Blue Ribbon GrantThe Blue Ribbon Foundation approved a $12,589 grant to Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic for the program.  An estimated 350 youngsters will be screened in the coming year, and participants identified with hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for early intervention. In addition to the screenings, 15 Head Start teachers will be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays and learn how to incorporate exercises into classroom activities to stimulate speech-language skills thanks to this Blue Ribbon grant.

Christmas Giving TreeIn December, the Marywood University Speech and Hearing Club, participates in the Christmas Giving Tree.  The club places boxes around the department to collect holiday gifts for the needy.   Following a holiday social for the department, the presents were delivered to the Campus Ministry department for distribution to the community.

Ronald McDOnald HouseThe Speech and Hearing Club is an affiliation of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA), a professional membership association for students enrolled in a communication sciences program or related majors.  Over the past two years club members raised funds via Cold Stone Creamery and Ruby Tuesdays nights.  Funds collected have been used to purchase $450 worth of items from the Ronald McDonald House Wish List and include such items as kitchen, laundry, and guest helpers (e.g., Clorox wipes, paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) as well as DVDs and toys for children staying with family at the Ronald McDonald House or utilizing the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms.

The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was pleased to have been awarded  a $700.00 Community Service Grant from the NSSLHA Executive Council in the fall of 2009.  Grant money received was used to support an educational project for the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) - Head Start.  A matching donation of $700.00 was funded by money raised by the Marywood University NSSLHA Chapter.

NSSLHA members helped to raise money by sponsoring a clothing sale and a "Night at Cold Stone Creamery".  All money raised and NSSLHA's matching gift, for a total of $1400, was used to purchase educational materials for approximately 10 Head Start centers in Lackawanna County.  Materials were presented to Head Start representatives at the North Scranton II location in December 2009 by NSSLHA Chapter Officers.

Shown in the photo from left to right:

1st Row - Richard Thorne, Savannah Hazelton (Head Start students) and Trisha Liggeri (NSSLHA officer)

2nd Row - Jill Jones, Rachel Hoyt (NSSLHA officers), Jennifer Wolff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Andrea Novak (CSD Clinic Director and NSSLHA Chapter Advisor), Lisa Gintoff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Amanda White, Emily Fillman (NSSLHA officers)

Head Start. CSD undergraduate and graduate students recently took part in a community service project for Head Start, a regional agency supporting education for underserved children. Our CSD students completed hundreds of speech-language and hearing screenings for the children enrolled at the centers.


Bone Marrow Drive in Memory of David Lavelle. CSD students volunteered their time to help with a bone marrow drive on the Marywood University. The students took DNA samples from volunteer donors for submission to the national marrow registry, assisting the donor's with registration and documentation

Africa in 2008. CSD students Moira Pope and Nina DePalma joined Marywood University Campus Ministry's service trip to Africa, teaching English to teenage girls at a school affiliated with the African Sisters Education Collaborative.