2017 Chapter of the Year: University of Cincinnati

Jade Clark, chapter president, tells us what her team did during the 2016–2017 academic year:

"This year, our primary goal was to increase engagement and interaction among our members while continuing to give back to the community. We did this with our new mentorship program and member recognition system as well as through various fundraising, community service, social, and professional development opportunities. We held monthly informative meetings for our members, hosted an Emmy Award–winning speaker who informed us about living with muscular dystrophy, funded 16 of our members to attend the ASHA Convention, and donated over $5,000 to local organizations benefiting individuals with communication disorders, including the ASHFoundation."

University of Cincinnati

Tips for Other NSSLHA Chapters

Engage chapter members at the outset of the year. We know that our most attended NSSLHA meeting is our very first one of the year, so this year, we decided to do something different. For the first half of the meeting, we engaged in an icebreaker followed by an informational session on what NSSLHA is and does at the national, state, and local levels, and how and why members should get involved. During the second half of our meeting, we hosted a scavenger hunt around our Allied Health building in order for our new members to get acclimated with the facility while engaging with upperclassmen. It was a fun way to kick off the year, and our members became excited for what was to come next!

Encourage members to attend the ASHA Convention. If your university provides any financial support to student organizations for travel, take advantage of it! We were able to fund 16 undergraduate students—our most ever—to attend the Convention in Philadelphia. About 15 additional members attended at their own expense. This served as a fantastic professional development opportunity for our members while also increasing our number of National NSSLHA members.

2016–2017 Chapter Executive Board 

President: Jade K. Clark
Vice President: Meredith Meyer
Secretary: Abby Recker
Treasurer: Kirsty Rae
Mentorship Chair: Katie Schmittou
Community Service Chair: Allison Flanigan
Membership Chair: Michaela Welbaum
Fundraising Chair: Corrine Deutenberg
Public Relations: Shelby Spitz
Chapter Advisor: Carney Sotto, PhD CCC-SLP

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