2017 Chapter Honors Recipients
Gold Chapter Honors
Congratulations to these chapters that went the extra mile to earn Gold Chapter Honors!
California State University, Fullerton
Tip: Use Available Tools
When prepping for their Better Hearing & Speech Month events, this chapter downloaded coloring pages available on ASHA’s resource pages and then handed them out along with crayons.
California State University, Los Angeles
Tip: Put a Fresh Face on Fundraisers
Rather than holding a traditional bake sale, this chapter held a fruit sale! At first, they found it challenging to find a vendor who would sell the fruit at a reduced cost, but they soon found one. To make the fresh fruits even more tempting, they included flavorful condiments such as salt, lime, and chili.
California State University, Northridge
Tip: Plan Events Strategically
Better Hearing & Speech Month occurs right in time for finals, so this chapter decided to hold their activities in April—around the same time as a popular music festival and World Voice Day. This new timing allowed them to reach more people as they handed out fliers, water bottles, gummies (lozenge substitute), and reusable earplugs at the event.
California State University, San Marcos
Tip: Know Your Audience
To raise awareness for Better Hearing & Speech Month, this chapter first looked at who they’d be reaching on campus. Then, they decided to develop a series of 10 pamphlets that included information on various adult neurogenic communicative disorders, early intervention, and audiological disorders, which would appeal to the adult population on campus.
Tip: Keep the Momentum
This chapter held a nearly month-long fundraiser so, to keep awareness and momentum high, they created a social media campaign and posted fliers around campus.
East Tennessee State University
Tip: Advocate Locally
Not only did this chapter advocate for national issues during ASHA’s Virtual Advocacy Day, but they also sent messages to their local representative and advocated for a change in professional taxes and school caseload regulations in their state.
Tip: Make an Experience
At one of this chapter’s annual fundraisers, they engaged attendees by creating interactive activities such as learning how to sign your name in American Sign Language (ASL) and learning how to write your name phonetically.
Tip: Use Different Tools To Engage
Not only did this chapter want to raise awareness of communication disorders inclusive of hearing disorders, but they also wanted to engage undergraduate students in an activity that gave them hands-on experiences. So, under the supervision of one of their professors, undergrads were trained on hearing screenings using an audiometer.
Long Island University, Brooklyn
Tip: Meet Face-to-Face
This chapter traveled from New York to Washington, D.C., to meet with their representatives and discuss the full funding of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Medicare access to rehabilitation services, and the reauthorization of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act. As a result of their advocacy efforts, Senator Chuck Schumer co-sponsored Senate Bill 2424 to reauthorize this funding.
Tip: Try Something New
In the past, this chapter has had a hard time getting traction for Better Hearing & Speech Month, so this year, they tried something new: They generated a campaign on social media. Members picked several different disorders and topics to write about and posted them on the chapter’s Facebook page. The result? The posts reached more than 300 people—many of whom shared the posts on their own timelines.
Tip: Involve Everyone
To help VocaliD add more voices to their collection, this chapter invited students campus-wide to participate in the event. They promoted the activity by posting fliers, speaking to people in the admissions office, and showing the TED talk on VocaliD at a student life meeting. (More than 100 people participated in the event!)
Tip: Educate People
This chapter held a Family Night, where they invited family members, faculty, and others to come and learn about what they’re studying. The event included a clinic tour, food, and fundraising activities.
Minot State University
Tip: Reach People Where They Are
To reach their community, this chapter filled goodie bags with information on developmental milestones, coloring pages, earplugs with hearing protection handouts, tattoos, and candy, and then headed to the local mall. There, they played with kids while talking to the parents about speech and language.
North Carolina Central University
Tip: Combine Efforts To Make an Impact
To strengthen their efforts for ASHA's Virtual Advocacy Day, this chapter not only sent letters to Congress, but they also linked their social media accounts to a single message that would bring even more awareness. Through their social media accounts, and friends and family who supported the cause, this chapter was able to expand awareness and make a larger impact.
Nova Southeastern University
Tip: Get Empowered
To encourage its members to get involved in advocacy, this chapter teaches members how to use ASHA’s Take Action site. They also invited their state association liaison to speak to them about the different levels of advocacy.
University of Cincinnati—2017 Chapter of the Year
Tip: Join Forces To Do Good
The members of this chapter put together an interdisciplinary team (Health Sciences Club, Allied Health Tribunal, Advanced Imagining Technology Club, and two honor societies) and raised funds so they could bring Shane Burcaw—award-winning author, Emmy-Award-winning producer, inspirational speaker, founder of a nonprofit called Laughing at My Nightmare, and person with muscular dystrophy—to speak to the university's community. Burcaw came and spoke about muscular dystrophy and how it impacts him medically and in day-to-day living—more than 200 students, professors, and community members attended.
University of Florida (Graduate Chapter)
Tip: Grow Your Sphere
When planning their Better Hearing & Speech Month events, this chapter kept interdisciplinary teams in mind by targeting students in other health professions, such as medicine, physical therapy, nursing, and so forth. So, they set up a table near the Health Sciences Library, and, as students passed, they were encouraged to answer a few questions about speech and hearing. Not only did this chapter spread their passion for speech and hearing, but they also sparked conversations around campus!
University of Iowa
Tip: Turn to the State Association
To prepare for their state-wide Advocacy Day, this chapter attended the state association’s conference calls, which helped them get organized and gave them ways to involve chapter members.
University of Missouri, Columbia
Tip: Be Prepared
To prepare for their state association’s Legislative Day, chapter members contacted the lobbyist who works with the state association to learn about bills that affect audiologists, speech-language pathologists, or those they serve. This helped prepare them so they could share information with their legislators and explain why it was important to garner support.
University of Montana
Tip: Keep Scope Narrow
When planning for Advocacy Day, this chapter first narrowed the scope to just one topic (to raise the awareness of limitations that individuals with disabilities may face). Then, they contacted organizations that were advocating for the same issue. This gave them a larger, more unified voice, which helped strengthen their efforts.
University of Nebraska, Omaha
Tip: Meet Often To Keep on Task
This chapter held a large-scale fundraiser benefiting the Autism Society of Nebraska. To ensure the program’s success and to keep people accountable, the chapter held bi-weekly meetings from December through April.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tip: Educating the Community
During Better Hearing and Speech Month, this chapter hosted their annual Yogathon event, where during two yoga sessions they put headphones on a mannequin which read the decibel output. Students were surprised to find that the music levels they listen to are too loud! The chapter hopes that this event makes a real impact on the community and shows them how important it is to care for their ears. Donations from the event were given to the Guilford County chapter for the Autism Society of North Carolina.
University of Pittsburgh
Tip: Incentivize Members
To get more members involved in their virtual advocacy efforts, this chapter promoted the event via their social media channels and awarded participation points to those who took part in the event.
University of Virginia
Tip: Start With a Goal
This chapter started with a goal to raise awareness about older children with autism and their unique needs. Once they had a goal in mind, they built a fundraiser around it. The chapter held a screening of Swim Team along with invited panelists for a discussion.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Tip: Plan Extra Time
When planning fundraisers, this chapter built in enough time to secure the location with the school, complete food permit applications, and promote the event.
Tip: Advocate Locally
This chapter collaborated with their local school system to advocate for improved classroom acoustics in the area public schools. After submitting a letter about the importance of improved classroom acoustics in education, they were invited to speak at a school board meeting, and at a principals’ meeting. Through this process, they presented realistic ways to improve acoustics in the classroom while providing simulations of hearing loss and the effects of a noisy classroom. This positive experience taught them the importance of collaborating with leaders in their community.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Tip: Involve the Community
To plan their fundraiser, this chapter reached out to local elementary schools and asked them to create artwork that responded to "What does kindness mean to you?" Then, they then held a silent art auction that contained those pieces and others from artists in the community.
Silver Chapter Honors
Give it up for these stand-out chapters that earned Silver Chapter Honors!
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Tip: Be Interactive
To celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month, this chapter developed an interactive poster that students and people could write on and share thoughts about advocacy for the professions. The poster began its journey at the community clinic, then traveled to their annual Collaborative trip with CSD students from across the state, and then ended up at the university clinic.
East Carolina University
Tip: Use Available Tools
To raise awareness during Better Hearing & Speech Month, this chapter downloaded flyers and resources from ASHA’s website and used those tools to raise awareness during the university's spring fair.
Fort Hays State University
Tip: Get Their Attention
When planning their Better Hearing & Speech Month activities, this chapter decided to hand out candy along with the free earplugs. The addition of a treat helped get people’s attention, which allowed this chapter to share information with more people.
Florida International University
Tip: Try a DIY Fundraiser
Inspired by a member’s do-it-yourself (DIY) skills, the chapter purchased mason jars, sugar, and olive oil and made sugar scrubs to sell and raise funds! The scrubs came in a few different sizes, which sold from $5 to $10.
Louisiana State University (Undergraduate Chapter)
Tip: Serve Your Community
This chapter has established a service opportunity called The Nana Project. At least once a week, chapter members visit the residents at St. James Place who suffer from dementia with the goal of helping the residents maintain their language abilities. The chapter takes volunteerism to the next level by making fabric bags for residents to put on their walkers.
Marymount Manhattan College
Tip: Share Your Knowledge
For Better Speech & Hearing Month, this chapter raised awareness by handing out bookmarks and asking trivia questions to increase awareness about how to prevent hearing loss.
Tip: Organize Your Efforts
When planning their bake sale, this chapter coordinated its efforts among their members. Some members applied for a table at the student center; others were assigned to either bake something or work at the table in 2-hour shifts throughout the day. Other activities included hanging flyers throughout the building, spreading the word about the fundraiser, decorating the table, and organizing the baked goods.
San Diego State University
Tip: Learn From Others
For Better Speech & Hearing Month, this chapter invited local professionals along with community organizations that serve individuals with communication impairments. The speakers presented research findings regarding speech and language that students may not have learned in their current curriculum.
St. Johns University, Staten Island
Tip: Be Passionate
One chapter member’s brother has autism and is also non-verbal. So the chapter rallied together and wrote to their state legislature about autism therapy alternatives with the goal of ensuring that all appropriate therapies are provided to children with autism.
St. Mary's College
Tip: Be Curious
To prepare for Legislative Day, several chapter members learned how bills become law and then received training for the event. While at Legislative Day, they advocated for telepractice and hearing aids for 5- to 7-year-old children.
Western Michigan University
Tip: Be Innovative
To get more people involved in advocacy, this chapter organized an online advocacy booth at their state association’s annual conference.
Bronze Chapter Honors
Congratulations to these chapters that earned National NSSLHA's Bronze Chapter Honors!
Case Western Reserve University
Florida State University
Idaho State University, Meridian
The Pennsylvania State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Truman State University
University of Hawaii, Manoa