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COSD News and Announcements
Interested in learning about our graduate program in speech-language pathology? Dr. Lauren Flora is hosting 3 upcoming information sessions (all events will be in-person and virtually on Zoom). To RSVP contact Lauren Flora at email@example.com. The sessions will be: Monday, February 21, 2022 @ 3:00, Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 11:00 am, and Saturday, April 2, 2022 @10:00 am. RSVP for 1 today!
U.S. News and World Report ranks Speech-Language Pathologist #3 in "Best Health Care Jobs" and # 10 in "Best 100 Jobs." Audiologist ranked #22 on the "Best Health Care Jobs" list! To learn more about these professions and see the rankings visit The Best Health Care Jobs List.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com by October 16 to receive
your Zoom link.
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!
COSD senior Lauren Buenviaje awarded 3rd place at SHAV in the poster competition!
Lauren is a senior in Radford’s COSD program who recently won 3rd place in the poster competition at the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia’s (SHAV) Annual Conference. Her poster presentation was based on her honor’s capstone project about interprofessional practice (IPP) between school based SLPs and allied health professionals. She worked alongside Dr. Abdelaziz, to research North Carolina SLP’s perception of collaboration and the impact of COVID-19 on IPP in public schools. Lauren commented that she, “had great conversations with SLPs who gave [her] more insight on IPP in the schools and ways [she] could broaden her research.”
As a graduate student, Lauren hopes to continue researching IPP in other settings and is also interested in researching Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lauren finds speech-language pathology fulfilling because “communication is what makes us feel connected to one another.” She wants to help people regain or learn how to communicate with loved ones and feel more connected to the world. This desire to help goes hand in hand without how she found the profession. After losing her grandma to ALS, Lauren began reading about treatment options and found her place in COSD.
In the next 5-10 years, Lauren sees herself happily working as an SLP and is considering getting her PhD as well. Lauren enjoys playing instruments, singing, dancing and hanging out with friends in her free time.
Alumna Kenzie VanDerwerker serves as Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology on the SHAV Board of Directors!
Kenzie VanDerwerker is a COSD alumna who attended RU for both her undergraduate (2015) and graduate degree (2017). She began her career as an SLP in the school system then moved to an outpatient/inpatient clinic for both adults and children. Now Kenzie works at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters where she enjoys assisting individuals in finding a way to communicate their needs, wants, and ideas.
In addition to her clinical work, Kenzie is active in the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV). She began as a committee volunteer after graduating from RU, moved into a position as secretary for the executive board, and now serves as SHAV’s Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology. Her current position focuses on advocating for the needs of SLPs. Kenzie has presented at the local, state, and national level on a variety of topics including ADHD and executive functioning, selective mutism, challenging behaviors, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, and phonological awareness.
In her free time, Kenzie enjoys flipping houses under the guidance of her father and volunteering with various programs for children and young adults including National History Day (a non-profit organization based around historical research) and Odyssey of the Mind (a creative problem-solving program for students from kindergarten through college).