The Callaway Alumni Group of William Woods University has donated $500 to the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting lab at WWU.
The Charlotte Rose Hamilton American Sign Language and Interpreting Lab, located on the lower level of Burton Business Building, recently was upgraded. New equipment, including 12 work stations, networking equipment and a server were installed to make the lab fully operational using digital equipment.
Previously, students were using five-year-old equipment based on VHS.
In honor of Deaf Awareness Week, the public may tour the lab Saturday, Oct. 3, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. A program on Deaf history and the role of Deaf persons in historical events will precede the tour. The program will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in room 6 of the Burton Building.
Also, Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium, a panel of Deaf and hearing members of the Deaf community will answer questions students and the public may have about their culture and personal experiences.
William Woods University is one of only 34 schools in the United States and Canada that offers a four-year degree in American Sign Language interpreting. More than 60 students are either ASL interpreting majors or minors, and 109 students currently take ASL classes at WWU.
The ASL interpreting lab is one of the unique features of the WWU program. It is a state-of-the-art all-digital interpreting lab where students may enhance their signing skills by watching and recording videotexts. Members of the Fulton Deaf community serve as tutors in the lab, assisting with assignments and individual practice.
“The lab has sentimental, as well as academic, value,” said Carrie McCray, assistant professor. “It was named after the late Charlotte Rose Hamilton, who was a renowned member of the community. She was one of the lab’s founders, and we wanted to continue her legacy by upgrading the lab.”
Harrison Jones of Fulton (left) and Corey Pfautsch of Holts Summit, both juniors majoring in ASL interpreting, demonstrate use of the new equipment to Marianne Stone of Fulton, president of the WWU Callaway Alumni Group.