Memorial Award Helps Students Attend Convention Each year, one deserving graduate student with limited resources at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., will be able to attend ASHA’s annual convention, thanks to an award established in memory of speech-language pathologist Linda Z. Solomon. An associate professor in communication sciences and disorders at Rockhurst when she died ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   June 01, 2011
Memorial Award Helps Students Attend Convention
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  • Gary Dunham, PhD, publications director, can be reached at gdunham@asha.org.
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2011
Memorial Award Helps Students Attend Convention
The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 21. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.16072011.21
The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 21. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.16072011.21
Each year, one deserving graduate student with limited resources at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., will be able to attend ASHA’s annual convention, thanks to an award established in memory of speech-language pathologist Linda Z. Solomon.
An associate professor in communication sciences and disorders at Rockhurst when she died in late 2009, Solomon worked as a speech-language pathologist for more than 40 years in the Kansas City area. Before joining the Rockhurst faculty, she directed the hearing and speech departments at Menorah Medical Center and at Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital.
Solomon was active in civic and professional duties—she was appointed to the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities in Kansas City, the Professional Advisory Board of the Parkinson’s Foundation for the Heartland, and the Professional Advisory Board of the Foundation for Voice and Swallowing Care. She also served as the state representative for the National Aphasia Association. One of her lifelong passions and enduring legacies was the creation of support groups for those with neurological disorders, including stroke survivors and individuals with aphasia and Parkinson’s disease.
Established by her family, the Linda Z. Solomon Memorial Award also honors Solomon’s dedication as a teacher and mentor for the next generation of practitioners. “It has been my privilege to participate in your education and to facilitate your learning to be compassionate, caring professionals,” Solomon would tell her students.
“Linda was a dear colleague and a kind, gentle spirit,” remembers Carol Koch, chair of communication sciences and disorders at Rockhurst University. “The memorial award is a meaningful way to encourage the continuation of Linda’s legacy and commitment to lifelong learning through graduate student participation and attendance at the ASHA convention.”
The award covers registration, lodging, meals, and travel expenses to and from the convention. One rising second-year graduate student at Rockhurst is selected each year by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, with input from the Solomon family. The student is chosen based on financial need and the student’s “potential to offer effective and compassionate care to patients in speech-language pathology.”
The first award recipient, Claire Dunford, attended the 2010 ASHA Convention in Philadelphia; this year’s recipient, Alyson Barrick, will attend the ASHA convention in San Diego in November.
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