Monday, December 9, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Scrapbook Meeting

Hey, everyone!

This is just a reminder that today's scrapbooking meeting was an optional miscellaneous point opportunity, so no need to comment on the blog for attendance this week.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hook 'Em! :) 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Scrapbooking Next Meeting! Miscellaneous Point!

Hey Guys!

In lieu of having a normal meeting on Tuesday, November 26th, we are having a scrapbook meeting! If you attend and help make the pages, you can get a miscellaneous point. You do not have to attend this meeting to stay active, only if you want to help scrapbook!
The meeting will be in the same room as usual from 5-6 P.M.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bowling Social TOMORROW at 6pm!

Hey, everyone! 

We're having a bowling social tomorrow from 6-8pm* in the Union Underground! (Bowling alley in the Union basement).

*Note the time change from my previous blog post! 

Shoes are $2 and bowling admission is $2.50

Come for at least an hour for a social point!

Here's the Facebook event: click here

See you there!

Sarah Schmitt
NSSLHA Secretary 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Problems Commenting? Use Chrome!!!


It's come to my attention that several of you have been trying to comment on the blog only for your comments to disappear (especially when using Safari).

For everyone I've talked to so far, switching browsers solved the problem, especially if you try Google Chrome. If this doesn't work for you, please contact me at .

Hook 'em!

Sarah Schmitt
NSSLHA Secretary


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UPDATE - Thanksgiving Baskets will be assembled NEXT TUESDAY 11/19 instead of next meeting!


We've decided to assemble our Thanksgiving baskets THIS COMING TUESDAY, Nov. 19th, instead of at the next meeting. There will be an opportunity for up to 15 members to help assemble the baskets for 1 service point, and any member can also sign up to bring a non-perishable Thanksgiving food item for 1 service point as well. 

Baskets will be assembled in the BMC Student Leadership suite next Tuesday, Nov. 19th from 5-6pm, and you can sign up here while spots are still available: 
[CORRECTION - 15 people have already signed up! Thanks for your enthusiasm, y'all!]

Anyone can sign up to donate a Thanksgiving food item to the box that will be in the BMC student leadership suite from tomorrow afternoon (Wed, Nov. 13th) until next Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 5pm.

Sign up here to donate items: 

Suggested items: cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, boxed stuffing, instant potatoes, etc. 

Try to look at what others are bringing so we can provide our recipients with a good variety of foods!

Refer to our facebook event or the e-mail from Hayden for more info.

Hook 'em! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5th Meeting - Graduate School Panel!


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View our Prezi from the meeting! CLICK HERE

We heard some great information from several Texas CSD grad programs today!

But first, some quick announcements:

Service Chair
- Buddy Day: Next Friday! Nov 22nd - 10 am - 12pm
- Thanksgiving Baskets - next meeting!
   - earn 1 service point for bringing a thanksgiving-themed food item
   - earn 1 service point for helping make thanksgiving baskets at the meeting

Fundraising Chair
- Bake Sale on Friday was a big success! Thanks to all who helped!
- Campus Candy - Next Tuesday! - Nov 19th from 4-9 pm
   - proceeds go to Austin Speech Labs!
   - we NEED at least 50 transactions for Campus Candy to be able to give us a check, so PLEASE COME!!!!

- Bowling! Next Thursday! Nov 21st @ 7 PM at the Union Underground
   - $2.50 bowling; $2 shoes
- Winter Holiday Social - TBD (will be during dead days)
   - we'll have activities like cookie decorating!


UT Dallas - Dr. Robert Stillman
- suggests you come visit!
- things to think about when choosing grad schools:
   - what is the school's approach to clinical education?
      - they individualize the program for you!
      - they have diverse students
      - they're very flexible - they know our career goals will change a lot as we go through grad school
      - they have a practicum with adults and children each for a semester, then it's up to you
         - a variety of settings are available in Dallas!
   - what's their degree plan like?
      - half required courses, half electives you decide on within CSD
      - they make it easy for you to specialize in things!
   - what are their facilities like?
      - UTD has two - Callier and Richardson 
   - reputation
      - US News and World Report rankings are great, but check with employers about who they hire!
   - what's the environment like?
      - very friendly, somewhat large program
      - open door policy
      - focus on being non-competitive, and that everyone succeeds

- four semesters, last is all practicum
- 5 clinics at Baylor as well as off-campus opportunities
- lots of scholarships are offered!
- accept in the spring, summer and fall!
- very clinic-oriented
   - means the professors can focus on students more!
- GRE scores ARE important, but keep that in balance - the whole picture of YOU is most important
- letters of recommendation are also important to show you're driven and can finish quickly
- next deadline is Feb 15th
- class is 8-15 people per semester 
- have good pass-rates for PRAXIS
- clinic focuses on working together
- professors view the field as a mission, and what you to discover your mission 

University of North Texas
- five semester program SLP
- financial resources available dedicated to master's students
- clinical training available in larger Dallas-Ft. Worth area
- only accept in fall, usually 35-40 applicants
- audiology program is 3 years curriculum, 1 year paid externship
   - wide variety of courses
   - very strong in preparing you clinically, although research opportunities are also available!
   - make sure the research faculty get to know you well and become good contacts for you as you move into your career
- their SLP and audiology programs overlap and work together!
- clinical excellence is a focus
   - SLP program has a diverse range of supervisors with many areas of expertise
   - AUD program has a 1-1 to 1-2 supervisor to student ratio
- a way to build a great reputation to get lots of hands-on experience in the DFW Metroplex 
- SLP program only accepts 8%
- AUD program accepts 12%
- 100% PRAXIS pass rate and employment rate 

Our Lady of the Lake
- 25 students
- GPA, GRE, and letters of rec most important
- also letter of intent and resume!
- CLD and bilingual certificates available
   - (CLD = culturally diverse)
- small campus!
- Catholic School
- assistantships are only available for first years since second years are off-campus most of the time
- professors very willing to work with you on your interests
- thesis and non-thesis options 
- provide diverse options for externships 

General advice from the panel
- show schools you're interested! go visit! contact them!
- employers care more about your experience you've accumulated than whether you went to the same school for both your undergrad and grad degrees
- whether or not a group at a particular school gets competitive depends a lot on 1)the people 2)the size - less likely when it's large
- Baylor - research in language and literacy is what they're known for
- UNT - SLP - known for swallowing, voice, pediatrics; AUD - strong clinically
- UTD - AUD - cochlear implants are what they're known for; SLP - known for the language component more than speech 
- Our Lady - voice, speech science are a couple of things they focus on 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

4th Meeting - Guest Speaker!



View our Prezi from the Meeting HERE


  • Service
    • Letters to Capitol School: Email with assigned students has been sent!
  • Fundraisers
    • Bake Sale on November 8th in front of BMC!
      • bringing a baked good or working the booth will count for a point!
    • Camus Candy for Austin Speech Labs on November 19th, 4-9pm
  • Socials
    • NSSLHA Tailgate - THIS SATURDAY! November 2nd @ 11AM
    • UT is playing Kansas
    • Tailgate will be in front of the Bullock Museum! Hillary will post a map on Facebook. 
  • Miscellaneous Point Opportunities (for more info see Facebook event for each)
    • National Stuttering Association Open House on November 4th, 7-9pm; CPE 2.208
      • PIZZA will be provided!
      • RSVP!!!!!!!!! TO
      • sign in with Hayden for your point
    • Dr. Liu's Seminar on Speech Perception on November 1st (THIS FRIDAY) at 4pm; ETC 4.150
      • Talk on "How Language Experience Changes our Speech Perception"
      • Sign in with Sarah outside the room afterwards to receive your point.
      • (If you can't find me, text me at the phone number I posted in the Facebook event for this :) )
    • Wednesday, Oct. 29th (Tomorow) - 9-11am (Sarah); 12-1pm (Lindsey)
    • Thursday - 9-11am (Ashley); 2-3:30pm (Robyn)
    • Friday - 1-3pm (Hayden)
    • More times will be announced later :)
Guest Speaker!
Kathy Clapsaddle 
Research & Development VP for TSHA (Texas Speech and Hearing Association)
    • state equivalent of ASHA
    • professional organization that advocates for SLPs, AUDs, CSD students and their clients
    • also helps provide information to clients who use our services
    • their website (under construction) will become a major resource for professionals, students, and families [ ] 
  • Role of TSHA
    • has many vice presidencies
      • audiology (new!)
      • educational & scientific affairs (they plan the conventions)
      • professional services (will support you based on what setting you work in)
      • public information & marketing  (to recruit people!)
      • research & development
      • social & governmental policy (our advocates with the legislature)
    • has 2 STUDENT representatives!
  • Annual Convention! [NSSLHA goes to this!]
    • Feb 27th - March 1st in Houston
      • more info will be given in November 
    • 4,000-5,000 people attend every year!
    • Keynote speaker: Dr. Brene Brown - research professor from University of Houston
      • has done TED Talks and been on Oprah!
      • TSHA political action committee (PAC)
      • registration
      • shoppe TSHA
      • job placement - TSHA offers free job placement services for SLPs!!!
      • voter voice
      • exhibit hall breaks 
    • Convention Activities
      • University Day
        • meet & greet
        • tailgate challenge
        • PRAXIS Bowl - TSHA jeopardy (come represent UT!)
      • Courses for students!
        • look for the 101 courses in the brochure (ex: how to get your license, how to do job interviews)
        • topic courses (ex: What do I do with my client in the clinic with autism?)
    • Student Legislative Active Committee (SLAC)
      • representatives from each university
      • form a taskforce
      • great so that one person from each school is informed about legislative issues that affect us!
  • What's special about TSHA vs. ASHA conventions?
    • TSHA focuses on clinical application!
    • ASHA focuses on research 
    • we have a shortage of SLPs! especially in the schools
    • however, schools aren't able to pay SLPs as well as clinics
    • the loan reimbursement program has passed!!!
    • application process will start in Spring 2014
    • how to get involved
      • host/organize may is better hearing and speech month
      • distribute copies of Matt Learns to Read to:
        • daycare centers
        • head start centers
  • TSH Foundation - non-profit arm of TSHA
    • 19 scholarships!
    • 4 research grants!
    • 2 service awards!
    • all annually!
  • Top 10 reasons to join TSHA
    • continuing education (you have to start getting 20 hours per license renewal period once you finish your clinical fellowship year!)
    • public info & marketing
    • conventions
    • job postings (on the TSHA website)
    • university day
    • TSHA's publications
      • Communicologist (magazine/newsletter)
      • TEJAS archived journal
      • Matt Learns to Read books
    • legislative voice
      • TSHA is OUR voice at the Capitol!
    • PRAXIS bowl
      • 17 TX universities compete for a title!
    • professional issues
      • TSHA has many task forces and committees focusing on issues that affect you!
    • NETWORKING!!!!
  • Membership (annual - Join in January!!!)
    • $25 student membership
    • $30 student convention registration fee (sign up at
    • benefits
      • discounts on your professional membership
  • I will make Kathy's powerpoint available as soon as I get it. It had lots of great contact info for how to get involved! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Are you a prospective MA or AuD student applying to UT's CSD grad program for Fall 2014? If so, you can register for CSD Info Day which will be THIS FRIDAY from 9AM-Noon.
More info and how to register can be found here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Additional Announcements - DUES! and Commenting on the Blog

  • TODAY is your Real last chance to arrange something with Ashley for paying dues!
    • If you still want to pay dues but haven't done so already, please contact Ashley by TODAY
    • (972) 953-5894
  • For COMMENTING on the blog, I'm going to start asking that you leave your comment within ONE WEEK of the meeting to receive you attendance point. :)
  • If blogger is not allowing you to comment on the blog for some reason, you can alternatively e-mail me at with your first and last name and EID saying you read the minutes. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sign-up for Texas School of the Deaf 5K Volunteering!

Click here :) then click "go to spreadsheet view"

See my post from this week's meeting for more info about this event. :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Additional Helpful Links Related to the Senior Advice Panel

Third Meeting: Senior Panel

Hey, everyone!

Here's what happened at the meeting today:

Announcement from your fellow CSD major Roni:
  • The ASL Linguistics lab she works in is having an open house THIS COMING SUNDAY, Oct. 20th from 1-4pm to present research to the deaf community in Austin
    • She needs VOLUNTEERS who are in ASL 3 or 4 to provide childcare and greet people at the open house. Please be able to commit to 2 hours.
    • CONTACT her at if you're interested in volunteering, or would like to learn more about her research in ASL, indigenous sign language, or visual language disorders!

Event Announcements:

  • Capitol School Letters
    • we have an opportunity for 20 members to be matched up with 20 Capitol School kids as pen pals for the semester
    • we plan to have members visit Capitol School on Oct. 25th (time TBA) to meet their pen pal and give them their first letter
    • sign-up is first come, first served, but please sign up HERE if you're interested, and we'll keep you updated about whether we were able to match you up with a child. 
    • you will receive 1 service point at the end of the semester for writing 3 letters
  • Best Buddies Halloween Carnival - Sunday, Oct. 27th, 4-6 pm
    • we will be pairing up with children and adults with autism
    • sign up here!
  • Thanksgiving Baskets - Tuesday, Nov. 26th
    • we'll be making thanksgiving baskets for needy families at our general meeting on this day
    • will be worth 1 service point
  • Texas School for the Deaf 5K - THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 19th 
    • we need volunteers to run booths, set up and take down 
    • preferably ASL 3 or 4 students; confident ASL 2 students welcome as well
    • volunteering with our booth, attending the festival ($10) or running in the race ($30) all count as service points
    • be sure to sign in with an officer!
  • Austin's Pizza - THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 18th, 5-10pm
    • tell the cashier you're with UT NSSLHA
    • send Morgan your receipt to receive your fundraising point
    • sign in with Hillary and stay for one hour between 6 and 8pm for a SOCIAL POINT!
    • (for those 21 or over, the bar does count)
  • Fuzzy's Tacos - October 25th (Time TBA)
  • Monster's University at the Union Theatre - THIS THURSDAY, Oct. 17th at 6pm
    • get there a little early, please :)
    • check in with Hillary
  • Austin's Pizza! (see above)
  • Surprise! Because Ashley is generous, you may pay dues until THURSDAY
    • Ashley will be in BMC THIS WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16th from 2-5pm to collect dues
    • if you can't make it, please e-mail her

FINALLY.......Senior Advice Panel!
  • Ashley Marnell - a fellow NSSLHA member and CSD Senior
    • transferred into CSD late; graduating this fall!
    • volunteers at Austin Speech Labs, Capitol School AND Texas School for the Deaf
    • Her advice: don't be afraid to get involved in volunteering, even if you don't have previous experience!
    • she also volunteers with a deaf youth group
      • go to if you're interested in opportunities like this or others
    • e-mail Ashley at:
  • Hayden Lambert (one of our awesome co-presidents!):
    • Co-Leader of the Austin Chapter of the National Stuttering Association
    • Part-time job at Bilinguistics, which does speech therapy for bilingual children
    • Has done research under Dr. Byrd and under Dr. Van der Feest in the PPP Lab
    • His advice: talk to your professors as much as you can and get to know them as well as possible!
  • Shelby Crooks (our other lovely co-president):
    • does research in the HABLA lab
    • volunteers at Capitol School
    • Her advice: contrary to what anyone may tell you, get your observation hours done before graduating! Some grad schools will want you to have that done in order to apply!
      • the CSD program now requires you to enroll in the observation class CSD 140L to complete your hours
        • you can observe in class by watching the videos Dr. Bedore shows, observe outside of class by volunteering at places like Capitol School or Austin Speech Labs, observe in the UT Speech and Hearing Clinic, or online through the Master Clinician website (costs money to join)
  • Sarah Schmitt (that's me! your secretary)
    • I transferred into CSD from Linguistics, and I actually Didn't get in the first time I tried!
      • what helped me the most during this process was going to talk to professors for advice on my application
    • I volunteer at Capitol School
    • Last summer I did research with Dr. Franco in a speech study on kids with autism
      • I enrolled in UGS 320 to do this, so I got upper division credit!
      • if you're not upper division yet, you could alternatively register under UGS 310
    • My advice: go to an Undergraduate Research Info Session where they TEACH YOU how to get involved in research, from figuring out what professors you'd like to work with, to how to ask a professor to let you do research with them
      • Go HERE and click "attend an info session"
      • Go to the CSD faculty page to determine what CSD professor's research you might be interested in
  • Ashley Dowell (our lovely treasurer)
    • Her advice: don't forget that study abroad opportunities are available, even to CSD majors!
ONLINE MEMBERS: Please comment below with your first and last name AND EID for your attendance! (Also anyone who is making up for missing the meeting today, comment as well) :)

Hook 'em!

Sarah Schmitt, NSSLHA Secretary

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dues are DUE!


Just a quick reminder that dues are due TOMORROW, Tuesday Oct. 15th!

Don't forget to bring your dues with you to the meeting at 5pm, send them with someone else, or make other arrangements with an officer ASAP.

Ashley, our treasurer, will be accepting dues TOMORROW in BMC from 3:15 - 5:00 for those who can't attend the meeting.

Hook 'em, and see you all tomorrow!

- Sarah Schmitt, NSSLHA Secretary

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Have YOU paid your dues?

Hi, everyone!

Just a reminder that the last day to pay dues will be the date of the next meeting - October 15th.

If Ashley our treasurer is able to set up more outside times to collect dues, they will likely be announced on the UT NSSLHA Facebook page. :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Second Meeting: Professor Panel!


We had a really fantastic meeting today! We loved getting to know six of our CSD faculty members: Dr. Bedore, Dr. Champlin, Dr. Chandrasekaran, Dr. Marquardt, Dr. Nericcio, and Dr. Sussman. They also helped answer questions for a lot of our members!

But first, a few announcements:


  • Ashley will be in the Student Leadership Suite in BMC TOMORROW, Oct 2nd from 9:30-11:30am to accept dues (or at a table in front of Cappy's Cafe just inside BMC if the leadership suite is occupied).

  • If you have paid dues or intend to pay dues, please let us know your t-shirt size here!

Upcoming Service Events: (One point per event)
  • Oct 4th - Ear Plugs for ACL
    • Help pass out ear plugs on the west mall THIS FRIDAY and help educate your peers about how important it is to care for your hearing when you're young!
    • Sign up for a shift here!!!
  • Oct 27th - Halloween Event with Best Buddies
    • Sign up sheet will be circulated soon :)
  • Nov 26th - Thanksgiving Baskets
    • Help make thanksgiving baskets at our general meeting - they will be donated to families in need.
  • Semester-long - Capitol School Letters
    • Become a pen pal to a child with speech or language disorders at Capitol School of Austin!
    • You will receive 1 point for writing a total of 3 letters 
    • Officers will coordinate matching up NSSLHA members with Capitol School students
    • If you're interested, bring a letter introducing yourself to a child to the next meeting and we will collect it

Upcoming Fundraisers: (One point per event)
  • **Be sure to tell the cashier you're with NSSLHA, and e-mail your receipts to to receive your point. 
  • **Be sure to sign in with an officer to get a social point if you plan to stay for an hour.
  • Oct 18th - Austin's Pizza
    • this includes both the restaurant AND bar
    • this will also count as a social point! 
  • Oct 25th - Fuzzy's Tacos
  • **If you didn't get a reply from Morgan after sending in your Red Mango receipt, please re-send. :)

Upcoming Socials! (One point for staying one hour at any event)
  • Oct 18th - Austin's Pizza
    • this is a social as well as a fundraiser from 6-8pm!
    • Sign-in with one of the officers for a social point if you can stay for an hour
    • E-mail your receipt to for your fundraising point
  • Stay tuned for more socials!

Up-Coming Meetings!
  • Next Meeting - Oct 15th - Ask the Seniors day
    • Come discuss with upper-classmen and officers about planning what CSD classes to register for, graduate school applications, volunteering, research, or anything else you might be wondering about.  
  • Oct 29th - Guest Speaker - Cathy Clapsaddle 
    • TSHA Volunteer Coordinator
    • come learn about TSHA and volunteer opportunities
  • Nov 12th - Graduate Panel
    • Several Texas graduate school programs will come tell us how to apply and get into their programs
***Check out the NSSLHA Calendar tab to keep track of all these event dates! 

Get to know your CSD professors! (See their pictures on second to last slide of our Prezi from the meeting)
  • Dr. Bedore - professor; UT Speech and Hearing Clinic
    • interested in bilingualism and how it interacts with the identification and treatment of communication disorders; also interested in bilingual language intervention
    • runs the HABLA lab - located in CMB
      • helped develop a test to identify communication disorders in bilingual children
      • current project on short-term learning and bilingualism 
    • courses
      • Developmental Language Disorders - intervention and assessment
      • Language Theory and Bilingualism - across the lifespan, and across different languages
    • favorite part of her job
      • interacting with students interested in research
    • *there will be an open-house in the HABLA lab before registration!
  • Dr. Nericcio - clinical assistant professor
    • she says she lives in the clinic!
    • graduated from this program!
    • favorite thing - her students
    • interests 
      • the clinic! - the clinic is Very different from classes - learning to work with clients is a completely different experience
      • studying english language learners
      • studying accent modification
    • teaching
      • clinical supervision
      • diagnostics
  • Dr. Chandrasekaran - assistant professor; runs the Sound Brain Lab
    • courses
      • Language and the Brain
      • Fundamentals of Speech Science
    • interests / research
      • speech perception from the perspective of the brain
      • his lab studies how experience in language and music affects processing of these things in the brain
      • studies individual differences in brain structure and function so we can develop more individualized language training
      • many opportunities for undergrads to participate in research or be participants of experiments!
        • check out the IE program and UGS research courses if you're interested in doing research
  • Dr. Marquardt - professor
    • he's been at UT for a long, long time :)
    • courses - teaches courses related to speech and brain damage
      • CSD 371 - Acquired Disorders in Adults
      • 3-course series - nervous system pathologies
        • aphasia
        • cognitive communication disorders
        • motor-speech disorders
    • research interests
      • impact of emotional stimuli on those with TBI and aphasia 
      • generative naming as a window into impairment of speakers of different languages
      • if you're interested, go see him!
  • Dr. Champlain - department chair
    • does a lot of administrative stuff - he helps make our lives easier and solves our problems!
    • doesn't teach undergraduates due to his administrative status
    • interested in audiology and hearing science (used to teach hearing science)
    • works with undergrads in the Hearing Function Laboratory
      • studies how the ears work - they're so complicated!
    • research
      • works on tools to allow us to check the status of auditory function 
        • how can we check the hearing of a baby a few hours old?
      • tele-practice experiments
        • ex: audiologists in Austin programming hearing aids remotely for clients in San Antonio!
    • favorite part of the job - figuring out how things work in the lab! (and telling people about it)
  • Dr. Sussman - professor
    • has a joint-appointment in Linguistics and CSD departments
    • teaches Language and the Brain; Speech Science
    • started as a psychology student!
      • got interested in speech science after doing a motor-control project about the tongue
      • his course in physiological phonetics turned his life around :)
    • has done research for over 40 years and published over 100 articles!
    • current studies
      • stuttering - collaborates with Dr. Byrd
      • works with Dr. Chandrasekaran on brain imaging
        • how does the brain represent units of language?
        • how do studies of animals compare to humans
Q&A Session:

  To Dr. Nericcio: When you treat accent modification, is it much different from rehab/habilitation?
o   Go to!
§  It’s not a disorder!
o   Usually doctoral students, int’l students, professionals that want to modify their accent
o   She loves how languages sound!
·How do we get involved in research?
o   Get on the UT website and read more about the labs and professors
o   Contact those people
o   You can volunteer or do it for credit
o   UGS offers seminars to train you how to find research opportunities
o   Know that faculty teach classes associated with their interests
§  Come to their office hours!
o   You can totally come into someone’s office and ask what they do!
o   Ask to come visit or volunteer in the faculty members’ labs
§  If you don’t like it, you can leave!
§  If you like it, they’ll give you stuff to do, maybe you can get credit or even get paid!
o   Faculty LOVE to talk to you!
·To Sussman/ All
o   If I’m a linguistics BA student and now a CSD leveling student, what should I do to gain experience when you only have a semester to volunteer or work in a lab?
o   Know you’re not alone!, says Sussman
o   Just do the best you can!
o   Make sure you finish the courses, and add maybe one thing that you’re most interested in
o   Champlain:
§  This can be value added that you have an outside degree!
§  Just make sure you get a good grade in your courses!
§  Know you’re admitted on the basis of grades, GRE, etc first, THEN the extra stuff
§  We KNOW not everyone can work in a lab! There aren’t enough labs!
o   Nericcio:
§  Remember to put your life experiences and backgrounds in your essays because those are valuable!l
·         Speech path student who just transferred in interested in bilingual speech path
o   How do I approach this?
o   Bedore:
§  There’s a bilingual certificate program!
§  There’s a collaborative models class – how to work with bilingual kids in different settings
§  Requirement of hours gained through rotations, etc (school sites, etc)
§  Take some outside courses related to the field
§  Do observation, volunteer in bilingual activities
§  Do everything you can to build your language skills before grad school!
·What does bilingual speech therapy look like in the clinic?
o   Bedore: Focuses on client’s acquisition of each language and how they interact
·For the graduate school recommendation letters, do those with CSD department recommendation letters get priority to get into grad school?
o   Yes, because those professors understand the demands of grad school in CSD and can help vouch that you would be successful as a CSD grad student
o   They’re NOT character references, so those out of the field who are close to you are not as helpful in telling a grad school you’re a good candidate for their program
·How does Nericcio choose which language to study with those bilingual kids?
o   Based on the language of the home
·What is Nericcio’s clinic called?
o   UT Speech and Hearing Clinic (In the basement of the CMA)
o   Dr. Franco and Bedore also work in the clinic
·Applying to out of state grad schools, how do we make ourselves memorable to those schools?
o   Research their website
o   Read about the faculty
o   Personalize your essays to target the strengths of the universities based on the profiles you read

Hook 'em!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Do You want to receive NSSLHA e-mails?

If anyone (especially you online members) missed the first in-person meeting and thus have not given me your e-mail address, you can fill out the following google form to be added to our list serv!

Get important info about what NSSLHA is doing!

Hook 'em, NSSLHA!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

First Meeting!

Hi, everyone!

We had a great turnout at our first general meeting today! I hope everyone who ended up standing or sitting on the floor was still comfortable and enjoyed their free pizza!

We started off the meeting with the officers introducing themselves:

Co-Presidents: Hayden and Shelby - responsible for overseeing all the awesome things we do in NSSLHA! 

Vice President: Rebecca - responsible for assisting the presidents, helping us get t-shirts each year, and planning some of the larger events such as our spring banquet.

Secretary: Sarah (that's me!) - responsible for taking meeting minutes and maintaining the blog. I also keep track of attendance and points.

Treasurer: Ashley - responsible for all things money - especially collecting dues.

Fundraising Chair: Morgan - responsible for planning fundraising events for us.

Publicity Chair: Lindsey - responsible for making NSSLHA known to the community and managing our social media and communications. And making Prezis for meetings!

Social Chair: Hillary - plans our social events and makes sure everyone can get to know each other and feel connected to other students in our major.

Service Chair: Andrea - finds us opportunities to help out our community in areas related to CSD!

Historian: Robyn - documents all of our activities through pictures and helps us make a scrapbook each year!

Next up: How to be considered an ACTIVE MEMBER: 
- Pay dues (continue reading for amounts)
- Earn points by attending social, fundraising and service events
- 2 fundraising points
- 2 social points
- 2 service points
- Attend ALL meetings (if you miss a meeting, please comment on my blog post with your first and last name to make up for your absence)

ONLINE MEMBERS: For YOUR attendance, you can simply put your first and last name as a comment under my post after each meeting to indicate you've read it.
Online members can MEET OUR TREASURER ON FRIDAY, 9/20 FROM 11AM-1PM IN BMC to PAY DUES and buy old NSSLHA shirts if interested.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: $30 for the year or $25 for one semester. (Please pay by 3rd meeting - October 15th)

Benefits of being a member: 
- T-shirt
- TSHA (Texas Speech and Hearing Association) convention reimbursement
- Recognition at our spring banquet if you met requirements of an active member
- Special recognition and prizes for most active member
- GREAT for your RESUME!

Upcoming service events:
- Oct 4 - Handing out earplugs with short explanations about why everyone should care for their hearing (in anticipation of ACL).
- Nov 22 - Buddy day with children with speech and language needs from Capitol School of Austin - we'll have fun activities to do with our buddies like tie dying t-shirts! More info to come.

Stay tuned for more social events like going to Red Mango together, and get excited for tailgates in the near future!

Upcoming meeting themes:
- Oct 1 - Professor Panel (get to know your CSD faculty members better!)
- Oct 15 - TSHA Guest Speaker - Cathy Clapsaddle
- Nov 12 - Graduate Panel (we hope to have representatives from several grad schools give us more info about the characteristics of their SLP and Audiology Programs and what we can do to get in)

OUR NEXT MEETING IS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1st at 5pm in UTC 3.124 (It will always be every other Tuesday, and in this same location. See you all there!)

Here's the link to the Prezi we went through at the meeting. It contains a lot of great information!

We had everyone fill out a survey about why they joined NSSLHA and what they hope to gain from it. If you would like to fill out a survey via google form click here.

Congrats to our raffle winners who got free t-shirts!

We had our first social/fundraiser at Red Mango after the meeting. If you came, be sure to email a picture of your receipt to for your fundraising point! 


Hook 'em, NSSLHA!
(Please comment below with your first and last name if you're an online member and want to be counted as present!)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happy Fall 2013!

Hi, everyone!

This is Sarah, NSSLHA Secretary for this year. We're looking forward to another great semester together this Fall, and if anyone hasn't heard yet, our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 17th at 5pm in UTC 3.124. We'll fill you in on everything you need to know about being a NSSLHA member, our plans for the semester, and how you can get involved with the CSD community in Austin. There will be free pizza at the meeting, and we'll head to Red Mango together for a social afterward.

For anyone who may have conflicts with our every-other-Tuesday meeting times, here is where I'll post the meeting minutes after each meeting for online members to read and comment on in place of their actual meeting attendance.

Be sure to also find us on Facebook here to stay up to date:

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on the 17th!

Hook 'em!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013-2014 Officer Elections!!

Hi everyone!

We had some great speeches today from prospective NSSLHA officers!!! I have posted their speeches below. Please read through them and vote for who think should be a NSSLHA officer. Please do not post your vote as a comment!! Email me your vote for each position at (ignore the name Ashley on the bottom of each blog post).

You have until 5pm Wednesday 3/27/13 to email me your votes!

Andrea Keller
Hi fellow NSSLHA members!!
My name is Andrea Keller and I’m running for service officer for NSSLHA. I’m a second year student and I just switched into CSD- Speech Pathology from Biology. I’ve been a member of NSSLHA since the beginning of this school year and it’s helped my passion for CSD grow immensely. I love being able to meet great people like you who share the same interests as me and I would like to get as involved with this organization as possible. I feel the most qualified to serve as service chair of this organization, because I’ve been involved with community service in Austin for as long as I’ve been a student at UT. I’m a member of Texas Lassos, a service organization through UT, and Best Buddies, two incredible groups here on campus that have taught me a great deal about serving others and the many options there are on and around campus to help others. Thank you for your time and please vote for me!

Samantha Maldonado
Hello Everybody, I am Samantha Maldonado and I am a sophomore in the CSD program. I am originally from Brownsville, Texas.  I have the upmost respect for our field and I feel that we are all going to make a huge difference in communities because we are so luck to be surrounded by such great teachers and fellow students who are always willing to lend a helping hand. I feel that NSSHLA is an enormous asset to fellow peers and myself because of the service, fundraising, and of course the friendships we all hope to make with each other.  I know I am a new member but I would really like the chance to be your Treasurer this up coming year. I feel that I have great organization skills and good financial background. I know that the Treasure is one of the most important members of the executive board because the have make sure all the members are getting the most of the experience and that all fundraising monies are being allocated to where they will be most beneficial.  I know that I would make a great Texas NSSHLA Treasure and I hope you feel the same.
 Thank you,
Samantha M. Maldonado  

Ashley Dowell
My name is Ashley Dowell and I am a second year Speech-Language Pathology major.
This is my fourth semester in NSSLHA and I have been interested in running for
an officer position since the fall of my freshman year. Because of my dual
credit from high school and my eagerness to start graduate school, I will
actually get my undergraduate degree in three years meaning that I graduate next
spring. This being said, I would love to take advantage of the time I have left.
I am currently a Resident Assistant at a private off-campus dorm which has kept
me very busy this past year but it has taught me valuable lessons about time
management, responsibility, and professionalism. These qualities, along with
various others, are what I can bring to NSSLHA as an officer. As treasurer, I
know that I would process everyone's dues in a timely manner and work hard to be
available to any member. I have also spent many hours observing at the UT Speech
and Hearing Clinic as well as Austin Speech Labs which has increased my love and
knowledge of this field. I would love to be able to share my experiences with
others, which is what I believe NSSLHA is all about. I have enjoyed my time
spent in NSSLHA and in my classes interacting with different people who all
share the same interest in communication sciences and disorders. I would love
the opportunity to represent NSSLHA to the rest of the UT community. Thank you
so much!


Laurin Rodriguez
"Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Laurin. This year I’m a junior and a speech pathology major. This is my second semester in NSSLHA, and I have to say that I’m proud to be a part of it. As all of you know, I’m here today to tell you why I’d make a good secretary for the coming year. As secretary, I can promise that I will remain organized and work to maintain everyone’s hours for every activity- including service, fundraising, and social points. I am definitely capable of keeping track of everyone, and you can rest assured that I am the girl to do it! Also, if elected, anyone should feel free to e-mail me about concerns with hours and schedule issues. I will always be available to help and can promise a timely response. All of my friends and family would tell you that I'm not only super nice but also always open to adjustments, so if I ever make a mistake or if something were to go wrong for any reason, I know that I'd be able to fix the problem quickly. I consider myself to be a responsible and punctual person, so there should be no worries. If elected, I can promise that I wouldn't JUST be a secretary, but I would be a great secreatary. I guess that's all I have for now, so thanks everyone! Vote for me!"
Laurin Rodriguez

Sarah Schmitt
My name is Sarah Schmitt and I’m a junior CSD – Speech Pathology major. I just changed majors to CSD this year, which means I’m very enthusiastic about finally getting to study CSD. This is my second semester in NSSLHA, and I really want to get more involved.
I think I would be an effective Secretary because I enjoy being organized and taking notes, and I have experience taking minutes and making meeting agendas from when I was president of my high school choir.
As secretary I want to try to make it faster and easier to sign in at meetings, and I also want to make attendance and records of everyone’s social, fundraising, and service points available online so anyone can check their attendance or how many points they have at any time. I know sometimes I’m not sure how many points I still need, so I think this would be really helpful.
I think NSSLHA is a really valuable organization for CSD majors, so I want to help keep it organized and running smoothly. Vote for me, and I’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date and always know how many points you have. Thanks!

Carly Miller
Hi everyone! My name is Carly Miller and I am so excited to be running for secretary of NSSLHA. I am currently a sophomore CSD major studying speech pathology, but I’m considering studying audiology as well. I think that NSSLHA is such an incredible organization, and it is so great to be a part of a club 100% filled with people who have the same interests as me, and that is why I would love to be even more involved. Being a part of NSSLHA has allowed me the opportunity to meet more people in my major and to learn even more about CSD, and as an officer I would love to provide the same opportunities to other students. I know that I am qualified to be secretary of NSSLHA because I’ve had other positions like this one before. I was the secretary of the French National Honor Society my senior year of high school as well as a secretary of my youth group outside of school and other leadership positions throughout high school such as vice president and vice president of membership where I was responsible for most of the organization’s activity planning and organization. As secretary, I will try to make it easier for members to track how many points you have. I know that it was hard for me to keep track of my points last semester because I didn’t know where they were being posted, and I will try my best to make members’ points easy to find on the website, and I will update them on a regular basis on a Google doc for everyone to see. Thanks, and I hope that you will trust in me to be your secretary for next year!!


Robyn Ward
Secondly, I'm running for historian. I would make a great historian because I'm one of those people that takes way too many pictures of everything. My friends know they never need to whip out their phones to capture a moment because I'll be posting about 100 pictures on Facebook later that day. I just bought a very expensive new camera but I never have the opportunity to use it! So if you elect me as historian, you can guarantee I'll be capturing all of NSSHLA moments in high quality. Thanks for your time, and again, my name is Robyn Ward.


Kaleen Timon

My name is Kaleen Timon, and I would like to enter into the ballot for NSSHLA's social chair. Currently, I am a sophomore CSD (Pre-Speech Pathology) major. Although I went straight into the major immediately my freshman year, this is my first year on NSSHLA. I think I would be an excellent choice as social chair, because I am very organized, and I used to be a (pretty successful) social officer on my high school dance team. This year, I also attended TSHA, so if I were to become social chair, I would not be completely in the dark with expectations and all that entails with the responsibility. Although there would still be the normal socials, I would like to maybe start a "study social" where members can meet to study/collaborate with other individuals that have the class/or have had in the past. It is just a work in progress, but I thought it would be a great way to incorporate school with getting to know others in NSSHLA. I will be sure to have enough socials to choose from, and I want to make these socials fun enough where you want to go, and not just have to. If you have any questions for me, or concerns, my email is Thank you for considering me as social chair for the 2013-2014 year! :)

Hillary McNutt
To my fellow NSSHLA and CSD friends:
My name is Hillary McNutt and I am a sophomore double majoring in CSD (SLP) and Spanish- Hispanic Linguistics. For those of you that don't know me, I'm a pretty social person and love to make friends. I've been a part of NSSLHA for 4 semesters now and have loved getting to know my classmates through the social events during Nsslha. Not only am I crazy about CSD and helping others, I love getting all of us with that in common connected in order to unite and encourage each other. As social chair, I would continue to plan fun and creative events that allow us to reach out to others as well as our fellow CSD students! Also, I have been to TSHA twice and so I know I would enjoy planning that event and making everything go smoothly. I'm a very organized person so I feel that I can take on the responsibility of an officer position, but still keep it fun and exciting. I hope that you vote for me because I love NSSLHA and would love to expand the NSSLHA family while making it closer too! Thank you :) 

Jenny Nguyen
My name is Jenny Nguyen. I am currently a Sophomore doubling in Speech Pathology and English. I’m running for either the social or publicity position, because I couldn’t decide on one. I feel like I would be a good candidate for both positions because I am very organized and I strangely really enjoy organizing schedules and making calendars, and planning events.
I’ve had a lot of experience with planning socials for my church and going through lots of UT paperwork for grants for my church group and getting approval for event locations and for advertising. I’ve also had experience in advertising, using Photoshop for flyers, tabling, and running our church Facebook group, events, and websites. I’ve always been very good with deadlines and details and so I feel like I would be a pretty good candidate for either of these positions.
Again, my name is Jenny Nguyen and you should vote for me for either the Publicity or Social position!
Thank you!


Morgan Anders
Hi ya'll! My name is Morgan Anders and I am a 3rd year speech pathology major. I have been in NSSLHA since last semester. I would love to become more active in NSSLHA by being in charge of fundraising and hope to add a couple of new things! In addition to profit shares (Juicytart, Red Mango, etc.) I hope to add more restaurants to the mix, like the one we had just recently at Chili's. Also, with past experiences, I think putting on a silent auction would be huge, it always raises a ton of money. And also, we will continue to hold the bake sale! I know from the past, it is nice to see a plan of all the fundraising events for the semester, so you can plan out which ones you'll be able to go to, so I will make this a priority to make it easier on everyone. Thanks! (:


Carly Miller
Hi everyone! My name is Carly Miller and I am so excited to be running for NSSLHA’s publicity chair. I am currently a sophomore CSD major studying speech pathology, but I’m considering studying audiology as well. Being a part of NSSLHA has allowed me the opportunity to meet more people in my major and to learn even more about CSD, and as an officer I would love to provide the same opportunities to other students. I think that I am extremely qualified to be your Publicity officer because I am extremely reliable and when I am given a responsibility, I will always get the job done. I will never miss a deadline, and I will be sure to keep all members informed of what is going on in NSSLHA by making Facebook events for meetings, fundraisers, and other events and posting flyers where everyone can see them around the Belo center and the CMA. I will be a resource to anyone whoever has a question about NSSLHA events, and I will try my best to help other officers whenever they need it. I have had a lot of leadership experience in the past and I promise that I will use this experience to be a dedicated, responsible, and organized officer. Thanks, and I hope that you will trust in me to be NSSLHA’s publicity chair for the upcoming year!

Amber Steely
Hi everyone, my name is Amber Steely. I am running for publicity officer. This is my first semester in NSSLHA and second semester her at U.T. I transferred here last fall and dove right into the wonderful world of CSD! I am currently an SLP major, but I am considering changing to audiology (decisions, decisions!). While I am new to NSSLHA, I have had experience in a position with responsibilities similar to those associated with the position of publicity officer. While in attendance at Temple College during fall 2011 and spring 2012 I worked as the student editor of the school’s literary journal, Stones.  We featured written works including poetry, creative essays and short stories as well as photographs of visual art created by students at the college. In addition to overall editing duties, I was also responsible for: creating fliers used to advertise and solicit works from students, communicating with our faculty sponsor and public relations departments, coordinating with the printer to ensure the journal would be published on time, organizing the layout of the journal as well as accepting or rejecting which works to feature within its pages. I think that the experience I have had as the editor of Stones will help me be an effective publicity officer. If you agree, please vote for me!

Sania Panjwani
Hi everyone, my name is Sania Panjwani and I am a freshman this year at UT. I am majoring in communication sciences and disorders and hope to  be a speech language pathologist in the future. This is my second semester as a member of this organization.  I am running for publicity chair. The reason I decided to run for this position is because I have always been good with people and have been able to "spread the word" through social media, flyers, and  word of mouth. I believe I can help this organization through many of the positions I have had in the past. For example. my junior and senior years of high school I was one of two people from my high school that represented our school at the district level. We would meet different professionals in the medical field, business, and government. We did service projects and for one of them we had to raise dresses for girls who could not afford prom dresses. I worked with my partner at my school to make announcements, flyers, banners, and ask different organizations to donate. In the end, my high school had raised the most dresses out of all of the high schools in my district. So I feel I have experience with successfully spreading the word and being a leader when needed.  Thank you! 

Bethany Valadez
Hi everyone I’m Bethany Valadez. I’m a first year speech pathology major and this is my first year in NSSLHA as well. I’m running for publicity chair. I’m a well organized person and always on top of everything which is important for this position as I’m going to be needing to keep everyone up to date on the events during the semester. I’m good with technology, which is also important because if chosen I’m going to be the one to maintain the Facebook page and sometimes send e-mails. I’m responsible and trustworthy so you’ll always be able to count on me to get the information out on time. I’m down to earth and easy to get along with so I’d be able to work well with others. I volunteer on a weekly basis at the UTSHC, am a Texas Wrangler Darlin’ and in a Christian ministry called the Navigators so I’d be able to post flyers and notifications in many locations. I would bring more ways of publicizing NSSLHA by maybe creating a twitter account for our club or doing something once a month such as tabling or selling food, anything to promote our name more to the students. Thanks everyone for this opportunity and for your time.

Lindsey Foo
Hello everyone! My name is Lindsey Foo, and I am running for Publicity Chair. I would love to be elected as this chair to be one of the driving forces to spread the word about CSD and keep members up to date through social media, physical flyers, and bulletin boards around campus. As publicity chair, I would be in charge of relaying information to NSHHLA members and the UT community about our events.
I am an RA in Jester West and have been well equipped to make beautiful flyers and bulletined boards that are appealing with concise information. With this experience, I’ve learned to be a relatable leader who is organized and effective when it comes to getting work done. I have also worked at The Crown Plaza Suites Hotel in Arlington, Texas as the social media manager, where I’ve learned to manage social media sites such as Facebook, twitter, and the hotel’s site that I learned to stay on top of the latest news and posting accordingly.
I have really enjoyed being a member of NSSLHA and hope to have a larger role in the organization. I am an enthusiastic member who is ready to serve with a good attitude and is well equipped to be the publicity chair. I want to see the organization thrive not only in the CSD community but also in the larger UT community. Thank you for your consideration! 

Sarah Schmitt
My name is Sarah Schmitt and I’m a junior CSD – Speech Pathology major. I just changed majors to CSD this year, which means I’m very enthusiastic about finally getting to study CSD. This is my second semester in NSSLHA, and I really want to get more involved.
I think I would be an effective Publicity Chair because I like being organized, so I would enjoy making the event calendar each semester, and making sure everyone is kept up-to-date about what’s going on with NSSLHA. I’ve held an officer position before in high school, so I have some experience helping plan events and communicating with members and sponsors, and I’d really enjoy doing this job for NSSLHA.
I think NSSLHA is a really valuable organization for CSD majors, so I want to help keep our sponsors, members, and potential new members updated. Vote for me, and I’ll make sure everyone knows what they need to know about what’s going on in NSSLHA!

Jenny Nguyen
My name is Jenny Nguyen. I am currently a Sophomore doubling in Speech Pathology and English. I’m running for either the social or publicity position, because I couldn’t decide on one. I feel like I would be a good candidate for both positions because I am very organized and I strangely really enjoy organizing schedules and making calendars, and planning events.
I’ve had a lot of experience with planning socials for my church and going through lots of UT paperwork for grants for my church group and getting approval for event locations and for advertising. I’ve also had experience in advertising, using Photoshop for flyers, tabling, and running our church Facebook group, events, and websites. I’ve always been very good with deadlines and details and so I feel like I would be a pretty good candidate for either of these positions.
Again, my name is Jenny Nguyen and you should vote for me for either the Publicity or Social position!
Thank you!