Communication Sciences & Disorders Annnouncements

Student Research Award

We are proud to share wonderful news about the achievements and honors our students have earned.


Two Rockhurst University CSD students won the student research award at the 2013 Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference.

Outstanding Graduate Student Stand and Deliver Presentation

Students: Katie Schwendemann and Kristen Ponce

Faculty mentor: Pam Hart, Ph.D.


Quest for the Cup Intercollegiate Knowledge Bowl

Additionally, the CSD students competed in the annual knowledge bowl, the “Quest for the Cup”. This highly competitive intercollegiate knowledge bowl engages the eight CSD programs in the state of Missouri in competition to correctly answer questions similar in format to the national Praxis exam.

The 2013 Quest for the Cup Team
Joseph Madden, Jamie Mapel, Kathleen Sweeney, Lindsey Howard and Kristen Ponce

The Rockhurst University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders proudly honors students with the “SWELLS” awards to Students Who Exhibit Learning Leadership and Service.  The CSD faculty nominate students on the basis of leadership in the program, academic performance, engagement in extracurricular activities, service to the department, university, and community. Our heart “SWELLS” with pride for the following students who the faculty think are pretty “SWELL”:

2012-13 Honorees
Learning:  Rachael Cho, Kristen Ponce, Katie Schwendemann
Leadership: Erica Holtmeyer, Megan Jones
Service:  Lauren Keith, Erin Lang, Kelsey Thompson

Presidential Grant

Pam Hart, Ph.D., was awarded a Rockhurst University Presidential Grant for her research of effective literacy practices with individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Linda Z. Solomon, Ph.D., Memorial Award - Erin Lang

Linda Solomon was a leading practitioner of speech-language pathology in the Kansas City area, having directed the Hearing and Speech Department at Menorah Medical Center from 1981 to 1989 and at Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital from 1990 to 1999. She developed support groups for stroke survivors and people with aphasia and Parkinson’s disease. In 2000, she joined the faculty of Rockhurst University and in 2005 was awarded tenure as Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Throughout her career, Linda’s focus was to provide effective and compassionate care to patients and to train the next generation of practitioners to do the same.

The Linda Z. Solomon, Ph.D., Memorial Award will grant an award to support one student each year to attend the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will select the student with input from the Solomon family based on a student’s potential to offer effective and compassionate care to patients in speech-language pathology. The award is intended to support a student who otherwise would not have the resources to attend the convention.

Gifts to the Fund can be made by either check or credit card. Please make checks payable to Rockhurst University, Office of University Advancement, 1100 Rockhurst Road, K.C., MO  64110. Please state that the gift is for the Linda Z. Solomon, Ph.D., Memorial Award. To make a contribution by credit card, please call us at 816-501-4888. You may also contribute online. Please specify your gift is for the Linda Z. Solomon Memorial Award.