Communication Sciences & Disorders Annnouncements
Rockhurst University Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is currently suspending admissions to the Post-Baccalaureate Prep-Track program effective immediately. Therefore, we will not be considering admissions for the academic year beginning in August 2014.
You may enroll in Rockhurst University’s Communication Sciences & Disorders undergraduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. If you choose to enroll as a non-degree seeking, post baccalaureate student, completion of these courses will meet the requirements for application to the graduate program at Rockhurst University. However, completion of these courses will not guarantee admission to the Rockhurst University’s graduate program in Communication Sciences & Disorders.
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.
MSHA Graduate Student Stand and Deliver Research Award - Carissa Nohr and Lisa Shafar
The CSD Faculty and 13 students attended the annual Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) state convention March 31 through April 3 of 2011. MSHA actively solicits presentations featuring student research for the annual convention. Students are then eligible to have their technical session or poster presentation judged for the Undergraduate and Graduate Research Awards. This award program was started in 2007. Rockhurst CSD graduate students have earned this prestigious award every year!
The Outstanding Graduate Student Stand and Deliver Presentation Award for 2011 was awarded to:
Jenna Beuerlein, Lindsay Cohen, Nicole Forrest, Meagan Muller, Katie Smith, and Lauren Spittler for their presentation: Speech Sound Acquisition in Young Children Phonetic Inventory of Children 8-17 Months of Age: A Longitudinal Study
The following presentations were also made at the MSHA convention:
Pam Hart, PhD CCC-SLP and Suzie Wiley, OTR presented a Day Institute at MSHA. The focus of the Day Institute included AAC and other Assistive Technologies across the lifespan.
Katie Smith, Meagan Muller, Lindsay Cohen, Lauren Spittler, Jenna Beuerlein, Nicole Forrest presented a Student Technical Session entitled: Phonetic Inventory Study: Preliminary Data for Young Children Ages 9-36 Months. Faculty Research Mentor: Carol Koch, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
Rebecca Ballou, Ed.D. CCC-SLP, Elizabeth Foster, M.S. CCC-SLP, (from Premier Therapy Services) and Denny McKee, B.S. (Graduate Student at Rockhurst) presented a one hour seminar on The Effectiveness of Data Collection on Remediating and Targeting Pragmatic Language.
Elise Antiste, Danielle Kazeos, and Katie Oglesbee presented a student technical session: Central Auditory Processing Disorders: How Comfortable are we as SLPs in Identifying and Treating CAPD? Faculty Research Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ed.D., CCC-SLP.
Rebecca Mansheim presented a poster session on: Teaching Your Baby to Read: Debunked. Faculty Research Mentor: Rebecca Ballou, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
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 Rockhurst CSD team placed 3rd and was comprised of:
Katie Oglesbee, Denny McKee, Nicole Forrest, Rebecca Mansheim, Lindsay Cohen, and alternate Alyson Shaffer.
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”:
Learning: Heather Haas
Leadership: Carissa Nohr
Service: Mary Santucci
Dr. Pam Hart was awarded a Rockhurst University Presidential Grant for her research of effective literacy practices with individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
McMeel Faculty Institute
Dr. Carol Koch has been selected to participate in the McMeel Family Faculty Institute on Service Learning. The Institute is designed to support the incorporation of meaningful service-learning projects that meet authentic community needs and aligns the academic learning outcomes in select courses.
Welcome New Faculty
Kathy Ermgodts joined the CSD faculty as the Clinical Coordinator, in May 2011. Kathy has extensive experience coordinating externship clinical experiences.
Shatonda Jones joined the CSD faculty in August 2011. She is teaching courses in adult neurogenics, cultural issues, and aging.
Linda Z. Solomon, Ph.D. Memorial Award - Jerilyn Whitsitt
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.