Archive for December, 2009

MSU Rally Makes The News

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Good job, everybody, for all the hard work put into contacting the media and getting them to come to the rally!

MDC members Freida Morrison, Melissa Rich, and Jeannette Johnson were present at the rally with Freida representing MDC, Melissa representing MDA, and Jeannette representing herself.

Here are the links to the media and please let us know if we missed any.

Lansing State Journal, December 4, 2009:

The State News, December 4, 2009:

Detroit Free Press, December 5, 2009:, video, not captioned:

Melissa & Jeannette were interviewed by Darren Cunningham, WLNS TV channel 6:

closed caption version:

Thanks to Bill Creswell for his volunteering to caption the video. 🙂

UPDATE: Flint Journal, December 10, 2009:

Additionally, we now have a flickr account for the Michigan Deaf Community and the photos taken by Darren Brown are up for viewing:
MSU Rally – Save Deaf Education/ASL Classes

Please also note that we now have another section for flickr on this page (bottom on the right corner).

MDC Committee


Board of Trustees Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

The Board of Trustees will be meeting on Friday December 11th at 9:30 AM in the Board Room on the 4th floor of the Administration Building. If you wish to make comments to the Board you need to fill out a form. See below. Note that interpreters can be requested.Public Participation in Meetings

Request to Address the Board

General Procedures

The Board regards the opportunity for expression of public views on issues before the Board as an important part of its deliberations. The Board generally hears remarks without comment. However, if, after a presentation to the Board, Trustees choose to ask questions of, or briefly thank, the person or persons who made the presentation, the Board will limit such questions and remarks to a total of five minutes.

To accommodate such expression, the Board reserves a portion of its regular meeting for individuals and groups who wish to address the Board. A completed Request to Address form should be submitted to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees prior to speaking. The presiding officer will recognize persons who have provided the required information. To ensure the proper recognition of speakers, any change in the original information should be provided to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees as soon as possible.

Individual presentations are limited to 5 minutes and the total time for presentations on any item or topic is limited to 15 minutes unless an extension of time is approved by the Board. When a group of persons shares the same interest, it is recommended that a representative be chosen to present its point of view. When the Board believes that adequate public input has been obtained on any issue, testimony may be closed by majority vote.

Required Information (Please type or print)

1. Name:

Telephone Number:


2. Relationship to the University (please check the most appropriate category):

___Student ___Faculty ___Staff ___Alum Other (Please specify)

3. Name of Group (omit if not applicable):

4. Topic on which you wish to speak:

Please indicate if you will speak ___pro ___con or ___neutrally on this topic.

5. List the University units with which you have discussed this topic previously and the action taken by each office.

6. If you have written statements or position papers you would like Board members to receive, please provide 13 copies to the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, 450 Administration Building, for distribution.

Do you have materials to be distributed to Board members: ___Yes ___No

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees by 12:00 noon the day prior to the Board meeting, or the Michigan Relay Service at (800) 649-3777. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Office of the Secretary of the Board of Trustees
450 Administration Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-4647
Fax: (517) 355-4670

MDC Shows Support At MSU Rally

December 5, 2009 11 comments


Hello everyone, I am Freida Morrison. There is 4 generation of Deaf in my family. I went through 3 different methods of Deaf Education when I was growing up.

  • Self-contained classroom (that time period – all oral – no sign language program
  • Mainstreaming without interpreter
  • Residential school (MSD)

How did it affect us the deaf people?

(For example) I struggled to read and write English at the appropriate age. When I finally understood English a little better, I taught myself to understand English better by using my native language, ASL.

Research show Deaf children from Deaf family learn fast and succeed in adult life- Do you know why? It is because of ASL.

95% of Deaf children come from hearing parents- Only 5% of those hearing parents know sign language. This mean 90% of Deaf children have lifelong struggle learning. Do you know why? It is because of lack of exposure to sign language when growing up. Growing up without or minimal sign language often result in emotional /behavioral problems- Do you know why? Because of lifelong struggle-they become frustrated and angry when no one understands them. These issues can be easily prevented by using ASL at very early age.

I would like to comment about the letter from Dean, Dr. Carole Arnes. It amazes me she has no clue about the differences between EMU and MSU despite of her PhD. You can’t compare EMU with MSU when their philosophy is the opposite. EMU strongly believe in oral method while MSU train teachers based on sign language method.

We are currently in 21st century. It is sad that we, deaf community still have to re-educate her and other people about the differences between oral and sign language. I am asking you, the deaf community to look around and our state. Are you getting tired of having to re-educate them again and again? Do they really listen to us?

NO DEAF CHILD LEFT BEHIND! It is very important for our future deaf and hard of hearing children.

We, the Deaf community have a dream…. all deaf and hearing communities respect each other and can communicate with no barrier! How to do that? Currently, we have a better method of education for our deaf and hard of hearing children by teaching ASL/English Bilingual Education. That way, we can be united in many ways.

On behalf of Michigan Deaf Community (MDC), we are in full support of continuing Deaf Education program and ASL classes here at MSU.

Thank you to Katie Hosmer, the rally host
Thank you to the crowd….show the support
Remember, we are not done…..keep fighting and be a watchdog.

Rally Update: Show Your Support By Wearing Green

December 2, 2009 2 comments

As most of you know this Friday is the rally in front of Hannah Adminstration building at 10am. Katie Hosmer sent out a message to everyone early today asking you wear as much green as possible. Of course we wish everyone could be there but understand that this might not be possible. However, if you are unable to come to the rally you can still show your support by wearing green on friday wherever you may be!

Katie Lynne Sweers
MSU Student, Deaf Education Major

Rally Speakers

December 2, 2009 1 comment

As of now, this is the list of confirmed Deaf speakers (in random order):

David Sanderson – MSD-State Admininstrative Manager
Sheryl Emery – DODHH Director
Natalie Grupido – teacher at MSD
Tyler Naeyaert – MSD student
Melissa Rich – Michigan Deaf Association representative
Cathy Leonard – prospective Deaf Ed student
Mary Klein – Deaf citizen
Trent Wade – Deaf citizen
Jahan Farzam-Behboodi – Deaf citizen

Confirmed hearing speakers:

Katie Hosmer – Deaf Ed Student
Sarah Clark – Deaf Ed Student
Cidney Alexandra Goldston – Deaf Ed Student
Marianne Tritten – ASL Living- Learing Option floor mentor
Mitch Holaly – President of Signing Spartans
Brandy Jensen – Housing contact at Snyder Phillips (works with ASL LLO)
Cece Winkler – principal at MSD
Harold Johnson – Co-director of Deaf Ed program

I, (Katie Hosmer, Deaf Ed major) will start off the rally. We are hoping to alternate Deaf and hearing speakers.

If your name is NOT on this list and should be, or you would like to speak, please let me know as soon as possible.

SPEAKERS: If you are able to arrive around 9:30am, that would give us time to organize the order. If you are unable to, don’t worry, just come up to the front and we will squeeze you in 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions!

Katie Hosmer
FB contact:


December 2, 2009 2 comments

I just received received an email stating:

“The Provost will not allow the vet tech program to close due to the massive “push back” from the community and all around the world”


If they have a chance, SO DO WE!

— Friday Updates —

I realize we’ll need to dress warmly, but if you can, please wear your ASL Floor t-shirts (if you have them), or as much green as you can!


Here is a map of MSU campus and the Hannah Administration Building (Click visitor parking on the left for parking options)

Thanks! 😀

Katie Hosmer

Message From MSU Student On Deaf Education Rally

December 2, 2009 1 comment

Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that our rally is THIS FRIDAY AT 10AM!!! Please contact me if you have any questions or need directions.

Please, PLEASE spread the word to as many people as you possibly can this week.

This will be an event you will not regret attending! We have people coming from all over the United States to show their support.

We have over 550 confirmed guests who should be receiving this message right now… Are you really coming? Are you committed to saving education for deaf children in Michigan and throughout the United States?

I can only hope your answers are yes. If we have 550 Facebook supporters on top of everyone else that is coming… just imagine our strength!

Thank you again for your continuous support. Each and every one of you is vital to this campaign! — I cannot stress that enough.

Hope to see you Friday! 🙂

Katie Hosmer
November 29 at 9:00pm
FB contact:

Rally Event:

UPDATE: As of today, there are 667 confirmed attendees for the rally this Friday! And 2,499 members of the group!

UPDATE II: As of 7:45pm EST, 678 confirmed attendees and 2,519 members!

Keep it coming and spread the word!

Hope to see you at the rally!