July 2019 President's Corner

July 2019 President's Corner

Top 10 From the SAA's 10th Year

It has been an incredibly successful and productive year for the national Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). We had hard-working and committed members of the board of directors, talented and selfless committee volunteers, experienced and wise advisors, and active and growing SAA membership! We couldn’t have done it without you all. Here are the top 10 takeaways from the 10th year of the national SAA:

  1. SAA 10th Anniversary Reception - In honor of the 10th anniversary of the SAA, Alpaca Audiology sponsored a reception at AAA 2019 for SAA current and past board members, as well as advisors and supporters of the SAA.
  2. Humanitarian Mural at AAA - Students and professionals contributed their artistic talents to an audiology-themed mural. This mural was donated to the Department of Otolaryngology at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
  3. SAA Blog - This year, the SAA previewed the SAA Blog, a communication platform that has been years in the making. The SAA Blog is a chance for students and professionals to share insights, experiences, tips, stories and research in a low-stress and easy-to-digest manner. Check it out and sign up to contribute!
  4. Collaboration with NSSLHA and SADA - SAA executive members met with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology leadership to brainstorm ways to collaborate effectively as audiology students for the betterment of the profession. We will be doing our first collaborative initiative this fall. Stay tuned!
  5. The New SLAC - This year, the SAA trialed a new inclusive style to the third annual Student Leaders in Audiology (SLAC) conference. SLAC & Snacks secured the noon hour each day at the AAA Conference, and the room was filled with interested and hungry students! Thanks to all who attended and look forward to more leadership activities at AAA 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans.
  6. 2nd Annual Red Bird Mission Trip - Red Bird Mission Clinic is a clinic in southeastern Kentucky that provides health services to the community. The SAA organized a trip from May 13-17, 2019. Six students and two professionals attended and provided audiologic services to dozens of patients in need.
  7. SAA State Ambassador Expansion - The 2017-2018 year was the first year of the SAA State Ambassador Program, which identified a student leader in each state to coordinate activities and collaboration between SAA chapters and audiology programs for the advancement of state-level advocacy. The program tripled from 7 Ambassadors year one to 21 Ambassadors year two! We are excited for continued expansion of the program.
  8. Education and Externship Survey - The Education and Externship Task Force collected data from over 1000 students, externs and new professionals to evaluate the continuum of audiology education from classroom to clinic. This data was presented at AAA 2019 and published in July/August 2019 edition of Audiology Today; "Say the Word “Survey”: Inspiring Data-Driven Change for Audiology Externships".
  9. Students with Hearing Loss Resource Web Page - This task force has been working hard to create resources for the past two years to help students with hearing loss. These resources include everything from how to perform a listening check with a cochlear implant to legal rights of students with hearing loss.
  10.  CAPCSD Conference - SAA executive members attended the 2019 Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) conference as an exhibitor. This is the first conference that national SAA has attended for advertisement and exposure purposes. We spoke to over 78 individuals (out of approximately 400 attendees) about what SAA is and how a local chapter can supplement an undergraduate or graduate program.

Thank you for being a member of the national Student Academy of Audiology for our 10th anniversary year! We look forward to many successful years to come.