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NEWSLETTER SPRING 2018

2018 VAN RIPER LECTURES

A time of great change and optimism

Dates: October 25 and 26 Topic: SLP Practice in the Schools: Contextualizing Interventions and Implementing Policies Speakers:

As I approach a decade of serving as chair, including the last two as interim chair, I reflect on the outstanding faculty and students I have worked with and the program growth I have witnessed.

Dr. Teresa Ukrainetz Dr. Jaumeiko Coleman Utah State University ASHA School Services

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Dr. Ann Tyler, Interim Chair and Associate Dean

We are experiencing great change, at the university, in the college and in our department. We have a new president, we are searching for a new provost and for a new dean for our college. As you’ll read, we are about to welcome a new chair, long standing faculty are retiring and new faculty are coming on board. It is an exciting time for our programs with many opportunities ahead. Our clinics are expanding and testing new service models. Our undergrads are engaged in research, presenting at national conferences. Our faculty are promoting interprofessional education activities with simulations that explore interdisciplinary roles and communication. Our graduate students are winning university and national awards. And our devoted alumni continue to support our programs and pledge commitment to our mission and initiatives. We are forever grateful for all you do, from supervising student internships, to serving on our alumni board and responding to our emails. Your feedback is crucial and we love to receive your updates and hear of your successes! So as I write this, my final newsletter entry as interim chair, I believe the department is poised to carry on its traditions of strong clinical and academic education, impactful research, advocacy and leadership. All the best – I look forward with you to a thriving future.

Department welcomes new chair, Dr. Laura DeThorne Dr. Laura DeThorne will join the department as our new chair in July 2018.

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After working as a speech-language pathologist for several years, Laura received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. She served on faculty at the University of Illinois for 13 years, including administrative appointments as the director of undergraduate studies and associate head of speech and hearing science. Dr. DeThorne’s research examines the multiple factors that shape children’s communicative competence in everyday contexts, particularly social communication practices related to autism, childhood apraxia of speech, and use of augmentative and alternative communication. She has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Dr. Laura DeThorne has reviewed grants for a variety of national and international agencies. Her work has been funded by NICHD, U.S. Department of Education and private foundations. Dr. DeThorne particularly enjoys student mentoring and was recently invited to serve as a mentor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Pathways Program. She has also received awards for excellence in both graduate and undergraduate teaching. Laura is looking forward to relocating to Kalamazoo with her husband and two teenage sons. She enjoys the outdoors, yoga, photography, coffee and wine.


News and Notes 2017 Van Riper Lectures The 35th Annual Van Riper Lectures were held last October. The event featured two wellknown speakers: Lee Robinson and Dr. Carol Westby. The topics included the role of Theory of Mind (ToM) and pragmatics; approaches to assessing pragmatics; social-emotional/ToM development: Infants and toddlers; first order, second order and high order ToM; and carrying on conversations and developing life stories. The Van Riper Lectures began in 1981 and honor Dr. Charles Van Riper, founder of the Speech Pathology and Audiology program at WMU. Since 2003, this series has been sponsored by Psi Iota Xi, a charitable organization helping individuals in the community Lee Robinson and Dr. Carol Westby with communication challenges. This series has proven to be popular, consistently drawing attendance by professionals and students in this field.

Distinguished alumna turns 100 Mary Ida Hunt (BS ‘40, MA ‘65) will celebrate her 100th birthday on June 23. Mrs. Hunt, a faculty member from 1965-83, is remembered for early study of augmentative communication, honest communication and her excellent sense of humor. Immediately after retiring, she returned part-time, serving as clinical supervisor until 2001 (she was 83). As a resident of The Fountains at Bronson Place, Mary Ida has led and participated in writing workshops, oral storytelling and various musical activities. She is currently teaching herself to play piano...by ear. Happy birthday, Mary Ida!

Psi Iota Xi Scholarship award Melody Gage was this year’s recipient of the Louella Bradley Endowed Scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is designated by Eta Omicron, the local chapter of Psi Iota Xi. Psi Iota Xi Sorority is a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting community needs, including the field of speech and hearing. Eta Omicron has a long-standing relationship with WMU’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, through partial funding of the Van Riper Lecture Series offered each fall. Pictured (L to R): Dr. Yvette Hyter, Dr. Carol Westby, Lee Robinson, Melody Gage, Sue Arlington, Beth Keeney, Andrea Niedenthal, Barb Webber and Tara Kozlowski

Introducing the American Sign Language minor In fall 2017, the department launched the new American Sign Language Studies minor. To supplement the four semesters of language instruction, a Deaf Culture and History course was taught for the first time in fall 2017 by one of our instructors who is Deaf. Student interest and enthusiasm for ASL courses continue to grow, even more now that the minor is official. As of spring 2018, 53 students have declared the minor. Eight students are on track to graduate in spring 2018 with a completed minor, one more will graduate with the minor in summer. As interest in the ASL Studies minor blossoms, student involvement in the ASL Club continues to increase. The student-run organization orchestrates social events where those studying ASL can connect with members of the local Deaf community. Various opportunities such as silent movie nights, holiday dinners and fundraising events allow students to “test-drive” their developing language skills with native ASL users, other students at various levels of skill and even students from programs outside of WMU. In January, the ASL Club was invited to sign the national anthem at a Kalamazoo Wings hockey game. Video of that performance and more information about upcoming events is available on the club’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ASLWMU.


Alumni Updates Ron Kelley, M.A. (1971) Ron is a part-time faculty member in the department and supervises graduate students in their on-campus clinical practicum in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic. He is also a well-known guppy breeder and won first place in the world guppy show in 2015. The last two years he has placed second and third in the International Fancy Guppy Association year-end standing with his red delta tail guppies. Lee Anne Robison, M.A., CCC-SLP (1996) Lee Anne is a senior speech-language pathologist at Rusk Rehabilitation Outpatient Services at NYU Langone Health in New York. With 20 years of experience working with adults in a variety of settings, she currently provides speech, language and cognitive-communication services to adults with acquired neurogenic disorders. Meghan Early, M.A. (2014) Meghan is a speech-language pathologist at NovaCare Kids and remembers the closeness of her cohort and the lasting friendships she made here. Her group keeps each other informed about professional and personal happenings.

Jared Koski, M.A. (2000) Jared is the SLP for Marquette-Alger RESA and an Alt+Shift Consultant. He’s also a proud husband and father of two talented daughters. He lives in Marquette, Michigan. Judd Emery, M.A. (2000) Judd is in his 18th year as the speech-language pathologist for the Bridgeman school system, which is where he interned when he was a student at WMU. Carrie Childers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (2000) Carrie is an assistant professor in communication disorders at Marshall University, where she teaches courses related to neuroanatomy and child and adolescent language disorders. Her research interests include facilitating academic and personal success for individuals with language and/or cognitive disorders and community supports for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Gregory J. Spray, M.A., CCC-SLP (2012) Gregory earned a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology in 2012. He is currently the president elect of MSHA and completing his Ph.D. in communicative sciences and disorders at Michigan State University. His research focuses on persistence and recovery in children who stutter.

Becky Sutherland Cornett joins Outstanding Alumni Academy Dr. Becky Sutherland Cornett was inducted into the College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Alumni Academy last fall. She graduated summa cum laude from WMU’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1975. She completed a master’s degree in counseling from Northwestern University before returning to WMU to earn her M.A. in speech-language pathology in 1980. Becky was a clinical supervisor and teaching fellow in communication disorders at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her Ph.D. After working at ASHA, Becky joined the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she recently retired after 29 years. She served there in various capacities, from director of the Speech Pathology Department to associate compliance director to director of fiscal integrity. Her final position was director of strategy and planning at the Wexner Medical Center. Karen Seelig, Dr. Becky Sutherland Cornett and Interim Chair Dr. Ann Tyler Dr. Cornett was one of the first to be certified in Health Care Compliance and has contributed more than 130 articles, chapters and presentations on health care value and quality, regulatory compliance, Medicare policy, professional affairs and women’s leadership roles. She co-authored (with Shelly Chabon) The Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology textbook and edited Clinical Practice Management for Speech-Language Pathologists. She was awarded the Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been elected to the ASHA Roster of Fellows. Becky and her husband Ward (Skip) have one daughter and several dogs and travel extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas. In retirement, they plan to travel, volunteer and tend to flower beds in the home they are building.

Update your information If you are an alumnus and would like to update your email or mailing address or let us know about a new job or any other changes in your professional life, there is a form available on our website. Simply visit wmich.edu/speech-audiology/alumni to let us know.


Faculty News James Hillenbrand to retire Dr. James Hillenbrand has brought the basic science aspects of speech, hearing and language to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences for 30 years. At the end of spring semester 2018, he will retire to, in his words, “work on various research and writing projects; travel to film festivals and tennis tournaments; and learn to fly fish, hit a topspin forehand, and other things that will never actually happen.” Before coming to WMU, Dr. Hillenbrand held positions at Northwestern University, RIT Research Corporation in Rochester, N.Y., and the Rochester Institute of Technology. With more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, 13 of which have been cited more than 100 times, Dr. Hillenbrand is internationally recognized as an expert in experimental phonetics. In fact, one of his papers on speech acoustics is approaching 2,000 citations. Over the course of his academic life he has been recognized for contributions to both research and teaching. Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

Dr. James Hillenbrand

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NIH research-grant awards totaling $5,970,315 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, WMU (1999) Fellow, Acoustical Society of America (2000) Northwestern University Teaching Excellence Award (1983) Editor’s Award, Journal of Speech and Hearing Research (1994) Paper included in Classics in Voice and Laryngology: 1966-2006 (2009)

Presenting at the 2017 ASHA convention Kathryn Hillenbrand, master faculty specialist, presented at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention with a team of university clinic directors and educators from throughout the state of Michigan. The group is prepared to meet changing requirements for the Clinical Certificate of Competence and also standards from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Their ASHA presentation, Using SQF to Focus on the Big Picture: Providing Feedback to Support Clinical Education, demonstrated the utility of the SQF Model of clinical teaching in our disciplines. Supervision, questioning and feedback strategies are used to move students toward achieving clinical autonomy in both skill application and clinical reasoning. This same team is collaborating to bring this knowledge to all practicing speech(L to R): Katie Strong (CMU), Kathryn Hillenbrand, language pathologists in Michigan and to meet a new ASHA requirement, Jill Bates (Calvin College), Theresa Jones (CMU) and effective January 2020, when all those who wish to be a clinical supervisor or Kristin Hicks (MSU) a Clinical Fellowship mentor will need a minimum of two hours of professional development, post CCC, in the area of supervision/clinical education.

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KCReady4 preschoolers are screened for speech, language and hearing by our graduate students and faculty. Carole Miller joined the department as an Administrative Assistant I. Our graduate programs hold applicant visit days and open houses during fall and spring semesters. Our students presented eight posters at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Meeting in 2018. Our students and the Van Riper Clinic clients are featured in W Magazine for winter 2018.


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Dr. Suma Devanga joins faculty Dr. Suma Devanga is a speech-language pathologist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and hearing science from the University of Mysore, India, and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined our faculty in fall 2017. Dr. Devanga is an assistant professor, teaching an undergraduate course, “Special Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders,” and “Aphasia in Adults” at the graduate level. She is also the director of the Neurogenic Communication Intervention Lab, where she works with undergraduate and graduate research assistants to study neurogenic communication disorders. Her research aims to bridge the clinical-functional gap in managing acquired neurogenic communication disorders. To do this, she studies intervention approaches that help individuals with aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders to communicate in everyday life. Dr. Devanga has presented research at many national and international conferences (Clinical Aphasiology Conference, American Speech Language and Hearing Association, American Association Dr. Suma Devanga for Applied Linguistics, and Indian Speech and Hearing Association). Currently, she serves as a coinvestigator on two internationally funded research projects and is working on several manuscripts for journal publications.

Support for Faculty Scholars Award Dr. Devanga also received the 2017-18 Support for Faculty Scholars Award to further her project, Collaborative Referencing: a Speech-Language Intervention for Aphasia. The findings from this project would guide practicing speech-language pathologists in providing treatments that show carryover of learning to peoples’ everyday lives. SFSA supports research and creative activities for faculty in the organizational phases of establishing research and creative activity projects.

Dr. Yvette Hyter co-authors first book The department is pleased to announce the publication of Dr. Yvette Hyter’s new book, Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, co-authored with Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance, and published by Plural Publishing. This groundbreaking book will play a significant role in guiding assessment and intervention practices of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and aid in understanding and meeting communication needs of those from diverse national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The book will also guide researchers in developing appropriate methodologies to study these complex issues. Drs. Hyter and Salas-Provance present a unique conceptual framework that will help readers, both professionals and students, become critically engaged users of culturally responsive and globally engaged practices. Key features include case studies, journal prompts and discussion questions, and real-life activities for building knowledge and skills pertaining to culturally and linguistically responsive practices. This book should definitely be on your bookshelf!

Pediatric Audiology MI-LEND grant Shana’e Clark and Sarah Kourtjian are our department’s first two trainees in the Pediatric Audiology MI-LEND grant. The Michigan Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MI-LEND) program trains emerging leaders with the goal of improving the health of infants, children and adolescents who are at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities and other special health care needs. The MI-LEND program is a two-semester training program that emphasizes developing family-centered, culturally competent interdisciplinary leadership skills. Teresa Crumpton, Au.D., serves as WMU’s discipline coordinator in Audiology. Long-term trainees are required to complete at least 300 hours of didactic, clinical and experiential learning. They receive a stipend and a certificate for successful completion of the program. MI-LEND is a collaboration between Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

New faculty note Dr. Jing Shen will join the audiology faculty in fall 2018. She has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. Her research interests include perceptual and cognitive mechanisms in speech perception, the impact of hearing loss and cognitive aging on older adults’ speech communication under adverse conditions, and psychosocial consequences of hearing loss.


Student News

SPPA 2070 Clinic Lab, WMU service-learning course During fall 2017, an official service learning component was added to SPPA 2070 as directed by our department’s strategic plan to enhance undergraduate learning. Every student in the class participated, providing a minimum of 15 hours of service to groups and organizations in the Kalamazoo community. More than 720 hours of service were provided by these students.

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Developmental nicotine exposure retards growth of the ear and cranial ganglia - Elise Drager, Au.D. student presenter at the 2018 American Academy of Audiology meeting Stem cell aberration in the auditory-vestibular hindbrain post-nicotine exposure Alexander Luck and Sarah Kourtjian, Au.D. student presenters at the 2018 American Academy of Audiology meeting Embryonic nicotine exposure alters glial cells in auditory-vestibular hindbrain Andrew Luck, Sarah Kourtjian and Elise Drager - Sarah Kourtjian, Au.D. student presenter at the 2018 American Academy of Audiology meeting Middle ear muscle activity associated with mastication - Madeline Smith, SLP student presenter at the 2018 National Hearing Conservation Association conference Acoustic reflexes are common but not pervasive: evidence using a diagnostic middle ear analyzer - Kara McGregor, Au.D. student published in the International Journal of Audiology Madeline Smith

Student awards for 2017-18 Undergraduate 2018 Presidential Scholar Madeline Smith Departmental Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, AUD Alexander Luck All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, Master’s Level Departmental Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, SLP Christel G. Ciolino WMU Graduate Student Association Conference Award Brian McTaggart WMU Travel Grant Recipients Rakel T. Osentoski, Elise Drager and Alexander Luck

Student scholarships for 2017-18 Robert L. Erickson Award for Excellence in the Study of Voice and Speech Sciences Rachel M. Keselring John “Mick” Hanley Endowed Scholarship Elizabeth Williams

Max and Lisa M. Herrera Memorial Scholarship Sarah E. Zywiczynski PSI IOTA XI Louella Bradley Endowed Scholarship Melody R. Gage Raymond R. and Beverly K. Shevchik Endowed Scholarship Molly L. Jackson Robert and Candis Warner Endowed Scholarship Rakel T. Osentoski Randall M. & Barbara L. Webber Endowed Scholarship Tara Kozlowski AMBUCS Scholarship Kellie Abraham Dale K. Wilson Scholarship Emily Greenberg Departmental Scholarship Anna Poggensee Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarship Sarah Kourtjian and Brian McTaggart


Full-time externships extend to Colorado, Oregon, and Arizona After graduate feedback highlighted the value of full-time clinical education, the department began seeking full-time, off-campus clinical practicum assignments for second year speech-language pathology graduate students in locations far from Kalamazoo. Educational and medical clinical practicum placements currently take place all over Michigan, throughout the Midwest, and as far away as Oregon, Colorado and Arizona. Kathryn Hillenbrand, master faculty specialist, places students by matching their learning needs with the opportunities presented by supervising clinicians. Student response has been clear and positive. The internship is going great! I am learning so much. It is a K-8 elementary school in Peoria, Arizona, and we see students in each grade. I’m feeling very appreciative for this opportunity offered through our program at Western. McKenzie Zinn, SLP MA Class of 2018

McKenzie Zinn with supervisor Kathy Hoffman

I have thoroughly enjoyed my off campus internship in Indiana! The therapy team at Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, in Lafayette, Indiana, have been encouraging, motivating and informative. I am so thankful for this opportunity and continue to look forward to the remainder of my internship. Thank you! Emily Layman, SLP MA Class of 2018

Students earn ASHA Student Research Travel Award for conference poster In November, Anna Poggensee and Brittany Barnes were awarded the ASHA Student Research Travel Award for the highest-rated, studentauthored paper in its convention topic area at the annual American Speech-Language Hearing Association convention. Their poster was titled An Analysis of Aphasia Education Internet Resources for Spanish-Speaking Clients and Families. At the conference they interacted with a number of SLPs who expressed interest in using the results of their project in their own practices.

Student Groups volunteer and serve the University and community Student Academy of Audiology Last summer, SAA organized its first annual golf outing at Ridgeview Golf Course in Kalamazoo. It was a great success, with SAA raising more than $2,000 for individuals in need of hearing services and treatment. So far, two individuals have received hearing aids through SAA’s volunteer and fundraising efforts. Students additionally provided free hearing screenings and education to the Kalamazoo community at the Project Connect Expo in November. NSSLHA The NSSLHA has raised funds for the John Tracy Clinic, Cleft Line Bears and NSSLHA Loves. NSSLHA members also represented the department at the MLK Career Cruising event, an event to promote student diversity. Funds raised will support clients seeking speech-language pathology and audiology services at the Clinic NSSLHA students hold bi-weekly study sessions for their peers and also participate in monthly Blind Bingo games hosted by the Blind and Low Vision Bureau of Kalamazoo. Check out nsslhawmu.wixsite.com/nsslha for updates and photos. You can also find them on Twitter (@nsslhaatwmu), Instagram (@nsslhaatwmu) and on Facebook.

Emily Layman with supervisor Callie Lankford


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Supporting the department There are many opportunities for you to support the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University. • • •

Named graduate and undergraduate scholarship endowments Department funding Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic

Simply visit wmich.edu/speech-audiology/giving to set up your donation. For more information, contact the WMU Development Office at (269) 387-8881. There are non-monetary ways you can show your support as well. • • •

In-kind donations to the clinic Student mentorships Off-campus practicum supervisors

For more information about these or other forms of support, please contact us on our website at wmich.edu/speech-audiology/contact or by phone at (269) 387-8045.

What does your gift mean to the department, our students and clients at the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic? $25

100 Disposable dental examination mirrors

$85

Textbook for graduate student with financial need

$100

Materials and other support for clinical services

$200

Yearly subscription to online treatment materials for a client with aphasia

$500

iPad for general clinic use

$350

Semester therapy scholarship for client with financial need

$1000 Student travel award to support costs associated with attending ASHA $115,000 Basic Balance and Vestibular Assessment Unit for audiology clinic $385,000 The above with all the “bells and whistles”

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