SLHS Spring 2014 News

Dr. Gail Ramsberger, SLHS Department Chair, reports that the SLHS graduation celebrations were held on Friday, May 9th.  Judith Ludwig-Keller was the graduation speaker who spoke on Changing the Lives of Others – A View from Both Sides of the Profession. Judith shared a moving story about her journey as a speech-language pathologist who sustained a traumatic brain injury. She described her appreciation for the audiologists and speech-language pathologists who were part of her rehabilitation.
Undergraduate degrees were conferred to 64 students including Emma Duffy who completed an undergraduate honors theses, A Dual Task Paradigm: the Cerebral Laterality of Pitch and Rhythm and Implications for Aphasia Therapy, and was awarded Summa Cum Laude. Six MA graduates completed thesis research projects, and twenty-four students earned their MA degree with a focus on speech-language pathology.  Eighteen of these graduates also earned a Provisional Certificate as a Brain Injury Specialists from The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS).  Five Doctorate of Audiology degrees also were awarded to students completing the 4-year program. The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association CU Chapter recognized Clinical Assistant Professor Kathy Hardin and Instructor Karin Boerger as "Faculty of the Year." Faculty selected Terri Cusik and Cheryl Rowan as the "Outstanding MA-SLP Graduates" and their names will be memorialized on a plaque in SLHS. Among the graduates was Meghan Walton, daughter of Alumni Patti Ogrodnick Walton '85 (photo to right). We wrote an article on this mother-daughter pair when Meghan was just beginning her BA program and are now proud to count two Waltons among our alumni! Congratulations to all SLHS Grads!

Dr. Ramsberger also announced that Professor Lorraine Olson Ramig is transitioning from her tenure track academic Professor post to a Research Professor line. Dr. Ramig obtained a Doctorate in Speech Science from Purdue University. In addition to her Professorship at SLHS, she holds positions of Senior Scientist at the National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver, CO and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York City. She is Co-founder of LSVT Global, a socially responsible business with a mission to empower people with Parkinson disease (PD) through evidence-based speech, physical and occupational therapy programs. LSVT Global seeks to translate clinical treatment research directly to public health practice thus increase accessibility. In her new position, Dr. Ramig will focus on both advancing the mission of LSVT Global and her research program on voice treatment for Parkinson disease, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 20 years. She has also been involved in teaching and student supervision at undergraduate and graduate levels for over 25 years and has presented to audiences internationally, bringing distinction to the SLHS Department. Congratulations Dr. Ramig!

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The SLHS Department has recently been renovated. The Child Learning Center, along with Clinic waiting room and SLHS classrooms now welcome clients and students into bright new settings. Alumni are always welcome to visit the Department to catch up on all new developments! The Child Learning Center also has a new Facebook Page, be sure to drop by and give them a "Like". The Department is currently in need of art donations to adorn the Center recpetion area (see below). If you have art to donate or ideas to find art, call SLHS at 303-492-3043.