• The Crestiad

CCC Signs expands understanding of ASL



Kaylee Hoffman

Writer 


Looking for something new and interesting to do on campus? Look no further.


Cedar Crest College welcomed a new club last fall called CCC Signs. It is a one of a kind club where you can learn American Sign Language (ASL) and about the deaf and hard of hearing. 


CCC Signs is a club that began at Cedar Crest last fall in November. The focus of the club is on American Sign Language, including things such as the alphabet, numbers, and common phrases for conversation. Those in charge of the club are Asher Atwood, the president, Nicole Roberts, the vice president, Danielle Zeplin, the secretary, and Juliet Pearsall, the treasurer. Meetings are held every Sunday at 8 p.m. in Science Center 139. Every week, the club reviews what they learned the previous week and begins the new material by correlating it to the cultural aspect of the lesson and the signs correlating to that. 


Nicole Roberts, vice president of the club, said, “This club is about learning not only about the language but about the culture. We hope to make a positive and welcoming environment for all to spread that knowledge and acceptance.” 

The bulk of the lessons that occur during the meetings include learning actual signs, the culture of those who are deaf or choose not to speak, as well as the importance of sign language. Since students in the club come from many different majors, the club ties that into discussing why it’s important for each student’s major to learn sign language in order to better communicate in the field of their choice. Another part of the lessons that are taught in the club involves not only signing the words and letters but also how to act them out. This is important because not every location or person uses the same signs as others do for certain words and phrases. To make that more fun, they will play games of charades in order to become familiar with the actions that can be used in order to communicate. 


Some plans that the club has for this semester are a Bingo night where the participants will sign the numbers in addition to calling them. In preparation for the Bingo night, they are having spelling bees to practice what will be shown during the actual game. Another plan that the club has is to have a Frolic where sign language will be included. The club is always looking for new ideas to make the learning more fun and engaging. 


So far the club has eight members, but they are always open and welcome to adding more students into the group. New members can have absolutely no prior knowledge of ASL or they can use this club as a way of relearning skills that are involved in this type of communication.