SHAA Scholarships

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SHAA has a scholarship program for students in the graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders in Alabama.  It is funded by the Memorial Scholarship Fund, begun in 2009.  The scholarships awarded honor various SHAA members who have made significant contributions to SHAA. 

SHAA is pleased to offer:

  • Two $500 scholarships, one each to a graduate audiology student and a graduate speech-language pathology student, based on applications submitted by students themselves. 
  • Six $100 scholarships to outstanding students recognized by their professors in Alabama's university graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

Apply by January 15 to be considered!

Winners of scholarships must:

  • Attend the SHAA Dinner at the upcoming SHAA Convention.  Two meals will be provided free of charge for each scholarship winner.  Additional meals may be purchased online.  Winners will be notified by January 20th, so that they may make plans to attend.  If you are unable to attend the dinner, please notify the Honors Comittee Chair.
     
  • Send either a print or digital photo to the Honors Comittee Chair by January 31st. 

      Donate to the SHAA Memorial Scholarship Fund! 

                 Donations are tax-deductible.

 

 

In Memory Of . . .

 

Ron Goldman

Dr. Ronald Goldman, 81, passed away on August 18, 2015.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Goldman was a world-renowned speech-language pathologist as well as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Selfless, honest, and kind-hearted, Dr. Goldman was held in the highest regard by all who knew him. Dr. Goldman was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 61 years, Frada Mae.  Dr. and Mrs. Goldman have three daughters, Laurie, Jan, and Karen; five grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan, Joshua, Kelly, and Kimberly; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Emma. Dr. Goldman valued his family and friends immensely, employing the wisdom and care that built his career to his personal life.

Dr. Goldman was a leader in the profession of speech-language pathology and audiology for over 40 years. Dr. Goldman earned his MS and PhD degrees in speech and hearing from the University of Pittsburgh. He later served as a professor at Tulane University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the director of speech-language pathology as well as the training director of a large interdisciplinary training program at the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders and was named professor emeritus in the school’s Department of Biocommunication in 1995.

During his career, Dr. Goldman published numerous research articles on auditory processing, articulation, and fluency disorders. He was one of the first to foresee the need for and then develop assessment procedures and remedial programs that could be employed with very young children. The tests and programs developed by Dr. Goldman include the Goldman-Fristoe-Woodcock Test of Auditory Discrimination, Goldman-Fristoe-Woodcock Auditory Skills Test Battery, Goldman-Lynch Sounds and Symbols Development Kit, Listening to the World and Auditory Skills Assessment (ASA). The Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation is one of the most frequently employed diagnostic procedures used by speech-language pathologists in the United States.   

Dr. Goldman served on many committees and boards for ASHA, the Council for Exceptional Children [CEC], the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation [ASHF], the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association, and SHAA. He served as president of the Tennessee Speech and Hearing Association, vice president for planning for ASHA, and the president of ASHF. He was also active as an associate editor for such publications as Topics in Language, Exceptional Children, Journal of Childhood Communication Disorders, and Journal of Language Disorders and Rehabilitation. He also served on numerous review boards for the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, and other federal agencies.

Dr. Goldman was not only honored by SHAA with the Distinguished Achievement Award, he was an ASHA Fellow and receive their highest award, the Honors of the Association. In 2010, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation awarded Dr. Goldman the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award.

 

Gene Cooper

 

Dr. Eugene Bruce Cooper, 81, of Weston, FL, passed away on November 21, 2015.

Dr. Cooper was a world-renowned expert on stuttering, earning his undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo and receiving his doctorate from Penn State University.  Dr. Cooper’s career was a long and distinguished one.  Among other accomplishments, he and his wife Crystal authored over 150 publications.  A pioneer in the field of stuttering therapy, he developed the first commercially available assessment and treatment program for individuals who stutter. 

He chaired the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama for 30 years, then served as a Professor and Chair Emeritus of the University of Alabama’s Department of Communicative Disorders and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Nova Southeastern University’s Program in Speech Language Pathology.  

Dr. Cooper was active in many professional associations during his career.  He served on the SHAA Committee on Professional Policies in the 1970s and helped rewrite the SHAA constitution in 1971, later serving as Chair of the SHAA Honors Committee.  His service also included work on the ASHA Legislative Council, heading the National Council of State Boards of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and two terms as a representative on ABESPA.

Dr. Cooper was awarded the Honors of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in 1999, for his revolutionary contributions to the field of stuttering treatment and was appointed an ASHA Fellow, two of the highest honors possible in the profession. 

 

Pat LaCoste

 

SHAA President 2003 - 2007 and special friend

Lost her battle with cancer June 13, 2008

 

 

 

SHAA Memorial Scholarships


2016 Recipients

 

Outstanding Student Awards

These awards recognize two outstanding students each year from all the CSD programs in the state - one in audiology and one in speech-language pathology.  The award comes with a $500 scholarship.

 

Kelsey Thomas

University of South Alabama

Outstanding Audiology Student

Kelsey, a graduate student in audiology at the University of South Alabama, plans on becoming a Doctor of Audiology.  She intends to use her personal experience of bi-lateral sensorineural hearing loss to help others to embrace their disability.  She hopes to encourage and be an example for them, as well as educate the public on the importance of hearing protection.  She plans to work in a hospital or university clinical setting in Alabama and possibly as a pediatric Audiologist at Children’s of Alabama’s HEAR Center. 
 

Elizabeth Wesson

University of South Alabama

Outstanding Speech-Language Pathology Student

Elizabeth is a graduate student in speech language pathology at the University of South Alabama.  When Elizabeth was 12, her mother suffered a stroke and was left with aphasia and hemiparesis.  In 2014, she directed and filmed a commercial which aired on 163 markets in Alabama that featured Act FAST,  an acronym to promote rapid recognition and pursuit of medical treatment in response to symptoms of a stroke.  She plans to work in a setting where she can provide family centered services to individuals with language disorders, whether acquired, developmental or both, as well as providing free in-service training for vocal health for vocal students in the UAB Department of Music. 

Student Recognition Awards

These awards recognize outstanding students enrolled in each of the communication sciences and disorders academic training programs in Alabama.  Each award comes with a $100 scholarship for further studies.
 

Bethany Butt

Alabama A&M University

Bethany is completing her final semester of graduate school at Alabama A&M University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Freed-Hardeman University in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Bethany taught fourth and fifth grade in Montgomery, AL.  Following a move to North Alabama, Bethany began pursuing her Master’s Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Alabama A&M University. She lives with her husband and three children in Florence, AL.

Danielle Sacchinelli

Auburn University

Danielle, a native of Eastchester, New York, earned her BS degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2014.  In addition to practicum in the undergraduate program, Danielle pursued other opportunities for clinical experiences, earning over two hundred hours of clinical practicum at off-campus locations.  Danielle has maintained an excellent grade point average in the AuD program, in addition to her responsibilities as a graduate research assistant.  She has impressed both academic and clinical faculty with her dedication, diligent work, dependability, and consistent performance.  Danielle is always willing to volunteer for additional responsibilities, to help a faculty member, or to work with another student.  She has been described as a self-starter, motivated, conscientious, a team player and an effective role model for other students.  Danielle plans to complete her AuD in 2018 and then complete her third year clinical internship in the Birmingham area before returning to the New York area for her fourth year clinical residency. 

Caroline Todd

Samford University

Caroline completed her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Auburn University and is part of the inaugural MS SLP cohort at Samford University.  She was chosen by the faculty of the CSDS department because of her dedication and commitment to her academic studies, her leadership ability, and her overall professionalism.  Caroline currently holds a 3.71 GPA in her 2nd semester of graduate studies and has demonstrated her ability to manage both the academic and clinical coursework rigor as she is engaged with outside work and other leadership responsibilities.  Caroline has demonstrated exceptional consistent performance in her work at Samford and does so with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.  The faculty and staff in the CSDS department commend Caroline for her confident leadership among her peers.

Audrey Wood

University of Alabama 

Audrey is a second year speech-language pathology graduate student at The University of Alabama with a 4.0 GPA. She is originally from Oxford, Alabama and also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Spanish from The University of Alabama. She holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which has allowed her to mentor student clinicians and facilitate discussion groups for adults with aphasia. She was a language assistant in El Pedroso, Seville, Spain for 2 school years and provided learning opportunities for students to acquire English as a second language. Audrey has had extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatrics and adults with a variety of communication disorders in multiple different clinical settings. She was selected to complete her final clinical placement at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and will graduate in May 2016. Audrey’s commitment and enthusiasm toward her academic and career pursuits are remarkable and impressive.

Carrie Price

University of Montevallo

Carrie is a second year graduate student in speech-language pathology at the University of Montevallo. She has maintained a 3.98 GPA, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. Carrie is passionate about working with and improving the quality of life for clients of all ages. Carrie has been described by her clinic supervisors as a student who has a "positive attitude and kind heart that genuinely cares about her clients." 

Giang Truong

University of South Alabama 

Giang graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2009 from the University of South Alabama.  After working in management for 3 years, I decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology through the Second Bachelor’s Degree program at South. She earned a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2013 and continued onto the Master’s program. She is currently a second year Speech and Language Pathology student at South.  Although she hasn’t chosen a specific population that she would like to work with in the future, she is open to the many possibilities that being an SLP offers.  She plans to work where she feels most needed and where she can make the most difference.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

Outstanding Audiology Student ....................... Rodney Brannan

Outstanding SLP Student ..........................Monique Harris

Alabama A & M................................................... Allie Raring

Auburn University..................................... Charlie Ann Grimes

University of Alabama........................................ Lindsay Kolb

University of Montevallo........................... Christina Burgunder

University of Southern Alabama....................... Kelsey Williams

2014

Outstanding Audiology Student ....................... Haylee Lamb

Outstanding SLP Student ..........................Elizabeth Oldfield

Alabama A & M........................................ Latoya Christopher

Auburn University...................................... Lindsay Ruth Bush

University of Alabama........................................ Rachel Glass

University of Montevallo.................................. Michelle Dailey

University of Southern Alabama.............................. Lori Foran

2013

Alabama A & M.......................................... Jennifer Edgeland

Auburn University........................................ Amanda Bradley

University of Alabama......................................... Sara Phillips

University of Montevallo.............................. Maranda Cochran

University of Southern Alabama......................... Chelsea Cagle

2012

Alabama A & M................................................... Ginni Wood

Auburn University............................................. Bradley Hess

University of Alabama...................................... Ashley Hamlin

University of Montevallo.............................. Caroline Bradford

University of Southern Alabama....................... Neina Ferguson

2011

Alabama A & M........................................... Mariana Simpson

Auburn University........................................... Meghan Brown

University of Alabama..................................... Haley Sprague

University of Montevallo.................................... Holley Arnold

University of Southern Alabama............................ Ashley Gaal

2010

Alabama A & M....................................... Anya Nicole Gluszek

Auburn University...................................... Blakely B. Mitchell

University of Alabama................................ Carissa Sweatman

University of Montevallo................................... Tiffany Bryant

University of Southern Alabama........................ Heather Lange

2009

Alabama A & M......................................... Melissa Poindexter

Auburn University........................................ Katherine Yendle

University of Alabama.................................. Amanda Mennen

University of Montevallo.................................. Katie Cornelius

University of Southern Alabama....................... Sommer Brock

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