Kidron, Ellis, Baran, Healey receive academic awards in SLP

Dr. Glen Tellis poses with his students.
Dr. Glen Tellis poses with his students.

The Misericordia University Department of Speech-Language Pathology Department recently recognized the academic and clinical accomplishments of its graduating students at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony at Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on campus.

The students received their Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology May 18th at the 87th annual Commencement ceremony at the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus.

Maria Kidron of Elysburg, Pa., received the Speech-Language Pathology Academic Excellence Award that is granted to the graduating student who has demonstrated academic excellence superior to the rest of the graduating class.

Haley Ellis of Bangor, Pa., was presented the Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Excellence Award that is given to the graduating student who has demonstrated exemplary skills in clinical practicum.

Mary Baran of Bethlehem, Pa., received the Speech-Language Pathology Outstanding Service Award that is awarded to the student who participates and provides volunteer service to the department above and beyond academic and clinical responsibilities.

Kearston Healey of Avoca, Pa., was presented with the Speech-Language Pathology Research Excellence Award. It is granted to a student who takes initiative to participate in all aspects of the research process for multiple research projects, including independent research. The quality of the awardee’s scholarship has to be exemplary and to have led to presentations at conferences and /or academic publications.

For more information about speech-language pathology program at Misericordia University, please log on to or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.


Misericordia University honored the academic accomplishments of graduating speech-language pathology students, seated from left, Maria Kidron and Haley Ellis; standing, Mary Baran, Dr. Glen Tellis, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University, and Kearston Healey at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony.