June 2015 President's Corner
It’s hard to believe that just over one year ago I was elected to serve as the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) President and I could not be more thankful for the incredible year I’ve had! I’ve learned so much about the SAA and our incredible student members through various national activities, media outlets, and local projects.
Some things I’ve learned:
SAA members try new things – Many of our SAA committee members had never before served on a committee and were challenged to step outside of their comfort zone. They wrote articles for various media outlets, created helpful materials for local SAA chapters and student members, and planned an educational student conference at AudiologyNOW!.
SAA members are passionate about the future of audiology – Throughout the year, local SAA chapters demonstrated their passion for audiology by participating in a wide variety of activities outside of their academic responsibilities. Local SAA chapters are involved in humanitarian projects including Special Olympics Healthy Hearing and international audiology missions, have traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for the field of audiology, and work diligently to educate the public about hearing health.
SAA members are dedicated to strengthening SAA as a whole – The SAA continues to grow through record-breaking national membership and increased involvement in national SAA activities. The SAA Board of Directors and its committees continue to brainstorm ways to provide support for SAA members and continue to grow with our local chapters.
These are just a few of the things I’ve learned over the last year, and I’m so proud to be part of a strong, growing, organization with such active members! If you or your local chapter is interested in getting involved with the national SAA or starting some new projects in your local SAA chapter, here are some ways you can:
- Encourage your chapter to participate in Chapter Challenges and your local Special Olympics Healthy Hearing event
- Apply to serve on a national committee. Applications will be available this month, so look out for the email containing deadlines and application materials
- Apply to serve on the SAA Board of Directors! Applications will be available in October 2015.
- Run for a position on your local SAA Board of Directors. As a board member, you have the opportunity to participate in national SAA regional conference calls, and provide feedback to your regional representative
I would like to congratulate the class of 2015 from the SAA Board of Directors! As we move into our professional careers, I encourage you all to “Fellow Up” and become Academy Fellows for FREE when you graduate! Don’t miss out on all the wonderful benefits of being a member of the Academy! For more information about how to apply, click here.
The SAA Board of Directors is always available to answer your questions and we would love to hear how we might better serve the SAA membership. You can access contact information for the Board here.
Have a wonderful summer! I look forward to “hearing” about the wonderful things SAA members will do all over the world in the coming years, as I graduate and transition into my professional career as an audiologist and member of the Academy.
Laura Chenier, SAA President
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