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COSD News and Announcements
Hanover Research lists speech-language pathology as one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in 2021. Speech-language pathologists are growing by 24.9% and have an average annual wage of $82,000. Read more about the fastest growing degree programs and top occupations.
Do you have questions about applying to the speech-language pathology graduate program? Please join us for a virtual open house on October 13 or November 10th on Zoom. No need to RSVP!
At a special ceremony held on May 25, 2021, Radford University administrators and supporters officially broke ground on the Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity, a state-of-the-art complex that will serve as a blended teaching and learning space for the arts and health sciences.
Join us for a COSD Graduate Program Open House Event March 26th 12-2pm. Learn more about our Master's of Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Diane Millar at email@example.com by March 25th to receive your Zoom link.
Join the Waldron College of Health and Human Services at Radford University for a virtual information session especially for admitted students on Thursday, March 11 at 5 PM or Thursday, April 8 at 5 PM. Hear directly from faculty and students from Communication Sciences and Disorders and Social Work about our innovative courses as well as post-graduate career and graduate school options!
Need help navigating the application process? Please join us for a drop-in question and answer session Monday, December 7, 2020 10 am- 12 pm.
Join us for a Graduate Program Virtual Open House on Monday, October 19 from 1-2 pm! Learn more about our master's program in Speech-Language Pathology. Please RSVP to Dr. Lauren Flora at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 16 to receive
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Congratulations to our 2020-2021 COSD Student Ambassadors!
The Fall 2020 Waldron College Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium will take place virtually on October 16th, 2020. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work students will participate.
Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Radford University NSSLHA officers!
President: Joshua Tuggle
Vice President: Laken Lucas
Secretary: Hannah Martin
Treasurer: Gracen Baliles
Fundraising Coordinator: Sydney Covey
We are currently accepting applications for our graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Apply now!
NSSLHA will hold elections for 2020-2021 officers at the end of August!
Graduate student orientation will take place on July 30th and 31st on Zoom. Be on the look out for an email with a Zoom link!
Meghan Stinnette elected RU's NSSLHA Chapter President for the 2021-22 academic year!
Meghan is a senior in the COSD program and Radford’s NSSLHA Chapter President for the 2021-22 school year. She is also currently researching the effects of body language on communicative competence alongside Dr. Millar. She is interested in how people outside of COSD view different aspects of communication. Meghan chose COSD because she wants to connect with people and help them feel more confident. She is passionate about the depth of knowledge SLPs have of the human body and its seemingly simple, everyday functions like breathing. Meghan is interested in working with children, whether that’s in a medical setting or as a school-based SLP. Although she isn’t sure about the setting, Meghan sees herself as a practicing SLP making a difference in someone’s day in the next 5-10 years.
As a de-stressor during the week, Meghan spends time with her friends and goes to work out classes at the gym. On the weekends, you can find her at church or with friends. They often look for fun, adventurous new places to hike in the area.
Alumna Teresa Brookman Won 2021 Teacher of the Year Award for Pulaski County Schools!
Teresa Brookman attended RU for both undergrad (Class of ‘87) and graduate school (Class of ‘88). Teresa began her time at RU as a nursing major and considered teaching but decided to switch majors after learning about COSD and the variety of work settings within the field. Teresa recently received the 2021 Teacher of the Year Award for Pulaski County schools where she was an SLP for 33 years. For 32 of those 33 years, Teresa was an externship supervisor for the RU COSD program. She began supervising immediately after her clinical fellowship year and enjoyed learning alongside current COSD students, while also persuading them to become SLPs in the public-school system. During this time, she worked with elementary through high school students and as needed with children at an outpatient clinic during school breaks. Teresa recently retired from the school setting to pursue a job as an SLP with an allied health agency. She is currently navigating telehealth with children and looking forward to traveling while continuing remote work.
As an SLP, Teresa has loved helping children communicate. She emphasized how SLPs are a gateway to opening communication between children and their families. Teresa also said that it almost brings tears to her eyes to think about how thankful parents are to hear their children say “mama” for the first time. She loves seeing kids make progress and being a part of that process. She is appreciative of Radford and the COSD program for preparing her for her career and wants graduate students to stick with it and remember that they have the opportunity to touch a lot of lives through this profession.