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Contact: Angey Saucier
Date: 5/4/04
      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association has been awarded “Chapter of the Year Honors” by the national association.  
      The organization’s more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students have devoted their time throughout the academic year to community service, continuing education, fund-raising and promoting the profession of speech-language pathology. Chapter members have been involved with community activities such as Relay for Life, Santa Bear, the American Heart Walk, and the NSSLHA Loves-First Book project. Members also aid in operating the university’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, not only as part of their curriculum, but also as an outreach to the community.    
      “This chapter is held together not only by a strong advisor and executive officers, but also by its determined members,” said chapter president Theresa Rayneri of Vicksburg, Miss. “It has exceeded all of its goals, has given ‘110 percent,’ and still has the time and devotion to give more. This chapter is one that should be mirrored by all.”
      In both the fall and spring semesters, NSSLHA meetings featured guest lecturers speakers. At the organizations’ annual “Professional Panel,” Southeastern alumni employed in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and private practice shared real world stories along with their most fulfilling and frustrating professional experiences.
      In November, 27 students from the chapter attended the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in Chicago, continuing a six-year tradition of Southeastern having the largest student attendance of any Louisiana university. The trip was partially funded by grants from the Student Government Association and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and various fund-raising endeavors. 
      “As a group, we were able to raise $7,500 in less than three months,” said Rayneri. “NSSLHA has already started fundraising efforts for this year’s convention, and several members have submitted proposals to present.”