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April 5, 2004

GUAA Charter Day Luncheon and Awards Program on April 17

From: Gallaudet - Apr 5, 2004

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2004
Contact: Mike Kaika, Director of Media Relations
Phone: 202-651-5050

GUAA Charter Day Luncheon and Awards Program on April 17

Washington, DC—The Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) will host the 35th annual Charter Day Luncheon and Awards Program on Saturday, April 17 beginning at 11 a.m. in the historic Chapel Hall.

Master of ceremonies will be Warren "Wawa" Snipe, '94, an admissions counselor at Gallaudet.

The award recipients for this year are:

Mr. Franklin C. Torres, G-'02 of Washington, DC will received the GUAA Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Mr. Michael Marzolf, '69, and Ms. Frances (Manzella) Marzolf, '69 of Virginia will receive the GUAA Pauline "Polly" Peikoff, E-'36, "Service to Others" Award.

Dr. Carol Padden and her husband, Dr. Tom Humphries, '68 of California will receive the LCCF Laurent Clerc Award.

Mr. Bert Pickell of California will receive the LCCF Alice Cogswell Award.

Mr. Gary Klingensmith of Pennsylvania will receive the LCCF Amos Kendall Award.

Other activities happening during the Charter Day week are as follows:

Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building will be a presentation by Marvin Miller, titled "Signing Community" which is about his vision and plans to develop a town for signers in South Dakota. This presentation is being sponsored by the Student Body Government and admission is free.

At 7 p.m. in the Ely Auditorium, the Student Body Government is sponsoring the Gallaudet University History Bowl. Admission is free.

On Friday, April 16, there will be a joint presentation by Dr. Carol Padden and Dr. Tom Humphries in Ely Auditorium at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend this presentation and the campus community is invited. However, seated is limited.

In observance of the 140th anniversary of the April 8, 1864 Gallaudet charter which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, there will be a special commemorative program in the Student Academic Center at 1 p.m. to unveil the replica of the Gallaudet charter. Check the GUAA website for changes or updates, Mike Olson, '79, Gallaudet Archivist will serve as master of ceremonies.

At 1:45 p.m. at Hotchkiss Field, a "Silent No More!" rally will be held. This rally is being sponsored by the Student Body Government, College National Association of the Deaf, and the National Association of the Deaf. For more information about the rally, check the website,

Advance reservations for the Saturday luncheon are required since seating is limited in Chapel Hall. Cost is $35 per person. Make check or money order payable to GUAA and send to Daphne Cox, '82, at the Gallaudet address. Deadline for reservations with payment is April 5. For more information, call 202-651-5081 TTY or 202-651-5060 Voice. Internet users can e-mail Daphne at