MONTGOMERY—Students in Troy University’s American Sign Language Interpreter Training Program Club this week presented a $2,500 donation that will help provide captioning for the video presentations in the Rosa Parks Museum.
University officials formally accepted the gift during a ceremony at the museum on Monday, March 28. Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., thanked the students for their leadership and for helping to make TROY’s Interpreter Training Program the nation’s best.
“We’ve had almost a half million people to come through this facility to learn Alabama’s story, the story of Rosa Parks, the story of the bus boycott and the story of freedom generally; the freedom of people to realize their potential,” Dr. Hawkins said. “There’s another story that’s developing … What we are witnessing in Alabama is the development of America’ strongest interpreter training program. This program will not take second place to any program in America.”
Ray White, vice chancellor of the Montgomery Campus, said the University is nearing completion of a project to add captioning to the museum’s various video exhibits.
“This has been a very expensive undertaking, but finally, through the help of the interpreter training program and the club, we are going to be able to finish the project in the next couple of months,” White said. “Then we can say that the entire museum is fully accessible to both the hearing and the hearing impaired.”
Lynne Wiesman, director of the Interpreter Training Program, said she was proud of her students for contributing to the captioning project.
“It makes me proud that they have been so hands on and wanted to donate the money so that everything in the museum would be accessible,” Wiesman said.
Money for the donation was raised through training workshops the club organized, as well as t-shirt sales and other efforts, said club president Chaeney Lawrence, a junior from Opelika.
“We felt like this was a great way to show our appreciation to Troy University and Chancellor Hawkins for organizing this program and to serve the deaf community,” Lawrence said.