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News, People and Events 2016-2017

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Important Dates


  • Summer 2017 summer workshops will not be available this semester due to continued decrease in enrollment. Contact Breanna Taylor at for questions or concerns.
  • The Run/Walk to Help Children Talk 2017 raised over $2,000 for client scholarships and materials at the Herndon Clinic.
  • 21 graduate students and three faculty members attended the American Speech Language Hearing Association national conference in Philadelphia in November 2016. 18 students presented research posters and 5 students won the "Knowledge Bowl" (see Student Accomplishments below)
  • The Herndon Clinic received a $250,000 grant from the Kansas Masonic Foundation. As a result, free adult hearing screenings will be offered fall an spring in six western Kansas communities. In addition, services for adults with swallowing difficulties, dysphagia, will be offered in several other Kansas communities. Both services will be provided by graduate students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the FHSU Herndon Clinic.
  • Dr. Dennis T. Ries began his position as chair of the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the fall of 2016.

Faculty Accomplishments

  • On November 29th, 2016, Dr. Britten was recognized for 40 years of FHSU service while Dr. Sechtem was recognized for 10 years of services.
  • Dr. Karmen Porter and clinic coordinator Jacque Jacobs received the Teaching Grant Award for the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (Spring 2016). Ms. Jacobs and Dr. Porter applied for the grant in order to bring a speech-language pathology simulation program to the department. The department began use of SimuCase the summer of 2016.
  • Dr. Karmen Porter was promoted to assistant professor (2016).

Student Accomplishments

  • Five undergraduate students were nominated for the 2017 Torch Award: Katie Hipp, Madison Kaus, Sierra Archer, Haley Corkhill, and Aleathea Remmers This award allows faculty to nominate graduating seniors who they deem as an outstanding member of the Tiger Community.
  • First year graduate student, Megan DeWerff, earned the 2017 "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" for FHSU's College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Undergraduate student, Katie Hipp was nominated for the 2017 "Outstanding Undergraduate Student" for FHSU's College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Sierra Archer (with faculty research supervisor Dr. Secthem) was awarded 2nd place finish at the 12th Annual Scholarly and Creative Activities Day at FHSU.
  • Five graduate students competed and won the ASHA Knowledge Bowl at the 2016 National Conference. They won $750 for their student organization and winning free registration for their national certification exam ($150 each).
  • Undergraduate student, Sierra Archer, was named Miss Fort Hays State in the fall of 2015 and competed in the 2016 Miss Kansas Pageant.
  • The FHSU Chapter National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was achieved gold level chapter status (2016).

Past Workshop Handouts

Keep your knowledge and skills current. Access the materials and tools provided in previous Communication Disorders and Sciences workshops. These include Loopwriter activities, lectures, intervention techniques, RTI models, start-in plans, and sound brochures.

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