President’s Corner

We are excited to about the general meeting on Saturday, February 22nd.  It begins at 10 am. We hope to see you there. Please come and join with us for information about bylaw revisions and updates by the UAD board. Please save the date! 

Sego Lily and UAD are partnering to host Vagina Monologues at University of Utah on Saturday, February 22, at 7 pm. We want to thank the ASL Club at UofU for allowing us to use their auditorium at no cost.

Another partnership – National Association of the Deaf and Pepsico are sponsoring a wonderful person who will perform ASL at Super Bowl XLVIII. Her name is Amber Zion, graduated at Rochester Institute of Technology. We are excited to have her as part of history. You can view live at ASL AT SUPER BOWL XLVIII ON YOUR COMPUTER! on the NAD website.

NADHandwave is becoming very popular on NAD website. Think of anyone who is dedicated to the deaf community that you would like to recognize.  You can submit your nomination through NAD’s Contact Us page.

We encourage you to join UAD as a member and show your support to UAD to become stronger. UAD needs your voice and your opinions to help us move forward for future generations.

Philippe Montalette

Rattles ’n ‘Powder

December 26, 2013 – Arwen Jewel, daughter April and Andy Trocki of Riverton.  Arwen’s sister and brother, Alyssa, 6, and Andrew, 4, welcomed their new sibling. 


July 17, 2013 – Skyla, daughter of Shellie Mortensen. Lilah,16 months, is her older sister. Skyla and Lilah are the granddaughters of Kevin and Sandy Mortensen of Salt Lake City and the, great granddaughters of Dave and Shanna Mortensen of Murray.
The correct spelling of the first born, Lilah, is Lylah.  The correct spelling of the mother’s name, Shellie, is Stacie.


January 22, 2014 – Edith Wheeler, 95, passed away.  A native of Wisconsin, she attended Gallaudet College where she met her future husband Ned Wheeler.  He passed away December 1981. Edith’s passions in life were golfing, bowling and playing cards and games with family and friends, and traveling around the world.  A grand birthday party was held in her honor for her 95th birthday, August 2013 at Legacy House where she had resided for the last four years.  She was buried beside her beloved Ned in Ogden.

Dog Classes Back

Classes will be held Tuesdays, beginning February 4 and ending March 25, 2014. It will be held in the gym of the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf of Hard of Hearing, 5709 S 1500 W, Taylorsville.

Interpreters will be provided. Please sign up at

11:30 am Mass Interpreted 

Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church (1375 E Spring Lane, Salt Lake City) has been providing American Sign Language interpreting for the deaf for over 20 years. The 9:00 am Sunday Mass is interpreted every Sunday and beginning February 2, 2014, the 11:30 Mass will also be interpreted on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month. For further information contact Carol Ruddell at or 801-440-8729 or Mindi Allen at or 801-590-4988 VP.

Heritage School to Host Dinner

You are invited to attend Heritage School’s First Annual Heritage Heroes Dinner, featuring Elizabeth Smart as the keynote speaker.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Loveland Performing Arts Center at Heritage School

5600 N. Heritage School Drive, Provo, Utah 84604

Those planning to attend the dinner may request accessibility accommodations by contacting Kevin McFayden at

February 2014 Holidays

 Groundhog’s Day
Super Bowl Sunday
12  Lincoln’s Birthday
14  Valentines Day
15  Singles Awareness Day
17  President’s Day
22  Washington’s Birthday

Jean Massieu School News

Michelle Tanner

January has been an active month for JMS and we have lots coming up in the next few months.  We began the month with several students competing in the annual Lego Robotics competition.  We had two teams competing this year.  Both teams worked very hard to develop robots that fulfilled a purpose in society.  They also had to learn how to program their robot to accomplish various tasks during the competition.  Both teams performed well and we are very proud of both teams.

We also participated in the Battle of the Books with other students within the Utah Schools for the Deaf.  This competition is hosted by Gallaudet and encourages reading among deaf students.  Each student is given 3 books to read in preparation for the competition.  Then students come together to compete as a team and answer questions about each book against other schools for the deaf across the nation.  This is done over videophone technology.  Our teams did very well in the preliminary round, but fell a few points shy of advancing.  We are delighted to participate and look forward to continual improvement.

Our girls and boys basketball teams have been working hard and playing lots of games.  They are learning a good work ethic along with how to work as a team.  The final week of January our students attended the WSBCC at the Washington School for the Deaf.  We will report the outcome of this in next month’s bulletin.

Next month we will have another group of students attending the Academic Bowl in Texas.  In this competition our students must not only know the answers to questions, but they must respond quickly to advance in the competition.  We wish them the best of luck.

Another important event happening right now is the legislative session.  There will undoubtedly be many bills proposed that will affect USDB.  We know there are 4 building blocks being proposed that effect the finances at the school.  The first building block ensures that our teachers get increased funding.  Each year our teachers get the average increase that teachers throughout the state received the previous year.  This was written into state code a number of years ago, but needs to be requested annually.  USDB is also requesting additional teaching positions to meet our ever-increasing enrollment.  This building block is vital to continue to meet the needs of our students.

We also have requests for one time funding to create a database management tool that would streamline functions of the school.  Most other districts throughout the state and across the nation have already been using a database management tool for some time.  We simply want to bring USDB up to current standards.

Finally we are asking that the legislature support the funding of a new building to be located on the JMS campus.  Again, this will address increasing enrollment.  Any support you can give in making this happen would be greatly appreciated!

As a reminder, USDB will be hosting its annual day on the hill February 6th.  The public is welcome to visit and we encourage you write your legislator and ask s/he to stop by and see why USDB services are critical in the State of Utah.  Any support you can give by advocating for these proposals with your own legislator would be greatly appreciated.

USU Winter Workshops to be Presented

The Deaf Education Student Association’s (DESA) Winter Workshops at Utah State University are quickly approaching!  The workshops will be presented February 7-8, 2014. Our keynote speaker will be Peter Cook! Additional workshop presenters are Michelle Tanner and Ellen Hanna from JMS and Nate Harrison from NMSD.

The first 125 people to register are guaranteed a tote bag!. Don’t forget to register!!! Here are a few updates:

Registration: After you complete the form on our new website, click on the link to pay through Paypal.

You must pay: If you don’t pay you are not registered (even if you have filled out the form).

The first 125 people are guaranteed to get a tote bag.

The complete schedule is now listed on the website.

We expect up to 5.0 CEH and 0.5 CEU credits to be available

Here is the link to register:

Here is the link for the schedule:

New Utah Telecom Books Out Now

The 2014-2015 Utah Telecom Books have arrived! You may pick up a copy at the following Utah locations:

• Cache Valley Deaf LDS Branch
• Ogden Valley Deaf LDS Branch
• Salt Lake Valley Deaf 1st LDS Ward
• Salt Lake Valley Deaf 2nd LDS Ward
• UAD Bookstore at the Sanderson Center
• Lehi 44th Deaf LDS Branch
• Provo Deaf LDS Branch
• Red Cliffs 7th Deaf Branch
• Southern Utah Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

In addition, Valerie Kinney, Roy, can be contacted – or VP 801-784-6962, to pick up a copy at her home. Mailed copies are $5.00; send your check to Val and she will see to that a copy is mailed to you.

Also, Dave Mortensen, Murray, can be contacted – to pick up a copy at his home.

Contact either Val or Dave to make sure they will be home for you to pick up a copy.

Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story

The story of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction has riveted audiences around the world. At the tender age of 14, just before she was to celebrate her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home as she would on any ordinary evening. Hours later, her captor awakened her with a knife held roughly against her throat, took her from her home and family, and held her captive for nine long months.

This spellbinding message is Elizabeth’s account of perseverance in the face of incredible tribulation. She tells her personal story, talks about overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your future. Elizabeth knows that, in a difficult situation, nothing is more important than hope. Having lived through extreme circumstances as a young teenager, Elizabeth’s insight offers hope to all.


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