Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meeting 11/15


- Social: this Thursday at the Starbucks on 24th 6-8 pm
- Fundraiser: this Monday Nov. 21, come to Juicy Tart on 24th 5 pm-12 am. SAY YOU ARE WITH NSSLHA.
- Social: at Juicy Tart during Fundraiser from 5-9 pm, must stay for at least an hour
- Next meeting will be our Holiday party and opportunities for service and social points. I will send out an e-vite soon, and you must tell me if you are attending so I can give you the points if you need them to be active.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Turkey Baskets! They came together really well and the families will appreciate all your hard work! Thanks again, hope you all have a wonderful week.

Make it a good one!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NSSLHA Meeting 11/1

Communication Career Services – with Matt Berndt

  • You should treat career planning like you do care maintenance or dental care. Sit down at least once a semester with career services, an academic advisor, or trusted faculty to look over the path you are taking to make sure it’s the right one.
  • Make a Student Account through their website! You can get a tshirt if you do.
  • After you connect, you can upload your resume and they will read it and contact you if they want you to come in and be advised about it.
  • Website has lots of resources about resume writing – do’s and don’ts
  • What do you want reader(s) to learn about you by reading your resume?
  • Never stop editing/updating your resume! Do it at least once a semester!
  • This a targeted and focused document used to present your relevant qualifications for an available job opportunity.
  • Good cover letters are unique, take time to write, introduce you to a potential employer in a meaningful way, position you as a viable candidate, and prepare you to interview.
  • Make sure grad school is right for you at that point in time.
  • CCS has sooo many resources for advising about grad school and they know a lot about CSD.

Visit their website!!! They have a lot of info and resources that are very helpful.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Graduate School Panel


Social - Lauren
THIS THURSDAY! @ the Union Underground Bowling - $5 for 2 hrs. and shoes!

Fundraising - Natalia
Bake Sale Wed. 10/26 – everyone signed up for shifts and items to bring

Service - Shannon
Letters to children at the Capitol School due Tues. 10/25. Please give your letters to an officer in one of your classes or come by our officer meeting that will be at 5:00 at Pluckers!

Bastrop Fire Relief – this Sunday 10/23 from 9-1, buses leave from behind the LGJ school, everyone wear clothes that you can work in. Email Shannon with any questions!


Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio

- Offer: SLP - Masters (2 years and a summer)

- Small program, very hands on, everyone wants you to succeed

- Admissions Info:

- Feb. 1 admission date, 2 letters of recommendation

- 20-24 spots in their graduate program

- Average - GPA 3.5, GRE 980

- Other Info:

- They have a working clinic on campus

- Have a bilingual/bicultural component

- 3,000 students at the whole school

- State of the art voice and swallowing lab

Texas Women’s University in Houston

- Offer: SLP – Masters (2 years and a summer), TETN distance learning program

- Admissions Info:

- 2 letters of rec –25 students a year on campus, 115-120 for distance learning

- Average – GPA 2.5, 3.0 for Comm., GRE the higher the better

University of North Texas in Denton

- Admissions Info:

- Application deadline: SLP - Feb. 15, AuD - March 1 - AuD

- 3 letters of rec, letter of intent - all info on their website

- For SLP: 335 applied last year, there are 39 1st years

- Average GRE 1087

- 100% pass rate on praxis and 97% employment rate this past year

- For AuD: –10 people accepted into 4 year program – last year is an externship.

- Average GRE 1050, GPA 3.7

- Research project is a requirement for grad program. They have you do 25 hours of observation first.

- Clinic – on campus, classes close to clinic

UT - Austin

- Offer: Maters in SLP (2 years), Aud (3 years plus externship year)

- PhD (you can do SLP or AuD with a PhD)

- Admissions Info:

- Average GRE 1250, GPA 3.58 3 letters of rec

- 250 apply to SLP accept 22-25, 50-60 to Aud accept 8-10

- Other info:

- Clinical work first in the ut clinic and then go off campus

- UT has an emphasis in bilingualism in the SLP if you choose to follow that path

- Must to a thesis, you get to be involved in research

All schools suggest:

- Have your letters of rec written by someone who’s had you in the classroom or seen your work in the field.

- When writing your personal statement: How do your experiences match up to what that specific program has to offer? How have your interests guided you to apply to that program? Don’t do a “Miss America” / “I Want to Save the World” letter.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NSSLHA Meeting 10/4 "Meet the Professors"

Shannon - Friday Oct. 14 from 11:00-12:00; 20 people will be going to Capitol School to volunteer. A sign up went around. Let Shannon know if you can drive.
Sunday Oct. 23 we will be going out to Bastrop to help in the aftermath of the wildfire. Let Shannon know if you can drive people out there. More details to come.
Next meeting is our Grad School Panel - UTC 4.110 at 5:00 on Tues. Oct. 18 (not usual room) dressy casual attire. We will be hearing from multiple of the grad school programs here in TX!


1. What classes are you teaching?
2. What school(s) did you attend to get your degrees?
3. Are you interested in research? Current research studies?
4. What is the most difficult CSD class you have ever taken
5. Tell us an interesting fact about you!

Dr. Tom Marquardt
1. Undergrad - Intro to CSD
2. University of Wisconsin for undergrad then to University of Washington in Seattle for Ph.D
3. Interested in brain trauma.
4. Oral Facial Anomalies
5. Loves WWII history and the Holocaust.

Dr. Barbara (Babs) Davis
1. Undergrad - Phonetics, Speech Science; Grad - Developmental Speech Disorders
2. University of TX - Austin for undergrad and grad
3. Loves Nancy Drew, so loves research! Interested in how speech sound development occurs across languages and also in hearing impaired individuals, how parents talk to their children, and much more!
4. CSD was easy. French was hard!
5. Had a blue Roadster and loves to scuba dive whenever she gets the chance!

Dr. Chang Liu
1. Undergrad - Hearing Science; Grad - Auditory Anatomy and Physiology, Psychoacoustics
2. Went to school in Beijing and did Ph.D at Indiana University.
3. Interested in perception of speech in different populations and bilingual speech perception and production.
4. Auditory Anatomy and Physiology - it was his 1st class in English!
5. He is a runner - did the NYC 1/2 marathon and hopes to work up to a full marathon.

Dr. Li Sheng
1. Undergrad - Acquisition of Communication Abilities in Children; Grad - School Age Language Disorders
2. Came to US in 2000 and did Ph.D at Northwestern
3. Interested in list recall in adults, vocab/word learning, Mandarin/English bilinguals v. monolingual English, fluency disorders.
4. Neurological Bases of Language
5. Loves Gossip Girl!

Dr. Su-Hyun Jin
1. Undergrad - Principles of Audiology; Grad - Hearing Conservation, Speech Perception, and Cochlear Implants
2. Got a Biology degree in S. Korea and did her Masters and Ph.d in CSD at University of Minnesota.
3. Interested in bilingual speech perception/production, speech perception in CI users in different types of noise, hearing aids and how they help listeners with hearing loss.
4. English Phonetics and American Sign Language
5. Likes mystery and detective movies... sometimes she dreams about being a spy and catching the bad guys!

Dr. Craig Champlin
1. Grad - Auditory Electrophysiology, Medical Audiology
2. He was a Bio/Psych major in undergrad at a small liberal arts college, then went to the University of Kansas to do his doctoral in Hearing Science - learned about Audiology and switched to it. He has been at UT for over 20 years!
3. Interested in the input of sound, the brain's physchological response to sound, and behavioral responses to sound.
4. Psychoacoustics
5. Loves baseball. Tried out for the Minnesota Twins but stuck with the academic path.

Dr. Harvey Sussman
1. Undergrad - Speech Science, Clinical Research in Speech Language Pathology
2. Majored in Psychology at University of Wisconsin (he and Dr. Marquardt had class together) and did his post-doc work at UT where he stumbled into Linguistics and CSD.
3. He has had over 100 publications in 40 years. Interested in coarticulation. locus equations, stuttering, and children with Developmental Apraxia of Speech
4. none
5. He loves humor and satire. He has a movie idea and an idea for a children's book.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Town Hall Meeting 9/20

Announcements :

- Natalia: 1st fundraiser is September 29th at Pluckers on Rio Grande. It's from 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Bring all your friends! Tell your server you are with NSSLHA and we will get 20%. Keep your receipt to get your fundraising point.
- Shannon: Thanks to everyone who came out to help us hand out earplugs! We passed out over 800 pairs! Also, more info to come about volunteering at the Capitol School and writing letters to the students. We will keep you updated.
- Lauren: Thanks to everybody that came to the social at Red Mango! Our next social will be at Pluckers the same night as the fundraiser (Sept. 29) so it's a 2 for 1! Keep your receipts!
- Doris: The website is ready! Lots of cool info there and a calendar of all of our events. studentorgs.utexas.edu/nsslha. And join the facebook group! http://www.facebook.com/groups/2201274923/
- Sarah: Online members - you can pay your dues and get your tshirts tomorrow from 6:00-7:00 p.m. outside the CMA or you can give your dues to a friend in NSSLHA or an officer.


- interests include Audiology and Hearing Science

His advice:

1. Meet with your advisor to get on the right path.
2. Focus on your GPA, but don't be obsessed!
3. Observation - it can be a very informative tool.
4. Resume/ Grad School Apps - Check em out!

1. Research/ Observation - great tools to utilize to gain experience
2. Prepare a Resume - people will ask to see them!
3. Take GRE early - do your best but again don't freak out.


Things to know:
1. Check grad school requirements for observation hours (don't always need the 25)
2. Observation will start very soon!
- Can do on campus and off campus observation
- Lorena will send an email about the process (forms and confidentiality agreement needed etc.)
- Keep copies of your hours because they do not!


1. Do long range planning! - But for right now make an appointment to set up your classes for Spring, now until mid October and you will be entered for some prizes from the Comm. School.
2. Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE Program) - Great opportunity to work closely with a grad student
3. Research - Check out online what the professors are interested in.
4. SLP and AUD Practicums - offered some semesters, they send out applications and hope to have them both up and running for the Spring and Fall of next year! Hands on with an SLP or AuD.
5. Grad School Resources - UT Learning Center has FREE GRE classes and practice tests. UT Libraries have GRE books.

Thursday, September 1, 2011






Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Hello everyone!

here are the results for the 2011-2012 officers!

Secretary: Sarah Wallace

Service: Shannon Jacobson

Treasurer: Megan Watson

Publicity: Doris Kisel

Historian: Alexa Pawlowski

Social: Lauren Bacom

Fundraiser: Natalia Rodriguez


Tomorrow: Midnight Rodeo!

4/26: Chili's Fundraiser
4/26: Chili's Social 6 p.m.

5/3: BANQUET! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3/8 and 3/22 Meeting

Hey guys!

At the meeting before spring break we had Donna Altuna and 2 SLPs from Texas School for the Deaf come talk to us.

They told us about how an SLP/Audiologist works with deaf kids and what kinds of roles they play at a school like TSD.

The teachers, SLPs, and audiologist all work hand in hand. Their main goal is teaching the child English, not necessarily speech.

At today's meeting we had two speakers from Central Texas Speech Pathology come talk to us. They have locations in both South and North Austin. There at 11 therapists currently working there.

Because of their high number of SLPs the case load is extremely diverse! They work with both children and adults in areas of voice therapy, vocal cord dysfunction and more.

visit them at www.centraltexasspeech.com

Cochlear Implant Kids Day will be April 2nd.

There is still room in certain committees and slots to work the day of for a service point!

This will be the last thing offered for a service point this semester!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

2/22 Meeting Minutes

Hey guys!
Sorry it took so long to post these minutes!
Last Tuesday we had an audiologist Michelle from Dell Children's Hospital come speak with us.
She was an undergrad here at UT in CSD and went on to the AuD/PhD program here at UT as well. This way she was able to fulfill both her clinical and research interest in the field. She talked about a lot of what she does at work such as behavioral and physiological testing, and counseling families on hearing losses, etc.

Social: Spicy Pickle 6 p.m. on Tuesday March 1

Fundraiser: Spicy Pickle March 1 (more details to come)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2/8 Meeting- Capitol School of Austin

Hey guys!

So this week we had two staff members from the Capitol School of Austin come and talk to us. They were able to tell us about their pre-school to 3rd grade program for children with speech, language and learning differences.

We learned about their small class size, their different teaching methods, their admissions process and much more!

Many SLP undergraduates from UT volunteer there during the Fall, Spring or Summer! You can contact them at (512) 467-7006 for questions about volunteering!

If you have any further questions visit www.capitolschool.com

Thank you to those of you who came out! Don't forget to keep up your requirements to be an active member! =)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Meeting of Spring 2011!

Hello everyone!

Thank you for all of you who came out last night to the meeting! Here is what you need to know about NSSLHA and the requirements for this semester!

NSSLHA is a pre-professional student organization geared toward providing information about grad school, career paths, etc. to CSD majors. We meet every other Tuesday in the Pharmacy building 2.108. Each meeting we focus on something different. This semester we will be focusing on Cochlear Implant Kids Day, TSHA, fundraising and having an AWESOME time! :)

To be considered an ACTIVE MEMBER you must:

· Attend 2 fundraisers, 2 social event, 2 service events, and all meetings.

o If you are unable to attend a meeting, then in order to be given credit you must post on the blog to show you have read the minutes from that meeting.

· Pay dues- $30 (this is for this semester only)

You can also be an ONLINE MEMBER. This is for people who can’t make it to the every meeting.

To be considered an ONLINE MEMBER you must:

  • · let us know you want to be an ONLINE MEMBER (email lopashah@mail.utexas.edu) =)
  • if you are continuing to be an online member from last semester you MUST contact me and let me know so I can keep you on the online list
  • · pay dues- $30
  • · post a comment to the meeting minutes (your full name) that will be posted on the NSSLHA blog nsslhaut.blogspot.com you don’t need to be a follower of the blog, just scroll to the bottom of the minutes for the right meeting and comment in the comment box
  • · attend 2 fundraisers, 2 social event and 2 service events ** to be considered an ACTIVE MEMBER as well as an ONLINE MEMBER**
ALSO those of you are going to be online members for this semester only, we will be setting up a time for you guys to come by and meet us to pay your dues and get your shirts.

This year we are giving away 2 prizes (1 for the Fall semester and 1 for the Spring) to the member who is MOST ACTIVE- participates in the most activities, comes to all of the meetings etc. This “outstanding member” will get the choice of receiving a free manicure OR a free massage compliments of NSSLHA. =]

TSHA REQUIREMENTS (to be eligible to receive the $55 reimbursement) :

-attend every meeting up until February 22nd

-attend 2 EVENTS (ex: one social and one service; it does not count if you receive 2 pts. from the same event)

We are really looking forward to having a great year with everyone!!



Feb.- Clean Clinic

March 5th- Explore UT

April 2nd- Cochlear Implant Kids Day


Feb. 8th (next meeting)- We will be going to Yogurt Spot right after the meeting!


Feb. 9th and 10th- Bake Sale in front of CMA (contact krystin_leonard@yahoo.com if you would like to sign up for a time)