Message from SAA President

Message from SAA President

Hello!

Let me be the first to welcome you to this new academic year with the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA). Not only is it a brand new year, but the SAA Board of Directors is debuting our brand new look. With the implementation of our new board structure and the establishment of the President-Elect position, we hope that the SAA will continue to improve our ability to serve audiology students and to be essential in the lives of our membership.

I am honored to be writing to you as the President of the SAA, especially given that SAA has been my professional home since I began my AuD. Within weeks of starting my degree at Washington University in Saint Louis., I joined my local SAA chapter. I was surprised to learn that being a part of SAA not only meant participating in fundraisers and events, but also meant receiving mentorship from second and third year members. The next year I applied to volunteer with national SAA and was placed on the SAA Programs Subcommittee! I collaborated with other members of the subcommittee and I also received support and mentorship from the subcommittee chair.

Last year, I was elected to the national Board of Directors and served as the SAA Undergraduate Committee Chair. After serving on the national SAA in various capacities, it was my turn to support and mentor other students. I had an opportunity to pay it forward by supporting other audiology students and I can’t wait to do it again! Of course, I loved every second of my interactions with students across the country. True to every single step of this journey, I did not operate independently and I was supported by fantastic mentors and peers along the way!

What all this nostalgia amounts to is this: I did not get here alone. You may be a leader in your local chapter, a volunteer on a national SAA committee, or a student who recently learned about SAA for the first time. Whoever you are, you have something special to contribute, and wherever you are on your journey, this year, I encourage each of you to become more engaged with SAA and to empower other students along the way.

Jeni Whittaker, SAA President

Hello and welcome to national SAA!

I am so excited that you have chosen to volunteer with SAA, whether in a local, state or national capacity. Our field is only as successful as the individuals dedicated to its success! I thank you for being that person and I’m excited to be a future colleague of yours.

My name is Liz Marler and I am entering my third year at Purdue University. I am currently serving as the President-Elect of SAA! This structure is brand new to the national level and I’m excited to complete large projects and initiatives. As a leader, I thrive on information, ideas, opinions and data to make my decisions and I encourage you to contact me if you have any of these. 

My introduction to SAA started as a member of a local audiology organization at Purdue. After assisting with the establishment of an SAA chapter at Purdue, it became very clear why the SAA is so different. We are a network of students, all suffering through difficult courses, filling out fourth year applications and forgetting the masking formulas. We are all volunteers with graduate assistantships, family, and hobbies (ha) competing for our time. But we are also all future audiologists, concerned about the direction of our profession, and excited to contribute. This unique collection of voices has been extremely influential for my personal and professional life and I hope you can experience the same rewards. 

Welcome to another great year with the SAA and I look forward to serving you in the upcoming years.

Liz Marler, SAA President-Elect