Speech-language pathology student receives prestigious state award

Katrina Emerick accepts the scholarship.
Katrina Emerick of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., a first-year speech-language pathology graduate student at Misericordia University, was recently awarded the 2008 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) at the PSHA Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.

The annual award, named in honor of Dr. Robert Von Drach, is given to a student from one of the state’s 14 SLP schools. It is awarded to a student who exhibits strong leadership abilities and outstanding academic and clinical scholarship within the profession.

At Misericordia, Emerick was president of the department’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter from 2005-07. Under her leadership, the chapter increased its regional, state and national reputation by being recognized by the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA) as the 2007 NSSLHA Chapter of the Year. In academics, Emerick has a 4.0 grade point average in her graduate studies and has presented her research findings at state and national conferences.

Glen Tellis, Ph.D., associate professor and SLP department chair, and Emerick had a paper published in the Stuttering Foundation of American Newsletter in 2007 and had two additional articles published in the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Newsletter and in ASHA’s peer reviewed Special Interest Division journal, Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Emerick is also engaged in vocal use, care and hygiene research with Cari Tellis, Ph.D., assistant professor.

PSHA also recognized Misericordia University’s Speech-Language Pathology Department students with the PSHA Membership Award. MU’s students achieved 100 percent membership in the state organization.

At the same convention, Dr. Glen Tellis was awarded the 2008 Appreciation of Service Award by PSHA for his distinguished contribution to the state organization. He had served the organization for five years as executive board member, treasurer and president.

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FOR PUBLICATION Katrina Emerick is presented the 2008 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship: Katrina Emerick of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., a first-year SLP graduate student at Misericordia University, accepts the 2008 Von Drach Memorial Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention in Pittsburgh.