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CSD Participates in The Corporate Cup

Each year, the CSD home office in Sioux Falls, S.D. joins in a friendly city-wide competition called “The Corporate Cup.” Organizations with similar numbers of employees compete against each to earn the most points and have the bragging rights of being the city’s best corporate athletes.


The week-long event began April 29 with volleyball (CSD placed third), and the following weekend employees participated in everything from a five-mile bike ride to a three-mile run. Not all of the activities were so intense, though. The main participation day on May 6 included competitions like “Putt for Points,” a toilet paper toss, a Frisbee toss, and a Hula Hoop contest. The winners of the Hula Hoop contest were CSD’s Patty Kuglitsch and Bobbie Beth Scoggins.


Overall, CSD placed respectively in their bracket, thanks to the higher number of employees participating in the cup than in recent years.

Kids, Cops and Firemen Too Safety Class Held in Minnesota

A safety class specific to deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind children was held in Minneapolis on May 3 called Kids, Cops and Firemen Too. CSD’s Marty Bynum and Linda Gill from the Emergency Projected coordinated the workshop (thanks to funding from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division [DHHSD]) and provided training to the police and fire departments.


Staff from DHHSD and the Minnesota Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing also participated in the event. The day was made possible thanks to numerous sponsors, among them the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, the Minneapolis Fire Department, CSD, MADD, Excel Energy, the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, and many more.


The workshops covered topics like “911,” “Driving Safety,” “Fire Safety,” “Youth Safety” and “Internet Safety,” and the police department also demonstrated how the bomb squad works with their robot, a favorite of all who attended.


Planning for next year’s training will begin after a debriefing in two weeks.

Deal or No Deal: CSD Relay Raises Money for Students to Attend Deaf Camp

CSD’s relay division recently held a fundraiser to provide scholarships for deaf youth to attend the annual National Leadership and Literacy Camp at Camp Lakodia, in Madison, S.D. Instead of merely compiling the center’s checks and presenting Ben Soukup, CSD chief executive officer, with one lump sum, relay center managers met at the home office in Sioux Falls, S.D., and participated in a version of the popular game show “Deal or No Deal.”


Beth Driesen, administrative assistant/staff interpreter, played the role of “Howette Mandel,” asking Soukup if he wanted to keep the suitcase in his hand or try one of the centers for a bigger payoff, and worked with “the banker,” played by Jim Skjeveland, senior vice president contact center operations.


Combined, the centers raised over $13,000 for prospective campers. Here are the individual relay center totals:



 $     295.00

Sioux Falls

 $  2,435.00


 $  1,670.00


 $  2,115.00


 $  1,335.00


 $  1,820.00


 $  1,580.00


 $  1,635.00


 $     175.00


 $     140.00





CSD of Texas Update

Alma Bebee, El Paso regional specialist, met with the chief of the county jail to discuss concerns and issues in regards to providing accommodations to deaf individuals that are being arrested and not provided with an interpreter. After supplying ADA information, Bebee will now be involved with training for all staff, including the county sheriffs.


Mark Dickson, Lubbock regional specialist, attended an emergency response meeting for people with disabilities.  The meeting’s topic was “What to do during a disaster.”  Dickson presented on the available resources and described what to expect during a disaster.  Sign language information regarding how to communicate with a deaf or hard of hearing person was provided as well.


In Tyler, Melissa Bell was invited by The Hearing Loss Association of Longview to speak to their group about "Legal Rights for People Who are Hard of Hearing" and talk about practical ways to accomplish it.  As a regional specialist, Bell used the opportunity to present to the hearing loss group about advocacy and assistive technology.