2018 Chapter Honors Recipients

Gold Chapter Honors

Congratulations to these chapters for going above and beyond to earn Gold Chapter Honors!

California State University, Fullerton
Tip: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
In Fall 2017, seven chapter members flew to Washington, D.C., to participate in Student Advocacy Day. While there, they visited their representatives’ offices as they shared important insights about the professions and clients whom they'll one day serve. 

California State University, Los Angeles
Tip: Pay It Forward
In the spirit of collaboration, this chapter launched a mentorship program that gave undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students a chance to connect with grad students who share similar experiences and interests. To help reach their desired goals, each pair established professional and academic goals and provided encouragement and support to one another.

California State University, Northridge
Tip: Raise Awareness
This chapter held an event called “Crash Course in Communication Disorders,” where they shared information about the audiology and speech-language pathology professions and explained some of the multifaceted areas of emphasis within them.

California State University, Sacramento
Tip: Make Advocacy a Priority
Because this chapter sees the value of legislative advocacy, they created a new Advocacy Officer position on their board. Then, they empowered their members by giving them step-by-step instructions on how to use ASHA’s Take Action website. Finally, they invited the District 2 Director from their state association to speak about the importance of advocacy. 

Case Western Reserve University
Tip: Expand Your Network
Each year, Ohio chapters come together to hold the Ohio Statewide NSSLHA Conference. This year, attendees grew their network and learned about events that other chapters hold, giving them ideas of how they can grow their chapter’s involvement and membership. New initiatives that came from attending included a Lunch and Learn with the Psychological Sciences department and a pizza night to discuss the importance of National NSSLHA membership.

Chapman University
Tip: Give Back to Your Community
During the Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games, members of this chapter organized and operated a Healthy Hearing Initiative. They provided free hearing screenings to all athletes, coaches, and family members participating in the 2-day event. Grad students engaged with athletes and provided comprehensive hearing exams while educating athletes about hearing loss prevention and ear hygiene.

City University of New York, Lehman College
Tip: Find Innovative Ways to Engage Members
To increase membership, this chapter developed and offered member-only classroom-to-clinic opportunities that included becoming an Aphasia Conversational Partner, being a Letters and Literacy Fairy, and supporting evaluations as a language translator.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Tip: Create Incentives for Members
This year, chapter leaders introduced new membership levels with incentives to become a “gold status” member. Members were required to attend 75% of meetings, participate in at least 1 fundraiser per semester, pay semester dues, and obtain 5 hours of community service. Members who earned gold status for 2 consecutive semesters received a gold cord to wear at graduation.

Cleveland State University
Tip: Spread the Word
To increase awareness of their clinic and program, this chapter created a video of their speech and hearing program that could be shared at their state association’s conference.

East Carolina University
Tip: Be Part of Your Community
This year, the chapter focused on serving the community. Activities included making valentines for senior citizens at a local nursing home, donating books to create “Little Free Libraries” stationed in city parks, coordinating a canned food drive for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, and creating and sending boxes to support children in need through Operation Christmas Child.

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Tip: Find a Good Partner
This chapter worked with a popular local Mexican restaurant to host a fundraiser. They planned a night where a portion of the profits would go toward their fundraiser, and the restaurant generously donated t-shirts that were printed with the phrase, “SLPs help you TACO ’bout it.” More than 50 chapter members participated in the event!

Fort Hays State University
Tip: S-P-E-L-L It
This chapter did some heavy lifting by sponsoring their county spelling bee, which included reserving the venue, finding judges, developing word lists, and coordinating the evening’s activities! Without their support, the spelling bee would not have been available for the students in their county.

Idaho State University, Meridian
Tip: Plan Ahead to Be Heard
In 2011, legislators in Idaho terminated Medicaid’s coverage of audiology services for adults 21 and older. NSSLHA members knew they wanted to advocate for change so they scheduled meetings with their legislators months in advance, learned key talking points from the audiology representative at their state association, and came prepared to talk about the psychological, social, and economic effects that this law was having on their clients.

James Madison University
Tip: Grow Your Network
This chapter spent much of the academic year making connections between students and professors. Each month, they featured 1 professor who spoke at a chapter meeting. For other professors, they scheduled research meetings, and for others, they scheduled coffee dates.

Long Island University, Brooklyn
Tip: Give Back
This year, the chapter organized a trip to Haiti, where they provided evaluations and treatment to clients with a range of communication disorders. For some clients, this was the first time they received services!

Marymount Manhattan College
Tip: Raise Awareness Through Innovation
To increase awareness of common causes of vocal fold damage and hearing loss, this chapter put together a video to share across social media platforms. More important, the process of determining a topic, writing a script, and developing the video gave chapter members the chance to work together more closely.

Marywood University
Tip: Raise Your Voices
During the fall semester, this chapter participated in Student Advocacy Day by submitting letters through ASHA’s Take Action website. They increased awareness of the EHDI Reauthorization Bill, the Protect Healthcare in Tax Reform Debate, and Tax Deductions for Tuition in the Tax Reform Debate. About 85 students participated!

Midwestern University
Tip: Pay It Forward
This graduate chapter set up a “big–little” mentorship program where second-year members passed on their knowledge to first-years. This brought unity among the chapter as each first-year student now had someone who could provide dedicated and valuable guidance.

Minot State University
Tip: Rally Your State
To celebrate BHSM, this chapter joined forces with the other NSSLHA chapters in North Dakota. Chapter presidents met via Google Hangout to plan the event, which included trivia booths on each campus and free plastic cups as giveaways. Way to collaborate!

Monmouth University
Tip: Broaden Your Perspective
In each month’s meeting, this chapter featured a different ASHA-certified professional who presented on varying topics, work settings, or advocacy issues. Through this experience, members were able to learn about PROMPT therapy, Wilson certification, VitalStim as a treatment option, and a variety of other topics.

Nova Southeastern University
Tip: Take Action (From Anywhere)
Members of this mostly online chapter don’t let distance learning get in their way of speaking up. Each semester, members of this chapter log on to ASHA’s Take Action website and contact their legislators on key issues. To highlight their achievement, members take selfies while holding a "Use Your Voice" sign!

Sacred Heart University
Tip: Be Pioneers
For BHSM, members of this chapter partnered with undergrads from the Exercise Science department to build a sound-level meter mannequin named Peggy the Pioneer. The mannequin is designed to raise awareness of safe listening levels and encourage healthy exercise habits to students at their university. Collaboratively, they tested the sound levels of other students’ headphones and their exercise habits as they head into the gym. 

San Diego State University
Tip: Host an Event
To celebrate BHSM, this chapter hosts an annual event called Speech-Language-Hearing Awareness and Information Day (SAID). This year, their keynote speaker was Dr. Elena Plante who spoke about her research, “Try to Overwhelm Them: Facilitating Learning in Treatment,” followed by an interactive discussion panel. Finally, students present information from their research labs. 

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Tip: Protect Their Hearing
Kudos to this chapter's Audiology Awareness/Protect Your Hearing Month event. During the 2-day event, members handed out 190 noise-reduction ear plugs and completed 40 hearing screenings! Additionally, audiology instructor Atheana Meadows and NSSLHA Chapter President Chandra Gilliam spoke on the university’s radio station, which allowed them to share even more information about hearing protection.

St. John’s University, Staten Island
Tip: Lend a Hand
To help raise awareness for childhood apraxia of speech, this chapter participated in the Staten Island Speaks Up! walk. But their involvement went far beyond the walk—prior to the event, they helped the organizers by unloading trucks, serving food, distributing shirts, working registration, and managing raffle tables!

University of Cincinnati
Tip: Keep It Personal
With the goal of advocating for the autism community, chapter leaders spoke with a member who has a brother with autism—this gave them an idea. The member, her brother, a local radio host, and her son—who also has autism—came to the meeting and spoke candidly about autism, experiences in therapy, advocating for loved ones on the spectrum, and much more. This meeting shared personal accounts from the people and families. Attendees left the event better equipped to advocate for their future patients.

University of Iowa
Tip: Grow a Team
During monthly meetings, members at this chapter are randomly assigned a graduate student executive board member as a mentor. The mentor and mentees get together at the beginning or end of the meeting as a way to foster relationships within the chapter and establish an environment that promotes cohesiveness and collaboration.

University of Memphis
Tip: Continue the Tradition
For the past 48 years, this chapter has planned and hosted the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders. This gives students the opportunity to build leadership skills and to grow their influence within the program and their community. 

University of Missouri
Tip: Plan the Year
Throughout the year, this chapter’s executive board arranged for professionals to speak at the monthly meetings. They approached it strategically by selecting professionals from different settings so attendees could get a sense of what a day in the life of a CSD professional would look like. 

University of Montana
Tip: Create an Experience
At a campus-wide event to raise awareness of oppression and inequality, this chapter’s advocacy committee decorated a classroom with myths and facts about dyslexia—desks were flooded with assignments covered with negative remarks and poor grades, a relevant TEDTalk played, and visitors immersed themselves in the scenario so they could learn more about dyslexia. 

University of Nebraska, Omaha
Tip: Get Other Schools Involved
In preparation for the state association’s legislative day, this chapter coordinated a social media competition for students from all three Nebraska University campuses. To compete, students created an audiology- or speech-language pathology–focused meme that was then posted on social media, and followers voted for their favorite meme. The event encouraged students throughout Nebraska to get to know each other via social media.

University of Pittsburgh
Tip: Participate in World Hearing Day
For the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Hearing Day, this chapter took to campus to advocate for auditory health. To do so, they passed out musicians’ earplugs, shared pamphlets, and allowed students to put their headphones in Kit—the chapter’s sound-level meter. Finally, members encouraged students to get their hearing tested at the on-campus hearing clinic.

University of Tulsa
Tip: Help Your Local School District
As part of this chapter’s BHSM activities, the members decided to raise funds so they could purchase hearing aid batteries for their local school district. They raised $250!

University of Virginia
Tip: Pique Their Interest
This chapter participated in a local science fair designed to teach kiddos a variety of science-oriented activities and foster children’s interest in science and STEM education. The chapter put together activities where kids could look at the anatomy of the ear and mouth, and examine how the lungs function during speech. Members also passed out speech and language milestone magnets in Spanish and English to advocate for primary and secondary intervention via parent education.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Tip: Make It Accessible
To engage more chapter members—many of whom work multiple jobs or have families—this chapter held a live and streaming “Pizza With a Pathologist” series. The series showcased professionals from different settings, which allowed students the opportunity to learn more about their preferred workplace. And, by streaming the seminars via social media, more students were able to benefit from the activity! 

University Programs in CSD at Eastern Washington University and Washington State University
Tip: Lend a Hand
To help underclassmen, chapter officers put together a funding proposal for a GRE preparation support group and submitted it to the university’s fees committee. Once approved, the officers implemented a GRE preparation mentor model, in which they provided GRE study prep books. They also presented information about navigating the requirements of applying to grad school, gave first-hand support and tips, and connected juniors with seniors and with grad students who had already been through the process. Many students reflected that this experience was a turning point for them on their path to attend grad school.

Vanderbilt University
Tip: Make Learning Fun
Faculty, staff, alumni, and chapter members gathered together for this chapter’s trivia night fundraiser. This annual competition holds serious bragging rights among students and faculty while fostering great community at the university. And a hearty congrats to the Swallologists—the university’s acute care SLPs—who took home this year’s title!

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Tip: Give of Yourself
To honor World Voice Day, members of this chapter recorded their voices for VocaliD—giving a total of 144 hours of voice to the organization that provides users of AAC devices with real voices. 

Silver Chapter Honors

Give me a “whoop-whoop” for these chapters that earned Silver Chapter Honors!

Eastern Michigan University
Tip: Celebrate Your Profession
To increase awareness of the professions, this chapter hosted a grand rounds event for faculty, peers, families, friends, and professionals in the community. During the event, students shared their thesis or capstone projects and distributed information with basic ASL signs, tips for communicating with those who use AAC devices, and hearing conservation. 

Iona College
Tip: Move It
To give members the opportunity to advocate for hearing loss, the chapter participated in their city’s Walk4Hearing event. There, current students, alumni, and professors participated in the walk—and, together, they were able to raise more than $2,180!

Maryville University
Tip: Speak Your Mind
This chapter joined the state association’s legislative day and headed to their state capitol to encourage legislators to vote “no” on a bill that would allow music therapists to diagnose speech and language disorders. They also discussed a bill about giving hearing aids to certain eligible populations.

Seton Hall University
Tip: Start Close to Home
First-year grad students spend 8 months in school settings, where they work closely with teachers. Through this experience, they see that vocal abuse can frequently happen in the classroom. So, for this year’s BHSM activities, chapter members educated teachers and students in their placements on the importance of vocal hygiene, the benefits of hydrating the vocal folds, and the harmful nature of vocal abuse.

Southeastern Louisiana University
Tip: Make It Personal
After the chapter learned about recent state Medicare legislation, members wrote more than 50 letters to their state representatives and senators to express their concern for the current therapy caps. In these letters, the members implored legislators to allow patients more access to necessary therapy.

University of Central Missouri
Tip: Do Your Homework
To prepare for their state association’s legislative day, this chapter sponsored an event called Legislative Webinar Watch, where they listened to the state association president and others explain current bills affecting the professions and the process of passing bills through both chambers of Congress. Once the members were prepped, 60 students headed to their state capitol and raised awareness.

Western Michigan University
Tip: Get Involved at the State Level
This chapter hosted an advocacy table at their state’s annual conference. There, they had a laptop so attendees could electronically sign petitions related to the professions.

Bronze Chapter Honors

Congratulations to these chapters that earned Bronze Chapter Honors!

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kansas State University
  • Marquette University
  • Pace University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley