Endowed Scholarship Fund for CSD Majors

Yvonne Saddler Nielsen and Brett Woods

In 2006, Yvonne Saddler Nielsen of Cullowhee (seated) and Brett Woods, director of annual giving at WCU, signed an agreement creating a new endowed scholarship fund for CSD majors.
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CSD News & Announcements


The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) was selected as the 2010 recipient of WCU’s Academic Program of Excellence Award.  This award was established in 1986 and is given annually to an academic unit in recognition of sustained superior performance.  CSD was selected by a university committee from a field of six nominees.  The award was presented the Chancellor John Bardo who highlighted several CSD achievements over the past decade including two endowed professorships, an outstanding record of expressive scholarship, the receipt of over 2.5 million dollars in external support, and the provision of over 2,700 clinical sessions annually.  The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize.  Congrats to everyone associated with the Department!!

CSD faculty voted in the fall of 2010 to use some of its Academic Award of Excellence to support seed projects currently underway through the WCU Speech and Hearing Clinic.  These include Aphasia and Alzheimer’s treatment/support groups, a literacy camp at Cullowhee Valley School, and a social skills group for children on the autism spectrum.  Look here for updates about how award funds are expanding these and other exciting service activities.

 New Student Scholarships

The 2012-13 year saw two new scholarship funds established in CSD.  First, the David A. and Kay Slattery Shapiro Scholarship for Specialists in Fluency Disorders, was initiated during the 2012-13 year.  Dr. David Shapiro states that "the purpose of the scholarship is to support graduate students with an interest in fluency disorders and a commitment to serving others."  The second scholarship recognizes the career of Dr. Ruby Drew, a long-time and currently retired WCU CSD faculty member.  Dr. Drew taught courses in adult language disorders and was known for her instructional expertise.  The Ruby Drew scholarship, once fully funded, will be awarded to a graduate student in CSD.

If you are interested in donating to either or both of these scholarship efforts, please contact Brent Thomas of WCU's development office – blthomas@email.wcu.edu.


Mrs.  Linda Bowers continued in her role as education chair for the North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  In this position she coordinates speakers for conference events.  Mrs. Bowers also served as CSD Continuing Education Coordinator.

Janaye Brittain and Laura Newman (CSD grad students) all received student scholarships at the spring 2014 CSD banquet.

Dr. Georgia Hambrecht, Dr. Tracie Rice, Ms. Trish Davis, and Mrs. Laura Trivette are currently engaged in a research effort targeting non-traditional graduate students.  These faculty members are interested in issues related to student success for what WCU CSD as always referred to as the "leveling" student.

Dr. Leigh Odom welcomed the birth of her daughter Rachel in the summer of 2013.  She also learned of the acceptance of a manuscript in Aphasiology, a top tier journal in the area of adult language.

Dr. Bill Ogletree completed a chapter for a new Brookes book on intellectual disabilities in February and two articles this summer (for Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention and Developmental Neurorehabilitation).  Both papers are in press and were co-authored with Dr. Leigh Odom.

Dr. Johanna Price enjoyed the publication of a paper in Perspectives, the ASHA Journal for SID 10.  The paper reported results of a survey of Mississippi CSD undergraduate and graduate students' knowledge of ASD.

Dr. David Shapiro continues to travel regularly related to his research, teaching, and service commitment in fluency disorders. Last year (2013), Dr. Shapiro presented workshops and conference presentations in in Australia and The Netherlands. This year (2014), he will continue this work in Bergen and Oslo, Norway, and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Shapiro is in the last year of his term as President of the International Fluency Association. He commented that it has been a wonderful experience to work with an outstanding leadership team and general membership from six continents. He looks forward to IFA’s 8th World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Lisbon, Portugal, July 2015, which he will attend as Past President.



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