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MAILED: March 20, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  Dr. Sylvia Steiner, professor of communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Tina Pirkl, a UW-Eau Claire graduate student, received awards at the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association convention recently held in Milwaukee.
         The association, which has retained the acronym WSHA from its former name - Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Association - honored Steiner with a WSHA Lifetime Achievement Award. Nancy McKinley, UW-Eau Claire alumna and past president of WSHA, said the award is given to retiring university faculty members who have devoted most of their careers to institutions in Wisconsin.
         "Dr. Steiner influenced many UW-Eau Claire graduates and held all of us to very exacting standards," said McKinley, who is now president of Thinking Publications in Eau Claire.
         Tina Radichel, another UW-Eau Claire alumna and WSHA president elect, said, "I had Dr. Steiner in classes all through my graduate and undergraduate years, and I respected her tremendously for her knowledge of both history and current practice in the field." Radichel is currently the new product manager for speech and language at AGS - American Guidance Service, Shoreview, Minn., and will assume her position as president of WSHA in July.
         Pirkl, a first-year graduate student from Blooming Prairie, Minn., received a $500 Friends of WSHA Foundation Scholarship, one of six scholarships awarded for academic and clinical excellence. Pirkl received her bachelor's degree in communications disorders from UW-Eau Claire in 2001.
         "Tina received this scholarship not only for mastering the academic knowledge, but for being able to apply it effectively with clients," said McKinley.
         "I am very honored that I was awarded this scholarship," said Pirkl. "I am also proud that I could represent UW-Eau Claire."
         Also at the convention, Dr. Linda Carpenter, professor of communication disorders at UW-Eau Claire, was re-elected to a second term as WSHA vice president - communications.
         The mission of WSHA is to serve Wisconsin's audiologists and speech-language pathologists by providing professional support, public awareness and opportunities for professional growth and by advocating for these professions and the individuals they serve.

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Updated: March 20, 2002