Special Teacher Honored

Few people care to remember their junior high school days, let alone spend an evening with one of the teachers who knew them then.

But Jean W. Randolph, 72, was one of the better memories of a time marked by acne and first-date anxieties for a group of honor students at Kelly Miller Junior High, class of 1964.

So Saturday night, 16 years after Randolph retired from the classroom, they honored her with a special tribute.

After all, she had been their homeroom teacher for three years and had taught them English and history, they said. After the students graduated, she followed them to McKinley High School, though she never had them in classes there.

"She was there for us, not only as an educator but as a mentor, a parent, a guardian," said Rolland Otey, 41, an executive assistant with the D.C. Department of Public and Assisted Housing. "She was there for our first parties, our first proms, our first little crushes on girls. When we didn't do well, we could go talk to her."

Her favorite students would become lawyers, a physician, a pilot and successful professionals in other fields.

Some traveled from Chicago, Philadelphia and Delaware to honor her Saturday.

At the reunion dinner in the noncommissioned officer's club at Andrews Air Force Base, they presented her with a wall-hanging with all of their names inscribed in calligraphy.

"There was something special about them," Randolph said. "They were a once-in-a-lifetime group." Ford's Theatre Appointment

Marilyn Powel, who has been director of development for the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., for three years, is the new director of development in charge of corporate fund-raising for historic Ford's Theatre.

Powel was a drama professor at Auburn University from 1979 to 1985 and served a year as general manager of Philadelphia's Movement Theatre International.

She received a bachelor's degree in theater literature from Gonzaga University, a master's degree in theater directing and public relations from the University of South Dakota and a master of fine arts from Northwestern University. Gallaudet President Honored

I. King Jordan, the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, will receive this year's courage award from the Minnesota-based Courage Center, which gives the award annually to a person who has made outstanding contributions in leadership on behalf of people with disabilities.

Jordan lost his hearing after a serious motorcycle accident when he was 21. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Gallaudet University in 1970 and his master's degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of Tennessee.

In 1973, he returned to Gallaudet as an assistant professor of psychology, becoming a full professor nine years later, chairman of the psychology department a year after that and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1986.

Two years later, he was thrust into the limelight when students at Gallaudet staged a protest that gained national attention. They demanded, among other things, that more university officials be people with hearing impairments. In March 1988, the board of trustees appointed Jordan as the school's eighth president and the first in its 125-year history to be hearing-impaired.

Jordan has been active in issues concerning people with disabilities: He established a special-interest group for deafness within the American Educational Research Association, and he is on the Advisory Committee for the National Institute on Deafness.

For Jordan, awards are nothing new. His honors include the Leadership and Dedication Award for Civil and Human Rights for All Mankind from the D.C. Council in 1989 and the United States Comptroller General's Award in 1987. Literature Fellowship

Local writer and performer Silvana Straw has won a literature fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts.

Straw, a graduate of American University, is a member of the performance programming committee of the D.C. Arts Center and has coordinated and performed in several local productions.

She is best known for co-producing "Night Shift," a performance series that showcased local artists, and she is working on a piece for the Washington Project for the Arts 1991 performance series.

Straw also is a poet and will use the fellowship to work on a manuscript of her work for publication. Five Get Scholarships

The United Planning Organization has awarded five $2,000 college scholarships to local students. The recipients are Mario Alvarez, who is studying business management at the University of the District of Columbia; Kevin Jhingory, who is studying mortuary science at UDC; Agustin Chicas, a premed student at UDC; Veronica Laney, an accounting major at UDC; and Roy Holbrook, who is studying broadcast journalism at West Virginia State College. All will be honored at the organization's annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast on Jan. 21 at the Capital Hilton.

Scholarships from the nonprofit community group are given annually to five students who graduated from a D.C. public school or adult education program and are attending college.