Special Events: JazzFest, Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, & More An ASHA convention cannot possibly be complete without the excitement of special events. From a children’s concert emphasizing safe listening habits to a celebration of 40 years of promoting diversity and multiculturalism, 2009 special events offer opportunities to network with and enjoy colleagues in a less formal setting. The American ... Features
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Special Events: JazzFest, Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, & More
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Features   |   August 01, 2009
Special Events: JazzFest, Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, & More
The ASHA Leader, August 2009, Vol. 14, 34-35. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR12.14102009.34
The ASHA Leader, August 2009, Vol. 14, 34-35. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR12.14102009.34
An ASHA convention cannot possibly be complete without the excitement of special events. From a children’s concert emphasizing safe listening habits to a celebration of 40 years of promoting diversity and multiculturalism, 2009 special events offer opportunities to network with and enjoy colleagues in a less formal setting. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation), ASHA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), ASHA’s political action committee (ASHA-PAC), and the “Listen to Your Buds” are planning events that promise to be highlights of the 2009 convention.
NSSLHA Day Events
NSSLHA Day (Nov. 20) at convention offers six special activities for students:
  • Professional Development Series—Practical convention sessions target students’ pre-professional interests, such as surviving the academic program, clinical externships, and fourth-year placements.

  • Meet the Experts—In this new addition to the convention program, 2009 NSSLHA and ASHA Honors recipients and Fellows will be available at the NSSLHA information booth to speak with students. The three-day (Nov. 19–21) schedule of attendees is posted at NSSLHA’s Web site.

  • Graduate School Fair—Representatives from master’s and doctoral programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation will be available to meet with students on Nov. 20 and 21. The continually updated list of participating programs is available at NSSLHA’s Web site.

  • Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (invitation only)—NSSLHA celebrates the achievement of the association and the 2009 NSSLHA Honors recipients.

  • NSSLHA Knowledge Bowl: Battle of the Regions—Teams representing each of the 10 NSSLHA regions compete in a “Jeopardy”-type battle for cash prizes.

  • Resumé Star Program—Students can bring their resumes to employers exhibiting at the Career Fair for a 15-minute resumé review session. Employers offering this service will have a “Resumé Star” logo on their booths.

Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) will sponsor several activities:
  • The Multicultural Concerns Collective (MC2)—This reception and networking forum, on Thurs. evening, Nov. 19, is open to all ASHA members interested in multicultural issues. This year’s MC2 meeting will recognize the Diversity Champions—those members who have made significant contributions to the professions and ASHA through their demonstrated respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view and through their achievements in addressing the impact of culture and/or language on speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech-language or hearing science. Participants also will have the opportunity to share information and resources and network.

  • Consultations with experts—Members who have difficult clinical cases involving issues related to cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) will have the opportunity to consult with a CLD subject matter expert. These conversations will take place at the OMA booth in the ASHA member service center. A schedule of the experts’ availability will be posted at ASHA’s Multicultural Web site and at the OMA booth at the ASHA Member Service Center at the convention.

“Buds” Concert
ASHA will present a “Listen to Your Buds” concert for young students in the New Orleans area on Nov. 18. The concert, at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium, will feature an artist popular with young children who is a member of the national coalition of children’s musicians who promote the safe-listening message of Listen to Your Buds. This interactive, bilingual Web site features information for young children, parents, and educators on the safe use of personal audio technology. ASHA sponsors the free event in collaboration with the Parents’ Choice Foundation and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and offers safe-listening activities for teachers to use in their classrooms before the concert.
ASHA-PAC
ASHA’s political action committee will host a fundraising wine-tasting event on Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ASHA-PAC provides financial support to candidates for the U.S. House and Senate who recognize the importance of speech-language pathology and audiology services and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. For more information, go to ASHA-PAC or e-mail pac@asha.org.
ASHFoundation
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation will raise funds for scholarships and grants and honor its donors at two convention events.
  • New Orleans-style JazzFest, Nov. 19, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Jazz it up after the convention opening session by walking over to this ASHFoundation fundraiser, just a block from the Convention Center. The JazzFest will feature hearing scientist and accomplished jazz musician Chuck Berlin and the New Orleans All-Stars at the Howlin’ Wolf, one of The Big Easy’s premier music clubs. Named for legendary bluesman Chester Burnett, the club is one of the city’s most interesting venues. The building’s exterior features a mural of New Orleans neighborhood scenes that depict the city’s musical history; the interior is just as dynamic, with a hand-carved mahogany bar taken from Al Capone’s hotel, The Lexington, during its demolition. Tickets for this music reception, which will include taste-of-the-city light fare, are $100 each; attendees may purchase up to two additional tickets at $50 each. Purchase tickets on the convention registration form; if you have already submitted your registration, call 301-694-5243 to purchase JazzFest tickets.

  • Founders Breakfast, Nov. 20, 6:45 a.m.–8:30 a.m., Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Armstrong Ballroom.ASHFoundation awardees and donors take center stage at this event to celebrate the lives they change and the communities they strengthen. “Let the good times roll” by starting your day with this celebration of the ASHFoundation’s present successes and exciting future. Donors who contribute at least $100 to the ASHFoundation will receive personal invitations and be recognized for their generosity. For more information, visit the Foundation Web site.

Closing Party
Even though convention takes place in November—not in February, when the real Mardi Gras occurs—you can get a taste of the unique carnival spirit at the convention closing party at Mardi Gras World East.
This event—free to convention registrants—will take place at the new Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World facility on the eastern bank of New Orleans. Occupying the former Delta Queen steamboat wharf on the New Orleans riverfront, it is located just upstream from the convention center and is more than four times larger than its predecessor facility.
Kern Studios is the largest builder of parade floats in the world. Most of the krewes (Carnival clubs) in New Orleans and the surrounding area—including the three largest Mardi Gras parades—have their floats, props, and other decorations designed and built there. Some of the “super floats,” which are two or three times the size of a regular float, can hold 50–100 riders.
At the closing party, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the largest floats from the most well-known parades as well as other parade props. After walking through the float area, guests will proceed to the Mansion of the Oaks, a simulated plantation, for light hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Tickets are limited but complimentary for registrants ($25 for guests) and can be ordered on the convention registration form.
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