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January 9, 2004

Polycom Vice President Joins Board of Associates

From: Gallaudet - Jan 9, 2004

For Immediate Release

January 9, 2004

Contact: Mike Kaika, Director of Media Relations

Phone: 202-651-5050


Polycom Vice President Joins Board of Associates

Washington, DC—Gallaudet University's Board of Associates is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Baker, Polycom vice president of Vertical Markets. Polycom is a technology leader of easy-to-use video, voice, data and web conferencing and collaboration solutions.

In addition, Polycom has announced that the Association of College Educators—Deaf/ Hard of Hearing (ACE-D/HH) is creating a Virtual Professional Development School that will use Polycom's ViewStation and ViaVideo conferencing solutions to teach educators in the field of deaf education.

Gallaudet's board of associates, which meets two times a year, is an advisory body comprised of leaders in the business and philanthropic communities that is chartered with promoting Gallaudet within its business community, assisting with fundraising, and acting as mentors by sharing knowledge with Gallaudet students.

"Gallaudet University is pleased to have Michael Baker on our board of associates," said Catherine Sweet-Windham, executive director of Institutional Advancement. "His expertise and Polycom's reputation as a leader in the field of technology is a perfect fit for Gallaudet which has the most up-to-date visual technology for our students."

Baker will attend the April 2004 meet of the board of associates. "I am personally honored to have been appointed to the board of associates," said Baker. "High-quality video conferencing is significantly improving deaf education throughout the world and I am proud of the work Polycom has done with the Association of College Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I am confident Polycom will be assisting Gallaudet to maintain its role as a leader in providing the best possible education through technology to deaf and hard of hearing students."

Polycom, Inc., has headquarters in Pleasanton, CA with seven offices around the United States. The Polycom Office makes distance communications as natural and interactive as being there by providing best-in-class conferencing solutions that are interoperable, integrated and intuitive to the user. The Polycom Office is based on industry standards and supported by an open architecture that promotes interoperability in multi-vendor environments and complements leading network infrastructure platforms. For more information about Polycom, visit the website at

Gallaudet University is the only university in the world for deaf and hard of hearing students. Established in 1864 by an act of congress, Gallaudet offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs. Gallaudet also serves the national and international deaf and hearing communities by providing them with information and conducting research on deafness. Visit the Gallaudet website and its related

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