Students Helping Students The Vanderbilt University hearing and speech sciences faculty has an extensive history of supporting the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation through the University Giving Program (see sidebar). But Vanderbilt’s support, until recently, was missing a critical component: the students. Vanderbilt’s University Giving Program ambassadors challenged members of the school’s National Student Speech ... ASHA News
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At the Vanderbilt Triva Night, Barb’s Braniacs team members were second in trivia, but first in snacks!
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ASHA News   |   June 01, 2015
Students Helping Students
The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.20062015.66
The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 66. doi:10.1044/leader.AN8.20062015.66
The Vanderbilt University hearing and speech sciences faculty has an extensive history of supporting the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation through the University Giving Program (see sidebar). But Vanderbilt’s support, until recently, was missing a critical component: the students.
Vanderbilt’s University Giving Program ambassadors challenged members of the school’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association to make the ASHFoundation a focus of their philanthropic efforts. And the students responded with fundraising activities—including a trivia contest—that enabled them to increase their annual ASHFoundation donations by much more than a trivial amount.
At the Third Annual Trivia Night, more than 75 students and faculty gathered for a friendly competition. Faculty members hosted—and selecting winning names for—the teams: Barb’s Braniacs, Doors of Hale, Melanie’s Minutiae Mavens and Triviana Jones, to name a few. NSSHLA officers kept a tight clamp on the questions and ensured reliable scoring. Community merchants provided beer and discounted pizza, and faculty pitched in with desserts.
The results: The champion trivia team was Melanie’s Minutiae Mavens, composed of first-year graduate students who are looking forward to a repeat performance later this year. Vanderbilt’s NSSHLA chapter raised nearly $1,000. And Anne Marie Tharpe, department chair, won the reverse raffle and promptly turned her winnings over to the student travel fund.
Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt associate professor and University Giving ambassador, cited three key reasons for the Trivia Night success:
  • The event is entirely student-run.

  • Anyone associated with the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences—faculty, staff, students, clinicians—is encouraged to attend. An added value is the opportunity to network outside of the class or clinic.

  • Low overhead. Community merchants discount pizza and donate beer, faculty members provide desserts, and students contribute chips, salad and candy.

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