Lamar’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association club earns recognition
Beaumont, Texas – Within a year, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter at Lamar University went from defunct to distinguished, and Gina Watson, faculty advisor for the organization, credits students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences for the achievement.
“The students were very motivated to get the chapter up and running. They did lots of planning and organization. They held local fundraisers and have done a great deal to raise recognition for our field,” said Watson, Speech-Language Pathology clinic director.
Lamar’s NSSLHA chapter recently received bronze-level recognition from the national organization. Chapters that earn recognition demonstrate an awareness of student issues and concerns, outreach to the community, educational opportunities, and social and fundraising activities.
“NSSLHA is the first step in the development of professionalism and advocacy in the field of Speech-Language Pathology,” Watson said. “The association promotes community involvement which is one of the missions of our department.”
The campus chapter has provided speech and hearing screenings at several elementary school campuses in low socio-economic districts, started a stuttering support group and held fundraisers to support the Stuttering Foundation of America.
“Our community service projects are all locally done, and one of our main goals is to promote awareness of our field," Watson said. "We are all very proud of this recognition and the valuable services provided by our students.”