Alumni eNewsletter: Alumni, trustees receive top honors at NAD conference (Archives)

Congratulations to those who received awards! Gallaudet is very proud of its alumni who were recognized for their achievements.

The presentations of 50th Biennial National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Conference Recognition Awards are listed in date and event order:

Golden Rose Award
Order of Georges and Georgettes Breakfast - July 6

Barbara A. Schmidt, E-'61
Coon Rapids, Minn.

Presented in memory of Frederick C. Schreiber, the first executive director of the NAD, who served from 1966 to 1978; also in recognition of an NAD member who has provided a lifetime of volunteer service of lasting benefit to the deaf community and has established a model of behavior for young deaf people to emulate.

Robert M. Greenmun Memorial Award
Council of Representatives, afternoon session - July 6

Cynthia Weitzel, E-'88
Red Wing, Minn.

Presented in memory of Robert M. Greenmun, who served as secretary-treasurer of NAD from 1946 to 1964, and in recognition of an individual state association member who has demonstrated volunteer leadership excellence and contributed to his or her state association.

Media Advocacy Award
Welcome Ceremony - July 7

Marlee Matlin, H-'87
Los Angeles, Calif., member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees

Presented in recognition of an individual NAD member who has demonstrated advocacy success in advancing the civil, human, and linguistic rights of the American deaf and hard of hearing community through use of the media and social networking.

Spirit of the NAD Award
Welcome Ceremony - July 7

Benjamin J. Soukup, H-'00
Sioux Falls, S.D., chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees

Presented in recognition of an individual member of NAD who carries the spirit of the NAD in all aspects of their work and on all levels–local, state, and national–demonstrating exemplary commitment, dedication, and service to the American deaf and hard of hearing community.

Randall McClelland Memorial Award
General Forum - July 7

Jamie Berke, ’87 & '97
Springfield, Va.

Presented in recognition of an individual NAD member who has demonstrated exceptional advocacy leadership on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a manner that empowers and serves as inspiration to others.

Youth Service Award
General Forum - July 7

Leah Katz-Hernandez, '10
Montgomery Village, Md.

Presented in recognition of two or more individual Junior NAD or NAD members ages 14-18 and 19-28, whose dedication, vision, and leadership have made a difference among American deaf and hard of hearing youth.

Andrew J. Foster Teaching Excellence Award
Senior Citizens Luncheon - July 9, 2010

Robert R. Davila, '53
New Market, Md.
President Emeritus

Presented in memory of deaf missionary educator Andrew J. Foster in recognition of an individual NAD member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, with a focus on advancing the field of education of deaf and hard of hearing students.

Senior Citizens Awards
Senior Citizens Luncheon - July 9

Ronald M. Hirano, AAS- '57
San Francisco, Calif.

Virginia A. Luke, '57
Frederick, Md.

Presented in recognition of individual members of the NAD who demonstrate dedicated volunteerism toward making a difference on behalf of American deaf and hard of hearing senior citizens.

Knights of the Flying Fingers Awards
Council of Representatives - July 10

Tawny Holmes, ’05 & G-'10
Laurel, Md.

Melissa Malzkuhn, ’04 & G-'08
Washington, D.C.

Sheila Conlon Mentkowski, G-'74
Sacramento, Calif.

Jeffrey T. Rosen, E-'82
Rockville, Md.

Louis J. Schwarz, '68
The Villages, Fla.

Presented in recognition of individual NAD members who have demonstrated dedicated volunteer service on behalf of the association and the American deaf and hard of hearing community.

President's Award
Closing Ceremonies and Banquet - July 10

Nancy J. Bloch, G-'78
Baltimore, Md.

Presented in recognition of an individual NAD member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in furthering the work of the association and its mission to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.

NAD-RID Outstanding Service to Interpreting Award
Closing Ceremonies and Banquet - July 10

Nancy J. Bloch, G-'78
Baltimore, Md.

Presented to an individual member of the National Association of the Deaf or the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, this award recognizes significant dedication to and involvement with improving the quality of interpreting in the United States. The nominee should be a person who has shown outstanding commitment to enhancing the quality of interpreting within a framework that recognizes the importance of collaboration between deaf and hard of hearing people and the interpreting profession.

Not only did Gallaudet alumni shine during the awards program, Gallaudet was a major presence at NAD. Read more about the other ways Gallaudet students, faculty, staff, and alumni were well-represented at the conference.


Posted: 2 Aug 2010

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