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.


Helm Estabrooks Wins Kleffner

Nancy Helm Estabrooks won the prestigious Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award at this year's ASHA conference.  Helm Estabrooks, known internationally for her work in adult neurogenics, is the former Brewer Smith Chair at WCU and a current Professor Emeritus.  The Kleffner honors an individual's exemplary contributions to clinical science and practice over a period of no less than 20 years.



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.


Three CSD Professors Publish Texts

Drs. Georgia Hambrecht and Tracie Rice have a book just published titled Clinical Observation in Speech, Language, and Hearing by Jones and Bartlett.  The book is written for the pre-clinical or early clinical student in speech language pathology.  The text  gives clear direction for guided observations so learners will have a better idea of what they may be observing, why it is relevant, and how observations serve as a building-block to their future role as clinicians.  

Dr. David Shapiro completed his second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom.  The first edition of this book (1999) has found a broad national and international audience and is a frequent choice of professors teaching in the area of speech fluency and fluency disorders.  Dr. Shapiro, WCU’s first Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor, is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a world renowned expert in stuttering. 




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.

Dr. Kimberly Lackey chaired Maria Noel's successful thesis defense this summer and continues her leadership in Literacy camp, a local program for struggling young readers.  Dr. Lackey also just learned of an accepted publication in Exceptional Children.  Look for Goldstein, H., Lackey, K. C., & Schneider, N. J. B. A New Framework for Systematic Reviews: Application to Social Skills Interventions for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Erin Greger, Sally Ann Mertens, and Rebekah Norris (CSD grad students) all received student scholarships at the spring 2013 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 interest in fluency disorders.  Since March he has visited colleagues in Australia and the Netherlands.  David also enters his second year as president of the International Fluency Association and in this role is a regular contributor to the Journal of Fluency Disorders.  Finally, Dr. Shapiro won the North Carolina Clinical Achievement Award, making him a nominee for ASHA's national DiCarlo Award.


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