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Communication Sciences and Disorders • One hundred percent of students who graduated in May with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders passed the national Praxis exam and were employed within three months of graduation. • Six recent graduates from Communications Sciences and Disorders are presenting their research projects at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Los Angeles in November. Occupational Therapy • MOT3 Student James Wingo presented the research he and two other MOT students did at Vet’s Garage at a conference in Croatia in October. • MOT2 Student Amy Burtelow has been the driving force behind a diversity initiative within the CHSPH which includes faculty and staff education, as well as curriculum development within the OT program. • Susan Burwash participated in an invited one-day workshop on creativity for mental health occupational therapists in Croatia in October. Dental Hygiene • Dental Hygiene had a 100 percent clinical licensure pass rate. Health Services Administration • The Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration with Long-term Care program at EWU has received its program accreditation. Eastern is the first program west of the Mississippi with the accreditation, which is valid for five years. Physical Therapy • The Class of 2017 had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination, which is the licensure exam.

As part of a leadership project, occupational therapy student Amy Burtelow developed and led a college-wide Cultural Sensitivity Workshop on Friday, Oct. 27. Aimed at encouraging discussion around cultural identity, this half-day training asked students to explore their own cultural lens and consider how this may impact their work in health care. Two-hundred students in the College of Health Science and Public Health participated in the workshop which included one or more case studies and small group discussions. The hope is that this activity will continue to spark conversations, start building the skills to engage in dialogue, and enrich further classroom dialogue around issues of cultural identity and sensitivity. The project was sponsored by the Board of Trustees Diversity Initiative Grant and the College of Health Science and Public Health.

HELP MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN Even in these times of perceived economic prosperity, 74 percent of all students attending Eastern receive need-based scholarships, which enable them to pursue and finish their degree. Your financial gift can change the lives of students who pursue a health science degree at EWU by providing much-needed scholarship support. Those students, graduating with strong clinical and analytical skills, are also making change happen by practicing in cities and communities in our region where these skills and abilities are in short supply. Whether modest or large, your personal financial gift can make change happen in a meaningful and immediate way for a student who struggles to pay for tuition, books and supplies, and lab fees while, in many cases, also working a part- or full-time job. To learn more about the College of Health Science and Public Health and how you can make change happen, contact Dennis Hake, director of Philanthropy at 509.359.6979 or

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