CSD APG News — Spring 2013

News From The President

Greetings!

Doris Golebiewski

It has been another exciting year for students, alumni, and the department! This year we welcomed, celebrated, and congratulated new faculty members, students, alumni, and board members.

As an APG, we continue to strengthen and build the relationships established between students, alumni, and faculty and staff members. A successful and intriguing Alumni in the Classroom event was held in the fall; it was so successful that we are coordinating the first ever Spring Alumni in the Classroom for this March. A networking event for students and alumni was held at the end of February in the Hintz Student Center following the College of Health and Human Development’s Mentoring Kick-Off the prior evening.

We are in the midst of organizing various alumni events, so please stay tuned for updates. Feel free to join our Facebook page Penn State CSD Alumni and/or LinkedIn page Penn State CSD Alumni to connect with alumni and current students.

The CSD APG is always welcoming new faces and ideas; if you are interested, please feel free to contact me.

Here’s to another great year in CSD!!

For The Glory,

Doris Golebiewski
CSD APG President
dorisg216@gmail.com

Spotlight On Award Winners

During an awards ceremony and dinner held on Friday, November 2, 2012, two of our fellow CSD alumni were recognized for their service and excellence.

Ashley Marzzacco-Hackett, ’05, ‘07g, was recognized for her positive impact in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. Ashley received the Alumni Service Award for positively impacting the quality of people’s lives through service. She exemplifies the service commitment, outreach promise, and volunteer oath that all Penn State graduates make upon graduation. She is a founding member of Baltimore’s Little Italy Hands and Hearts, an organization that provides hot meals to the sick and homeless in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood. Ashley helped to annually raise over $10,000 in donations through wine-tasting events and uses this money to provide almost 5,000 meals each year. In addition to helping members of the Little Italy community, she is a therapist in an elementary-school setting where she helps students with a variety of learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. After three years of experience in the brain injury unit, Ashley now works on a per diem basis with patients at Kennedy Krieger Institute who have traumatic brain injuries.

David Luterman, ‘58g, ‘60g, was recognized for his professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement by receiving the Alumni Recognition Award. David has made vast contributions to the field of communication disorders by improving the ability of fellow clinicians to understand the emotional impact of a disability on clients and their families. In particular, he has committed his career to improving clinician’s attitudes toward clients and their families so they see the client as an individual and not just the disability. His work has led to the greater understanding of the importance of family and their support system in the counseling process. For his efforts, he has been honored with ASHA’s Kleffner Award for Clinical Excellence, which is awarded to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to clinical science and practice in communication sciences and disorders over at least a 20-year period. Luterman is also an ASHA fellow. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals and chapters in books, and has given over 300 workshops in eight countries. He is a professor emeritus at Emerson College in Boston as well as the director of the Thayer Lindsey Family Centered Nursery for Hearing Impaired Children. He continues to give workshops both locally and internationally.

Congratulations to Ashley and David for exceeding our expectations of passion and dedication to the field of communication sciences and disorders.

New Board Member Spotlight

Kaitlyn Bazzani, ’08, ‘10g, a 2006-07 member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, earned both of her degrees from Penn State. After earning her master's degree, she spent a year traveling between an elementary school and alternative schools for children with emotional and behavioral challenges through the Intermediate Unit in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to kindergarten through twelfth grade students. At present, Kaitlyn provides services in the East Allegheny School District in North Versailles, Pennsylvania, to children in kindergarten through third grade including articulation, phonology, language, fluency, and cognition. Kaitlyn demonstrates a passion for the field and continues to thrive on learning new approaches and techniques. In her spare time, she is involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and enjoys reading, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.

Doris Golebiewski, ’05 was employed as a speech and language therapist for three years at The Crossroads School in Paoli, Pennyslvania, a private school for children in grades K-8 with language-based learning differences. She enrolled in graduate school at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she earned a master of science degree in 2010. She has experience working in pediatric and adult outpatient, acute care, pediatric and adult rehabilitation, and school settings providing diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for aphasia, dysphagia, cognition, articulation, language, voice, and feeding. She is a certified Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) therapist. Currently, Doris provides outpatient pediatric therapy at Lehigh Valley Health Network. While at Penn State, she was an inaugural member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Since graduation, she has been an active CSD alum, as demonstrated by her involvement, commitment, and passion to the mentoring program, to engaging students, and to being a member of the HHD Alumni Society’s Board of Directors. In her spare time, Doris enjoys being active, running, and spending time with friends and family. An ASHA member, Doris currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Marion Piccolomini, ‘84g received her graduate degree from Penn State, then worked in an acute-care hospital setting for several years, including work in a trauma center, providing diagnostic and therapeutic services in the areas of aphasia, dysphagia, speech, and voice. After the acute-care setting, Marion continued her career as a pediatric therapist at the Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania. After an accent modification continuing education opportunity, Marion decided to begin her next adventure by opening a private practice specializing in multilingual speakers. For the past 14 years, she has worked with multi-lingual speakers teaching intensive English programs at Gwynedd-Mercy and Albright Colleges in addition to teaching evening classes at the Montgomery County Community College and Chester County Night School. She recently completed the TESOL graduate certificate program at Penn State. Additionally, she is the principal of Communicate With East, Ltd., an independent consultancy that provides communication training for multilingual speakers in both corporate and private settings. A member of ASHA, PSHA, TESOL, and Penn TESOL East, Marion has presented at various professional seminars. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from West Virginia University.

New Faculty Spotlight

Jimin Lee joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in January 2013 as an assistant professor. Currently, she is a visiting research professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has clinical experiences as a speech-language pathologist at the Pediatric Voice Clinic and Craniofacial Anomalies/Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

Lee's teaching goal is to provide students with a clear and in-depth understanding of speech mechanism and its development in children as well as clinical application of this knowledge. Her broad research goal is to examine and expand the foundational science and principles of speech production and clinical application of those to speakers with speech disorders. Her research interests include investigating relationships between articulatory acoustics and kinematics; longitudinal developmental patterns of phonatory, velopharyngeal, and articulatory speech subsystems and their control in children with motor speech disorders; identification of comprehensive production variables that predict speech intelligibility in young children with speech disorders; velopharyngeal function in children’s speech; and phonetic interaction in second-language learners. 

Her current study focuses on the relationship between articulatory acoustic and kinematic vowel space with an emphasis on the range of tongue movement by using the Electromagnetic Articulography in healthy adults. She has extensively performed longitudinal and cross-sectional studies in children with dysarthria secondary to cerebral palsy to examine their developmental speech characteristics and to test their speech intelligibility predictors with a multi-speech subsystem approach.

Supporting The Department

Annual gifts are essential to the continued success of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Not only do they address the most pressing needs like student aid, but they also offer the flexibility to support faculty activities and create new opportunities and academic initiatives. To ensure continued research and outreach efforts, gifts in support of the Speech and Hearing Clinic remain an important priority as well.

To make a gift online, please visit www.giveto.psu.edu/waystogive. By checking the box “view giving opportunities” at the bottom of the online form and checking “Communication Sciences and Disorders Department” under the College of Health and Human Development header, you have the opportunity to designate your gift to specifically support the department.

If you wish to speak personally about making a gift to the department, please contact Kathleen Rider in the college’s development office at 814-863-4157 or kmr8@psu.edu.

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