Let Us Introduce Ourselves
If you spend any time in the ASL Lab this semester, we are the people you will see.
Feel free to come by and ask for our help, we'd be glad too. Just remember: no voicing.
We strive to encourage an immersed learning environment, and to help with that we
would like to introduce ourselves.
Hi, my name is Justin McDole and Iím from Calhoun, KY, which is a small town near
Owensboro. Iím currently a sophomore here at WKU, but I became involved with ASL way
before I got involved in the program here at WKU. Iím a Child of Deaf Adults (a CODA,
as youíll often hear people refer to me as), and my first language was in fact American
Sign Language. However, I also had a mix of signed-English, which before coming to
WKU, I didnít even know of the difference. Moving on, I joined the program thinking
that I knew ASL and all of its contents; however, that clearly wasnít the case once
I found out that I was actually using a large amount of signed English. Iíve significantly
improved, though, and Iím pursuing the ASL minor offered here at WKU along with a
special education major.
Hi, my name is Christy Rutter and Iím from Dayton, Ohio. I am a senior here at WKU,
majoring in Public Health and minoring in ASL. I started taking ASL classes my sophomore
year and I was only going to take ASL 1 and 2 to fulfill my general education requirements.
I quickly fell in love with the uniqueness and beauty of the language and havenít
stopped taking classes since. I have now completed ASL 1,2,3,4, Fingerspelling, ASL
Professional Ethics and I am in Deaf Culture now. Iím excited to work in the lab this
year to help others find their love for the language!
Hi everyone! My name is Tanner Smith and I am currently a sophomore here at WKU, pursuing
a degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language. This year
I will be involved in the American Sign Language department through my position on
the ASLO Board, as well as working in the ASL Lab. I am thrilled about your interest
in ASL Studies and hope to be a helpful hand through your ASL experiences! ASL is
such an exciting, fun, and beautiful language and because of your involvement in the
program you will have many opportunities to meet new people, create lasting memories,
and broaden your knowledge of a unique culture. I hope you all come to love ASL just
as much as I have through the program here at Western! Please never hesitate to contact
me (via email) or stop by the lab with any questions, concerns, compliments, or ideas!
Hello! My name is Kelsey Sympson. I am from Bardstown, KY which is close to Louisville.
My major is Elementary Education and my minor is American Sign Language Studies. I
have completed ASL 1,2,3,4 and fingerspelling, and currently am taking deaf culture.
I plan to one day teach sign language to elementary students. I started taking classes
in the summer of 2012 because I thought I would just take it for my foreign language
requirements then stop. However I loved the language and haven't stopped taking classes
since. If you have any questions or need help with anything don't hesitate to email