Profound Sadness coming out of Gallaudet


There is a sad news right now.  Please read the news below. My thoughts out to his family.

March 31, 2014

Dear Campus Community:

With profound sadness, I report the passing of Gianni Manganelli, a 23-year-old undergraduate student, on Sunday morning, March 30th. Gianni was an Academic Bowl standout for four years at University High School in Irvine, California, winning regional Most Outstanding Player awards in 2006, 2007, and 2009. He also was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 National Academic Bowl. After graduating from University High School, Gianni attended Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a member of the NTID-RIT College Bowl team in 2010.

Before and during his study at RIT, Gianni had several internships. Under the supervision of the noted astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey D. Cooke, at the time a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Cosmology at the University of California, Irvine, Gianni completed a month-long internship at the W. M. Keck Observatory, a two-telescope astronomical observatory at 13,600 feet near the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i. He also taught American Sign Language at Deaf Japan in Osaka. He was passionate about languages, and not only learned Japanese Sign Language, but learned to read and speak Japanese as well.

Gianni is survived by his mother, Terrylene Sacchetti; his father; Robert Manganelli; and his sister, Catalene Sacchetti-Manganelli, a student at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. Information about services and memorial tributes will be shared at a later time.

Tragedies such as this touch us all. Any Gallaudet University community member in need of support can contact the Mental Health Center or the Employee Assistance Program.

Gallaudet University students may make an appointment for confidential services at the Mental Health Center by coming to the center, calling 202-651-6080 TTY/voice/videophone during business hours, or emailing The Mental Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mental Health Center is located on the third floor of the Kellogg Conference Hotel. The Mental Health Center staff is also on call for emergencies and can be accessed through Coordinators of Residence Education or the Department of Public Safety.

Gallaudet University employees may obtain confidential services from APS Healthcare, Gallaudet’s Employee Assistance Program. To talk to a counselor or arrange an appointment, staff and faculty can call 877-344-0489 (TTY) or 800-607-1522 (voice). For more information on services available from APS Healthcare, including topics on coping with grief, employees can access the APS Healthcare web site at Enter the code GALLY on the APSHelplink.

For helpful information on coping with grief, see the following online resources:
Please join me in mourning Gianni’s untimely passing, and in expressing our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Stephen F. Weiner