Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Day Planned

A Saint Mary's College communicative disorders student works with a child in a lab.
A Saint Mary's College communicative disorders
student works with a child in a lab.
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Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579

October 17, 2012 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—The Saint Mary’s College chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is proud to co-host a free event highlighting the professions of communication science and disorders.

National Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Day will be celebrated at the women’s college on Sunday, November 4 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in room 145 of Spes Unica Hall. The event is intended for high school and college students interested in speech-language pathology and audiology. Reservations are not required, but encouraged. Please email Megan Daly, president of the NSSLHA chapter to reserve your space. Download a campus map.

Students will take tours of the speech-language therapy rooms and the hearing clinic on campus and hear from a panel of local speech-language pathologists and audiologists as they discuss their passion for their professions. There will also be the opportunity to speak with students majoring in communicative disorders.

“We hope that Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Day will help students better understand the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. They may even discover a career they hadn’t heard of or considered before,” said Daly, a communicative disorders major.

In the fall of 2008, Saint Mary’s College offered the communicative disorders major for the first time. It had been a minor since the mid-1990s. It is the first communicative disorders major offered by any college or university in the northern Indiana area. The communicative disorders program is an intensive study of speech, language, and hearing disorders, mild to severe, in people from infants to the elderly. The major is offered through the College’s Department of Psychology and Communicative Disorders. Go to the department's webpage to read profiles on communicative disorders faculty and students.

National Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Day at Saint Mary’s College is also sponsored by the Department of Communicative Disorders and is part of the Cross Currents Program’s Collegiate Speakers Series, funded by the Lilly Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations.

National Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Day is an effort by NSSLHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). October is the National Communication Science and Disorders Career Awareness Month.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.