September 2016 President's Corner
Welcome back! I hope you had the opportunity to explore some aspect of “down time” throughout the course of the summer months and are as eager and excited for the year ahead as I am! Traditionally, the fall edition of SAAy Anything’s “President’s Corner” capitalizes on the opportunity to gently remind the SAA membership of the plethora of resources available through the SAA; however, I’d like to take this opportunity to share information about the upcoming changes currently on the horizon for the SAA. The current Board of Directors (BOD) believes that these changes will not only help to strengthen and enhance the organization’s outlook, but more importantly, assist the organization in better understanding, responding to, and exceeding those needs and desires of its membership – YOU!
First and foremost, the SAA BOD is making it a priority to be more present and involved with our membership, so that we can personally collect and respond to your needs. Each SAA chapter has been assigned to a particular region of the country which is overseen by a member of the SAA BOD, so please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any personal, chapter-related, or university-related needs. We will do everything in our power to ensure that your needs are successfully fulfilled. After all, we are here for you and consider your needs to be our number one priority in all we do as a BOD. Other upcoming changes include:
- Exploring ways we could strengthen and enhance the current SAA Governance Structure" and "Discover alternative approaches to how we market the SAA Brand to be more in line with better representing the student voice in audiology
- Discover alternative approaches to how we market the SAA Brand to be more in line with better representing the student voice in audiology
- Offering a wide variety of changes to the SAA Conference and student programming at our upcoming conference in Indianapolis in April of 2017 - The new student programming will include more diverse topics in audiology, participation in “hands-on” experiences that will be student-lead/driven, opportunities for student leadership development, and so much more! Be on the lookout for more details relating to such topics in the near future!
As I conclude this edition of the “President’s Corner,” I’d like to say on behalf of the other members of the SAA BOD, how honored and privileged we feel to lead the SAA this year. We do not take this opportunity lightly and hope that we can help the SAA become the fuel to light your fire for the profession of audiology. Again, we encourage you to reach out and connect with the BOD and let us know how we can help to make your graduate experience a memorable and empowering one. Here’s to what we know will be a WONDERFUL year!
Joshua Huppert, SAA President