On behalf of the VSDAA Reunion Committee wants to explain to you WHY we cannot place an order VSDB Baseball cap in Black @ front of cap shows “head of Cardinals” and back of cap shows / reads as it is “VSDB.” So far, We only have 8 people, which is very expensive ….It is better to have 25 caps or more for $30. If you are interested to order a cap and PLEASE get touch with Rusty Thompson, Janet Wright or Charity Morris at your earliest convenience.
As always THANKS for your continued support.
VSDAA 2024 Reunion Chairperson
Hint: Price goes up for few orders, not good. Order many, cost goes down.
Please watch the first video from VSDAA President Michele VanBoxlaere as she explains the basic process, while the VSDB video provides an ASL version of the PDF file found below. Also, please share this with all alumni ASAP as results must be sent by May 25, 2023.
Click here for the Video Transcript (PDF version)
Email your Alumni choices to Michele VanBoxlaere at vsdaapresident at gmail.com.
— No online poll setup yet, email poll for now.
ASL version describing the 2 mascots to pick from based on the PDF file below.
Fox like at 4:50 mark and Falcon like at 5:52 mark.
Board of Visitors (BOV) will have a meeting on March 8, 2023 at 10:30am in the Chapel. Visitors are welcome at to attend and you probably need to check in with security for a visitors pass. NO TOURS will be happening after the meeting as students are still on campus. If you want a tour, you can go when there are no students on campus – usually weekends only.
Below is Pat Trice’s message (long version):
I know that many alumni will come to campus on March 8th for BOV meeting I think that many alumni will want to stay and visit and walk around campus but they can’t because students are on campus.
When students are on campus, no visitors are allowed at VSDB. Please let the alumni know that they are welcome to come to BOV meeting but they will not be allowed to visit or walk around campus before or after the meeting. When the meeting is finished, they will all need to leave campus. They can’t stay and visit or walk around.
It is VSDB policy that no visitors are on campus when students there. That is for all visitors, not just alumni. They can come back to visit on any weekend from Friday 12:30 (students leave a noon) through Sunday at 4:00pm (students arrive after that).
I hope they understand that it is VSDB job to keep students safe.
The exterior portion of the Main Hall is nearly complete. A water pipe broke inside during an extreme cold spell/blast before Christmas 2022, no pictures yet. This occurred when windows were being replaced and had plywood covering while waiting for new windows. Repairs are under way. Previous renovation pictures of the main hall can be found on our Facebook page including the VSDB Museum Facebook page. These pictures came from Superintendent Patricia Trice.
As we move forward with the One School Plan, I want to provide you with a timeline of the process and the goals. Please see the attachment below.
Stakeholder meetings will be done by a company who have worked with VSDB previously in the development of the 5-year strategic plan. Stakeholders are the students, employees, and alumni of VSDB.
This process will take several months and will occur in phases:
The first phase includes the stakeholder meetings that will focus on collecting ideas for a mascot and colors that will unite and represent VSDB as one school. Please see the attachment below. It will also include a voting process with all stakeholders that will determine the final decision for the mascot and colors.
Stakeholder meetings will be in person. If people cannot attend the meetings, they can email their ideas to VSDB. There will be a special vsdb email address for sending ideas.
After the mascot and colors are chosen, there will be meetings to discuss how to preserve the history, culture, and traditions of the Blind and the Deaf Department. It is very important that the history, culture, and traditions be honored and passed on to the students of VSDB.
Student Stakeholder meetings will occur in mid-November.
The employee and alumni meetings will be scheduled for some time in January.
I look forward to working as a team with everyone to establish a more inclusive educational setting that represents equal value and representation for all students. Please let me know if you have any questions. Your input is welcomed!