American Sign Language Club offers lessons

ASL Club seeks historian as they teach students the art of Sign Language

By Sydney Faison
On November 2, 2018

The American Sign Language Club learned Halloween terms and the alphabet in its first meeting on Oct.23 in the University Center Room 110.

The organization was established on Oct. 11, 2018 and had its first meeting of the semester on the 23rd.

"Students and staff are going to become culturally aware and able to communicate with the deaf community through this organization," Secretary Taylor Drozd said. "I want to further my knowledge of sign language and have an experience of being a part of a club that is starting from ground zero."

Drozd, junior, is in charge of background work such as setting up meetings and social media. She learned ASL in high school.

Members explained why they joined the organization.

"I started the organization because I wanted to learn sign language myself," President Alexis Ortiz said.

Ortiz, sophomore, said he is the main contact for the organization and looks forward to leading the other members.

"At first, I joined the organization as a favor; then I started to grow interested in learning sign language," Vice President Eryck Rodriguez said. "I want to bring awareness [for] the deaf community."

During the meeting, attendees were taught how to sign the alphabet.

"I came to the meeting since I learned American Sign Language in high school," Kyah Carlsen, freshman, said. "People need to understand deaf culture so that way, they do not walk around signing improperly."

Attendees played a game where they had to sign Halloween associated terms such as "wolf," "ghost" and "pumpkin."

To sign the word "vampire," a signer must take the index and middle finger in a slanted position and place it on the neck in the form of a bite.

To sign the word "spider," a signer crosses his or her hands and moves his or her fingers in a crawling motion.

Attendees participated in a flyswatter game with a scrambled alphabet. A person would sign a letter then the participants would swat the letter on an alphabet chart.

During meetings, attendees will learn lessons about sign language and the do’s and don’ts of ASL when interacting with the deaf community. Attendees will get to experience the combination of a meeting and an interactive workshop.

The organization plans on making appearances at events to help those who are hearing impaired

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join the organization; members said they always welcome new members joining. The organization is also currently looking for a historian.

Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the University Center dining area. Meetings will eventually be held in a classroom setting which is to be announced.

Email to find out more information on the American Sign Language club.

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