ECU Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association


Officers/Advisor Profile
Community Service and Events
Student Leaders Council

The ECU Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students entering the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology that encourages involvement at the local and national NSSLHA.  The group conducts one general council meeting per month.  NSSLHA is involved in a variety of fundraising, volunteer and social events throughout the year.  Some of these events include:  hosting and planning the Annual ECU Speech and Hearing Symposium for professionals and students; student and faculty picnics/gatherings; fall and spring festivals for families in the speech and hearing clinic; bake sale of Haiti relief; Yankee Candle sale; and Relay for Life.



Officers and Advisors for NSSLHA

Advisors: Ms. Debby Bengala
President: Alicia White
Vice President: Katelyn Nall
Treasurer:Dana Josephson
Secretary: Nissa Harrell
Fundraising Officer: Aimee Williamson
Service Officer: Jordan Atksins
Social Officer: Meredith Batchelor
Historian: Emily Barber


NSSLHA Officers, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015
(front row, L-R) Emily Barber, Chantelle Williamson, Lisa Tallman
(back row, L-R) Elizabeth McGee, Katelyn Nall, Dana Josephson, Julia Mangum, Nissa Harrell, Meredith Batchelor, Debby Bengala (advisor)



Community Service and Events

Helping Haiti Recover from Devastating Earthquake
This year several of our students were directly affected by the devastation in Haiti. 2 of our students stepped up to help organize 1) a bake sale fundraiser in which all proceeds went to the Red Cross for Haiti Relief 2) students raised food, clothing and monetary donations for a family of one of our own students. We were able to send over supplies to our fellow student's family in Haiti.


Reaching out to Cancer Victims  
This year our organization participated in Relay for Life. Our advisor and professor passed away after her battle with breast cancer in February of 2010. Our organization organized a relay team in only one month's time. Together in that month we were able to recruit student and faculty team members and plan 2 fundraising activities. Overall we raised $2700 dollars in one month for Relay for Life in honor of our professor who recently passed.

Student Run Speech Language and Hearing Symposium
Our organization plans, organizes and host a Speech Language and Hearing Symposium each year in the fall. This is a 2 day conference in which we bring in speakers from our CSDI field to lecture on current issues and practices. This is a completely student run event and this coming fall it we will be hosting our 40th Annual Symposium.

Student and Faculty Social  
In both the fall and the spring, our organization holds 2 "department picnics" in which the students plan and supply food and drinks for our department (both students and faculty) to attend. It is a time at the beginning of the year to get to know your fellow students and faculty and celebrate the ending of the school year in the spring.    

Fall Festival  
On campus our CSDI department runs the ECU Speech Language and Hearing Clinic. In the fall our students plan, organize and execute a Fall Festival open to the families within our clinic. It is a community service event. Also in the spring we host a Spring Festival around Easter for the families in our clinic as well.


Throughout the year our organization plans and executes several fundraisers. This year our fundraising officer and committee organized a Yankee Candle fundraiser and 2 bake sales (fall and spring).



Links for NSSLHA

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association/NSSLHA -
NSSLHA is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders.  

American Speech and Hearing Association/ASHA –
ASHA is the professional association for 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.  

Better Hearing Institute - 
Not-for-profit organization with the mission of educating the public and medical profession on hearing loss, its treatment and prevention


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