2008-2015

Below is a continued list of honors, awards, and newsworthy events of accomplishments by our students & faculty that occurred prior to this academic year. These highlights are listed in chronological order, with the most recent stories at the top.  

  • Dr. Fergadiotis was selected to participate in ASHA’s 2015 Lessons For Success training program.
  • Wendy Miller has received both the Ford Opportunity Scholarship and the PSU Nancy Ryles scholarship for 2014-2015. The Ford award was based on initiative, ability to learn, work ethic, leadership potential and interest in helping others. The Nancy Ryles scholarship is for returning women and was awarded to Wendy for the last two years. Wendy will receive her BS degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in June, and is applying to the PSU graduate program to become a licensed SLP. Currently, Wendy is a mentor through PSU's Women's Resource center, and a student member of NSSLHA, OSHA and ASHA. She is also a member of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, an organization working to improve resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon Public Schools.
  • Caitlin Counts has received the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) scholarship for 2014-2015.  It specifically provides scholarships and academic opportunities for women. Caitlin transferred to Portland State l ast year after receiving her associates at Chemeketa Community College. Since this is her senior year at  Portland State, she will be applying to several grad schools this fall. She will receive her bachelors by June and  plan on getting her masters in speech pathology.  She is also a part of the volleyball club at PSU, as well as  the Catholic Student Association and PSU Pro-Life club on campus.
  • Thursday May 8, 2014 marked the 6th Annual Better Speech & Hearing Month Celebration and Auction put on by NSSHLA and for the first year co-sponsored by the SPHR Department.  This joint effort resulted in twice as many guests with over 200 students, faculty, supervisors, advisory board members and community supporters in attendance for a night of celebration and fundraising.  Click here for photos.
  • The 2nd Annual Student Research Symposium was held May 7th. Lizzy Lydon, Shannan O'Donnell, Lisa DiGianniano, Katarina Yngente and Leila Luna all presented posters.  Michelle Machulat gave an oral presentation.  Congratulations to all of our students!  Click here for photos.
  • Congratulations to faculty member Dr. Maria Kapantzoglou.  Dr. Kapantzoglou was invited to serve on a panel for the the Hellenic (Greek) Quality Assurance and Accreditation Organization (HQAA), which functions under the European Quality Assurance Organization. The purpose of HQAA's purpose is to formulate and implement a unified system of quality assurance, as a reference system to the achievements and work done by the Institutions of Higher Education.  She will participate in the external evaluation of the largest Speech-Pathology program in Greece (T.E.I. of Patras), in February. 
  • Congratulations to faculty member Dr. Gerasimos Fergadiotis.  Dr. Fergadiotis will be attending the 2014Cognitive Aging Conference in Altanta, Georgia to present recent findings on how discourse processing is affected by typical aging. The project was funded by an R01 awarded to Dr. Fergadiotis' collaborator, Dr. Heather Harris Wright at East Carolina University.  Read more about what is happening in his lab.
  • Congratulations to new faculty member Cassie Quinn for receiving a New Faculty Grant from the Office of Academic Innovation for the Faculty Fellows for Partnership Program.  In addition she received a Travel Award.  Both of these awards will be utilized to send Cassie to Toronto for a week long training in Supportive Communication at the Aphasia Institute in Spring 2014.  Certification in this training will allow for new program development within the SPHR clinic with possible training and support groups to communication partners of stroke survivors. This will support PSU, the department, students and the community.  With no other certified Supportive Communication Trainers on the west coast, and very few in the nation, this will make our students trained in a cutting edge therapy that is very relevant to medical speech pathology.    For those graduate students interested in pursing certification in training, future opportunities to visit the Institute may be available.   
  • Congratulations to SPHR graduate student Cydne Tullis for receiving the OSHA Award for Oustanding Student.  Cydne Tullis is in the second and final year of her master's program in speech-language pathology at Portland State University. She was chosen to receive this award by the faculty at PSU out of a pool of exceptionally strong graduate students.   We wanted to select a student that was an overall positive influence in our program. Cydne has been thatpositive influence over the past year she has been here- academically, clinically, in research, and in general. She's the kind of student that instructors love to have in class. She comes prepared, asks (and answers!) good questions, and she does what is asked of her without complaint. In fact, if something needs done, Cydne will often do it before anyone else realizes that it needs doing, from cleaning out the student kitchen area to reading over 300 sentence stimuli to look for formatting errors on a spreadsheet. Several of the faculty at PSU have stories about what Cydne has done to help out, particularly when help was hard to come by.  Cydne hopes to work clinically with adult brain injury survivors after she graduates. She joined Sarah Key-DeLyria's Neurolinguistics lab during her first year at PSU, and she has been a tremendous help in getting the lab set up and working during also in its first year, including spending 3 full days setting up a new EEG system during her vacation! We are happy to have her as a student and know she will be a great positive influence in our profession.
  • Congratulations to SPHR undergraduate Leila Luna for her recent accomplishments in the Aging and Adult Language Disorders Lab. Leila, who successfully completed the McNair Program this summer, will present the findings of her research project at the ASHA Convention in November. Leila was also selected to participate in two ASHA programs: the ProGenY program and the Minority Student Leadership Program. Congratulations Leila!
  • We would like to fondly remember Professor Joan McMahon who passed away on July 26,2013. Professor McMahon especially dedicated her energies to serving students, and thereby helped prepare a large number of well-qualified practitioners in speech and hearing careers.   She will never be forgotten.  Please read more about her lifetime of achievements here.
  • We would like to recognize Dr. Bill Griesar for his committment to the field of neurology and his efforts with a community based program he has developed, NW Noggin.  His project is reaching middle school students in a multidisciplinary approach, allowing them to understand neuroscience in a creative and exciting new way.  To read more about his program click here.  and view his project websites for NW Noggin.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Elsa Nelson, voted 2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department. Dr. Nelson was chosen for this award by her students, who commented on her teaching style, her enthusiasm, and for her caring.  Dr. Nelson received this award in her first year as a professor at PSU!
  • Kate Cox received the 2013 Graduate Student Researcher of the Year award!  Kate spent 2 years conducting grounbreaking research on young adults who have traumatic brain injury and are homeless. Her work culminatted in her master's special project in which she integrated her findings from focus grops into recommendations for professionalsHer work has been cited in a review article and will be presented at the 2013 Oregon Speech & Hearing Association conference. Congratulations, Kate!
  • Kelsey Fowler was selected as Student of the Year in 2013!  Kelsey stands out for her academic performance, her clinical skills, her team leadership, positive attitude, and flexibility, and calm, cool-headed attitude in stressful situations. Congratulations, Kelsey!
  • Tasha Pacheco also received the Student of the Year for 2013!  She was noted for her helpfulness, her positive nature inside and outside the classroom, her excellent clinical skills, her past service as NSSHLA President, and her generosity with faculty and students alike.  Congratulations, Tasha! 
  • Congratulations to graduate student Kate Cox (class of 2013), who received the PSU President's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement for her commitment to serving homeless adults who have sustained traumatic brain injury. Kate's work has been published in the Street Roots paper as well as recognized internationally at a conference in Toronto, Canada in April 2012. (June 2012)
  • Congratuations to Dr. Kerry Mandulak, who was student-selected as the John Elliot Allen Outstanding Teacher of the Year award recipient for the SPHR department for 2011-2012! (June 2012)
  • Shelly Chabon, PhD, was invited to guest edit a special issue of the ASHA's Seminars in Speech and Language, entitled "Ethics at Work: Issues and Insights Across Employment Settings." Dr. Chabon also co-wrote two chapters, one with SPHR faculty Dr. Amy Donaldson and the second with Dr. Rik Lemoncello. The journal will be published later this year.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Amy Donaldson for securing grant funding for $450,000 to complete a multi-site collaborative research project with colleagues at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Miami, and University of Minnesota. The project is called, "Advancing social communication and play: An intervention for children with autism" and was funded by the US Department of Education, Institutes of Educational Sciences. (June 2011)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Gildersleeve-Neumann who was selected by SPHR students to receive the John Elliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award for the SPHR Department for 2010-2011! (June 2011)
  • Congratulations to Sara Vank (graduate class of 2011), who won the Student Research Grant for the Speech Pathology Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. (May 2011)
  • Dr. Kerry Mandulak was invited to speak at the Nevada Speech-Language-Hearing Association to present a full-day workshop on March 19, 2011 on Assessment and Treatment of Cleft Palate Speech Disorders. (March 2011)
  • Congratulations to post-bacc student Faith Purnell who was selected for the national Minority Student Leadership Award, to be recognized at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Philadelphia, PA. (November 2010)
  • Congratulations to Sara Vank (graduate class of 2011), who received the annual Outstanding PSU Graduate Student Award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association in recognition of her enthusiastic willingness to help others and dedication to leadership. (October 2010)
  • Dr. Kerry Mandulak was awarded a PSU Faculty Enhancement Grant to investigate the effects of cleft palate on speech production in infants compared to typically developing children. (June 2010) 
  • Dr. Shelly Chabon & Dr. Rik Lemoncello were awarded an inter-institutional Multicultural Program Grant by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to develop Web-based resources to support cultural competence in the classroom. (June 2010)
  • Congratulations to Claire Connell, who received the 2010 Graduate Student of the Year Award. (June 2010)
  • Congratulations to Elsa Dawson, recipient of the 2010 Graduate Outstanding Student Researcher Award. (June 2010)
  • Congratulations to Curtis Hartling, recipient of the 2010 Kazdoy Scholarship for doctoral studies in Audiology at the University of Iowa. Good luck, Curtis! (June 2010)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Shelly Chabon, who has been elected as President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for 2011-2012. 
  • Dr. Shelly Chabon has been elected as Chair of the SPHR Department, and will begin this new role in Fall 2010. 
  • Congratulations to senior undergraduate student Erin Yankus, who was named Player of the Game on 2/9/10. We are proud of Erin's accomplishments as an outstanding student and athlete!
  • Congratulations to master's student Brenda Nuckton for receiving a 2009 Graduate Student Scholarship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her essay on the potential benefits of evidence-based practices in response to our changing economy (November 2009).
  • Dr. Shelly Chabon will receive the Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism as national recognition for her dedication to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the professions (November 2009).
  • Dr. Christina Gildesleeve-Neumann will receive the Diversity Champion Award as national recognition from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her many contributions (e.g., innovative graduate course on multicultural issues, research on typical and atypical speech sound development and treatment, and establishment of clinical practicum partnerships with local Head Start sites for children who are Spanish-speaking). (November 2009)
  • Congratulations to Emily Snyder (graduate class of 2010), who received the annual Outstanding PSU Graduate Student Award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association in recognition of her excellence, professionalism, and willingness to help others. (October 2009)
  • Dr. Amy Donaldson received a PSU Faculty Enhancement Grant to investigate the social and communicative reciprocity of infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders during their natural interactions with parents within the home.  These infants are at high risk for developing social and communication challenges, including autism (June 2009).
  • Dr. Rik Lemoncello was named 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the SPHR Department (June 2009). 
  • Congratulations to Caroline Bishop (graduate class of 2009), who received the 2009 Student of the Year Award. (June 2009)
  • Congratulations to both Matt Olsen and Alison Baughman, co-recipients of the 2009 Student Researcher Award. (June 2009)
  • Dr. Mary Gordon-Brannan received the Outstanding Retired Faculty Award from the Retirement Association of Portland State at the annual Presiden't luncheon (April 2009). 
  • Stroke Camp Northwest received the first-ever Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Partnershipsat the annual Simon Benson Awards dinner. Special congratulations to SPHR faculty Lynn Fox and Susan Ginley. (April 2009)
  • Dr. Rik Lemoncello was selected to attend the Lessons for Success conference for junior faculty, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Institutes of Health. (April 2009). 
  • "Oregon Schools need Speech Pathologists" -- news story about SPHR in the Oregonian (March 2009). 
  • Sarah Ross, second-year graduate student, was selected to participate in the Minority Student Leadership Program at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL. (November 2008)