Dec 022014


American Sign Language Faculty Position

Full-time contract faculty position at the rank of instructor available January 2015.

Responsibilities: teaching classes such as American Sign Language levels I-V,  ASL Linguistics, Deaf Studies and possibly interpreting skills. Applicants interested in supporting an ASL club are preferred. Candidate would also need to enthusiastically support the department’s interpreting and interpreting internship programs. These programs consist of taking language learned (ASL) and skills developed (interpreting) and applying them to real life situations be it either social or professional. Candidate must also demonstrate a readiness to contribute to departmental activities and perform other duties as assigned by the department chairperson.


University Standards: Liberty University is a Christian institution that requires faculty subscription to an evangelical doctrinal statement (including statements on biblical inerrancy, six-day creation and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ) and adherence to a Christian lifestyle (including abstention from alcohol and tobacco).  Faculty have a shared commitment to Christ and the Scriptures, to undergraduate teaching, and a biblical worldview approach to their disciplines.  Candidates must support the evangelical mission and standards of Liberty University.
Minimum qualifications:A master’s degree, 18 graduate hours in ASL, and fluency in ASL are required. Native and near native candidates are preferred.

Preferred qualifications: Experience teaching on the post-secondary level and hold an ASLTA certification (Qualified or Professional).  RID certification (CDI or NIC/CI.CT).

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation (two professional/academic, one pastoral) to:

Nicole Thorn, ASLI Program Director
Liberty University English & Modern Languages
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515


The link to the application is LibertyUnivHR

Nov 222014



Ulmer will promote CapTel services for Virginians who are Hard of Hearing


RICHMOND, VA. – The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) and Hamilton Relay, Virginia’s captioned telephone (CapTel®) service provider, recently announced that Stephanie Ulmer has been hired as Virginia Relay Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator. In her new position, Stephanie will provide outreach support and education services for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia to raise awareness of the CapTel services available through Virginia Relay. Virginia Relay is a free public service that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have difficulty speaking to place and receive telephone calls.


Ulmer is highly experienced in business and customer service within the health care field. Previously, she worked for the District 19 Community Services Board as administrative associate in Child and Adolescent Services. She currently resides in Prince George, Va.


“I am looking forward to shifting my focus to marketing,” says Ulmer. “I am excited to have the opportunity to travel and meet people throughout Virginia and educate them about the life-changing benefits CapTel provides for individuals who have difficulty hearing over the phone.”


CapTel is designed specifically for people who have difficulty hearing over the telephone. Using a CapTel phone, users speak directly to the other person and are able to listen while reading word-for-word captions of what’s said to them during phone conversations. Behind the scenes, captions are generated by a specially-trained Captioning Assistant using state-of-the-art voice recognition software. Captions appear on the CapTel phone’s display screen nearly simultaneously to the spoken word, adding clarity and confidence in using the phone to communicate with friends, family and businesses.

Virginia residents are eligible to purchase CapTel phones at a special reduced rate of $75 through Virginia Relay. CapTel phones are also available at no cost to people who qualify medically and financially through Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program (TAP). For more information, please visit or contact Stephanie Ulmer at


About Virginia Relay

Virginia Relay and the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) provide the most up-to-date technologies and assistive devices to enable people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-impaired to communicate via a standard telephone network. Virginia Relay services are easily accessible to anyone by dialing 7-1-1. For more information on Virginia Relay and its services, please visit, or call VDDHH at 804-662-9502 v/t.


About Hamilton Relay

Hamilton Relay provides contracted Traditional Relay and/or Captioned Telephone services to 17 states, the District of Columbia and the Island of Saipan, and is a provider of Internet-based Captioned Telephone services nationwide. More information is available at



Oct 272014
Joseph Thomas Kopas
Joseph Thomas Kopas
Born in Massachusetts on Feb. 13, 1926
Departed on Oct. 20, 2014 and resided in Virginia Beach, VA.
Memorial Mass: Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
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Virginia Beach- Joseph Thomas Kopas, 88, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the son to the late Mr. John and Theresa Kopas. Born in Massachusetts, and was a 1952 graduate of Gallaudet University. Mr. Kopas was also the first deaf teacher in Massachusetts and continued teaching for 42 years. He was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Kopas is survived by his wife, Alice M. Kopas; his children, Jay (Melody) Kopas of Pheonix, AZ, Antonia (Paul) Tronti of Fredericksburg, VA and Angela (Rex) Sims of Virginia Beach, VA; 10 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren and a Brother, Anton Kopas of Webster, MA. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as his 8 Brothers and Sisters.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Rd. VB, VA. Online condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John the Apostle Sanctuary Project, 1968 Sandbridge Rd., VB, VA 23456, In memory of Joseph T. Kopas.