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Morrisville State College Students, Instructor Host Halloween Festival at Cazenovia Library October 29 to Teach American Sign Language

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.–Morrisville State College students will be helping the community learn American Sign Language (ASL) in an interactive way.

The students, in adjunct instructor Liz Wilcox’s Introduction to American Sign Language 101 class, will be hosting a Halloween Festival on Oct. 29, at 6 p.m., at the Cazenovia Public Library. The event is geared toward children but is open to anyone who is interested in gaining exposure to ASL. It is free and open to hearing and deaf members of the community.

Students will be teaching the signs through music, storytelling and craft making.

Introduction to ASL 101 is an elective course which fulfills the General Education category Foreign Language for teachers and anyone who can reasonably expect to encounter members of the deaf community.

Sign language is based on the idea that sight is the most useful tool a deaf person has to communicate and receive information. ASL uses hand shape, position and movement, body movements, gestures, facial expressions and other visual cues to form its words.

Wilcox holds a master of science degree in Deaf Education and a bachelor of science degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has Sign Communication Proficiency Interview Level: Advance, New York State Permanent Certification in Deaf Education (k-12), and taught five years at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf located in Brooklyn N.Y.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.