American Sign Language Club Hosts Community Events
The Purdue University Northwest American Sign Language Club will host a variety of events in the coming weeks that are open to everyone who communicates using American Sign Language; knows someone who uses ASL; or would like to better communicate with friends, co-workers or family members using ASL.
Guests of all ASL abilities are welcome to these fun, casual events. Participants are asked to use ASL only for conversation and to place orders. Hearing and deaf children are invited to attend with a parent or adult. Events are as follows:
A Game Night is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday (2/22) in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex Great Hall A on the PNW Westville Campus.
This casual event will include card and board games. Guests are welcome to bring their own games to share and may bring their own snacks and soft drinks. Conversational ASL will be encouraged.
ASL Coffeehouses will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 17 and April 21 at the Uptown Café, 1400 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays March 9 and April 13 at the Grindhouse Café, 146 N Broad St., Griffith.
ASL Spring Fling
A Spring Fling for adults and youngsters will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex Great Hall B and C on the PNW Westville Campus. Pizza will be served at 5 p.m. and children’s hour begins at 5:15 p.m. with spring and Easter-themed games and activities. The evening’s primary language is ASL, with interpretation into spoken English.
ASL Silent Dinner
A Silent Dinner is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at Culver’s Restaurant, 3966 Frontage Road, Michigan City. Guests will converse in ASL while enjoying dinner or ice cream. This also is a fundraiser to help the ASL Club sponsor deaf children to attend the Indiana Deaf Camp in Milford.
Further information about these events and the ASL program at PNW may be obtained by contacting Karen Donah, PNW continuing lecturer and coordinator of American Sign Language, at 219-785-5432 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The PNW ASL Club and the Northwest Indiana Deaf Community are featured on Facebook.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two campuses in Hammond and Westville in Northwest Indiana. The university was formed by the unification in 2016 of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.