Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fun with Normal Language Development

Dr. Coulter asked students in CDI 340 Normal Language Development to demonstrate their knowledge of normal language development. This years cohort of undergraduates had a lot of fun with the assignment and agreed to share- Thanks for all you do Dr. Coulter!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Three Cheers for the Icey Articulaters!!

NSSLHA does it again! Putting the cold before their comfort Emily Myers and her gang of CDI students supported Special Olympics at the first MSU Polar Plunge! Thanks for all the great service!

The Icey Articulaters and the event sponsors were featured on Murray State's Roundabout U video magazine. The episode is now available to view online and will be airing 12/1 - 12/6! 

Watch the video here! Our ladies are featured at about 2:46

CDI Alumni Spotlight

The faculty and staff of the Center of Communication Disorders is excited to introduce you to  Kristen Wheeler, class of 2008. We applaud her success and thank her for her contributions to the program as a member of the Center's Alumni Advisory Council. 

Since graduating from MSU in 2008, I have spent my career working in the field of pediatric speech-language pathology. I began my career working on the Autism, AAC and pre-school language teams at Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center. While at VUBC, I developed my knowledge and passion for working with children on the autism spectrum and incorporating AAC into their treatment.  Also while at VUBC I co-created with a fellow SLP, language groups for children on the autism spectrum. In 2010 I moved to Lexington to work in the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. While at CH I was able to further develop my skills in the areas of autism & AAC, becoming a Certified Autism Specialist in 2014. Cardinal Hill also provided me the opportunity to develop other interests of mine including working with pediatric patients with tracheostomies and ventilators, as well as the feeding population. I also had the amazing opportunity to work as a multi-disciplinary team with OT and PT to provide treatment to our patients; through this experience I co-created with an OT colleague of mine, a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluating children on, or suspected of being on the autism spectrum. Through the creation of this program I was given the opportunity to develop relationships with multiple developmental pediatricians and psychologists in the Lexington area, as well as to serve on a statewide autism task force determining areas of service need for this population.  In September I was given the great opportunity to work for Associates in Pediatric Therapy as a contract therapist in the Bluegrass Center for Autism in Louisville, and am excited to see what this opportunity holds. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festive Finals Fete

It is that time of year again. Join us for the second annual Festive Finals Fete!        
 Enjoy some snacks, carols and  time with faculty and friends. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Super Fun Semester - NSSLHA Notes

NSSLHA has been busy over the past few weeks as members plunged into frigid water for Special Olympics of Western Kentucky. Our team, The Icy Articulators, raised over $700 for this great organization! This is a cause that is near and dear to all of our hearts and we are extremely thankful to those who supported us financially and\or made the plunge!

Our organization also held a movie night featuring The King's Speech in which we invited the College of Education and Human Services members to attend. It was a great time for all those who came out!
As the semester winds down, I want to wish all of our NSSLHA members and faculty a safe and fun holiday season! My hope is that you will come back in January relaxed and ready to make more NSSLHA memories!"
NSSLHA President


SGD Update

Just wanted to share this from Lingraphica. They have been on top of policies for Durable Medical Equipment that were impacted by the Affordable Health Care Act. Take a moment to get the update

We Have 30 Days To Advocate for SGD Technology
Your advocacy efforts worked! Medicare issued a ruling on November 6 that they are re-opening the National Coverage Determination of speech-generating devices. The public has 30 days to offer a comment or opinion on what features and functionalities should be in a speech-generating device. The deadline is December 6!

You can read all of the details on our blog and find out how you can get involved.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friendly Reminders From Registrar

Current CDI students- please note the important dates!!


Please share with your students:

Drop Deadline:  Monday, November 17th is the last day to drop full semester or 2nd half semester classes is Monday, November 17th.  Students drop classes through their myGate Academics Tab by 11:59 p.m.  Students will receive a grade of W (no penalty).

Audit Deadline:  Monday, November 17th is the last day to change full semester or 2nd half semester classes to audit.  Signed permission from the instructor is required which must be submitted to the Registration Office by 4:30 p.m. for processing.

Audit policy:  page 39 of the 2014-2015 Academic Bulletin states, Regular class attendance is expected of an auditor. Because audited classes are considered load credit, instructors have the authority to fail an auditing student if he or she does not do the required work, or fails to attend the class.”

Advance scheduling for Spring 2015 begins Monday, November 10th8 a.m.  The Scheduling Timetable is found here:

Students can also see their registration time ticket on their Academics Tab, Registration Status link.

Kristina Jackson
Associate Registrar
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071
FAX:  270/809-5727

Monday, November 3, 2014

Annual NSSLHA Halloween Party-2014

It was a fabulous night to celebrate Halloween and socialize outside of class with our peers and Center faculty! We had a wide variety of special guests including a whole crew of minions and the Super Hero Rehabilitation Team. Thank you to everyone who came and made the annual NSSLHA Halloween party a fun night! 
~ Emily M.NSSLHA Prez

24  minions ( aka members from graduate class of 2016) -you guys rock-keeping the tradition alive! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our own Allison Board is a National College Equestrian

Our own Allison Board is an avid horse rider, she owns a horse, Zips RV Radical aka "Gator"! Gator lives with trainer, Clayton Jerrell,  in Paducah. Gator and Allison are competitive team travelling all over the country. Check out Allison's cover shot below!!!


Allison has been riding forever! Allison joined the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology this summer and in addition to being a successful student she is also a national superstar in the arena. Allison was recently featured in the AQHA Journal with trainer Bennie Sargent.  The American Quarter Horse Association Journal  is read by horse lovers across the country.

In addition, this November Allison will be competing in the Collegiate Challenge at the  AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City. This is where the best of the best college riders will showcase their horsemanship!

The faculty, staff and students of MSU wish Allison best of luck with her competition!!!
For more information about Allison and her riding endeavors check out the links below:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rocken Our Genes!!

Caden and County Major of Montgomery County Tennessee Jim Durrett
Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology completed a Graduate Seminar on Down syndrome with a super fun service learning project on October 11th. As part of their study the ladies learned about leadership, advocacy and professional service.  They put this knowledge to work at the 3rd Annual Community Advocating for Every Special Citizen (CARES)Walk and Expo. The event is hosted by the Clarksville Association for Down syndrome and City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation.

I can't brag on these students enough and although we did not take home first place for the t-shirt contest the Speech Ladies  added to the fun. The seminar students created a photo booth that went with the event theme "Rocken my Genes! Our booth was one of over 50 that served the community at the 1-mile fun walk and expo attended by over 500 individuals.

Community members used all kinds of fun props and poses to show off their Genes!
The Speech Ladies took over 100 pictures of community rock stars!

Clarksville Tennessee Mayor McMillian

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seniors- Don't Forget!!

The deadline for May 2015 undergraduate graduation applications is fast approaching.  
Degree applications are available on myGate the following dates:
May 2015 application – Now through November 3, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MSU Homecoming 2014

Murray State University celebrated the 2014 Homecoming “Racers Across America” this past weekend. As for NSSLHA, it was another successful Tent City/Homecoming filled with fun, friendships and Racer pride. Despite the wet and cool weather conditions, NSSLHA members were out in full force as they mingled with Communication Disorders faculty, graduate students and even some alumni. Tent City is a tradition at MSU that we are so fortunate and proud to participate in. It was a joy to see the smiling faces of everyone that stopped by our tent! To top it all off, the Racers completed the afternoon by earning a win over SEMO in double overtime! Go Racers!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CDI Senior Shows Outstanding Professional Service Skills

Bullying has become a hot topic in across the country. Senior CDI major Krista Scott teamed up with Ms. Anna Dicus’s  to help  4th graders at Harrelson Elementary to take a stand against bullying. 

Krista helped the students better understand intellectual disabilities are the impact of bullying on these individuals. She used a toothpaste analogy for hurtful words, once they are out you can't put them back without leaving a mess! 
We are so proud of your initiative and efforts-  thanks your CDI faculty and staff

Alumni Reception

Guess Who I ran into....

  Renea Sageser Class of 2003

Renea and I were at an executive board meeting for the Kentucky Speech and Hearing Association in Lexington Kentucky. How fun to catch up.  Since graduating from Murray State University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology Renea has had a very successful career.

Renea is CEO of Associates in Pediatric Therapy (APT), a therapeutic clinic practice providing services for children with special needs in Metro Louisville, Lexington and Southern IN. APT was founded in October, 2007,  by Renea Sageser, who was then a stay-at-home mom. She officially opened her practice in January, 2008, in Shelbyville, KY.  Today she has over 70 employees  and continues to grow. Among her employees are other MSU grads!

Way to go Renea and we are so proud of your success! 
Check out the link to her practice:

Thrilling Grilling

Students and Faculty from the Center of Communication Disorders
know how to have a good time. We all let loose at the COEHS picnic..
Look who can wobble! 

We enjoyed seeing friendly faces of our current NSSLHA members and  and meeting new CDI students.  
Who is that handsome man????

Thanks Dr. Davis, you got us giggling with that photo bomb!

Cover Girl

Again we have a cover girl among us!

Check out this cover page of  Tennessee Home & Farm!
Our own second year graduate student Denise Wright is featured with her family. The story tells all about Denis's pumpkin farm! Denise we knew you were a superstar now everyone else does to!

Here is the link so you can read the entire piece about one of our favorite MSU graduate students in speech-language pathology!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dear CDI Students, 
Have you ever wondered how we pick the assessments or interventions we use? We do this based on the principles of evidence based practices (EBP). With this approach to practice speech-language pathologists and audiologist compliment their clinical expertise with empirical support when selecting assessments and interventions. We also consult with our stakeholders and consider what they value to make a decision. As you pursue graduate education and certification you will be required to be a consumer of evidence found in empirical studies. Our librarian Candace Vance is offering you a session, especially designed for future speech-language pathologists and audiologist. 
I encourage you to consider attending this opportunity. Life beyond MSU is more than submitting a paper for a grade, it is about being the best at what you do. You wouldn't go to a doctor who was not current in their field so don't expect our clients to do the same. 
Enjoy this scholarly activity- kelly

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NSSLHA Back to School BBQ

On September 2, 2014, the Murray State University NSSLHA chapter hosted the highly anticipated and always fun back-to-school BBQ event at Chestnut Park. This annual event is held with the purpose of welcoming incoming students, reuniting with familiar faces of returning Communication Disorders students, and mingling with the faculty of our program. 

Despite wet and muggy conditions, the BBQ was an extreme success. We had over 70 students and faculty in attendance. It was also a pleasure to have the Dean of our new college, Dr. Whaley, come introduce himself and discuss the new dynamics and structure for the College of Education & Human Services. All in all, it was a great afternoon filled with delicious food and lots of interaction among underclassmen, upperclassmen, and faculty.

We would like to say thanks for making our first event grand!