Special Events: Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, Wine-Tasting, and More What would the Philadelphia Convention be without special events? The 2010 events offer opportunities to enjoy and network with colleagues in a less formal setting. Children’s safe-listening concerts, an evening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a special lounge for students, and an evening at the country’s most interactive ... ASHA Convention Coverage
ASHA Convention Coverage  |   August 01, 2010
Special Events: Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, Wine-Tasting, and More
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ASHA Convention Coverage   |   August 01, 2010
Special Events: Knowledge Bowl, Closing Party, Wine-Tasting, and More
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 32-33. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC8.15092010.32
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 32-33. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC8.15092010.32
What would the Philadelphia Convention be without special events? The 2010 events offer opportunities to enjoy and network with colleagues in a less formal setting.
Children’s safe-listening concerts, an evening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a special lounge for students, and an evening at the country’s most interactive history museum are included this year.
Open House Receptions
Several state associations, universities, and other related organizations will sponsor receptions on Friday evening, Nov. 19, from 8 to 10 p.m. (immediately following the Awards Ceremony) at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. A list of open houses will be posted online prior to the Convention and distributed in Philadelphia.
ASHA members are invited to “Pack a Punch” at a fun-filled wine tasting with the ASHA-PAC Board and our very own “Rocky Balboa” on Wed. evening, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The wine-tasting benefits the ASHA Political Action Committee, which serves as the political voice of speech-language pathology and audiology on Capitol Hill. ASHA-PAC advances the interests of ASHA members by supporting candidates for the U.S. Congress who recognize the importance of effective human communication. All ASHA members are invited to attend with a suggested voluntary contribution of $35; ASHA-PAC Gold Circle members are invited as guests. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-624-5961 or e-mail pac@asha.org.
The ASHFoundation will raise funds to support its scholarship and grant program and honor its donors and awardees at three Convention events.
The ASHFoundation’s fundraising event, “Fine Art and Fundraising—A Historically Hip Event!” will take place Thurs. evening, Nov. 18, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (immediately following the Convention opening session) at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Few settings in Philadelphia can offer a more gracious elegance than the galleries of America’s oldest school of fine arts and the only American art museum in Philadelphia. Join with your colleagues for a creative fundraiser to benefit the ASHFoundation at the historic Landmark Building. Opened for the nation’s 1876 Centennial Exposition and World’s Fair, the museum is characterized by unique architectural detail and breathtaking artwork, including masterpieces by Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and Charles Willson Peale. The museum is within walking distance (or a short cab ride) from the Convention Center and hotels.
The Landmark Building’s magnificent interior of red, blue, and gold not only features world-class art exhibitions but also creates memories that entertain and enlighten those who enter its gothic arches. Guests will enjoy culinary delights, experience performance art, and learn from knowledgeable docents about specific works.
Tickets to this “historically hip reception” are $100 each; attendees may purchase up to two additional tickets at $50 each. Tickets can be purchased on the Convention registration form or by calling 877-585-6005.
ASHFoundation donors and scholarship/grant recipients are the focus of the annual Founders Breakfast on Fri., Nov. 19, from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the Philadelphia Marriott Liberty Ballroom, which overlooks Philadelphia’s scenic and historic business district. Join your ASHFoundation friends to applaud the Foundation’s investment in communication sciences and disorders scholars and researchers and be inspired by the generosity of Foundation donors. Donors who contribute at the Founders Level (at least $100) will receive personal invitations with program highlights and will be recognized for their generosity at the breakfast. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 301-296-8704 or visit the Foundation’s website.
At the Interview Café at the ASHFoundation booth in the Exhibit Hall, the Foundation will interview past award recipients and document their success stories on Fri., Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Past awardees who would like to participate should call 301-296-8704 or e-mail bryan@asha.org to sign up for a 30-minute interview slot.
NSSLHA Day (Friday, Nov. 19) at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel offers a variety of special activities for students:
  • Professional Development Series—Practical Convention sessions target students’ pre-professional interests, such as Praxis preparation, the certification and recertification process, clinical techniques and professional issues (financing a graduate education and practical tips for and demonstrations of intervention techniques for voice, cochlear implants, swallowing, and hearing aids/assistive listening devices).

  • Luncheon and Awards Ceremony (invitation only)—NSSLHA celebrates the achievements of the association and the 2010 NSSLHA Honors recipients.

  • Knowledge Bowl: Battle of the Regions—Teams representing the 10 NSSLHA regions compete in a “Jeopardy”-style battle. Winning teams are eligible for cash awards and prizes.

The NSSLHA Graduate School Fair will take place on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. Representatives from master’s and doctoral programs accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology will be available both days to meet individually with prospective students (current students and practitioners). Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about programs’ philosophy and focus and get answers to any questions they may have. A new central location and regional layout will enhance student access to program information.
  • NSSLHA Lounge at the Graduate School Fair—This new feature offers students a place to connect with friends, grab refreshments, search EdFind (ASHA’s online communication sciences and disorders program search engine), and learn more about NSSLHA Quest, an interactive Convention experience for students.

  • Meet the Experts—Students are invited to participate in informal chats with the professionals who are shaping the future of the professions.

Buds Concerts
ASHA’s Listen To Your Buds public education campaign is bringing its safe listening message to students throughout the Philadelphia area. During the week of Nov. 14–20, designated “Buds in the Schools Week” by city officials, students will learn to turn the volume down through a variety of activities. First launched this spring in Washington, D.C.-area schools, Buds Week activities include in-school concerts and special morning announcements, hands-on presentations, lesson plans, student art projects, and regional radio public service announcements.
The response to the first Buds Week was very positive, as indicated by a principal from a school in Northern Virginia: “The campaign’s safe listening message is extremely valuable for our students to have heard. Many of our students have not only received it but have also retained it, which will surely serve them well academically and their whole lives.”
Closing Party
If you think U.S. history is confined to dry, dull books, think again. The new National Constitution Center on Independence Mall—the site of the Convention closing party—is the country’s most interactive history museum.
Members who attend the closing party can enjoy:
  • The museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Story of ‘We the People,’” which tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts.

  • The award-winning multi-media theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising,” which will be performed several times throughout the evening.

  • Signers’ Hall, which features life-size bronze statues of the 39 signers of the Constitution (yes, attendees can take photos with their favorite historical figure).

  • Food representing a variety of Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Join ASHA colleagues on Saturday evening, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for this special event at a well-known Philadelphia venue. Tickets for the closing party are complimentary for ASHA members and $25 for accompanying guests. Space is limited, so order tickets early on the Convention registration form.
Shuttle buses will leave the convention center beginning at 5:45 p.m. to take attendees to the National Constitution Center. Individuals going to the museum from hotels or other locations will need to take public transportation or a taxi. Shuttles will return party attendees to ASHA hotels after the event.
Career Fair
The three-day Career Fair offers a number of opportunities for job-seekers and employers. Employers—including hospitals, schools, universities, and private practices—meet one-on-one with job-seekers about available opportunities. Job-seekers can be students, newly certified members, or seasoned professionals. In the Résumé Star Program at the Career Fair, students and other job-seekers may bring their résumés to exhibiting employers on Friday afternoon for a 15-minute review and polish session. Employers offering this service will have a Résumé Star logo on their booths. Career Fair hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 18; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 19; and 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20. Go online to post a résumé for review or to search the online job bank.
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