CSD News

Students Volunteer for "Here for a Reason"

Here for a Reason Students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University recently volunteered their time to support Here For A Reason. The organization's website indicates it is "dedicated to bringing dignity and hope to people in our region by finding effective and creative solutions to the foundational problems in our communities." Student volunteers packaged 10,000 meals to support families in need in the local community.

Alzheimer's Walk 2019

Alzheimer's Walk 2019 Members of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Marywood Chapter volunteered at the 2 mile Walk to End Alzheimer's held at PNC Field on Saturday, September 28th. The walk raised $97,742 through the efforts of 631 participants. Money raised will provide funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.

100% National Exam Pass Rate, 100% Employment Rate

100%pass rate, 100% employment Marywood University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is proud to announce that its 2019 graduating class from the Master of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology has achieved 100% pass rate on the National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, which is required for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensure in all states. All graduates passed the examination on first attempts. The CSD Department currently has a 3 year average of 100% for passing of the National Examination of its graduates within 1 year of graduation. In addition, 100% of graduates of this class have currently gained employment in the field of speech-language pathology.

Professor of Practice, Marla Kovatch MA CCC-SLP Honored by the National Aphasia Association

“Aphasia threads.” Marla Kovatch, M.A., CCC-SLP, professor of practice in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Marywood University, was recently chosen to be featured in an article with the National Aphasia Association’s, “Aphasia threads.”

Masters Program in SLP Celebrates 20 years!

20th Anniversary The Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Marywood University recently hosted a 20th Anniversary Celebration. Current and former faculty and clinical supervisors, administrators, alumni, and friends of the program gathered on June 1st to celebrate the founding of the Master's Program in Speech-Language Pathology. The program's Founding Graduate Program Director, Dr. Mona Griffer, provided the history of and a tribute to the program. Other speakers in attendance were Sr. Mary Persico, Marywood University's 12th President; Dr. Mary Anne Fedrick, Dean (retired) of the former Reap College of Education and Human Development; and Ms. Andrea Novak, CSD Chairperson and current Graduate Program Director.

NSSLHA Chapter Awarded Gold Status

Gold Status-2019 The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was informed by the National NSSLHA Executive Council that their chapter earned Gold Chapter Honors for the 2018-2019 academic year. Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for "increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support scholarships for students in CSD programs by contributing to the ASHFoundation NSSLHA Scholarship; and by providing monetary donations to various organizations. This year the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter provided monetary donations and community service to the Alzheimer's Association. The attached photo is of the 2018-2019 officers who helped to move the chapter forward to this award. From left to right... Nicole Coombs (President), Maggie Carter (Vice-President), Payton Reynolds (Secretary), Kelsey Killeen (Treasurer)

PSHA Convention Presentation

Dr. Ramachandra presents at the Pennsylvania Speech Language Association Dr. Vijayachandra Ramachandra, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders presented a seminar titled "How Synesthesia Can Inform Us About Language Acquisition in Children and Language Recovery in Aphasia" at the 2019 Pennsylvania Speech Language and Hearing Convention which was held in Lancaster, PA from April 10-13.

PSHA Convention Presentation

Dr. Wisenburn presents at the 2019 PSHA Convention Dr. Bruce Wisenburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University, presented a seminar co-authored by Dr. Edward Crawley of the Psychology Department titled, "Objective Review of Therapies for Agrammatism Due to Aphasia" at the 2019 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Convention which was held in Lancaster, PA from April 10-13.

CSD Students Inducted to the National Society for Leadership and Success

NSLS induction Twenty-four Marywood University students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders were recently inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success. The induction ceremony was held on April 11th on Marywood's campus. Induction in the Society is based on academic standing and leadership potential, and provides students with opportunities to build their leadership skills over time. Inductees were (see attached photo): Front Row: Noelle Steele, Christine Llewellyn, Sara Moore, Khojstha Azizi, Emily Fell, Madison Horwath, Maggie Carter, Nicole Sheridan, Nichole Freiermuth Back Row: Andrew Montgomery, Alexzandra Ramirez, Maeve MacKenna, Ashley Faus, Samantha Rosicki, Sydney Coughlin, Laura Farley, Jenna Wisler, Brielle Peters, Olivia Viscomi Missing from Photo: Melissa Filardi, Maya LaSalle, Elizabeth Piorkowski, Brooke Reiner, Mary Wisnesky

Leadership Awards 2019

Members of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University were recently awarded at the University's Third Annual Leadership Awards. The awards ceremony was held on April 11th and hosted by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. Award winners were Dakota Hardick (Community Service Award), Andrea Novak (Advisor of the Year), and the Student Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Student Organization of the Year). In addition, Nicole Coombs (Outstanding Graduate Student), Maggie Carter (Emerging Leader Award), and Laura Farley (Emerging Leader Award) were nominated for their respective categories.

Dr. Ramachandra presents at NAOP Conference

Vijay Ramachandra at NAOP Dr. Vijay Ramachandra presented his research at the National Academy of Psychology which was held in New Delhi (India) from December 19th-21st, 2018.

Giving Tree 2018

Giving Tree 2018 CSD Department and NSSHLA Chapter Collect for Marywood's Giving Tree Project.

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