July 14, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 37
Editor: Tom Willard
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APPLE, AT&T PARTNER TO ASSIST DEAF WITH iPHONE 4 AND FACETIME
Apple and AT&T have teamed with ZVRS to bring video relay calling for deaf and hard-of-hearing users via the iPhone 4 and its FaceTime video chat functionality. Video relay services allow deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired people to communicate with hearing people in real-time, via a sign language interpreter. In addition to hardware, ZVRS makes video relay software for both Macs and PCs. And with the help of Apple and AT&T, it will now bring its latest software -- dubbed iZ -- to the iPhone 4. / AppleInsider
See Also DEAF CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HEARING CALLERS USING ZVRS ON iPHONE4 / ZVRS
See Also ZVRS, AT&T, AND APPLE CREATED iZ! / Deaf World As Eye See It
Silver Spring, MD
ROSENBLUM SELECTED AS SEVENTH CEO OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Board of Directors announced Saturday that after conducting a nationwide search, it has selected Howard A. Rosenblum as its next Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the 50th Biennial NAD Conference, held July 6-10 in Philadelphia, Pa. Rosenblum is currently employed as Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality in Chicago, Illinois. He brings to the NAD nearly two decades of leadership and advocacy experience. / NAD
See Also NAD HONORS LONG-TIME LEADER / About.com
FATHER WON'T SUE AFTER DEAF GIRL STRUCK, KILLED
The family of a 15-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an SUV driven by a man who claimed he hadn't taken his schizophrenia medication will not sue. An attorney for the family of Dawn Boozer-Carter said the family had planned to sue Derek Dewitt, 43, who admitted striking the girl and her mother, Tina Boozer-Carter, 41, and his father, who owned the car. But the attorney said last Thursday that they are working it out with the insurance companies and that the family will be compensated for their suffering. / WRTV
DEAF INMATE SAYS FINGERPRINT PROVES HIS INNOCENCE
Through a sign-language interpreter at the Dallas County Jail, Stephen Brodie cops to all sorts of crimes save the one that put him behind bars for 10 years: sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl. He insists he is innocent, and there's support for his claim. A fingerprint at the crime scene matches another man convicted in the sexual assault of a child. Brodie's confession came during 18 hours of questioning and included admissions to fictitious crimes made up by investigators to test his credibility. Also, Brodie is deaf and doesn't speak clearly, but police didn't use an interpreter for about half of their interviews. / The Associated Press
MAN ARRESTED FOR BEATING DEAF ELDERLY WOMAN
A suspect in the brutal beating and rape of a 75-year-old Arkansas woman has been captured. Investigators say it was a man who had close ties to the victim's neighbor. Now he's facing a laundry list of charges. James William Howard was arrested last Wednesday evening and charged with aggravated robbery, home invasion, rape and attempted murder. / Fox 13 News
NEW FUND TO HELP DEAF FARMWORKER WHO WON U.S. CITIZENSHIP
Miguel Sernas, the Gilroy farmworker and former illegal immigrant who recently became an American citizen despite the odds against him -- he cannot talk, hear, read or write -- is losing his house through foreclosure. That would crush you and me. But to Sernas and his family, this isn't so bad. Things might even be looking up. "He's very happy these days," says his father, Clemente Sernas. Offers of help for the 34-year-old Sernas have poured in since the Mercury News wrote about his journey from Mexico to passing a citizenship test designed especially for him. / Mercury News
NURSING CENTER AGREES TO SERVE PATIENTS WHO ARE DEAF
Under an agreement announced Monday by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing will be provided equal access to a nursing and rehabilitation facility in New York State and will be provided interpretation services when necessary for effective communication. Ramapo Manor Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Suffern, N.Y., and OCR entered into an agreement following an investigation of a disability discrimination complaint. / HHS.gov
Big Spring, TX
COLLEGE FOR DEAF HAS COME A LONG WAY IN 30 YEARS
Considering the school began with a converted military hospital and not much else, it’s fair to say SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf has come a long way in three decades. Current and former students and staff, as well as a long list of well-wishers were present on campus this past weekend as SWCID celebrated its 30th reunion. While fun and games were also on the reunion agenda, the event mainly gave people a chance to reflect on just how far SWCID, the only self-contained community college for the deaf and hard of hearing the United States, has come since its first class enrolled in 1980. / Big Spring Herald
OSCAR GRANT VERDICT, OAKLAND RIOT: VIDEO IS KEY
Today, Oriana Bolden sent a video she created in downtown Oakland on Thursday that gives a very comprehensive view of the reactions of the crowd after the Oscar Grant / Johannes Mehserle verdict, and the events leading up to the Oakland riot. The video has some shocking events, foremost being how a deaf woman was ran over by a police car. It was not clear where at all the police car was going. We see the angry crowd descend on the police car after it ran over the deaf woman. Also, the crowd tries to make room for an ambulance to get in to where the deaf woman lay at the time. / City Brights
ANTI-GAY PAMPHLETS APPEAR ON D.C. DETECTIVES' DESKS
District police are investigating an internal complaint about the distribution of what could be described as homophobic and anti-deaf fliers at the department's major crash unit. The fliers show a photo of two male employees throwing up gang signs under the title "Celebrating D.C.'s First Deaf Mute Gay Marriage." The flier goes on to describe how the newlyweds will engage in "naked sweaty man love." / Washington Examiner
FCC REJECTS SVRS'S REQUEST FOR STAY OF VRS RATES
From previous FCC announcement. "Sorenson filed a Motion for Stay of the effective date of the 2010-2011 VRS compensation rates and rules. Sorenson asked the Commission to continue providing VRS compensation pursuant to rates and rules in effect on June 30, 2010, pending review of the Order by the court of appeals. Sorenson also said it will consider the motion denied unless the Commission acts on it by July 9, 2010." FCC responded and rejected the motion as moot. / Ed's Telecom Alert
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June 30, 2010
To All Lexington Staff &
The Board of Trustees of Lexington School/Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Manual Mosquera as CEO of the Lexington School/Center. Mr. Mosquera is scheduled to begin work at Lexington on July 12th.
Mr. Mosquera has had extensive financial and management experience in the entertainment, banking, and health care fields. He recently served as the Director of Operations for Nassau County Health & Human Services Department. He received his BBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York City.
We are certain that Mr. Mosquera will bring his experience and expertise to Lexington and guide us through these challenging times. We are confident that our Lexington Community will welcome him and give him your full support. Mr. Mosquera will quickly appreciate Lexington’s rich tradition and enriching learning environment. He will find how fortunate he is to be working with a group of highly dedicated and hard working administrators, teachers, staff and stakeholders of the Lexington community.
Moreover, Gina Carroll will continue to assume the role of Superintendent in addition to her new role as Principal where she will oversee all educational programs at Lexington School. We cannot adequately express our true appreciation for her leadership as the CEO/Superintendent in the past six years as she stepped up to the plate and managed to navigate us through the ups and downs. We wish her much success in her new role.
Lexington School/Center Board of Trustees
TV REVIEW: THE SILENCE
Never, in all the hundreds of thousands of times we went for cigs together, did Sesame and I witness a brutal gang-related murder. And if we had, I'd like to think we would have maybe mentioned it to someone, even if it meant 'fessing up to the smoking. But then I wasn't profoundly deaf, as Amelia is; she has a difficult relationship with the hearing world, further complicated by the recent fitting of cochlear implants. / The Guardian
See Also SILENCE STAR'S ACTING CHALLENGE / The Press Association
MAKING MUSIC ... THE DEAF TRIO
A trio of deaf musicians are tuning up ready to take the stage. Percussionist Mark Owens, guitarist Mohsin Ahmed and cellist Jake Lamb, all from Halifax, are part of the eight-member Hi-Notes ensemble. They are now counting down the days until they play at the Northern College of Music in Manchester in a special concert organised by charity Music and the Deaf. / Halifax Courier
INVENTION ALLOWS DEAF TO FEEL SOUND
A North Melbourne product designer is a contender on the world stage for his invention that enables the deaf to feel sound. Swinburne University industrial design graduate Jack Allwood, 21, has created the Outer Ear, a non-surgical alternative to the cochlear implant and hearing aids. Working on a similar principle to a human eardrum, which receives and translates sound waves into signals that the brain can interpret, the device is worn between the wrist and the elbow on the inner forearm. / Mooney Valley Leader
DEAF WOMAN IN JURY DISQUALIFICATION CHALLENGE
A deaf woman who took a legal challenge after she was disqualified from serving on a jury has won part of her case in the High Court. The court ruled that a County Registrar was not entitled to exclude Joan Clarke, from Loughrea, Galway, from jury service. However, the judgment does not clear the way for deaf people to serve on a jury. / RTE News
COSTLY COCHLEAR IMPLANTS BEYOND REACH OF MASSES
About one in 1000 babies born in India is profoundly deaf. So, given the nearly 50,000 births in the country per day, the number of fully deaf children would be incredibly high. But what’s scarier is the cost for the only solution available to bestow hearing to deaf children. Cochlear implants -- devices that electronically stimulate the hearing nerve of the cochlea (auditory portion of the inner ear) to enable people to hear -- cost an exorbitant Rs 5-10 lakh ($10,700 to $21,400 US). / DNA
DEAF AND DUMB
There is one beggar who comes to my house and I find him extremely irritating. It is this deaf and dumb man who comes around once every fortnight. Everyone calls him 'Gunga' which means dumb. He takes food, money and is always asking for old clothes. He has this piece of stamp paper in Hindi. This is obviously the certificate that he is deaf and dumb and unable to find suitable work. / Gaelikaa's Diary
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LIFE & LEISURE
FLORIDA MAN PART OF MOTORCYCLE RUN TO ALASKA TO BENEFIT DEAF SERVICES
Corey Langridge of Stuart is headed for Alaska. On his motorcycle. He will be one of 14 people making what the group claims is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run. They will be raising money and awareness for the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University, which supports home-based programs across the country, primarily for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or visually impaired. / TCPalm.com
KSD SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP GAIN GRANT
The Kansas School for the Deaf and Sertoma Club have sent e-mail messages trying to recruit 150 volunteers to work at the Kansas City Royals baseball game on Friday, July 16. KSD has been selected as one of six charities for the 50/50 Fridays this summer at Kauffman Stadium thanks to KSD partnering with the Kansas City Sertoma Club. KSD has the opportunity to earn a grant of up to $5,000 at this one exciting event. In order to participate, however, Sertoma Club, KSD and the Olathe community need to round up 150 volunteers. / KansasCity.com
CAT LOVER RESCUES 21-YEAR-OLD DEAF PET
A 21-year-old deaf cat that escaped from a car traveling to Maine has been found and safely returned to his owners. Ruth and Frank Herz, of Searsmont, Maine, were driving home on June 28 when they stopped at the Blue Colony Diner in Newtown to eat. They parked their car in the shade and cracked the window so their pet dog and cat could get some air. Chester, the cat, had on a metal leash because he does not like being inside cat carriers. The slender feline managed to wiggle through the crack and escaped. / News Times
HUNDREDS OF DEAF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES GATHER FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Every summer for the past seven years, Aaron Hairston has eagerly awaited the annual 3-day Jehovah's Witnesses convention for the deaf and hard of hearing, which began Friday in Norco. Hairston, 25, of Moreno Valley, enjoys learning about the Bible and strengthening his spirituality among hundreds of other deaf Jehovah's Witnesses. "My primary language is American Sign Language, and when a speaker is directly speaking to me in my own language, there's more of a bond," Hairston said through an interpreter. / The Press-Enterprise
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DEAFMD.ORG FOUNDER HONORED AT MLB ALL-STAR GAME
Casey Davis, of Westminster, was one of 30 "All-Stars Among Us" recognized for serving their community in extraordinary ways before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif. Wearing a Baltimore Orioles jersey, Davis appeared on the field in pregame ceremonies and got to meet the major league All-Stars as well as the "All-Stars Among Us" representatives from each of the other 29 teams. Davis, selected from three Baltimore-area finalists to represent the Orioles, launched www.DeafMD.org in 2008 to provide health education videos for the deaf in American Sign Language. / Carroll County Times
BENEFIT FOR THE DEAF CHILDREN OF SRI LANKA
Chetana “Cheti” Senadhira, an 18-year-old student at the Maryland School for Deaf in Frederick, Md. was born with several health issues. Weeks after her second birthday her parents found out she was deaf. Also at two years old, Cheti took charge of the family camera and was fascinated by the magic of photography. Her father’s job, which requires him to work overseas, has given her the opportunity to take many photographs of people, animals, and interesting places from around the world. During the summer of 2009, Cheti decided she wanted to take a summer job. / Hamptons.com
DEAF STUDENT OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO LEAD FULL, ACADEMIC LIFE ON CAMPUS
One simple sound can convey an entire message. Your heart races when you hear the blast of a fire engine horn, or the roaring of a tornado siren. Many people in the deaf community have never heard these sounds. While technological advancements like hearing aids or more extreme measures like cochlear implants are used to help simulate hearing, many in the deaf community choose to bypass the options and live life just as they always have. For Bronson Waite, deafness is something he has known his entire life. / Kansas State Collegian
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BEFORE DEAFNESS, SHE'S GOING TO HEAR HER FAVORITE SOUNDS
In the Hollywood movie "The Bucket List," two terminally ill men set out to fulfill a wish list of all the things they want to do before they "kick the bucket." In East Norriton, 20-year-old Kristen D'Antonio is in a race against a different impending demise: She has a genetic disorder that will make her deaf. Before the silence descends, she's determined to hear -- live -- every musician and rock band she has ever loved. / Philadelphia Daily News
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CHORNOBY OVERCAME DEAFNESS, TRAGEDY TO SUCCEED ON FIELD
Four years ago, Norwich Free Academy girls lacrosse coach Eric Page was making plans for how to manage then-freshman Bryce Chornoby. “I knew she was coming. I thought it was going to be more challenging than it was,” the NFA coach said. It will be much harder to prepare his team for the season now that Chornoby, one of the team’s leaders, has graduated. The soon-to-be freshman at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology has been deaf since birth. / Norwich Bulletin
A QUIET RIDE: DEAFNESS NO HANDICAP FOR THREE LOCAL RACERS
It didn't take long for Dave Brown to realize something wasn't right. Trying to get a racing career launched at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway back in the late 1980s, his car wasn't handling well. "I could feel the car starting to fishtail," he said. "You've really got to work with those wheels. I could hear the sound of everything screeching along. I was like, 'What could that possibly be?'" If Brown could hear it so clearly, he knew it wasn't good. Brown is deaf. / Sun Journal
LATHAM LEADS U S TEAM TO GOLD
Britny Latham knew her life would change when she signed a basketball scholarship with Gallaudet University, but little did she know how fast it would happen. Leaving Cleveland High School for the world renowned school for the deaf in Washington D.C., Latham’s life took an unexpected twist before she ever stepped foot on the campus. The former Lady Raider knew she would be traveling to Lublin, Poland, as part of the United States team in the Under-21 World Deaf Basketball Championships, but the results were far more than she expected. / Cleveland Daily Banner
DEAF MARATHONER TO RUN 40 MILES JULY 18
James Yevich, a deaf runner, can often be seen running on the streets of Stratford, Conn. in training for marathons. He will turn 40 in July, and will run 40 miles in one day on July 18 to raise money and awareness of four causes: Friend James Bumbala, fighting liver cancer since 2006; friend, Dana Mallory, fighting lymphoma since 2008; the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; and the 2013 Deaf Olympics in Greece. Yevich, profiled in the April 1 Stratford Star, will start his July 18 run in Fairfield, where he grew up. / The Stratford Star
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2012 NAD CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE, KY
A hearty congratulations to the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, which announced at this year's NAD conference in Philidelphia, Pa., that Kentucky will be hosting the 2012 NAD conference! I'm sure more details will follow soon, although it was noted that the conference will be held in conjunction with the very successful DeaFestival held biennially in Kentucky. / Thumpaflash
BRIAN WESLEY GLASCOCK, 67, RETIRED PRINTER
Brian Wesley Glascock, 67, of Jacksonville, Ill., passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010, on the family farm near Mt. Sterling. Mr. Glascock graduated from the Missouri School for the Deaf in 1964. Following graduation, he attended Printer Training School in Little Rock, Ark. He then began working at Western Publishing and worked there for six years before transferring to Hertzberg New Method where he worked for 25 years before retiring. He was a member of the Jacksonville Community Senior Deaf (JCSD) and enjoyed going there every week. / Hannibal Courier-Post
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The Northeast Arc has multiple openings for direct care staff fluent in ASL to provide direct support in our residential environments:
House Managers -- Support individuals who are developmentally disabled to increase their independence. Assist with activities of daily living. Team player necessary. Comprehensive vacation, holiday and health benefits.
Relief Managers -- Provide direct support. Schedule own hours to assist full time staff. Per diem, non-benefited position.
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Danvers, MA 01923
Full time Administrative Secretary
Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf
Administrative Secretary start date is August 1st, 2010.
POSITION SUMMARY: Under general direction, plans, organizes, directs, and reviews complex clerical activities.
SALARY: $15-18 per hour, plus benefits.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Plans, organizes, and sets priorities
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2. Organizes and supervises the maintenance of complex records and files.
3. Plans coordination of work of several others in terms of needs of particular tasks.
4. Prepares complex reports on own initiative or as directed.
5. Suggests and initiates decisions to improve workflow or to modify clerical procedures.
6. Promotes public relations and deals tactfully and diplomatically with people.
7. Interprets, explains, and applies written and oral instructions, procedures, and regulations.
8. Prepares correspondence to explain material being sent to answer requests and complete forms.
9. Develops procedures for obtaining information from employees, from records, or by observation.
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11. American Sign Language skills at an intermediate or advanced level. Some light interpreting duties required.
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Las Vegas, NV 89129
Creative, Passionate Staff Members Needed!
The Learning Center for the Deaf and Walden School are currently accepting applications for Teachers of the Deaf, Classroom Assistants, Child Care Workers (residential and overnight), part time Social Worker (elementary school) and Educational Audiologist for the upcoming school year.
TLC is a supportive, vibrant learning community where our innovative staff share a commitment to the academic, social and emotional growth of each and every student. Our mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students achieve their full potential in an educational environment where language and communication are keys to building competence, character and community.
The Learning Center for the Deaf was recently awarded accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and the Council on Accreditation (COA). For more information on our programs please visit our website at www.tlcdeaf.org.
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Position Title: Quit Coach
– American Sign Language (ASL)
Department: Service Delivery
Reports To: Supervisor - Service Delivery
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Summary Job Description
Quit Coaches provide participant-focused behavior change services via the telephone to support participants’ process to quit tobacco use while meeting established performance expectations. Initially, less than 5% of the calls will be with deaf or hard of hearing participants and more than 95% of the calls will be with hearing callers. The Quit Coach must attend weekly staff meetings, monthly training, and feedback/coaching sessions, apply learning from coaching and training into interventions with participants, and comply with attendance, punctuality and all other behavior expectations and company policies. Part-time shifts available.
1 Complete participant-focused interventions, using Free & Clear-established strategies and protocols, to move participants along the change continuum to quit tobacco. Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Brief intervention model, and an understanding of tobacco and nicotine and the triangle of addiction to:
-- Set expectations
-- Assess readiness to change
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-- Identify barriers and triggers and problem-solve
-- Create an action plan
-- Provide pharmacotherapy support
-- Identify support and resources
2 Utilize database to:
-- Access intervention assignments and participant contact information
-- Determine service eligibility
-- Determine progress since last call
-- Document intervention
-- Schedule next intervention
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-- Communicate availability to receive inbound intervention calls
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Education, Licenses, and Certification
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Skills and Experience
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ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (NTID)
Manager, NTID Facilities Services
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications for the position of Manager, Facilities Services of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).
The Manager of NTID's Facilities Services will report to and assist the Assistant VP for College Operations with all matters related to the management of NTID facilities, including: maintenance; construction; renovation; space assignment and tracking; safety; and capital asset management for all RIT spaces assigned to the college of NTID (approximately 300,000 square feet of space, $12,000,000 of program related capital equipment resources, and all building infrastructure components). This position administers annual expenditures of $1.5 million dollars, plus significant and frequent special federal appropriations and gifts to the institute for new construction, maintenance and renovation of facilities.
This position directly supervises two full-time staff employees, and other frequent temporary positions. These three individuals play a key critical role in supporting the direct needs of all faculty, staff and students of NTID. It is an extremely busy position, generating several hundred work requests to the RIT facilities management, campus safety, and capital asset management offices on an annual basis. The consequences of this manager's performance will have serious and immediate impact upon NTID's ability to function effectively.
NTID, one of the eight colleges comprising RIT, is the world’s first and largest technological college serving deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. It has grown to be the 12th largest private university in the United States, with branch campuses around the world. At the main campus in Rochester, New York, approximately 1200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported through NTID live and learn along with more than 14,000 hearing students. For more information about RIT/NTID, visit http://www.rit.edu/ntid.
RIT/NTID is a unique educational community made up of culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff, with varied language and communication abilities and preferences. The person filling this position must already posses or be committed to learning sign language skills, as well as already possess or be willing to develop an understanding and appreciation of deaf culture and deaf community.
For a more detailed listing of job requirements and to apply for this position, please complete an online application at: http://careers.rit.edu. Search for IRC#39274. To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by August 1, 2010.
The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to send an application.
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