Alumni eNewsletter: Holiday Wishes from GUAA and Home Office (Archives)

Season Greetings from the GUAA and Home Office

Just when people think it is quiet with GUAA, it was an exciting year for us! In a nutshell, in 2005, we saw:

The induction of the board members for the 2004-2007 term: President Andy Lange, ’83; Immediate Past President Gerard “Bummy” Burstein, ’50; Vice President Alyce Slater Lentz, ’76 & G-’78; Secretary Judith Mezzanotte Gilliam, ’68 & ’74; Isaac Agboola, ’81 & G-’83; Board Member - Home Region Michael Kaika, ’72; Board Member – East Region June Rothenberg McMahon, ’74; Board Member – Middle Region Larry Puthoff, ’70; and Board Member – West Region Estie Provow, ’62. They had an orientation in March and held regular meetings in April and October.

Three chapters were re-activated with officers: Austin (TX), Fort Worth (TX), and Pacific Northwest (OR/WA).

There were 28 known alumni events in 2005 all over the United States of America and in Japan. This included Gallaudet Clubs hosted by our office in conjuction with the chapters.

Minnesota Chapter, the oldest chapter, celebrated its 110th anniversary.

The number of GUAA members is now 7,311.

The number of subscribers to this alumni enewsletter surpassed the 2,000 milestone for the first time. If you know of any alumni who is not getting this enewsletter, feel free to forward this to them and ask them to sign up for it!

The renovation of the Peikoff Alumni House (“Ole Jim”) is underway. It is projected to complete in time for the 2006 Homecoming (October 21).

Among recommendations made by the GUAA, the Board of Trustees of the University selected two alumni to serve on the President Search Committee for the new president. The alumni representatives are Judith Mezzanotte Gilliam, ’68 & ’74, and John Yeh, ’71.

There are other items not mentioned above. There are many instances where the alumni got together and shared the pride of being Gallaudetians. We can say that the GUAA has continued its purpose in 2005 as well as it has done since its inception in 1889.

We, the board and the home office staff wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to 2006.


Posted: 2 Dec 2005

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