Challenge Accepted!: Reflections from the 15-15-15 Challenge

Challenge Accepted!: Reflections from the 15-15-15 Challenge

During the week of November 15th, SAA chapters from across the country engaged their members, faculty, alumni, family, and friends in accepting the 15-15-15 Challenge. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who participated! Through this SAA fundraising initiative, 19 chapters participated, raising over $1,300 that will be re-invested in student initiatives through our partner, the AAA Foundation

We would like to thank the following chapters for participating in this year’s 15-15-15 Challenge:

  • Eastern Tennessee University
  • Florida State University
  • Kansas University Medical Center
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium
  • Northeastern University
  • Purdue University
  • Salus University
  • Towson University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Illinois - Urbana Champagne
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wayne State University

Kristin Winkler, a second year student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, reflected on her 15-15-15 Challenge experience: “The 15-15-15 Challenge made us feel part of the audiology community in a very unique way, unlike other philanthropy efforts. It was rewarding to talk more with faculty, get re-acquainted with alumni, and to educate friends about our profession and how our professional organization is consistently reinvests in its members. We are so grateful to the SAA for giving us the opportunity to give back to our profession.”

The 15-15-15 Challenge in 2015 was indeed an overwhelming success due to strong participation from local SAA chapters, university faculty, SAA alumni, family, and friends. It is truly a testament of the importance of investing in the future of our profession through gifts that support scholarships, research, and advocacy in audiology from the AAA Foundation. Each participant in the 15-15-15 Challenge has pledged their support by planting the seeds and reaping a brighter future for audiology students and the profession.

Participating members from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center SAA Chapter 15-15-15 Challenge

Anna Marie Jilla is a third-year AuD/PhD student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her research and clinical interests are in aural rehabilitation, specifically hearing aid uptake, treatment adherence, and outcomes measurement. She currently serves as SAA Treasurer, Fundraising Committee Chair, and AAA Foundation Liaison.