Published on February 17, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. by Katie Stripling  
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Communication Sciences and Disorders students with Dr. Margaret Johnson

Samford University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was honored at the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama’s Annual Convention on February 11 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.

Students in the department received the Student Membership Award, unseating another university in the state that had won the award for more than 10 consecutive years. Samford has 22 students who not only became members of SHAA, but also volunteered at least 4 hours of their own personal time to the convention.

“I am so proud of the undergraduate and graduate students who have come to understand that it is important to give back to the profession,” said Margaret L. Johnson, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “The time these students spent volunteering at the annual convention was so appreciated by the Executive Board of SHAA. The Executive Director commented that the organization could not do what it does without our student members and I agree.”

Caroline Todd, a student the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program, was also honored with the organization’s Student Recognition Award. Todd was selected based on her commitment to academics, her leadership skills and overall professionalism.

“It is exciting to see that although the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is relatively new at Samford, it is quickly establishing a reputation for its commitment to preparing practitioners who are focused on service to others and their profession,” said health professions dean, Alan Jung.

Samford established an undergraduate program in Communication Sciences in Disorders in fall 2014 and students began in the Master of Speech Language Pathology program in summer 2015. The second cohort of Master of Speech Language Pathology students is set to begin in May 2016.

Visit the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders online for more information.