The CMDS graduate program welcomed 10 new students in January, and sent 18 students off-campus to full-time internship sites for their final semester of graduate work. Currently, 35 graduate students and 12 seniors are on campus taking classes and providing services to the public in the Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Have a great semester everyone!
The 30th annual Research Forum in Communication Disorders will be held at Truman on Wednesday, December 14, from 6:30-10 PM. This event is open to local professionals in communication disorders and it is anticipated that ASHA CEU’s will be available (pending approval). There is no cost to attend, however participants must be present for the entire forum to receive CEU’s or a certificate of participation. Please arrive to register at 6:15, Health Sciences 2203 (main level).
Truman CMDS graduate students will be presenting the results of the clinical research they have been conducting this semester in technical session format. A very wide range of topics of interest to clinicians working with children or adults will be discussed. For more information, contact Dr. Julia Edgar, jedgar@ truman.edu.
Dr. Julia Edgar, Dr. Amy Teten, Dean Janet Gooch, and Ms. Melissa Passe attended the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA] annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA, November 17–19, 2016.
The following Communication Disorders students made presentations at the ASHA Convention:
Brandall Bond: Title of Presentation: An Examination of Diagnostic Testing Modifications to Assess Communication Disorders in African Americans. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Janet L. Gooch.
Callie Templeton: Title of Poster Presentation: A Comparison of the Effect of Yoga and Straw-Phonation as a Vocal Cool Down. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julia Edgar
Christina Jones: Title of poster presentation: A Comparison of the Effect of Yoga and Straw-Phonation as a Vocal Cool Down. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julia Edgar
Madison Kusmec: Title of poster presentation: A Comparison of the Effect of Yoga and Straw-Phonation as a Vocal Cool Down. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julia Edgar
Jordan Ganter: Title of Poster Presentation:: Noise Exposure and Temporary Threshold Shift Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ilene Elmlinger
Michelle Goedeker: Title of Poster Presentation:: Noise Exposure and Temporary Threshold Shift Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ilene Elmlinger
CMDS faculty Ms. Patricia Hanson and Ms. Kelsey Aurand de Razo accompanied nine students to the fall NEMO Speech Pathology Association [SPA] meeting on November 18, 2016. The Speech Pathology Association is a group of northeast Missouri speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology assistants, speech implementers, and paraprofessionals who work in public schools. The program for the meeting was an online presentation entitled “Building Vocabulary Through Children’s Picture Books.”
The Communication Disorders Association [CoDA] [CMDS Student Organization] participated in the first Diaper Drive [for the 2016-2017 academic year] from October 17th to October 27th. Members of CoDA collected diapers [all sizes] and wipes for Kirksville families who are under financial strain. The diaper donations were dropped off at the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic lobby, and at awareness tabling stations on the Quad, in the Student Union Building, and McClain Hall. On October 28th, families in need came to the Salvation Army to receive diapers as well as information on emergent literacy. The organization also presented educational information to parents on the developmental milestones of their children. The Diaper Drive was a huge success, helping 39 families! CoDA hopes to host a total of four Diaper Drives during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The CMDS Department will host a Graduate Student Open House on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
Faculty and current graduate students will discuss internship opportunities, the academic curriculum, the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic, financial aid considerations, and various topics of interest to prospective graduate students. Lunch will be provided. This even is open to all students (and their families) interested in learning about graduate study in CMDS. It’s especially appropriate for seniors from other universities and juniors at Truman. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Connie Ikerd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The CMDS department welcomed 22 new students into the master’s program beginning in August, 2016. The new students came from undergraduate institutions including Truman State University, University of Central Missouri, Augustana College, Texas Christian University, National Chung Hsing University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, University of Northern Iowa, and University of MO-Columbia.
July 2016 Upon the retirement of Dr. Paula Cochran, Dr. Amy Teten became the Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders. Dr. Teten returned to Truman [previously in the CMDS Department at Truman from 2003-2006] in January 2016, after being at the University of Nebraska-Omaha for seven years.
June 2016, Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic director Melissa Passe attended the National Advisory Council meeting for the Speech-Language Pathology National Examination at the ETS office in Princeton New Jersey.