Southeastern student team excels at national conference
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – A team of students from Southeastern Louisiana University's Communication Sciences and Disorders program distinguished themselves at the national conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association when they scored first place in the organization's Knowledge Bowl.
The Southeastern students – representing a region comprised of programs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri – competed against nine other teams from the various regions of the country in a Jeopardy-style format competition with questions spanning the scope of speech-language pathology and audiology. Held in Chicago Nov. 14-16, the conference drew approximately 15,000 professionals and students in the speech-language-hearing fields.
Southeastern students comprising the team included Haley Bass of Pitkin, Samantha Broyles Miller of Kentwood, Jourdan Stauffer of Metairie, Sarah Leger of River Ridge and Mara Seiler of Bluffton, Ohio.
"Our team from Southeastern has participated in five of the six years the competition has been held," said Lillian Stiegler, professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Department of Health and Human Services. "While we've always done well in these competitions, even placing third in 2009, this is our first win. We're quite proud of their achievement."
Stiegler said the audience, which included members of Southeastern faculty as well as alumni of the program, infused a Louisiana spirit into the completion, using the local "Who Dat" cheer to support the players between questions and closing out the event with a celebratory second line.