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Communication Disorders

National Student Speech Language Hearing Assoc.



What is NSSLHA?

Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

National NSSLHA has approximately 13,400 members with chapters at more than 325 colleges and universities.NSSLHA membership is available to any part- or full-time graduate or undergraduate student interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Students pursuing academic study as speech-language pathology assistants, students pursuing a doctorate of philosophy or doctorate of audiology, as well as students enrolled in CSD programs outside of the United States can be members of National NSSLHA.

National NSSLHA inspires, empowers, and supports students in the field of CSD to engage in leadership opportunities, grow professionally, and excel in their futures.

National NSSLHA's core values are:

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Education
  • Service
  • Diversity

How do you join?

All you have to do to join NSSLHA at SUNY New Paltz is come to our meetings!

When and where are meetings?

Meetings are normally held biweekly on Wednesdays in SUB 418 at 7pm. Make sure you check our social media accounts for updates:

Instagram: @newpaltznsslha

Facebook: SUNY New Paltz NSSLHA

Who is on the executive board?

Eboard Positions Fall 2017 & Spring 2018:

President: April Diedrich

Vice President: Alyssa Hobart

Secretary: Nora Hartop

Treasurer: Bridget Gallione

Public Relations: AnnaGrace Gerber and Erin Rifkin

Social Media: Lauren Rifkin

Overview of Positions:


  • Oversees all activity of members and the executive board.
  • Works alongside and with the vice president to plan events, dates, new ideas.
  • Ensures that a foundation for raising awareness and money is picked for each semester.

Vice President:

  • Assists president in coordinating all club functions, club meetings, SA paperwork, and yearly banquet
  • In charge of keeping track of membership and email addresses, attendance, and the point system.
  • Awards members 1 point for attending meetings and 2 points for attending club events.
    • Gaining these points is important for members as it makes them eligible to run for Eboard positions for the upcoming year and recieve participation acknowledgment and prizes.
  • Records minutes of the content discussed meetings
    • Emails minutes out the day after the meeting and sends periodic emails to remind members of different events happening (containing sign up sheets, attachments, etc)
  • Updates blackboard page for the major and sends out club emails and announcements over blackboard.


  • Answers questions from members and prospective members.
  • Other tasks as needed.


  • Monitors annual expenditures for programs and events.
  • Fills out appropriate paperwork for Student Associations to receive funding or supplies for our events.
  • Reports on the financial position of NSSLHA at meetings or other times when called upon.
  • Attends biweekly Student Association meetings going over funds and information for the club.
  • Collects the fundraised money and transports the money to the foundation of the semester.

Public Relations:

  • Promote activities of NSSLHA by decorating and updating the NSSLHA display board by the Speech and Hearing Clinic and advertising events through flyers.
  • Research background information on the chosen fundraising organization and relevant events to keep others informed
  • Keep in touch with fellow students/faculty to spread awareness and to collaborate with other eboard members with the planning by attending weekly meetings.

Social Media:

  • Updates all students on upcoming meetings
  • Posts are made on both the Facebook and Instagram page
  • Takes photos and creates short films in order to promote better speech and hearing.

What kind of events do NSSLHA members participate in?

NSSLHA Spring 2018 tentative calendar

Wednesday, January 31st: Club Fair & Club meeting

Wednesday, February 28th: 2nd NSSLHA club meeting 7 pm

Saturday, March 3rd: World Hearing Day

Sunday, March 11th: Tentative Club Hike

Wednesday, March 13th: Celebration of the newly renovated  clinic from 11 am - 1:30 pm. We are looking for volunteers to lead tours of the clinic at this event. Please see the attached sign up document.

Wednesday, March 14th: 3rd NSSLHA club meeting 7 pm; St. Patrick’s Day Bingo

Wednesday, March 28th: 4th NSSLHA club meeting 7 pm 

Saturday, April 7th: Bake sale and Tours for Accepted Students Day

Wednesday, April 11th: 5th club meeting 7 pm: elections this meeting

Sunday, April 15th: Tentative club hike

Saturday, April 21st: Bake Sale & Tours for Accepted Students Day

Wednesday, April 25th: 6th NSSLHA club meeting 7 pm; Ice Cream Social with faculty

Saturday&Sunday, April 29th& 30th: Autism Walk, Dutchess county fairgrounds

May 6th: Tentative club hike

May 9th: BANQUET

Who does NSSLHA raise money for?

For the 2017-18 school year, we are donating our proceeds to FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter.

FRIENDS is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young people who stutter and their families. Our mission is to provide support, education, and empowerment to young people who stutter, their families, and clinicians. We believe that every child, teen and adult deserves to live in a world where they are accepted and empowered. FRIENDS is directed by Lee Caggiano, the mother of a son who stutters and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).

In 1997, FRIENDS was founded by John Ahlbach and Lee to meet the need for organized support and education for young people who stutter and their families. Over the years, we have expanded into a national organization that hosts a large annual convention each July and many regional one-day conferences around the country throughout the year. We primarily serve young people and their families, but also provide invaluable education to SLPs and graduate students and welcome adults who stutter into our community as volunteers.

I’m worried about graduate school applications. What do I do?

Add yourself to our facebook group called Communication Disorders Grad School Support Group (linked in our main facebook group).


Contact our secretary: hartopn1@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Contact our club advisor: welshj@newpaltz.edu