual Charter Day luncheon and awards program was held in the historic Chapel Hall on April 17.

The second Election Screening Committee met to decide the final slate of 2004-2007 GUAA Board of Directors following Charter Day festivities.

The Free State (MD) Chapter GUAA Election Committee conducted the 10th GUAA Election.

Two big homecoming commemorative activities took place on October 22. The Gallaudet Alumni Emeriti Club had its inaugural induction ceremony in Chapel Hall with forty alumni from classes between 1944 and 1954 were the first inductees. They were honored with medallions for their years of service, loyalty, and support as alumni members for 50 or more years.

The Andrew J. Foster Auditorium was named in honor of Andrew, ’54, the first African American Gallaudet graduate at a dedication ceremony on October 22.

The GUAA Board arranged financial assistance to alumni, including chapters in preparation for alumni-related events every calendar year. Chapters may apply for reimbursement up to $100, and liaison/other alumni groups may request up to $50.

2005: Gallaudet University allocated $500,000 for the renovation of the Peikoff Alumni House. With $1.2 million from the Alumni House Maintenance Fund, the goal of $1.7 million was reached, and the project officially began.

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