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1 love you too fans of stamps ntid and deaf culture hit the jackpot september 21 when ntid was the site of a special ceremony celebrating the u.s postal service s release of two colorful stamps that recognize american sign language the temporary post office set up in the lobby of the lyndon baines johnson building was busy all morning as stamp collectors dealers and other interested individuals purchased the stamps released in se-tenant format and placed on specially designed envelopes imprinted with an ntid 25th anniversary cancellation photography by mark benjamin


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features 8 rekindling memories renewing friendships walking the beat between two worlds accept yourself learning on location focus on focus 12 14 18 24 2 7 about the cover the simple beauty and poise of these two women s hands mask the complex challenges that many gays and lesbians face in their struggle for selfacceptance read about those challenges as well as the particular obstacles overcome by deaf gays and lesbians in accept yourself page 18 cover photography by a sue weisler departments 3 newsline alumlife on the far side of deaf humor it s academic instructional inventory bricks in the ntid foundation rit a perfect setting for this gem grads at work pfeasting with pfuntner focus on jonathan hopkins words on books a singular collection 6 30 31 3 2 34 36


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focus is published by the marketing communications department at the national technical institute for the deaf a college of rochester institute of technology rochester new york editor lynne bohlman dewilde coordinator susan cergol writers beth m pessin kathryn schmitz pamela seabon kathleen s smith deborah r waltzer art director colleen clarke rit communications photography dr james cox p 3 top a sue weisler pp 3 bottom 8 top right bottom 11 right 12-18 20 21 23 25 30-34 36 courtesy of herbie quinones pp 6 7 michael spencer pp 8 top left and center 9 10 11 left susan cergol pp 19 22 james kersting p 24 james mallory p 26 ntid archives pp 28 29 this material was produced through an agreement between rochester institute of technology and the u.s department of education he 25th anniversary of rochester institute of technology s service to deaf students through its national technical institute for the deaf was celebrated with appropriate pomp and festivity during ntid s 25th anniversary alumni reunion held on the rit campus july 7-11 more than 1,800 people participated including 1,200 alumni among those who returned to campus were 25 of the first 71 students to attend rit under the sponsorship of ntid during the 1968-69 academic year many exciting events took place during those five days in july see rekindling memories renewing friendships page 8 but the most important occurrence was the official establishment of the ntid alumni association this association promises to be a vital ingredient in the lifeblood of ntid during the reunion s opening ceremony i was invited to make a few remarks it was with great pride that i noted · in academic year 1968-69 ntid enrolled 71 students today ntid students number approximately 1,100 all told in 25 years ntid has served more than 6,000 deaf students · in 1968-69 ntid enrolled no international deaf students indeed no international deaf students were accepted at the institute until 1990 in 1992-93 the number of international deaf students was 45 · in 1968-69 ntid employed approximately 35 faculty and staff members today that number is approximately 600 i i · in 1968-69 there was no formal ntid curriculum today the institute offers more than 30 certificate diploma and associate degree programs · in 1968-69 most of ntid s 71 students pursued remedial work rather than baccalaureate or master s degree programs in rit s other colleges in 1992-93 30 percent of rit s deaf students pursued baccalaureate and master s degree programs · in 1968-69 the ntid budget was slightly less than $750,000 today it is $50 million · in 1968-69 ntid had only one full-time interpreter today there are more than 80 · in 1968-69 ntid had no interpreter training program today more than 60 hearing students are enrolled in ntid s associate degree-level interpreter training program · in 1968-69 ntid had no alumni today our graduates number well over 3,000 · in 1968-69 ntid had no alumni association now it has one surely the newly established ntid alumni association will prosper just as ntid has prospered as part of rit these past 25 years and when the 30th anniversary is celebrated in 1998 and the 50th anniversary is celebrated in 2018 i believe that not only will that prosperity continue to show it will glow dr william e castle 2 focus


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around the quad in support of scholarships and more sasakawa foundation awards $1 million for scholarships robert wood johnson foundation supports saisd with $38,000 recently donated by the robert wood johnson foundation of new jersey rit s substance and alcohol intervention services for the deaf saisd program will develop a captioned and signed videotape about drug and alcohol abuse parsons foundation gives ntid fourth grant the ralph m parsons foundation of los angeles recently awarded a fourth grant to ntid the s 127,100 grant will support the expansion of computing and information systems throughout 256 dormitory rooms t signs of summer rit president albert simone center and his wife carolie spent six days this summer at ntid s annual silent retreat held at camp mark seven in the adirondack mountains the intensive experience during which only sign language is used for communication was part of the simones continuing efforts to become more familiar with deaf culture the silent retreat is coordinated by sam holcomb right sign communication specialist in ntid s center for sign language and interpreting education he sasakawa foundation educational interpreting video series released tid s center for sign language and interpreting education recently released the first two videotapes in a series titled educational interpreting a practical approach consumer awareness rights and responsibilities for deaf and hearing adults and children who work with or employ educational interpreters in classrooms and other teaching and learning situations in grades k-12 topics in the series include the role and qualifications of educational interpreters strategies for promoting a teambased approach and effective communication between teachers students and educational interpreters guidelines for hiring managing and evaluating educational interpreters and advocacy information and strategies for securing services of qualified interpreters in k-12 settings as well as in community and postsecondary settings the programs in the sevenpart videotape series will continue to be produced through 1995 for more information about the series contact jeanne wells 716 475-6890 v/tty of tokyo japan recently gave ntid $1 million to establish the ryoichi sasakawa endowment fund to provide scholarships for deaf students from other countries particularly developing countries that will enable them to pursue postsecondary studies at rit through ntid postsecondary opportunities outside of the united states are limited for deaf students underscoring the value of this scholarship fund we are delighted to be able to extend rit s outstanding programs and services to international deaf students who previously did not have access to programs of rit s caliber says dr albert simone president of rit we are grateful to the sasakawa foundation for this significant gift nec foundation of america sponsors workshop through a 529,000 grant from the nec foundation of america ntid hosted a workshop for math and science teachers of deaf students held june 16-18 in dallas the workshop teaching mathematics and science to deaf and hard-ofhearing students focused on techniques that can be used by secondary-school instructors home is where you hang your hat first-year student ethan sinnott 19 was one of nearly 350 newly admitted students who arrived at ntid this year sinnott from brighton new york plans to study illustration or computer animation focus 3


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institute names center directors two ntid entries won certificates of distinction in the creativity 93 competition sponsored by the art direction magazine the winners were the 1992 ntid annual report and a logo for the international visual literacy association designed by cathy chou senior artist/designer in the instructional design and evaluation department working together on the annual report were designers chou and dean woolever photographer mark benjamin and writers susan cergol lynne bohlman dewilde kathryn schmitz kathleen smith and deborah waltzer both the logo and a photo of the annual report cover were published this fall in creativity 93 annual an awards publication seven athletes from the ntid community participated in the world games for the deaf in sofia bulgaria july 24­august 2 ntid s contingent was part of the 160member u.s team that competed with 1,945 other athletes from 46 countries ntid s participants included greg coughlan an applied art student from duxbury massachusetts who ran track reed gershwind instructor in the business occupations department who swam and played water polo kris gray an applied art student from grand rapids michigan who played volleyball trevor kosa an electromechanical technology student from tacoma washington who swam daniel scheetz an applied accounting student from canton ohio who played soccer david sheppeck a printing production technology student from butler pennsylvania who played soccer and hon siu a printing production technology student from los angeles who played badminton visiting developmental educational specialist vicki hurwitz was named one of 12 outstanding adult scholars by the rochester area colleges continuing education committee she graduated in may from rit s career and human resource development master s degree program tid officials announced in june the seven center directors who will form the core of the institute s new leadership team the directors and new centers both are part of ntid s restructuring of programs services and functions to bring the institute into alignment with goals noted in the 1992 strategic plan the names of the directors and their backgrounds follow director of the center for arts and sciences is dr laurie brewer brewer former chairperson of the department of liberal arts joined ntid 15 years ago and has a bachelor s degree and doctorate in psychology from the university of rochester the center for baccalaureate and graduate studies is headed by dr peter lalley lalley has been research professor and associate director of the center for molecular biology at wayne state university he has a bachelor s degree in biology and chemistry from siena college a master s degree in cell biology from catholic university of america and a doctorate in human genetics from the state university of new york at buffalo albert smith who joined ntid in 1971 is director of the center for institutional services smith most recently was director of ntid s division of management services he has a bachelor s degree in mathematics from wake forest university and a master s degree in computer systems management from rit director of the center for outreach is dr gerard buckley who joined ntid in 1990 as chairperson of the department of summer programs/outreach development internships he formerly was director of gallaudet university s midwestern regional center he is an rit alumnus and is on the advisory board of the national institute on deafness and other communication disorders and is immediate past president of the american deafness and rehabilitation association he has a bachelor s degree in social work from rit a master s degree in social work from the university of missouri and a doctorate in special education from the university of kansas director of the center for research teaching and learning is dr marc marschark marschark most recently was professor of psychology at the university of north carolina greensboro he has a bachelor s degree in psychology from cornell university and a master s degree in cognitive psychology and a doctorate in psycholinguistics from the university of western ontario reginald redding is director of the center for student resources most recently redding was director of educational services and assistant superintendent at the minnesota state academy for the deaf he was co-chair of the 1992 national conference the black deaf experience excellence and equity held in atlanta he received a bachelor s degree in american studies and a master s degree in deaf education from gallaudet university a master s degree in administration and supervision from california state university northridge and currently is completing a doctorate in special education administration from gallaudet an ntid faculty member since 1969 dr thomas raco is director of the center for technical studies raco most recently was assistant dean and director of ntid s school of visual communications he has a bachelor of fine arts degree and master of fine arts degree from rit and a doctorate in occupational education and curriculum development from the state university of new york at buffalo ntid awake with activity tid could be characterized as the campus that didn t sleep this summer in addition to the 1.800 alumni and guests who attended the ntid 25th anniversary alumni reunion see story page 8 hundreds of deaf and hearing professionals and students gathered on campus to participate in one or more of the institute s educational outreach programs seminars and workshops included such diverse topics as building maintaining upgrading and troubleshooting personal computers teaching mathematics and science to deaf and hard-of-hearing students electronic publishing and imaging an overview of printing production today and tomorrow cumulative trauma disorders among sign language interpreters prevention and management and english language teacher outreach project summer institute 4 focus


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additionally dr t alan hurwitz is the new associate dean for student affairs an associate dean at ntid for 14 years hurwitz most recently was associate vice president for outreach and external affairs and associate dean and director for educational support service programs he has served on numerous national and international boards and committees including a term as president of the national association of the deaf he has a bachelor s degree in electrical engineering from washington university a master s degree in electrical engineering from st louis university and a doctorate in education from the university of rochester dr christine licata is associate dean for academic affairs she most recently was ntid s assistant dean for administrative services before joining the office of the dean licata was assistant dean and director of ntid s school of business careers she has a bachelor s degree in business administration and a master s degree in education from canisius college and a doctorate in higher education from george washington university exceptional alums t wo graduates received awards of distinction during ntid s 25th anniversary celebration in july matthew moore a 1983 social work graduate received the outstanding alumnus award and david pierce a 1988 graduate from san antonio texas received the distinguished alumnus award moore whose award was presented by the ntid alumni association is publisher and editor of deaf life magazine a national monthly magazine based in rochester new york that he established in 1987 it was a pleasant surprise to receive the award moore says deaf life will continue to serve the deaf and hearing communities as our motto states deaf awareness is our business deaf life which has approximately 35,000 readers throughout the world addresses topics and issues of concern to deaf people including political legislation personality profiles cultural activities and book reviews moore also is the author of the 1992 book for hearing people only which is a compilation of the magazine s columns that deal with deafness and deaf culture pierce who received an associate degree in media technologies is vice president of production for america s disability channel inc a national television network based in san antonio he is in charge of satellite operations production post-production captioning and program acquisitions for the network which reaches 15 million households he was selected for the award in recognition of his contributions to the deaf community i am honored that my hard work and perseverance are being recognized by the institute that provided me with the education that was a principal foundation in forming my television career he says focus 5


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on the far side of deaf humor by lynne bohlman dewilde n gary larson s far side cartoon world a carload of cows yak at a pasture full of people in a similarly whimsical manner with a splash of deaf culture added heriberto herbie quinones comic-strip world illustrates a sealed coffin connected to a vibrating alarm clock designed to arouse a slumbering dracula in time for a night of carousing deaf vampire s alarm clock published in the april 1992 issue of deaf usa was quinones first venture into the world of published comic strips we find herbie s cartoons fresh says rick rogers vice president for production of eye festival communications the studio city california company that publishes deaf usa the monthly newspaper for deaf people has printed more than a dozen cartoon factory comics created by quinones herbie takes concerns of deaf people and makes something out of them that readers can relate to and laugh at he adds i read cartoons in other newspapers but ifs unusual to see cartoons that have deafrelated themes cartoon factory makes me feel good quinones skill as an illustrator was discovered early as a youngster he spent a lot of time with his maternal grandparents who did not know sign language because herbie quinones 6 focus


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remembered at his high school alma mater as the class clown kathy voelkl assistant professor in ntid s applied art and computer graphics department remembers quinones a little differently he didn t come across as a class clown she says he was a sincere and kind person he was a friend to nearly everyone herbie interjected humor into situations and w as lighthearted but not in any sort of annoying way quinones arrived at ntid in the fall of 1985 with his healthy sense of humor and genuine talent we helped herbie organize his work voelkl says our department gave him some skills with which he would be able to earn a living in the printing or graphic design industry with his skill personality and they could not communicate with each other easily and because quinones often was bored his grandparents gave him crayons and paper and encouraged him to draw to all of their amazement quinones exhibited a natural talent i was thrilled because i knew other people who couldn t draw says quinones but i could quinones who graduated from ntid in 1988 with a diploma in applied art also comes by his sense of humor naturally i was born with it says quinones who loves to tell jokes and stage an occasional prank as a junior at the florida school for the deaf and blind he once set the alarm clocks of his friends ahead three hours so that they were up and dressed for class at 4 a.m instead of a more tolerable 7 a.m not surprisingly he says he s motivation we were sure herbie would find a niche quinones indeed has found a niche with his brand of deaf humor eventually he d like his cartoon creations to become a profitable second job it appears that cartoon factory is well on its way to being profitable as quinones is preparing to release a 1994 calendar with all new cartoons quinones first job currently is as a graphic artist with all about type inc in jacksonville florida he lives in a jacksonville suburb with his wife diane and their three children to help further his career quinones expects to receive later this fall an associate in applied science degree in graphic arts and printing from florida community college at jacksonville when he s not studying spending time with the family working or sneaking out for a few hours of fishing quinones literally goes back to the drawing board in creating a cartoon he generally has a caption in mind and then takes about an hour to brainstorm ideas for how to match the illustration to the caption actually drawing the cartoon only takes him about 20 minutes another 20 minutes is required to ink the illustration while he s never nervous about the drawing itself sometimes quinones admits the caption makes me nervous so a friend proofs his english in addition quinones test markets his cartoons with colleagues at work they laugh very hard and they want to learn about deaf culture quinones reports for example he notes they ask about how deaf people use the telephone clearly quinones is familiar with using his illustrative talent and humor to overcome communication and cultural barriers for better or worse armed with his drawing skill and his natural sense of humor quinones certainly is on the far side of having his cartoon factory amount to more than peanuts focus 7


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rely idling memories renewing friendships ntid s 25th anniversary alumni reunion by kathryn schmitz just as richard hovey wrote in a stein song 1898 for it s always fair weather when good fellows get together so it was for ntid s 25th anniversary alumni reunion held july 7-11 when more than one-third of rit s deaf graduates enjoyed a long weekend of perfect summer weather and a busy agenda of entertainment and workshops on campus the event marked the establishment of the ntid alumni association as well as a celebration of ntid s 25 years of educating deaf students there was something for everyone organizations of and for deaf people and vendors were installed in exhibit booths that lined the lyndon baines johnson building lbj first-floor street area a time line of ntid s history decorated with souvenirs loaned by alumni stood on the second floor of the lbj building artworks by alumni chuck baird susan dupor susan and bob green dorothy hammond leon horn margaret latta leslie rubin-sunkin tracey salaway eddie swayze mary 8 focus thursday july 8 welcoming ceremonies the business of officially greeting alumni thursday morning fell to angela donnell officer 1988 fine arts graduate who acted as emcee for the welcoming ceremonies held in the robert f panara theatre after explaining how ntid s 25th anniversary symbol the flowering crab apple tree represents the growth of ntid students and the expansion and strength of the institute she turned over the ceremony to ntid alumni relations administrator david staehle 1978 applied accounting graduate and the primary person responsible for orchestrating reunion events staehle joked about having to put in longer hours than john fitzgerald kennedy whose typical workdays lasted from 8 a.m 11 p.m in preparation for the reunion and thanked everyone for attending dressed in a purple flowered shirt dr william castle director of ntid and vice president for government victoria and joseph viscardi jr were exhibited in the switzer gallery in addition luncheons and evening entertainment were held on the field southwest of the lbj building in a huge white festival tent festooned with silver balloons commemorating ntid s anniversary of course the opportunity to catch up with friends was the main attraction for the more than 1,800 alumni and their guests who attended the reunion fingers flew and faces beamed as long-lost friends hugged one another and introduced their partners and children.


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relations for rit welcomed graduates in his typically understated manner and noted with pride that ntid has set an example for rit in establishing an alumni association dr james decaro dean of ntid also welcomed returning graduates things have really changed in 25 years he joked when i first came to ntid i had hair down to here [pointing to the small of his back and it was a lot bushier i was thinner then too i see our older graduates and the men look like they have less hair and more paunch but the women are more beautiful at the end of the ceremony officer introduced the newly elected officers of the ntid alumni association linda nelson president fred hartman vice president howard mann secretary william mcgee treasurer and mary beth barber and kevin nolan members at large after the welcoming ceremonies alumni joined 47 faculty and staff members at the alumni/faculty luncheon in the festival tent opening ceremonies the featured events of the evening also held in the festival tent were the opening ceremonies and official inauguration of the ntid alumni association officers kevin nolan 1971 business administration graduate emceed the event demonstrating with the gloves raincoat and umbrella he had packed that he had come prepared for rochester s unpredictable weather in predictably unpredictable fashion however rochester experienced a heat wave that week with temperatures soaring into the 90s every day dr albert simone rit president signed his presentation that evening to the delight of the crowd which gave him two standing ovations rit can be a model that shows how hearing and deaf students faculty and staff can work together in a single university environment sharing their cultures and learning from one another he said we know the model can work because you alumni are successful decaro echoed that sentiment adding we ve become well-known over the past 25 years not because of our programs but because of the success of people like yourselves castle dressed in a white and silver tuxedo he purchased for his 25th wedding anniversary five years ago took the stage and introduced each of the 25 members present from ntid s original class saying you are ntid s most important accomplishment dr robert frisina director of rit s international center for hearing and speech research and ntid s first director reminded everyone that ntid began as an educational experiment 25 years ago the questions then according to frisina were could deaf people enter an institution of higher learning and succeed and if they succeeded would industry hire them and if they managed to get a good job could they move up clearly he asserted the answers are yes after castle swore in the officers of the ntid alumni association using the same oath taken by ntid student congress officers nelson the new association president and 1973 business graduate addressed her fellow alumni you are witnessing history in the making she said you are going back home to your communities and jobs and will help deaf and hard-of-hearing people in your home states you are the pioneers you are the spirit of ntid friday july 9 awards luncheon during the alumni awards luncheon held in the festival tent robert panara professor emeritus talked at familiar length about ntid s origins and progress he referred to frisina s comment to the original class of students that they would be living in a fish bowl and the nation [would be watching them closely according to panara focus 9


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they came from as near as rochester and from as far away as california nearly 1,200 graduates returned to campus july 7-11 for ntid s 25th anniversary alumni reunion celebration during their hectic and hot stay in rochester temperatures climbed to the mid-90s all week focus caught up with a sprinkling of graduates and asked them to share their thoughts about what ntid and rit have meant to them a sampling of their interesting and sometimes surprising answers follow about w attend y about their ac omplishments as students i got a scholarship award in 1981 for the cross-registered student with the highest grade point average when i won that i knew that i was a good student robert cagle jr svp 75 rochester new york i didn t want to go to college but my parems asked me to give it a try ntid took someone who was shy and made me a very confident individual marc roer svp 76 chicago illinois i worked as a certified emergency medical technician with the rit ambulance crew the hearing crew members didn t know sign language so i put in a lot of extra how to serve deaf students i really enjoyed that experience dr frisina came to my high school and spoke about ntid that got me interested i had two classmates who were coming so i knew i wouldn t be alone i also wanted to make new friends from other states terry deboer svp 68 kathleen blout svp 77 rochester new york the first vestibule program now called summer vestibule program [svp class of 200 in 1969 spawned more and more fish which required a bigger tank and that s why the ntid complex was built matthew moore 1983 social work graduate and publisher of deaf life magazine was named outstanding alumnus for his contribution to the betterment of the deaf community and ntid david pierce 1988 media technologies graduate and a vice president at america s disability channel inc was named distinguished alumnus for his leadership prowess in his career and contribution to the advancement of education for deaf people in his community lombard illinois the technical nature of the programs is what attracted me as well as the opportunity to communicate with other people using sign language larry blout svp 73 about their funniest memories i was umpiring behind the plate during a softball game between svp students and faculty members and i called bob frisina out for stepping on the plate after he hit a grand slam home run he argued with me and i gave him a second chance he got out again svp trivia bowl and entertainment barbara ray holcomb 1974 medical record technology graduate and sam holcomb 1977 ophthalmic optical finishing technology graduate now both sign communication specialists in the center for sign language and interpreting education kicked off friday evening s entertainment with a special presentation of illustrations of the name signs for each class from 1968-92 drawing tremendous cheers and hand waves from members of each class an svp trivia bowl generated fierce but friendly competition and numerous alumni performed short dances skits and stories relying on skills they had developed during their days in ntid theater productions rochester new york i was accepted at gallaudet too but i decided to come to ntid because i was interested in media production and the deaf and hearing cultural interaction robert liese svp 73 massapequa park new york one day i went to class early and since no one was there i fell asleep at my desk when the other students came in they really teased me about it they changed my sign name to e up by the eyes like sleeping vivian warfield svp 74 aurora illinois ntid offered the business marketing and finance courses that interested me also i was impressed with the co-op opportunities and 1 had heard that students from ntid had a high placement rate ellitre ashley svp 83 jacksonville florida thomas balzano svp 80 brooklyn new york focus 10


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rit is different now because of the new aboutheirfav cs alice beardsley wien i came to campus i didn t know any sign language i couldn t technology available in my time everything in the art field was done by hand i hope the new technology allows students to learn how to use their minds in more creative ways saturday july 10 understand the interpreters alice was my interpreter for most of my four years at rit she taught me sign language closing ceremonies saturday evening s closing ceremonies featured a special one-hour performance by rochester s lights on deaf theatre of sign off a comedic playwithin-a-play inspired by a chorus line and written by patricia durr assistant professor in the department of human development robert sidansky 1977 social work graduate and chairperson of the ntid interim alumni association which was responsible for establishing ntid s formal alumni association then presented alumni with a matching grant challenge from jane pulver member of the ntid foundation and rit s board of trustees pulver will match every dollar that alumni contribute to ntid s endowed scholarships before july 1 1994 in closing staehle thanked the more than 40 other alumni and faculty and staff members on the reunion commit terry deboer svp 68 lombard illinois i can t really think of one but i do remember jack clarcq motivating me to beat the other team when 1 was playing football for rit joseph viscardi jr svp 73 baldwin new york about what they would do if they were director of ntid i d create more challenges for students to prepare them for what s happening in the outside world albert rozman svp 69 detroit michigan bob panara i always thought his sign name [the letter p doing the sign for going on and on and on was so funny he made me feel comfortable and motivated me to do things donna platt svp 76 seattle washington i would see that all the professors and top administrators were deaf because they know best what deaf people need i d like to see more asl used the programs are good but i d like to see more about how to survive in the real world courses about how to get a mortgage how to organize your finances or plan a wedding etc vivian warfield svp 74 aurora illinois dominic bozelli he became a father figure to me and he encouraged me and helped me remain positive he was the first person i met and his motivation enthusiasm and confidence in me remain a big part of my life today rebecca conley-hartman svp 81 baltimore maryland i would encourage more faculty members to learn asl communication is the key i d probably revamp sonic programs add some environmental programs i d also encourage more women to go into technical careers that really hasn t improved since i was a student we need to network for women tee who had worked so hard to ensure the success of the reunion staehle confided to the audience that when he began work at ntid in 1991 he predicted that 600 graduates and guests would return he raised the ante to 1,500 after traveling around the country to encourage alumni to attend the final tally of more than 1,800 registered participants exceeded his expectations marc roer svp 76 chicago illinois peter haggerty he was my first english teacher i had such a crush on him he was so irish looking with those expressive blue eyes and that curly hair for the reunion rebecca conley-hartman svp 81 baltimore maryland cinda lautenschlegar svp 81 mt tremper new york i would move the lyndon baines johnson building ntid s main academic facility across campus that would help with better interaction between deaf and hearing people 1 want one world amy scheir svp 87 about el the campus -a campus so beautiful i hope to see more than 2,000 people here in 1998 for the next reunion he said this reunion has been very successful and special and i want to see a repeat performance when i was a student we had to walk everywhere there were no buses going around campus and we had to eat off campus on sundays because grace watson was closed i can remember piling eight people into a car sitting on laps to go out to eat pasadena california cindy mann svp 68 rochester new york focus 11


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walking the beat rit s first deaf campus cop c athy noble always has been strongwilled when she was a baby if i hollered at her about something she d just close her eyes and ignore me laments her mother marge when she had problems with a junior high school teacher noble threatened to deliberately fail the class so that she could take it again with a different teacher and when she joined rit s campus safety department earlier this year apparently as the first deaf professional to work as a full-time campus safety officer in the country noble quickly made sure that deafness and deaf culture became more than simply buzzwords around the department noble has a knack for making things happen says partner nate sullivan cathy s very smart and very assertive the fairlawn new jersey native who left her campus safety job in july to pursue graduate studies knew when she was hired that her successes and failures would be closely scrutinized by the institute community and although she is only 23 noble who received a bachelor s degree in social work from rit in 1992 was ever mindful of the power of her uniform i had to be careful how i acted when i was on duty and saw old friends or classmates she says i had to be professional noble applied for the campus safety job in early 1993 on a whim the 20week co-op position had been created after ntid students staged a campaign for accessibility now protest during which they expressed concern about communication between deaf and hearing people on campus campus safety which created the job specifically to enhance communication between officers and deaf students 2 focus


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after graduating from intended to hire a student fairlawn s midland park to fill the slot but along high school in 1987 noble came noble recently gradchose rit for its academic uated and looking for a reputation as well as the challenge sullivan was paired with opportunity to learn more about deaf culture noble because of his corning to rit helped advanced sign language me clear up the confusion skills typically they fast friends whether patrolling on foot or in their car partners nate sullivan and conversed with each of where i fit she says i noble always enjoyed working together found that i fit into both other using both voice worlds deaf and hearing and sign but when the occasion warranted we turned off our between our officers and the deaf comand if people can t accept me for that munity improved tenfold when cathy it s their loss voices or our hands laughs noble she shined in the social work pro when i first started working with joined us gram a career chosen in part because of noble made strides toward improvnate i was nervous not to do or say the wrong thing noble recalls after about ing campus safety s internal workings her upbringing my family always did a lot of voluna week though i felt very comfortable by personalizing deaf culture for teering through church etc she reand knew that i could be myself officers says sterling calls i was raised helping others noble and sullivan worked the b among other things noble suggested shift 3-11 p.m driving or walking that department meetings be profesas part of her student work and sionally interpreted and that the departcommunity service noble taught sign around campus they monitored traffic ment meeting room be rearranged into language to area medical personnel and parking situations responded to completed an 18-week rape crisis trainfire alarms and emergency calls and a circle of tables and chairs for easier ing program worked at an alcoholism checked that buildings were locked visibility and interaction everywhere they went people these changes and others helped treatment center and volunteered in noble cope with the distinction of rit s substance and alcohol interespecially deaf people liked to talk to vention services for the deaf program them sometimes noble admits she being the only deaf officer on a 25member force despite all that experience noble wasn t talked to but hollered at decided that she wanted more so she every once in a while when i ticketed i was frustrated when i first joined enrolled this fall in the master s degree the department noble admits i felt deaf students cars they d say how can you do that you re one of us but i that people thought they knew about program in social work at the univerdeaf culture but they weren t ready for sity of denver knew that ultimately i was a role model for the deaf students and i took that the reality but it didn t scare me off i m very sad that cathy left says noble never has shied away from partner sullivan but at the same time responsibility seriously noble says that occasionally deaf stumaking a point thanks to the indepeni m happy for her graduate school dents were reticent to interact with dent streak that she inherited from will teach her even more about how to her mother be a professional she s going to be sullivan and she had to remind them really sharp to make the effort to communicate with i often wondered when cathy was both officers growing up how she would do as she i want to be a strong advocate for likewise sullivan sometimes steered tried different things the elder noble the deaf community noble says i want to set up programs to educate hearing students to noble for help says but i always encouraged her she hearing people about deafness maybe resolving their problems made people realize that deaf people don t have to be on the sidelines someday i will run a drug and alcohol i wasn t going to let them stand there awareness program in a police departand ignore her he says they had to my mother constantly inspired me ment maybe even here at rit deal with both of us and pushed me to be independent director of campus safety richard says noble the youngest and only deaf sterling notes that communication member in a family of five children focus 13



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