On the evening of August 27, 2014 the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association hosted the 3rd Annual Speech-Language Pathology Welcome Back Dinner. The Welcome Back Dinner allows alumni and faculty to welcome the students back to campus, offer valuable clinical tips, and network. After the dinner, students were given an opportunity to learn from alumni experience in their choice of three (out of six options) roundtable sessions.
The roundtable sessions offer a variety of practice settings and insight for speech-language pathology students. At these sessions students have the chance to learn and interact with alumni working in their prospective fields. The six different roundtable session topics included: “Autism,” “Behavior Management,” “Discrete Trial Training and Positive Reinforcement,” “Early Intervention: Data Tracking,” “R,” and “Ross Information Processing Assessment-Geriatric Second Edition (RIPA G:2).” The rest of the night was divided into three sessions and students had the chance to sit at their choice of three (out of six) tables and soak in as much information as they could for fifteen minutes. There was so much to learn. Events like this are what set the Pacific experience apart from other programs. “Alumni provide first-hand experience, sharing their expertise and education,” commented Avenlea Gamble ’16.
Once checked-in, guests were able to mingle and catch up before being released for dinner. Nancy Harlow ’06, President of the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association, greeted guests and shared a few words. Susan Webster, Development Officer for speech-language pathology, thanked our generous sponsors, California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA), the Pacific Speech-Language Pathology Alumni Association and generous alumni, faculty and staff that donated to the raffle. Dinner closed with raffle prizes for students; the prizes were generously donated by alumni and faculty for the students to use during their future clinicals.
Upon entering the speech-language pathology program, students are committing to help and care for others. The Welcome Back Dinner brings together these students and alumni that are already in the middle of this commitment and gives the opportunity to share this passion as well as helpful hints to make one another more effective. It is this passion for helping people that sparked the interest of student, Gamble and alumna, Mimi Tran ’04, ’05. Gamble described speech-language pathology as a “helping profession.” In conjunction, Tran said her “wanting to improve people’s lives,” inspired her to study speech-language pathology.
By Sodar Soth '15