FHSU Department of Communications Disorders continues a tradition of active involvement
01/16/2004

Speech-language pathology faculty and students at Fort Hays State University continued their tradition of active involvement in state and national professional associations during the fall 2003 semester.

Marla S. Staab, clinical coordinator in the Department of Communication Disorders, was elected president-elect of the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the group?s annual convention in Wichita. The organization has more than 1,000 members. Three other FHSU faculty members have previously served as KSHA presidents.

Staab also serves as director of the on-campus Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and has been an instructor in the department for 25 years. As president-elect, Staab?s responsibilities will include public relations and increasing membership in KSHA.

Also attending the KSHA convention were Dr. Marcia L. Bannister, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders; Lynnette Bernasconi, clinical instructor of communication disorders; Dr. C. Fred Britten, professor of communication disorders; Dr. Amy Finch, associate professor of communication disorders; Dr. Dorothy Fulton, assistant professor of communication disorders; Kassy Kleymann, program specialist; Sammie Sexton, instructor of communication disorders; and Dr. Charles Wilhelm, professor of communication disorders.

Wilhelm gave a presentation titled ?Vocal Cord Dysfunction and Laryngeal Based Dyspnea.? He previously presented this paper at the 2003 Metro Conference in Denver with more than100 public school speech-language pathologists attending.

Students in attendance were Ani Adams, Russell graduate student; Jennifer Noffsinger, Great Bend graduate student; Kara McAtee, Hays graduate student; Elizabeth Cline, Lyons graduate student; Cristina Marcum, Springfield, MO, senior; Crystal Walters, St. Francis graduate student; Clarissa McCormick, Great Bend graduate student; Judy Edwards, Great Bend graduate student; and Julie Taylor, Nortonville graduate student.

Britten, McCormick and Taylor presented a poster at the convention, ?Caseload and Workload Analysis of School Speech-Language Pathologists in Rural Kansas.?

In November, faculty members Staab, Wilhelm, Bannister, Britten, Finch and Sexton attended the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago.

Students in attendance were Cline; Shanna Harper, Dodge City graduate student; Sabrina Locke, Atchison graduate student; McAtee; Sandra Sutter, Oakhill graduate student; Kimberly Williams, Ellis graduate student; and Emily Wisdom, Rolla graduate student.

As coordinator of ASHA's Special Interest Division on Augmentative-Alternative Communication, Finch chaired a steering committee meeting and attended the Board of Division Coordinators meeting.

Faculty and graduate students presented two posters at the national convention. Finch and McAtee co-authored ?Literacy Assessment: Adaptations for Individuals Who Use AAC.? Britten, McAtee, and Sutter presented ?Classroom Acoustics in University Settings.?

Britten, with colleagues from three other universities, presented an invited seminar titled ?Academic Assessment: Update on Projects, Issues and Resources.?


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