The Applied Approach
Spring 2004 Vol. 2 No. 1 A newsletter for the School of Applied Sciences

In this Issue

Cover Page

Letter from the Dean

Letter from the Applied Sciences Alumni Chapter president and president elect

New president of national speech-language-hearing group will focus on shortage of teachers with doctorates

Grandparents who raise grandchildren get special recognition--and help

Senior from Alabama is first recipient of Park and Recreation Management Scholarship

DeSoto Center's day classes in social work and criminal justice reach out to working students

How to stay involved in your school

School of Applied Sciences is proud of spring 2004 Phi Kappa Phi initiates

Professor's concern about kids on welfare leads to recognition from state group

Two departments get new leaders

Three Applied Sciences scholars receive UM's highest honor

National award is icing on the cake for dietetics professor who loves teaching

Teaching students to handle alcohol responsibly is task of new UM position held by Applied Sciences grad


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New president of national speech-language-hearing group will focus on shortage of teachers with doctorates

The new president of the American Speech-Language-He a r i n g Association, who also is an Ole Miss professor, says he plans to dedicate his term to addressing “the doctoral-level teacher shortage in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.”

Lawrence W. Higdon, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and instructor in the Lott Leadership Institute, was elected to lead the association, which is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 114,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. He will serve a one-year term.

Higdon also said he plans to explore “ways to collaborate with organizations and associations that have common interests with ASHA for the benefit of both members and consumers.”

“In our current healthcare and education environment, it is necessary that we demonstrate unity regarding issues relating to communication disorders and sciences in order to effectively market our services,” he said.

Linda Chitwood, dean of the School of Applied Sciences, describes
Higdon as a talented leader and as an asset to the school.

“We are fortunate to have Larry Higdon as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Applied Sciences, and we are grateful for the contributions he is making here. His talents and leadership will make this a historically productive year for ASHA, and we wish him well,” she said.

Higdon, an audiologist and 34-year member of ASHA, is a resident of both Oxford and Austin, Texas. At ASHA, which was founded in 1925, he has also served as vice president for professional practices in audiology and vice president for governmental relations and public policy. Higdon is active in the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where he is the director of governmental relations.

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Ryan Pratt (left) of Jackson, ASHA President Larry Higdon, Senator Trent Lott, and Jessica Banahan of Pascagoula. Pratt and Banahan are both members of the Lott Leadership Institute and summer interns for Senator Lott.



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