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Communication Sciences and Disorders

From left, CSD major and varsity football player Grant Ollenburger '12 (now at graduate school for speech-language pathology at Louisiana State University); CSD majors Taylor Hanson '13 and Meghan Wethington '13 help a young client choose a gift at the college clinic's annual Christmas party; and Katrina Jensen '11 with her students at Kositsamosorn school in Thailand.

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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) training prepares students for careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, speech science, hearing science, health care, education, and sales of clinical, education and health-related materials. (See list)

Every year, 95-100% of Augustana graduates who apply to graduate programs are admitted, and half of those who go on to graduate school receive teaching or research fellowships in their advanced programs.

Recent grads:

Corynn Hanson '11 earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a speech-language pathologist for  Rockford, Ill. schools.

Katie Devore '12 is a graduate student in the speech-language pathology program at the University of Iowa.

Angela Cummins '13 is a graduate student in speech-language pathology at the University of Arizona.

Augustana's program is the only CSD program in Illinois that focuses solely on undergraduate education. Components of the major include substantial clinical experience and research and service learning, all with the close support of the faculty.

CSD majors receive instruction and mentoring as student speech-language pathologists and audiologists working with clients in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The clinic provides intervention to some 85 families a term; CSD majors perform most clinical services, supervised by faculty who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The center's facilities in the Betsey Brodahl Building house the classroom and student-clinician workroom, seven assessment-intervention rooms, an audiology suite, two research labs, a conference room and faculty offices.

Augustana CSD majors have been selected to present their research findings at the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association every year for the past 10 years. For more than 25 consecutive years, CSD majors have presented at annual state conventions.

Along with their training in the on-campus Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing, Augustana graduates perform data-based research, a final thesis and professional class presentation for the Senior Inquiry capstone project.

Katrina Jensen '11, CSD and psychology; graduate student in speech pathology at the University of Arizona:
"My experiences at Augustana have made me come to see myself as fearless. I have found myself in challenging situations that I thought impossible, but in persevering and seeing how I have grown as a result, I have realized that with a little confidence, faith and help from friends, you can get through anything. I was able to volunteer abroad teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand, and it completely changed the way I view life. The kids at my school were so excited about learning and were so affectionate towards me and the other volunteers. My last day at the school all my 3rd and 4th graders lined up to say good-bye to me. I have never felt so special in my whole life, and that is a moment that I will never forget."

Grant Ollenburger '12, CSD graduate student for speech-language pathology at Louisiana State University "I did not think I would be preparing to move to Louisiana four years ago, but I am proud of my accomplishments at Augustana. Four years ago, I did not know what direction I was heading, in terms of a future job, but with the help of my advisors, I was able to find my true vocational calling as a speech-language pathologist. The faculty have devoted a lot of time outside of the classroom to ensure I can accomplish the academic success that I desire. They are pleased to assist the students and direct them to sources outside the classroom to enrich their education."

Katie Devore '12, CSD, psychology and Spanish; graduate student at University of Iowa speech-language pathology program
"My college experience has far surpassed what I had expected. I came to Augustana not sure of my future. At Augie, I've developed a strong circle of friends, traveled overseas and have been accepted into graduate schools across the country. I couldn't ask for a better college experience. The CSD faculty helped me immensely to get to where I am now. They were always supportive, approachable and a constant source of knowledge and wisdom.">

Jessica Gerdisch '15: discovering leadership

Jessica Gerdisch is a communication sciences and disorders and French major who feels she has grown as a person and as a professional. She says "I learned that I am much more of a leader than I ever thought I was. I was very used to staying in the background and not speaking up if I disagreed, but Augie definitely changed that for me."

Brittany Burk '15: the perfect majors

"I discovered my major by visiting what is now called CORE. They helped match me to a major and vocation that best fits my personality, skills and life goals. My professors, study abroad and service experiences, and liberal arts education also played a part in getting me where I am now."

Jessica Gerdisch '15: personal growth

"I learned that I am much more of a leader than I ever thought I was. I was very used to staying in the background and not speaking up if I disagreed, but Augie definitely changed that for me."