November 2014 Dixie C. Branscum, a speech-language pathologist in Searcy, Arkansas, was recognized by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Harding University for supervising 100 student clinicians in Searcy public schools since 1976. Branscum received an engraved vase, and the department renamed its annual dinner the Dixie C. Branscum ... People
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The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 18-20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19112014.18
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 18-20. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.19112014.18
Awarded
Dixie C. Branscum, a speech-language pathologist in Searcy, Arkansas, was recognized by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Harding University for supervising 100 student clinicians in Searcy public schools since 1976. Branscum received an engraved vase, and the department renamed its annual dinner the Dixie C. Branscum Supervisors’ Dinner.
In the News
Thomas Linares, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was quoted in a Southeast Missourian article (Aug. 4) about the Brain Injury and Stroke Resource Group, a support group in Cape Girardeau. He noted that people with traumatic brain injury have difficulty reintegrating into the community, and that support groups can help … Three SLPs— Kristin Chmela, chair of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders; Julie Raynor, an SLP at Reeths-Puffer Public Schools in Muskegon, Michigan; and Rob Reichhardt, an SLP at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital—were interviewed for a WOOD TV 8 story (Aug. 27) about Camp Shout Out, which won the station’s 2014 Connecting With Community Award. Camp Shout Out will receive a 30-second public service announcement to be shown for a year … Edie Hapner, an assistant professor at Emory University and director of speech-language pathology at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta; Eric Hunter, an associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at Michigan State University in East Lansing; and Aaron Johnson, an assistant professor of voice and speech science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, were quoted in an AARP Magazine story (Aug. 28) about simple strategies to improve the aging voice.
On the Move
Two faculty members in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas in Lawrence have received promotions. Holly Storkel has been promoted to full professor and Nancy Brady has been promoted to associate professor … Jackie Hinckley was named executive director for Voices of Hope for Aphasia, a nonprofit organization in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hinckley’s previous positions include director of the aphasia program at the University of Michigan, and director of aphasia research and education at the University of South Florida.
Published
Jo Ann Gramlich, an SLP consultant at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, published “Talk, Play, and Read With Me, Mommy: Interactive Activities to Enhance Your Child’s Language Development From Birth to Age Five.” The book provides parents with developmentally appropriate activities and games designed to help enhance children’s speech and language skills.
Deaths
Eva Hester, 62, of heart failure, on July 29, 2014, in Longview, Texas. Hester earned a bachelor’s in speech pathology from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. She was a professor emerita in the Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies at Towson University in Maryland, where she worked from 1984 to 2014. For two years she served as special assistant to the dean, providing leadership for key projects in the College of Health Professions. Hester championed undergraduate student research and mentored many student projects. She was an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Group 10, Issues in Higher Education; a Minority Student Leadership Program reviewer in 1999 and 2000; and a Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers reviewer in 2006 and 2011. Her research and clinical interests were wide-ranging, but in her later years she specialized in health literacy across diverse populations. Hester is survived by three children—Ronald, Rochelle and Reginald—five sisters and one brother.
Bruce P. Ryan, 82, of congestive heart failure, on July 26, 2014, in Long Beach, California. Ryan, professor emeritus at California State University Long Beach, stuttered as a child, received speech-language treatment and became a fluent speaker. He completed his bachelor’s degree in education and taught fifth grade in Ashland, Oregon, before deciding to pursue a career in speech-language pathology to help other people who stutter. He earned a master’s degree at Western Michigan University and a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, and taught at Eastern Oregon College, University of Oregon and California State University Long Beach. He conducted research and designed treatment procedures in the areas of stuttering, language and speech articulation at the Behavioral Sciences Institute in Monterey, California, and the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Eastern Fairfield, Connecticut. An ASHA Fellow, he published more than 20 articles and three books.
Ann L. Pendley, 59, of breast cancer, on Aug. 21, 2014. Pendley earned a master’s degree from Colorado State University in 1981 and a PhD in communication disorders and speech science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1993. As an SLP, Pendley worked in a variety of medical settings, including McKee Medical Center, prior to establishing her private practice—The Speech and Language Stimulation Center— in Fort Collins in 1994. She served as president of and held other offices in the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Pendley is survived by her long-time partner, Kimberly Morton, and her brother, Michael.
Robert L. McCroskey, 90, on Aug. 10, 2014, at Hospice House in Sun City Center, Florida. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, McCroskey graduated from Ohio State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and a doctorate in speech and audiology. McCroskey was a professor at Emory University in Atlanta and was most recently on the faculty at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, where he retired as professor emeritus and dean of the College of Education. He was an ASHA Fellow, received a State Clinical Achievement Award in 1984, and served on the ASHA Legislative Council from 1977 to 1988. McCroskey is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maribel McCroskey; his sons, R. Lee, John and Richard; and his daughter, Kimberly M. Cotton.
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