NSSLHA Recognizes Members, Advisors, Chapters The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will present 2016–2017 member, chapter and advisor honors at the NSSLHA awards lunch at the ASHA Convention in November. Member honors recognize individual NSSLHA members for their outstanding contributions: Excellence Award (audiology graduate student): Caitlin Nelms, University of Memphis, co-chaired the 2015 ... ASHA News
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NSSLHA Recognizes Members, Advisors, Chapters
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NSSLHA Recognizes Members, Advisors, Chapters
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.22102017.62
The ASHA Leader, October 2017, Vol. 22, 62. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.22102017.62
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will present 2016–2017 member, chapter and advisor honors at the NSSLHA awards lunch at the ASHA Convention in November.
Excellence Award (audiology graduate student): Caitlin Nelms, University of Memphis, co-chaired the 2015 Mid-South Conference on Communication Disorders, a two-day continuing education program for more than 500 communication sciences and disorders professionals.
Excellence Award (speech-language pathology graduate student): Alexandra Birmingham, University of Louisville, helped attain official student organization recognition for her chapter and carried out new chapter activities, including a letter-writing campaign in favor of federal Early Hearing Detection and Intervention legislation.
Rising Leader Award (audiology undergraduate): Meve Derrig, Augustana College, completed a literature review of young adults’ attitudes about noise-induced hearing loss, then expanded this senior research project by conducting a survey of college students, independently analyzing her data and presenting a top-ranked poster session to peers.
Rising Leader Award (speech-language pathology undergraduate): Valerie Zecca, Saint Louis University, took the initiative to strengthen the relationship between CSD students and other departments following the university CSD program’s move to a different college and, as a department ambassador, gave tours and presentations to prospective students.
Legislative Liaison of the Year Award: Christina Ibarra, California State University, Sacramento, worked through the Sacramento State Literacy Connection Program to support and advocate for the language development and literacy skills of children from low-income, culturally and linguistically diverse populations by teaching parents the steps they can take to improve their children’s language development and early literacy.
Speaking Out and Being Heard Award: Allison Johnson, University of Nebraska Omaha, used social media to raise public awareness of communication disorders, completed the Thickened Liquid Challenge by thickening her soda to a honey-like consistency and encouraging other students to give it a try, and spoke to state senators about legislation that affects CSD professionals and clients at Nebraska’s State Legislative Day.
Making Waves Chapter Advisor Award (less than five years’ experience): Erica Ellis, California State University, Los Angeles—believing that students need to gain leadership skills and research experience—launched the Word Learning Research Lab in her first year as advisor, giving students a research opportunity to explore word-learning skills and vocabulary knowledge in children who are late talkers.
Continued Commitment Chapter Advisor Award (more than five years’ experience): Judith Montgomery, Chapman University, has advised the chapter for eight years, during which the group has achieved Gold Honors five times, expanded in membership, and created new ways for students to serve the profession and the community. She also works with graduate students, guiding them to advocate for themselves, their futures and their clients.
  • State or federal advocacy efforts: 22 chapters.

  • BHSM activities: 26 chapters.

  • Local campaigns to raise awareness of communication disorders: 15 chapters.

  • Donations to CommunicAID+Nation, this year’s “NSSLHA Loves” recipient: more than $13,000.

  • Donations the NSSLHA Scholarship administered by the ASHFoundation: more than $11,500.

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