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Wayne State's Student Speech Hearing and Language Association (WSSHLA)


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The Wayne State University Student Speech-Language & Hearing Association (WSSLHA) is an organization for students who are pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.  
It is lead by student nominated officers, advised by Emmylou Garza-Prisby, NSSLHA Chapter Advisor at Wayne State University. 

If you are interested in joining WSSHLA, please download and complete the membership application form via the link and deliver to Ms. Garza-Prisby's mailbox (2nd floor, Rackham Bldg).
WSSHLA Membership Application Form

Fall 2014


Undergraduate & Post-Bachelor WSSLHA News

By Katie Stevenson 

First, the Wayne State CSD has a Facebook page! Be sure to "like" it to ensure that you stay up to date on all of the latest information! Here is the link to the Facebook pgae;


The UG/PB WSSLHA officers for 2014 are;

Katie Stevenson - President
Jessica Coppiellie - Secretary
Kimberly Brief - Historian
Brittany Chisholm - Student Representative

Undergraduate WSSHLA Officers Fall2014
 Photo: We are standing in the main entrance of the Hospital (from left to right: Kimberly, Me(Katie), and Brittany. *Jessica not pictured)

The WSSLHA members have been successful with a book drive that ended our winter 2014 semester with success! We began the book drive on April 1, 2014 with hopes to collect as many books as possible to donate to the children who would love and appreciate them at Children's Hospital (Detroit).  With boxes set up at the main campus in Detroit and at the extension campus in Macomb, we worked hard to encourage others to bring gently used or new books to give to the Children! Through the course of the book drive, I (Katie) spoke with the volunteer department at Children's multiple times and I was informed they were excited to receive the books because they were in need of books for the children there. The WSSLHA members got to work and spread the word for everyone to donate books! We even got donations from local libraries including the Taylor Public Library, as well as Another Look Books a local used book store in Taylor! With success in mind we ended up collecting over 700 books to donate to Children's Hospital! We delivered the books on Tuesday May 6, 2014 and were thanked so sincerely from the ladies working in the Foundation/Volunteer Department. As students who have a passion for helping others, we are so grateful to have has such a huge success with the book drive, we just want to give a big thank you to all those who contributed and I know there are a lot of smiling faces at Children’s Hospital who would want to tell the same thing. We even became famous by making it in the local newspaper, The News Herald as well as the Children's Hospital website and blog! 

Fall 2014 - WSSHLA Meeting Minutes for October 8, 2014

Thank you to everyone that attended our second WSSLHA meeting of the school year. For those of you that could not attend, here are the four main topics that were covered:

1) We are running a food drive from now until October 29th to benefit the Children's Center in Detroit. We are trying to collect canned and dry foods that will not spoil. There will be a donation box in Rackham's waiting center, and various WSSLHA representatives will bring donation boxes to CSD classes both at WSU and MCC. Please help us make this as successful as our book drive last year by donating and spreading the word to other students! Attached is a flyer with more information.

2) We are selling WSSLHA t-shirts from now until October 27th. Attached to this email is the order form. Various WSSLHA representatives will be collecting the order forms in each of the different CSD classes, and then turning them into me at the end of the month. You may also choose to drop your order form off in Mrs. Garza-Prisby's mailbox in Rackham. Please make sure your order forms and cash payment are in a sealed envelope.

3) The new WSSLHA room (where we held the meeting today) is in the basement of Rackham. There is no room number, but there is a WSSLHA sign on the door. Mrs. Garza-Prisby is turning this into a student lounge for us. If you are able, please volunteer your time on Tuesday, October 21st from 10am-whenever to help clean and decorate the room. The more people that help, the faster it will be finished!

4) We discussed our holiday service project. Those who attended the meeting today seemed very interested in making Christmas cards for military troops or children at the DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan. Be on the lookout for more information during our November meeting. We will discuss electing new WSSLHA officers at that meeting, as well.

P.S. For any WSSLHA member who has not yet paid their yearly dues, a copy of the WSSLA application is attached. Please fill it out with and place it in Mrs. Garza-Prisby's mailbox.

Thanks for all that you do, and let's make our food drive and T-shirt sale as successful as possible!


By Kathleen Salata

My name is Kathleen Salata and I am the president of the graduate chapter of WSSHLA. I am 23 years old and from Livonia, MI. I graduated with honors with a Bachelor's of Applied Art Degree in Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University in the May of 2014. I came to Wayne State for my graduate studies because of the great clinical experiences and research opportunities that are offered to its students. I want to work with children in a hospital or clinical setting after I graduate. I am interested in the research and treatment of children with autism, children who stutter, and children with childhood apraxia of speech. I have two older brothers and a younger brother, along with my dog Riley. In my free time, I like to run, read, spend time with families and friends, and travel.

The other members on the executive board with me (photo below, from left to right) are Jaimie Sierakowsk (Student Representative), Jamie Onica (Historian), me, Stephanie Schultz (Vice President), and Emily Corless (Secretary). 

Graduate WSSHLA Officers Fall2014


We all look forward to organizing the upcoming events in 2015!


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