This past week, Mill Neck’s Director of Deaf Ministry Rev. Thomas Dunseth and Deaconess Tiffany Manor, along with President Michael Killian and his wife Susan, visited Life in Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria, Arizona for their Deaf Ministry Week program. Here they led workshops about Deaf culture, the history of services at Mill Neck Manor, and developed best practices for serving the Deaf members of the congregation. Rev. Dunseth and Deaf congregation members had the opportunity to work together with church interpreters to prepare English hymns in American Sign Language for a church service. Take a look at some photos from the trip:
One of Mill Neck Manor’s DEC students with special needs, Mark H., participated in the Special Olympics 2015 New York State Winter Games held in Syracuse, NY from February 6-8. Mark competed in two skiing events–Slalom and Giant Slalom–and won silver medals in both! Mark returned to school the following week adorned in his two medals for everyone to see! We are so proud of Mark’s amazing accomplishments! Way to go!
We are excited to announce a new project being instituted by our organization, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations. The overall objective of the project focuses on the preservation, archiving and presentation of the history of Mill Neck Manor School and Mill Neck Manor House. To help guide us through the process, we have established the Mill Neck Manor Archive Committee.
At the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people who are Deaf, or who have other special communication needs, through excellence in individually designed educational, vocational or spiritual programs and services. Established in 1947 by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf as Mill Neck Manor School for Deaf Children, we have grown into a worldwide organization, providing for adults as well as children. Located on a former Gold Coast estate, our organization encompasses our School for the Deaf, Early Childhood Center, services for adults, audiology and interpreter services and Deaf Ministry.
Several initial goals for the archive committee will include gathering and cataloging historic items; archiving and preservation; exhibiting and establishing an optimum location for the archives. We feel that our committee’s knowledge of and passion for historic preservation are essential assets in our efforts to recognize the rich history of Mill Neck Manor.
After much thought and consideration, we have gathered together a motivated and qualified group of individuals to join our committee. Committee members include:
- Maura Burns, Office of Advancement, Mill Neck Family of Organizations, Committee Co-Chair
- Michelle Yadoo, Office of Advancement, Mill Neck Family of Organizations, Committee Co-Chair
- Nancy Leghart, Director of Advancement, Mill Neck Family of Organizations
- Laura Rosenberg, Mill Neck Manor School Alumna
- Ken Thalheimer, Volunteer Docent
- Don Krug, Volunteer Docent
- Wolf Hiller, Volunteer
- Luci Murphy, Volunteer Docent
- Philip Blocklyn, Executive Director, Oyster Bay Historical Society
- Nicole Menchise, Librarian and Archivist, Oyster Bay Historical Society
- Lara Tewes, Senior Researcher, Long Island University
- Nancy Melius, Director of Marketing & Design, Oheka Castle
- Bob Koenig, President, Hicksville Historical Society
We are very excited about getting this important project off the ground and will certainly keep our community up to date with the latest discoveries and plans!
In honor of Spirit Week, students and staff participated on Tuesday by dressing up as their favorite super heroes. Take a look at the fun costumes they created! Let’s Go Chiefs!
Check out Rudy Auslander (left), Chairman of the Mill Neck Manor Board of Trustees and Mike Killian, President and CEO of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, at the KFUO radio station in St. Louis. These two were guests on the “Faith ‘n’ Family” broadcast and were interviewed by host Andy Bates. Auslander and Killian spoke about the organizations that comprise the Mill Neck Family, our history and future plans, including companion hearing dogs, audiology van and Mill Neck’s international work. The interview is set to air next week… stay tuned!