Originally submitted to Gallynet-L.
April 21, 2007
I hope this is the correct platform to endorse a candidate for the position of Gallaudet University Provost?
I am an alumni, a very proud one at that despite the troubles that occured during my last year as an undergraduate from 2005-2006.
I, as an alumni of Gallaudet University, I would like to endorse Dr. Stephen Weiner, a professor of the Communication Studies department.
I have had the privilege and honour of knowing Steve during my last 2 years as a CS major and was placed with him as my advisor.
Know that before my transfer to CS, I had been in the Social Work and English majors, and hadn’t found the major of my dreams. Until I met him.
He was a professor in my Public Speaking class and I was a English major seeking to complete my requirements. He saw my first three speeches and told the entire class tha I would need only a few months to learn the practices of professional public speaking. I was flabbergasted and amazed that he, a highly regarded professor, would think of me that way. After a few sessions of persuading, I finally transferred from English to CS, Stephen was right – he was confident that I would be out there, speaking the truth.
I am headed out next week to Louisiana to give a keynote speech at the Lousiana Acadiana Deaf Blind Citizens Crawfish picnic. Never would I have imagined that this man would have gotten me where I am today. I am deeply grateful.
Imagine what Steve could do for “kids” like me and teachers out there? He would teach them a lot as well as the students themselves. I respect him so much, I have full confidence him him as a mentor, a teacher and a friend.
Christine RoschaertClass of 2006