Welcome back to another academic year! It’s going to be an exciting year for the national SAA and the SAA Advisory Committee (SAAAC)! Please stay tuned for announcements regarding all of the exciting new projects the SAA has in store for the 2016-2017 academic year.
One project I’m especially excited to talk to you all about is a new change coming to this very forum, the “Advisors’ Corner”.
In the next edition of the SAAy Anything e-Newsletter, the “Advisors’ Corner” will be transformed into an advice column where students will pose questions and expert audiologists, such as yourselves, will answer the questions to be published in the quarterly SAAy Anything e-Newsletter. The questions can be about anything audiology related – from how to find an externship, to how to prepare for the Praxis, or simple tips to prepare for a job interview – the possibilities are endless as long as it’s audiology related. Students interested in submitting questions can e-mail me at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternately, if you as an advisor are interested in serving as an expert, please contact me at either e-mail and let me know what subject areas your interests would include so I can be sure to send along the appropriate questions. Even if you just have questions you feel students could benefit from hearing the answers to, please reach out and let me know. We’d love for you to be a part of this new column in any way you can.
Another project I’m excited to introduce to all of you is a possible mentorship program between audiology professionals and graduate students. The SAAAC is currently in the process of evaluating different mentor programs and developing the structure/guidelines for a pilot. I look forward to getting more information about this project to all of you and your students in the near future.
So, as you can see, the upcoming year promises to be an exciting one, and we look forward to working with all of you this year! Your continued support of the national SAA and graduate students in audiology is, as always, very much appreciated!
Kate Marchelletta, AuD
National SAA Advisor / SAAAC Chair