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March 28, 2007

Press Release: Gallaudet Charter Day program honors award winners

From: Gallaudet - Mar 28, 2007


Alumni awards program scheduled for Gallaudet’s Charter Day

(Washington) The Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) will host their 38th annual Charter Day Luncheon and Awards Program, honoring individuals for their contributions to the deaf community.

The event takes place 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21 in the Jordan Student Academic Center - Sprint Multipurpose Room on Gallaudet’s main campus in Washington, DC.

The luncheon recognizes the signing of Gallaudet's charter by President Abraham Lincoln on April 8, 1864. Five awards will be presented:

GUAA Outstanding Young Alumnus Award-- to a young alumnus or alumna of Gallaudet University of the past 15 years who has performed some impressive service to the University and/or the deaf community, or who has brought recognition to our Alma Mater through some notable achievement in his/her personal or professional life.
Terry G. Giansanti,'98 (Italy)

GUAA Pauline "Polly" Peikoff “Service to Others”Award-- to an individual, hearing or deaf, from within the deaf community who has contributed of himself or herself, especially as a volunteer, to the community.
Rev. Jay L. Croft (Alabama)
Dr. Alexander Fleischman, H-'96 (Pennsylvania)

LCCF Alice Cogswell Award--for valuable service on behalf of deaf people.
Dr. Glenn B. Anderson, '68 (Arkansas)
Dr. Jeffrey S. Bohrman (Ohio)

LCCF Laurent Clerc Award --for outstanding social contributions by a deaf person.
Roy "Ed" Bosson, '66 (Texas)
Nathie L. Marbury, '75 (Texas)

LCCF Edward Miner Gallaudet Award --for recognition of national or international leaders for promoting the well-being of deaf people.
Aloysius N. Bibum, '85 (Cameroon)
Margaret Bibum (Cameroon)

Advance reservations are required since seating is limited. The cost is $35 per person. A PDF flyer can be seen and obtained from the alumni Web site ( Print and fill out the form. Make check or money order payable to GUAA and send to:

Daphne E. Cox
Associate Director
Peikoff Alumni House
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-3695.

The deadline for reservations with payment is April 9, 2007.

For more information, call (202) 651-5081 (TTY) or (202) 651-5060 (Voice). Internet users can e-mail

Also, the GUAA and the LCCF Committee are now accepting nominations for next year's awards. If you know of individuals who would be worthy recipients, please read nomination instructions from the alumni website and send your nominations to:

Sam Sonnenstrahl
GUAA executive director
Peikoff Alumni House
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-3695.

The deadline for the annual nominations is October 1. Lists of all former and current award recipients can be read on the alumni Web site (