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CSD Golf Classic

On an extremely sunny, hot and humid day, the fifth annual CSD Golf Classic — held Aug. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at Prairie Green Golf Course — saw 12 teams compete in a best-ball format. The winning team, The Number Crunchers (a group of CSD employees), won the tournament by shooting a 12-under (60).

Proceeds from the fundraiser go toward scholarships for campers to attend the annual National Leadership and Literacy Camp, held at Camp Lakodia in Madison, S.D. each summer, and other camp programs. More than 750 deaf and hard of hearing youth from across the country have participated in the various camp sessions at Camp Lakodia.

One of the contest participants, Joy Feige, won the opportunity to sink a 50-foot putt for a $5,000 prize. Unfortunately, the putt veered off to the right and fell a little short.

The main sponsors for the event were Customer1; EideBailly; CSDVRS; Hagen, Wilka & Archer; First Premier Bank; Haake Companies, CoSentry; Sanford; SDN; Qwest; Calabrio and First Administrators.

First Premiere Bank came in second, and Hagen, Wilka & Archer placed third. The top three teams all received gift certificates for their efforts, and a drawing was held for individual prizes as well, like t-shirts, golf balls, certificates to Prairie Green, and gift cards to local restaurants.


CSD Organizes “Back to School” Fundraisers

CSD recently worked with the local communities at their 11 respective relay centers to raise school supplies. The donations are given to public schools, state schools for the deaf or humanitarian agencies who will distribute the supplies to needy area schools.

Relay staff donated over 13,750 school supplies to include but not limited to backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, chalk, scissors, glue, compass, protractors, construction paper, chalk, filler paper, index cards, tempera paint, etc.  These supplies went to a variety of different programs across the nation.  This year our centers selected the following recipients in their local areas:

South Dakota – The Banquet School Supply Drive
Texas – The South Plains Food Bank “Stuff the Bus” Drive
Minnesota – The United Way
New York – WHOLE ME! (High School program for Deaf and HOH) and Westhill program (Syracuse K-8 program for Deaf and HOH)
Ohio – St. Rita’s School for the Deaf
South Carolina – South Carolina School for the Deaf
Hawaii – Hawaii School for the Deaf
Massachusetts – Holyoke Public School System
California – Lemoore Public Schools and KCAO ( Kings County )
Florida – Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
New Jersey – Petway School – Mainstream program for the Deaf

The concerted effort was directed by Jim Skjeveland, CSD senior vice president contact center operations, who manages all 11 centers. The center managers at the respective call centers then worked with local staff and the community to make the drive a success.


CSD Staff Attend RID Conference

Members of CSD’s Interpreting Operations team were well represented at the recent National Conference of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) held in San Francisco this past August.  CSD was also a major sponsor of the conference. With more than 2,200 interpreters attended from across the world.

Many attendees learned more about CSD at the CSD booth in the exhibit hall, which featured descriptions of CSD’s various human service programs, information about Camp Lakodia , and how to subscribe to SIGNews. 

CSD employees from Minnesota , South Dakota , and Texas were able to develop skills/knowledge in various specialty areas of interpreting as well as learn how to prepare for new professional skill assessments being offered through RID.  Additionally, Jan Florand, CSD Director of Interpreting Operations for Iowa/Minnesota/North Dakota, presented a workshop to RID participants on the model hospital consortium project that was implemented in St. Paul to facilitate communication access to hospitals across the metropolitan area 24/7, and how to minimize wait times for patients who are deaf.


CSD of Minnesota Participates in Domestic Violence Academy

The Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy accepted Jessalyn Frank from CSD of Minnesota to be the first deaf individual to be part of their 55-person training session. The selection is made through an application screening process, and those chosen participated in the second academy that took place at St.Cloud State University.

The week-long intensive training involved guest speakers, problem solving break outs, survivor stories, advocate stories, team building, networking, and mentoring groups. The training empowered participants with knowledge to build capacity and focused on victim-centered multi-disciplinary collaboration.

“The academy was overwhelming in a good way, and provided the ultimate foundation to advocacy and ongoing networking that is needed to keep organizations strong,” said Frank. “We were constantly challenged to think and provide cutting-edge approaches to advocacy and problem solving.” 

With a blog membership, the enthusiastic members of the academy still keep in touch. It is probable that future advocates of CSD of Minnesota will enlist in this training prior to servicing victims/survivors of Domestic Violence. This will provide them with the basic foundation in addition to the deaf-specific training.

This opportunity also helped service providers in the academy acknowledge the need for deaf advocates, deaf legal advocates and ongoing training.

“I was often told that my presence there made it real for them that the deaf community has their own representation and it’s very important to acknowledge that need,” said Frank.