Tag: Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

NIU clinic offering aphasia treatment group

June is National Aphasia Month. Aphasia is a communication disorder affecting over 2 million Americans. According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. It is always due to brain injury. Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to…

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Student Audiologists attend world conference

The NIU SAA wasn’t about to miss out on the largest gathering of Audiologists in the world. This year 19 NIU SAA members attended the AudiologyNOW! convention in Indianapolis, IN, hosted by the American Academy of Audiology. Students were able to peruse the exhibit hall, network with alumni (pictured here!), attend talks by some of the leaders…

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Celebrate Dr. Greg Long’s retirement

Dr. Greg Long is retiring after many years of service and contributions to Rehabilitation Counseling, the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, and NIU. There will be a celebration 3 to 5 p.m. May 9, in the Sky Room at Holmes Student Center. Please RSVP by May 1 to Katelyn Kozinski at kkozinski@niu.edu.

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Audiology professor earns mentorship award

Audiology instructor Blythe Kitner has been chosen to receive one of the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) Outstanding Mentor Awards. The award  recognizes individuals of any gender who have who have shown exceptional commitment to advancing the career and/or educational goals of NIU women students, staff and/or faculty. Those chosen for the…

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COMD student recognized for volunteerism

COMD post-baccalaureate student Trevor Miller, who begins our graduate program in speech-language pathology summer term, has been recognized by Unity Hospice of Western Illinois as an outstanding hospice volunteer. Miller and his accomplishment was recently featured in a DeKalb Midweek news story.

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Dean’s Award recipients announced

The College of Health and Human Sciences recently recognized outstanding undergraduate students in each academic program with Dean’s Awards. Criteria for the award included a GPA of 3.5 or better, demonstrated significant achievement and leadership in scholarship, campus and/or community activities, and professional service. The following students were awarded a plaque and a letter of commendation:…

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Grant received to research workstations and brain function

Two NIU professors have secured a grant to investigate the effects sitting and standing workstations have on brain function. In-Sop Kim, assistant professor in speech-language pathology, along with Jaejin Hwang, assistant professor in industrial and systems engineering, secured a grant from FOCAL Upright, a furniture company, to conduct the research. Prolonged sitting and sedentary work, the physical…

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Audiology students volunteer at retirement center

Each month NIU Student Academy of Audiology sends volunteers at OakCrest Retirement Center in DeKalb with clinical professor, Dr. Diane ScheckLong.  Members assist in performing cerumen management and clean and checks of resident’s hearing aids. Almost more valuable, however, is the chance to chat and connect with members from a different generation.

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Introducing the Audiology Alumni Board

Each year, a group of alumni from the NIU Audiology program travel from all over the country to share their knowledge, practices and experience with NIU audiology students and faculty. We asked some of our alumni board members for their thoughts on our program. Here’s what they had to say: Rachel Magann Faivre, Au.D, (’14) Hearts…

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