V-BAL Service Party

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s time for our V-BAL Fall party at the Hunters’ house!

battered-woman-320This fall—if everyone approves—we’d like to do something a little different. In addition to the potluck party with lots of food that we normally do, we have the opportunity to put together hygiene kits for 2 area shelters that do AMAZING work in the community:

  • Eve’s House: an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims. While residents, they are taught those skills necessary to gain healing, confidence, hope, and independence. Each month, they provide emergency shelter for approximately 50 women/children who are (literally) running from violence.
  • Advent House: a weekend and transitional shelter. Programs are available for individuals/families transitioning out of homelessness, as well as weekend meals for long-term homeless individuals. They will use approximately 200 hygiene kits/month.

What are hygiene kits, you ask? These are basic kits that contain those items needed for physical care—for example, soap, shampoo, lotion, razors, etc.  Most of the hygiene kits will be given to the Advent House, where we need both regular sized kits for those transition to homes and sample-sized kits for those who are long-term homeless.

Please don’t feel obligated to participate. But I think this could be a memorable—and fun—night. We will try to quickly put the kits together and then play games.

And, if you’d like to contribute in any way to these or other shelters, there are many opportunities. In addition to donations (needed items can be provided), many area shelters seek volunteers to help with needs such as weekend meal preparation, life skills classes (e.g., GED classes, literacy, ESL), and upkeep of the buildings (e.g., painting, yardwork).

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V-BAL Members to Present at Upcoming CSD Colloquium

Dr. Simone Graetzer and Dr. Pasquale Bottalico will speak at the CSD Colloquium to be held next Tuesday. Their research, entitled, “Vocal Effort and the Effect of Room Acoustics in Noisy Environments,” examines how teacher’s voice use (and vocal fatigue) is affected by the acoustics and noise in classrooms.

Be sure to come and support your fellow V-BAL members!  The Colloquium will begin at 2:30 in Rm 107 in the Oyer Speech and Hearing Building.

Dr. Hunter Discusses New CSD Minor at MSU

Eric HunterDr. Hunter discusses the new Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) minor in a new post on the College of Arts & Sciences homepage:

“We think it’s the way to go for students interested in this growing field,” said Eric Hunter, Associate Chairperson of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Undergraduate Program. “We have offered individual undergraduate courses before. This new minor, however, creates a way for students to explore the field, getting the coursework and experience they need for their future studies. We also give these students the opportunity to experience the excitement of research in any of our diverse faculty labs.”

The following 7 courses are required to receive a minor in CSD:

  1. CSD 213 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms
  2. CSD 303 – Fundamentals of Hearing
  3. CSD 313 – Speech Science
  4. CSD 333 – Oral Language Development
  5. CSD 364 – Speech and Language Disorders and Their Evaluations
  6. CSD 444 – Audiologic Assessment and Intervention/Rehabilitation
  7. CSD 463 – Intervention/Rehabilitation Procedures in Speech Language Pathology

Look for more information on this minor on the CSD website.