Alumni eNewsletter: Class of 1958 adopts campus museum as funding support project (Archives)

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The Class of 1958's Reunion Committee poses for a photo at the check presentation ceremony. Pictured (from left) are: Joe Cohen; Bill Terrell, secretary; Nancy Andersson; Lyla Northcutt, chair; and Clarence Russell.
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The Gallaudet University Museum Committee signs "Thank You" to the Class of '58 for its generosity in supporting the project at a November 3 check presentation ceremony in "Ole Jim." Pictured (from left) are: Willis Mann, '67, administrative assistant; Jean Bergey, Director, History Through Deaf Eyes Project/Outreach Liaison, CPSO; Ulf Hedberg, director, Deaf Library Collections and Archives; Dr. Jane Norman, '68, curator and project director; Drew Robarge, '07, research assistant; Dr. Carolyn McCaskill, '77, G-'79 & Ph.D. '05, associate professor, Department of ASL and Deaf Studies; and Daphne Cox, '82, associate director, Admissions Office. (Committee members not pictured are: Dr. Brian Greenwald, '96, Edgar "Bernie" Palmer, '78 & G-'03, and Krista Brown, '09, secretary.)

The Class of 1958 moved plans for a campus museum related to deaf culture closer to becoming a reality on November 3 when class representatives presented a check for more than $6,000 to the museum’s curator and director, Dr. Jane Norman.

The check presentation came only two weeks after the Class of 1958’s announcement during Homecoming festivities that it was adopting the museum project as a class fundraising drive. The amount raised surpassed even the class representatives’ expectations: Bill Terrell, who serves as chair of the fundraising effort for the Class of 1958, was prepared to present Norman, a professor in the Communication Studies Department, with a check for $6,020 when he suddenly received a message stating that the amount being donated had topped $8,000 and was still growing.

The idea of a museum on Kendall Green that is related to Gallaudet life and the wider deaf community has long been a dream of many faculty, staff, and alumni. Provost Steven Weiner expressed a strong interest in establishing a museum and selected Norman to lead the effort. Jack and Rosalyn Gannon (both Class of 1959) established an endowment fund in memory of their parents that will help support the museum. Over the past year, the Museum Committee has worked to develop mission and vision statements for the museum and explore space options. The gift from the Class of 1958 and its pledged on-going support clearly demonstrates the level of support a campus museum has from alumni.

"We are absolutely thrilled to receive this donation, and it makes us want to work even harder to get this project up and running," Norman said at the ceremony. She thanked the members of the Class of 1958 for their generosity and said she hoped their example would prompt other classes to emulate them.

Posted: 5 Dec 2008

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