100% Pass Rate on National Exam! Marywood University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) is proud to announce that its 2021 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. The CSD Department currently has a multi-year average of 100% for passing the National Examination of its graduates within 1 year of graduation. Gold Status Achieved! 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 2020-2021 academic year. Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for "increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators and across communities; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support various organizations in the community and scholarships for students in CSD programs." This year the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter provided monetary donations and community service to the Alzheimer's Association. Donations were also made to the Pacer Pantry and service was provided throughout the community. Andrea Novak, Associate Professor of Practice, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is Faculty Advisor for the Marywood NSSLHA Chapter states, "Our students go above and beyond to provide service whether it be on Marywood's campus or in the community. They are such a unique group of individuals who are always looking for ways to serve." The chapter consists of approximately 50 student members from the undergraduate CSD and graduate SLP programs. Officers for the 2020-2021 academic year were Katelyn Gjini, President (Ramsey, NJ); Nicole Koestler, Vice-President (Hazlet, NJ); Hannah Longacre, Secretary (Chambersburg, PA); Alaina Brenneman, Treasurer (Scranton, PA). NSSLHA Chapter donates to food pantry Katelyn Gjini, President, and Nicole Koestler, Vice-President, of the Marywood Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association recently organized a donation drive for the Marywood Pacer Pantry. Miscellaneous food, snacks, and personal hygiene/toiletry items were donated with the support from students and faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Pacer Pantry was opened in February 2020 to benefit students and staff who may struggle with food insecurity Koestler awarded 2021 Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Pennsylvania Scholarship Nicole Koestler, a junior in Marywood University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was notified she is one of two recipients of a 2021 Northeastern Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Pennsylvania Scholarship. Nicole is majoring in speech-language pathology. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a full-time matriculating student who demonstrates academic excellence and involvement in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology during undergraduate studies. The scholarship was announced at the Association's Annual Spring Conference in April. Longacre wins Research Day Award Hannah Longacre awarded 2021 MU Research Day Honorable Mention and second place prize in the Biological Sciences and Health Category at the 10th Penn State Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st Place Winners of the Student Advocacy Day Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project. The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association was notified by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association that they were the 1st Place Winners of the Student Advocacy Day Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project. Following an educational session on legislative issues in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Chapters were asked to develop a public service announcement that would address key issues professionals and individuals with communication disorders are facing, to help others understand the purpose for advocating for these issues, and to make their voices heard. The Marywood Chapter chose to create a PSA regarding Diversity in the Workplace. The monetary prize awarded is to be used towards funding of an organization of the students' choice. The Chapter chose to donate to the NativityMiguel School on Marywood's campus. St. Jude's Valentine's Day Members of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) - Marywood Chapter sent virtual Valentine's Day cards to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Kovatch awarded the Stuttering Speech-Language Pathologist Seal! Marla Kovatch, MA CCC/SLP was awarded the Ally of Stuttering Speech-Language Pathologist Seal!