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CSD students win LSHA Quiz Bowl

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CSD Quiz Bowl winners

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QUIZ BOWL – Southeastern Louisiana University Communication Sciences and Disorders students won first place in the LSHA quiz bowl, and faculty member Marlene DesRoches received special recognition at the organization’s annual convention in Lafayette in June. From left, are Joe Melcher, LSHA quiz bowl emcee; Elizabeth Trahan, Erath; Tracy Madere, Maurepas; Jennifer Henry, Lafayette; Ashley Elliot, LaPlace; Lilly Stiegler,  NSSLHA faculty advisor; and Marlene DesRoches, CSD faculty member.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University Communication Sciences and Disorders students won first place in the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (LSHA) quiz bowl competitions held at their annual convention in Lafayette, La., in June.

     “First place honors come with bragging rights, winning a traveling trophy, plus they get their picture taken and posted on the association’s Website,” said Lillian Stiegler, advisor and associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Southeastern students have placed first in the quiz bowl for the past two years; winning second place the first time they participated.

     Competition questions were derived from areas of anatomy and neurophysiology, audiology, and an acronym category. The jeopardy-style quiz bowl allowed students to give their answers in the form of a question. Most of the questions were similar to what would appear on Praxis, the national board exam for speech pathologists and audiologists.

     In addition, Southeastern faculty member Marlene DesRoches received the “special recognition” award for her many years of service to the profession and the state organization and for her excellence as a clinical practitioner working in the public schools. She teaches undergraduate courses and supervises undergraduate and graduate practicum experiences. For the last 13 years she has presented at the national convention, and also encourages students in the area of applied clinical research.

     Also participating in the Quiz bowl were students from speech-hearing-language graduate programs at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Technical University, LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and University of Southern Mississippi.

     Students can sometimes get their registration fee waived by volunteering to work at the national convention. “Southeastern has been good at sponsoring students to attend both the state and national conventions,” said Stiegler. “I feel we get fabulous support from the university and our college.”

     The LSHA is a statewide professional organization for speech-language pathologists, students, and anyone with an interest in communication sciences and disorders. It also promotes the prevention of communication disorders.

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