December 2013 President's Corner
It's hard to believe we're already coming to the close of 2013! SAA has been working hard at the local and national level throughout 2013, and I'd like to take this time to reflect back on some of our accomplishments, but also challenge our members to make the most of 2014.
Reflection: This year, we added three new SAA chapters, including the University of Arizona, Louisiana Tech University, and Louisiana State University. Did you know that 91% of AuD programs now have a SAA chapter?
Resolution: Is there a program in your state that doesn't yet have a chapter? I challenge you to reach out to them and talk about the benefits of being involved with SAA. After all, students truly can make a difference. Let's make it a goal to add at least three more chapters in 2014.
Reflection: Did you know that undergraduates can become associate members of national SAA? Undergraduates can serve on national committees and even receive complimentary registration to AN!. As of this year, we have 123 undergraduate members.
Resolution: I challenge your chapter to reach out to your university and recruit undergraduates to become national members of SAA, or even invite them to participate in activities with your SAA chapter. Find out if your chapter is able to make announcements in undergraduate classes and recruit the next generation of audiology students!
Reflection: The Ohio State University SAA planned and executed a trip to Capitol Hill to be advocates for audiology. These students had the opportunity to visit the Academy's Capitol Hill office and meet with their Representatives to support Direct Access. What a shining example of the difference that students and SAA members can make for our profession!
Resolution: Even if your chapter isn't able to travel to DC (though you CAN make it happen -- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info), I challenge your chapter to become an active advocate for audiology. Visit the Academy's Legislative Action Center to send e-mails or letters to your Representatives. Or, arrange a visit to your Representative's local office like the Vanderbilt SAA (feel free to contact email@example.com for more info).
Reflection: The SAA hosted its first-ever student conference in conjunction with AudiologyNOW! 2013 in Anaheim. National SAA listened to you, our membership, in putting together a clinically-based conference just for students. In its inagural year, we had 46 attendees with excellent presentations by noteable audiologists in our field.
Resolution: I challenge you to sign up for the 2014 SAA Conference in Orlando. Some of this year's topics will range from practice management, vestibular sciences, pediatrics, cerumen management, and more, including hands-on modules and clinically-based case studies. The SAA Conference is a fabulous resource for students because of its open format -- consider this an opportunity to have a conversation with the leaders in our field and your fellow audiology students. Best of all, registration is only $40 and scholarships are available through the Foundation.
What goals do we have in store for next year? I challenge you to make 2014 an outstanding year for your chapter. Happy New Year from SAA!
Andrea Green, SAA President