Saturday, May 23, 2015

  Election Results

KSHA is pleased to announce the 2015 successful candidate for the position of Secretary-Elect:  

Karen Coulter, PhD, will bring with her a background rich in diverse work experiences.  After working in the school system and an outpatient rehabilitation center, she joined the University of Louisville's Pediatrics Department as well as their Autism Center.  Dr. Coulter completed her PhD with the University of Louisville and chose to pursue a specialization in assistive technology, specifically augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  During this period of time, she became the full-time advocate and guardian for an individual on the autism spectrum, and she has come to understand both sides of the proverbial consumer/provider coin.  At the University of Louisville, Dr. Coulter had many rich opportunities within her multi-disciplinary workplace, such as participating in the feeding clinic, Fragile X clinic and developing her own AAC Clinic.  Dr. Coulter is now a part of the Murray State University faculty and enjoys both expanding and sharing her expertise not only in autism and AAC but also in diagnostics, language development and behavioral feeding disorders.  Western Kentucky is now Dr. Coulter's home, and she is enjoying being part of Murray State University's Center for Communication Disorders family 

Term:  August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016

 We are so proud of her!  Thanks for your service to the state, region, University and of course all the work you do for the Center for Communication Disorders! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015




 Thursday night at the Kentucky Speech Hearing Association Annual Convention the MSU Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology became Praxis Bowl Champions!

Team Members, graduate students,  Shelby Kosmecki, Shelby Pryor, Haley Goff and Kayla Rhodes did an amazing job earning more points than University of Kentucky, Western University, University of Louisville and Eastern University. Congrats to our friends at Brescia who took top honors for the undergraduate team performance. 

We also want to thank our alumni who came out and supported their alma mater! 
We miss you guys and enjoy visiting!

Our current students were in their Blue & Gold and cheered the team on to their victory! 
MSU students are so much fun! 

Proud Parents!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


See you at Convention!!

Stop by and see us if you are at convention this week. Many of our supervisors and students will be there teaching and learning. 

  • Praxis Bowl- Our all star team is going to bring the trophy to Murray this year, please join us to cheer them on. 
  • Silent Auction- NSSLHA is bringing lots of great baskets from Murray!
  • Dr. Hart & Angelina Romero are presenting on Thursday at 12:45.  Phonological Awareness Skills in First Graders Who are Bilingual
We can't wait to visit with you!
Safe travels. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Days!

Due to really bad weather conditions that make travel dangerous we will reschedule 
Dr. Pinheiro's lecture. Check back for an announcement regarding the new date. 
Stay warm and safe! 

Let's hope we can all get together for KSHA next week!  Join us in cheering on our team competing in the praxis bowl Thursday night! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cinderella can have her glass slipper, this princess wears cleats!

We are proud to introduce you to Mallory, one of our undergraduate students in the Communication Disorders Program. While Mallory is an engaging and successful student in our program she is also a superstar on the MSU softball team. We know both of these areas of her life are important to her and we wanted you to meet her! Thanks for all you do for MSU!

 I have been blessed with this opportunity to be a student athlete. With this opportunity, I am able to major in communication disorders and also play softball. A combination of both has taught me time management skills along with discipline and goal setting. Being an athlete has helped me to learn perseverance, hard work, and dedication. All of which I hope to provide for my clients one day. It has also kept me mindful of when I and others have reached our limits. Lastly, it has taught me about teamwork and its importance in all aspects of life. Being a part of softball has taught me how to be an effective team member and understand others views. Teamwork is vital in the speech language pathology profession because there is much collaboration with other professionals.

-Mallory Richardson

Follow the link to check out the softball schedule so you can cheer for Mallory and her teammates! :

FYI- upcoming Deadlines

Don't want to miss these! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kentucky Speech-Hearing Association Annual Convention -News

If you are planning on attending the KSHA conference Feb 25-28th there is an opportunity for students to attend for free. See the notice below.  I would also encourage you to come out and cheer on our praxis team- this is Murray's year to take home the trophy!   

ATTENTION!!! Calling all KSHA Conference attendees!!!

Are you currently a student?  Would you like to attend the KSHA Conference for free? If so, please consider signing up as a student volunteer.  You will be reimbursed you KSHA Conference fee after completion of your duty.  You hand out packets and information from a registration table for a few hours and can attend for free!

1)  Student volunteers are needed to work the registration desk.
     Those who complete their shift will receive a refund of their convention registration.
     Please share the link below and encourage your students to sign-up.

Faculty & Alumni- the convention is looking for session moderators what a great way for MSU to have a presence at the conference and provide service to our state association. Let us know if you are attending we would like to visit at the praxis bowl!

Are you currently a professional?  Please consider being a moderator for the sessions you have signed up to attend! You will be asked to read some provided information about the speaker at the beginning of the session.  It should only take a couple of minutes and it really makes the speaker feel welcome! 

2)  Please consider moderating a session.  Introducing our speakers is one of the reasons our speakers think very highly of our Convention.  I hear time and time again that many associations do not introduce their presenters.  Below is the link to make your selection.

3)  Registration, Sessions and Exhibits Location:  Kentucky International Convention Center 
Registration: Level 1, Bridgeside Lobby, Exhibit Hall 1AB
Don't forget the Marriott has a skywalk over to the Convention Center.   

All questions can be directed to

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pediatric Feeding CEU course

Study smarter!


Learn to study smarter!

Do you want BETTER GRADES?

Practical TIPS to improve your education!
Measures to take charge of your life!
Time management!  Note taking!  Exam preparation!

Monday,  January 26,  6:00 - 7:30 pm,  Curris Theater


Tuesday,  January 27,  4:00 - 5:30 pm,  Curris Theater


Wednesday,  January 28,  1:30 – 3:00 pm, Curris Theater


Thursday,  January 29,  5:00 - 6:30 pm,  Curris Theater

Offered FREE for ALL students
PLEASE bring a notebook and pen/pencil

Bertus R. Ferreira, BA, BA, MS, MS, MPhil, EdD, CPP, CFE, CST, MIOSH, DABFE, FACFE
Graduate of St. John’s College and the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, England

Sponsors:  Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Retention Office & Student Government Association

Friday, January 16, 2015


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Career Services Spring 2015

Murray State University Career Services is excited to announce this semester’s career events. Last semester over 100 employers and organizations came to campus to connect with Murray State University students and alumni to discuss job, internship and advanced degree opportunities. Career Services hopes that students from all majors will take advantage of the following training and networking events.
Table of Contents
Career Services Senior Meetings
#RacerHired Job Search Workshop Series
All Majors Career Fair
Teacher Fair

Career Services
Senior Meetings

Jan 27 - 29 | Curris Center Barkley Rm
All May 2015 graduates are invited to attend one 45 min Senior Meeting. These sessions cover important graduation prep deadlines and dates, up-to-date job search strategies and graduate school application tips and resources. Participants will also learn about available free job search resources. All sessions will be held in the Curris Center Barkley Room and are available during the following times:

Tue, Jan 27 | 4:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Wed, Jan 28 | 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Thu, Jan 29 | 12:00 (noon) & 1:00 PM

Contributing Campus Offices: Alumni Association, Bookstore, Career Services, Financial Aid and Graduate School.

Printable flyer: 

All Majors Career Fair

Wed, Mar 4, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Curris Center 3rd Floor
Regional and national employers and graduate programs are registered to attend the spring Career Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Curris Center. Organizations are recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines.

Review the list of participating organizations:
Student and alumni participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

Job Search Workshop Series

Feb 17 - 19 | 100 Oakley Applied Science
Participants will prepare for and increase their competitive edge in the job search by attending. Each training session is offered twice and cover the following topics:
  • resume & cover letter writing
  • interview strategies
  • business and meal etiquette
  • job search resources & strategies
  • networking & personal branding
  • salary negotiations
  • how to work a career fair
There will also be a resume editing workshop in a computer lab and an opportunity to have a professional photo headshot taken for free. Drop-in events are on a first-come, first serve basis. Space is limited. Come early. View printable session descriptions and detailed schedule:

Teacher Fair

Fri, Mar 13
9 AM - 12 noon
Curris Center 3rd Floor
Education majors are invited to attend this networking event.

Review list of participating schools and districts:
Student and alumni participants must dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scholarships Available

Welcome Back Students- I know you are dreading starting a new "To Do" list for the spring 2015 term, but this item should start you off on a positve note! The University has multiple scholarships available. Most often our CDI students are not only elegable but very competative. Be sure to check out the links on the website below. Be mindful of the deadline- January 15, 2015.
Best of Luck- kelly

For our friends and alumni, you can click on the Giving Tab on this blog to donate to the MSU Speech & Hearing Clinic Foundation. These funds stay in house and fund student work, continuing education opportunities and our awards ceremony. On behalf of all the faculty, staff and students of the Center for Communication Disorders thanks for giving, this is a big help to us!