The Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) Committee are pleased to announce this year's award winners:
GUAA Outstanding Young Alumnus Award - Tanya "Tawny" D. Holmes, ’05 & G-’10 (Md.)
This award is presented in recognition of a Gallaudet alumnus or alumna who has graduated from or left the University within the past 15 years and who has performed impressive service on behalf of the University and/or the deaf community, or who has brought favorable recognition to our alma mater through notable achievement. Holmes received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Gallaudet in deaf studies, sociology, and deaf education. She is a family educator at the Maryland School for the Deaf-Columbia, and her passion and expertise lie in youth leadership and early language access for deaf children. Holmes is also studying education and family law at the University of Baltimore Law School, and will graduate in May 2013. She was president of Collegiate National Association of the Deaf and was recently appointed to as a board member for the NAD, focusing on early intervention and education. Prior to her appointment, she served as chair of the Youth Strategy Team for the NAD, and received the NAD Youth Service Award.
GUAA Pauline "Polly" Peikoff, E- ’36, Service to Others Award - Betty Ann Prinz (Calif.)
This award is presented to a hearing or deaf individual from within the deaf community who has gone beyond expectations, especially as a volunteer, to serve other people or organizations. Prinz is an active member of the deaf community in Oakland, Calif. She wears many hats, one as an ASL instructor at San Francisco State University, as a board member for several deaf non-profit organizations including Deaf Women Against Violence (currently Deaf Hope), Deaf Media, and the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency. Prinz has volunteered as a docent for well-known museums such as the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is also a noted party planner, caterer, and food expert.
LCCF Alice Cogswell Award - Joel W. Barish, ’92 (Tex.)
This award is presented to a person for valuable service on behalf of deaf citizens. Barish is an entrepreneur and the founder of DeafNation, a company that hosts trade shows for the deaf community across the nation with free admission for all. Barish is also the host of No Barriers, a production company under DeafNation that travels the world finding the stories of deaf and hard of hearing people. He has united the deaf community through his worldwide travels conducting interviews with a wide variety of deaf people, recognizing them for their talents, skills, and abilities, and in the process raising awareness for these individuals that otherwise would not be possible. Recently, DeafNation hosted the wildly successful DeafNation World Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.
LCCF Amos Kendall Award - Dr. Frank Hochman (Calif.)
This award is presented recognition of a deaf person for notable excellence in a professional field not related to deafness. Dr. Hochman is believed to be the first U.S. born deaf medical doctor. He faced considerable challenges in becoming a doctor, including Universities that denied him admission on the basis of his deafness. He overcame these barriers and went on a successful career that included holding the position of physician for the California School of the Deaf, Fremont. Dr. Hochman, now retired, had a private practice in California where 90 percent of his patients were hearing. He is known for his advice: "Beware of the 'Can't Cant's'... experts in deafness who will always tell you things you can't do. Pay no attention to them. They 'can't' help it!"
LCCF Edward Miner Gallaudet Award - Nassozi B. Kiyaga, G-’03 (Nigeria)
This award is presented in recognition of a deaf or hearing leader working to promote the well-being of deaf people of the world. Nassozi Kiayga, a native of Uganda, came to the U.S. after receiving higher education in both Uganda and the United Kingdom, and earned her M.A. in deaf education from Gallaudet. She is a strong advocate for marginalized people and people with disabilities in developing countries, especially those who are deaf and hard of hearing.
LCCF Laurent Clerc Award - Ann Silver, ’72 (Wash.)
This award is presented for outstanding social contributions by a deaf person in the interest of deaf people. A native of Seattle, Wash., Silver is one of the founding members of the Deaf Art/De’VIA movement that began at Gallaudet during the 1960s. She is a strong and outspoken advocate for deaf arts, and her accomplishments are impressive and many. They are outlined in her biography, Ann Silver: One Way, Deaf Way, written by Dr. Jim Van Manen and published last year by Empyreal Press. While living in New York in the late 1970s and working at the Museum of Modern Art, Silver helped establish a 125-museum consortium program for deaf visitors, receiving the N.Y. Governor’s Art Award for her efforts. She also served as the museum's docent.
The Charter Day Awards and Brunch program will be held at Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim") on Saturday, April 6, where the award recipients will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the deaf community. More information on the program will be shared in the next issue of the Alumni e-newsletter.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013