Dr. Susan Collins, Assistant Professor, Gerontology, was awarded an $82,574 grant to support the Weld County Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program at UNC by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Dr. Deanna Meinke, Associate Professor, Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, received the Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology. The award recognizes achievements in clinical practice, consumer education, product development, or research in the area of hearing conservation.
Dr. Joyce Weil, Assistant Professor, Gerontology, accompanied Dr. Nancy Karlin, Professor, Psychology and 11 of her students to Italy to collect data on aging. Dr. Weil pursued her research on aging in place, interviewing elders living in Rome.
Dr. Jill Bezyak, Assistant Professor, Human Rehabilitative Services, was awarded a $678,000 long-term training grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, that will support students in the MA, Rehabilitation Counseling Program. The grant is designed to increase the number of qualified rehabilitation counselors available to serve individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Kathy Fahey, Professor, Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences, was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Service Award by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado. The award recognizes Dr. Fahey’s contributions in time and/or talents that significantly improved care of children in the RiteCare programs that address early language and literacy development, as well as speech and language disorders.
The Gerontology program co-sponsored and implemented the Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging, held in Loveland, Co, Spring 2011. The conference topic was “Elder Financial Exploitation: Investigation and Intervention Tools. SHS Director, Dr. Ellen Gregg, gave a welcome address. The conference was attended by professionals, elders, caregivers, and UNC faculty and students.
Led by Dr. Jamie Erskine, Professor, Dietetics, students in the Dietetics program initiated and maintained the Dietetics Student Community Garden and collaborated with the Realizing Our Community (ROC) program to assist with other community gardens in Greeley. The gardens provided Burmese refugees in Greeley the opportunity to grow fresh vegetables.
UNC hosted the annual conference of the National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education (NINLHE), Changing Times: Innovative Approaches to Serving Native Students in Higher Education. Dr. Liz Gilbert, Associate Professor, Community Health, serves on the NINLHE board and was instrumental in bringing the annual conference to UNC. UNC Trustee, Dee St. Cyr, a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the chair of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce, delivered a keynote address.
The UNC Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic which serves as a clinical education and training site for students in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, as well as providing clinical services for children and adults in northern Colorado, earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Over the past four years, the TACE Region 8 project has been involved in developing a community of practice among rehabilitation professionals, the Summit Group, which has the goal of advancing program evaluation and quality assurance in state vocational rehabilitation agencies. TACE staff members have co-hosted Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation conferences and developed webinars to support this goal. The Summit Group has been cited as a model community of practice by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Two School of Human Sciences students were awarded Research Excellence Awards in conjunction with UNC’s 2011 Research Day. Kayla Howerton (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deanna Meinke), Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, was recognized with the Top Undergraduate Poster Award for her presentation on “Youth Recreational Firearm User’s Shooting Habits, use of Hearing Protection Devices and Self-Assessed Auditory Status.” Mindy Stewart (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alena Clark), Dietetics, was recognized with the Top Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for her presentation, “Voice Your Health: Determining Elementary School Students’ Perceived Hinders and Helpers to a Leading a Healthy Lifestyle.”
ASLS Alumna, Amy Nelloms, who is in the Au.D. program at the University of Illinois, has been selected for the Minority Student Leadership Program of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program includes focused educational programming and activities that build and enhance leadership skills and an understanding of how the association works.