Book review by Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dept of Deaf Studies/Deaf Education, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Hovinga, S. Camenisch, F. (2010). Texas School for the Deaf Sesquicentennial: A Proud Tradition. Historical Publication, Austin, Texas.
Sharon Kay Crawford Forestal Hovinga and Franna Corley Caminisch, two writer- historians and former teachers of the deaf have provided a comprehensive, engaging and fascinating story of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin, Texas. Since they are both former teachers at TSD and members of the Deaf Community they provide a depth of understanding to this topic because they are members of the Deaf community and have worked at TSD for many years. Franna Camenisch oversees the Heritage House, TSD’s museum on campus so she brings this knowledge and expertise to the book as well. I recommend that this book be placed in libraries at schools for the deaf so deaf children and teachers can use it for research in Deaf history. I also recommend this book for university libraries for scholars and practitioners employed in programs in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, particularly to those interested in Deaf history, the history of language, and reading methods.
While the book is over 700 pages long, it is well- organized with an incredible wealth of photographs that illustrate the narrative. In addition, the gray sidebars on each page break up the prose in digestible segments with interesting and entertaining “history-bites” about Austin, Deaf history, the TSD building history, and a record of TSD students and deaf education practices from 1857 to the present.
Organized into chapters around the reigns of 27 superintendents from Jacob Van Nosrand (1857-1876) to the present superintendent, Claire Bugen (1998-present), the authors present their childhood, education, work background and educational philosophy, all of which provides the frame of each chapter. The book is filled with pictures of the school buildings, classrooms, and smiling pictures of students on picnics, at swimming holes, sledding on campus when a snowfall occurs. Other charming pictures show students’ arms wrapped around their classmates in affectionate poses as family photos illustrate. There are also pictures of stern teachers, administrators, and groups of students posing in front of buildings or in fields of bluebonnets or outings in downtown Austin. To this reader, the selection and arrangement of the photos gave this book the “feel of a family photo album” rather than a cold, detached catalog of facts, figures and photos.
The authors present quotes from superintendents and this provides a textual richness to their descriptive prose. Some of these quotes demonstrate acumen into linguistics, psycholinguistics and reading development decades prior to the findings of our modern-day scientists. For instance, these administrators understood language and literacy concepts prior to the works of William Stokoe whose work described sign language linguistically and Carolyn Ewoldt, the reading researcher who wrote the first psycholinguistic study on how deaf children learn to read using the visual language of sign language. This is a must read for teachers, scholars of Deaf History and Deaf Americans, particularly Deaf Texans.
Book review by Jean F. Andrews, Ph.D. (email@example.com).
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Ronald Ray Krause, age 64 of Seguin, passed away on September 16, 2013 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday,September 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Tres Hewell Mortuary Chapel. Private interment will be held at a later date. Ronald was born in Durant Oklahoma on October 9, 1948 to R. B. and Anita Krause of Mead, Oklahoma. He attended school at Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin in 1969. He attended college at Baytown, Texas and at San Antonio College in San Antonio. He was employed at Kelly Air Force Base for 17 years and retired when the base closed. He is preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Elizabeth Nell Krause; his mother, Anita Berger; his sister Karen Stine; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Barrilleaux and Pat Cryar; nieces, Gay Ray, Serena Stine, and Christie Cryar; nephews, Brian Stine, William Stine and wife Kelly, David Currie and Daniel Ardoin; 7 great nieces and nephews; first cousins, Diane Bradford and her husband Jim, Kelly Lewis, and Joni Smith and her husband Mike, Tommy Krause, David Krause, Norma Clothier, Joyce McVickers and husband, Eldon, Dennis Parrot and wife Judy, and Carol Jean Nail. Ronald loved to draw and was a good artist, especially with water colors. He loved football and spent many hours watching college games. He leaves behind his family and many dear friends who will miss him very much. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Walnut Street Church of Christ, 1351 East Walnut, Seguin, Texas, 78155.
Anita Alma (Ugarte) Dalla July 11, 1921-July 17,2012 Born in Laredo, Texas 91 years ago, Anita Alma Ugarte Dalla was preceded in death by her loving husband of thirty-six years, Raymond Joseph Dalla; her parents, Everard and Alma Ugarte; her brother and sister-in-law, Everardo (Lanita Ferrell) Ugarte; and two adopted sons, Joe Julius and Daryl Lee Lucas. She is survived by her nephew Rick (Gail) Ugarte and niece Sonia Ugarte (Lew) Ganter of Texas, step-children Jimmy Ray (Darlene) Dalla, Jerry (Nina) Dalla, and Rosemary Dalla (Ted) Paone, all of Texas; a third cousin Katie Breedlove (Tim) Johnston of Michigan, also 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Anita graduated from the Texas School for the Deaf in 1939. After graduation she married and made her early life in Austin where she was co-owner of the Round-up Drive-in on Barton Springs road. Later she moved to Dallas where she lived for many years. At last she returned with Dad to the city she loved, Austin. She was employed at the Texas School for the Deaf, where she supervised dormitory staff and students from 1973 until retirement in 1986. Anita certainly “hung her bright and shining star” on the great state of Texas. Joining immediately upon graduating high school, she remained an active member of the Texas Association of the Deaf and the community for 73 years. As a small child she attended all TAD conventions until the last two years when her health no longer permitted her to do so. She also served as President of Dallas Auxiliary #141 of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf in 1963-1964-1965. In 2005, she was a founding member of the Austin Mad Red Hatters club. Anita was inducted into the Texas School for the Deaf Hall of Fame for community leadership in 2006. Anita’s gentle manner, bright smile, inquisitive mind, sharp wit, and lilting laughter will be greatly missed! Remembrances may be made to the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation Fund, in honor of the many happy years Anita lived there as a student and as an exceptional employee. In honor of Anita’s 91 years of spreading joy, a “Celebration of Life Mass” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8th at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church on W. Oltorf Street, Austin, TX.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on September 4, 2012
Joy Max Floyd Sr. passed away on Monday, September 2, 2013. He was born September 23, 1930, in Roby, Texas, to William Otto and Eulilia Lady Floyd. Max married Geraldine Coker and they were blessed with two daughters, Sherry Kay Floyd of Midland and Nancy Elaine of Lubbock. Following the death of Geraldine, due to leukemia, Max married Dorothy Faye Miller of Dallas on May 8, 1965, and they were blessed with two sons, Joy Max Floyd, Jr., and Paul Timothy Floyd.
Max graduated from the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin in 1951. At that school he was a member of the National Champion football team in 1947 and learned auto mechanics from his teacher Eugene Clark. After high school, Max worked as a line mechanic for Roger’s Ford in Midland for 28 years. He then worked for Texas Electric (TXU) for 14 years. Max also taught auto mechanics at the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, TX, for 5 years. Max was known as a wonderful Christian husband, father, grandfather, friend and role model. He was famous for his love of life, his love of Dr. Pepper, his love for his wife and children and his servant heart. Max was known as “the best and most honest mechanic on earth” by those who knew him. Max loved to joke and tease and could never say “No” to someone in need of help with their car, truck or tractor. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Midland since 1953, where he taught Sunday School to the Deaf for many years and was deeply involved in missions, including a trip to Japan to work with the Deaf there. Max was very prominent in the Deaf Community. He was a member of, and served as an officer for the Permian Basin Council for the Deaf, Midland Deaf Association, West Texas Association for the Deaf, Southern Baptist Conference for the Deaf, Texas Baptist Conference for the Deaf and the Deaf Seniors Association.
Preceding him in death were his parents, William Otto and Eulilia Lady Floyd of Midland; his first wife, Geraldine Coker of Midland; and a brother, Henry Floyd of Roswell, N.M.
Max is survived by his sister, Lurline and her husband Bob Evans; his wife, Dorothy; and his four children: daughter, Kay and son Max Jr. of Midland; daughter, Nancy of Lubbock and son Paul of Conroe, TX. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Abigail, Andrew and Blaine of Midland, and Taylor, Christopher and Haven Otto of Conroe; and two nieces and two nephews.
A special thanks goes to Elsa Ward, Cultural Diversity Coordinator at MMH; Teresa Minchew, Nancy Edge and TJ Munoz from HCD; Dr. Randel Everett, David Johnson, Janice Tankersley and Bob Hopkins from FBC; friends, Lucas Ward and Reverend Jim Walterhouse and his wife Debbie.
Viewing will be Friday, September 6, 2013, from 6 pm – 8 pm. Funeral Service will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 1 pm. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.
Family would like memorials, gifts, etc. to be sent to the Highland Council for the Deaf, P.O. Box 1935, Big Spring, TX 79721; SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, c/o Jan Forsyth, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720; or the First Baptist Church of Midland Mission Benevolence Fund, 2104 W. Louisiana Ave., Midland, TX 79701.
Published in Odessa American on September 5, 2013
H3 Sports to provide daily video coverage of Deaflympics starting July 23
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TORONTO, CANADA | MENDHAM, NJ – 24 July 2013 – H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, announced today they will be providing day-to-day video coverage of the Deaflympics 2013 Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 22nd Deaflympics Summer Games will be held from 26 July to 4 August, 2013. At least 19 sporting events have been confirmed: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. Deaflympics organizers expect record numbers of competitors in these sports.
“SportsDeaf,” anchored by Florian Gravogl, is a new program launched by H3 Sports that will be broadcast each day during the Deaflympics. Gravogl will report on daily highlights, provide updates on sports events, council proceedings of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) – including elections and interviews with ICSD Presidential candidates.
Information on ICSD and the Deaflympics – including historical information, current activities and future plans –with daily video recaps and athlete profiles are sponsored by Sorenson Communications. Providing variety, in addition to opening and closing ceremonies, local tourist and historical attractions in Sofia will be included along with on-the-street comments from participants.
All programming will be presented at http://www.H3.tv/ in International Sign with open captions in English. There is no charge to view videos using Internet access and a computer or mobile device.
“We wanted to include the general population while engaging the worldwide deaf communities,” says Hannah Reisman, H3 president. Through International Sign, H3 aims to empower and unify members of Deaf communities around the world including developing countries with limited access to programming in their local sign language. The World Federation of the Deaf estimates that over 70 million Deaf people live in our world today.
SportsDeaf’s coverage on the Deaflympics will begin July 23. H3 Sports is a subsidiary of H3 Network Media Alliance, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 which has reported from key sporting events including the Deaflympics and World Federation of the Deaf. H3 also produces programming covering current affairs, culture, and educational content in International Sign with open English captions. Viewers can sign up to receive weekly H3 Program Update emails at www.H3.tv.
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