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Communication sciences and disorders students earn scholarships

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Six students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire communication sciences and disorders department recently received scholarships.

The students received nearly $1,000 in UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarship funds, as well as two scholarships from the CSD scholarship fund.

Beth Ascher, Sparta, received the Nancy McKinley Scholarship, created in memory of the 1974 UW-Eau Claire graduate who was a clinical instructor in the CSD department for 14 years and was an internationally known expert on adolescent language disorders.

Ascher said she was honored to receive the scholarship and to be a part of such an exceptional community of faculty and students.

"The CSD program offers an atmosphere dedicated to the education and advancement of the students through rich hands-on experiences, student-faculty collaborative research and a range of clinical opportunities," Ascher said. "I've never met a group of professors who are more dedicated to the holistic wellbeing of their students than the professors in the CSD program."

The Szews Scholarship was awarded to Anne Kulinski, Eau Claire. A nontraditional student, Kulinski holds a bachelor's degree in French education and teaching English to speakers of other languages. She returned to UW-Eau Claire in 2010 to complete a post-baccalaureate sequence in CSD to prepare her for a graduate program in speech and language pathology. The scholarship was established by Charles and Roshelle Szews, both 1978 UW-Eau Claire graduates. Charles earned a degree in accounting and Rochelle earned a degree in CSD.

"Although I pursued something a little outside of my first degree, much of what I learned about language acquisition, teaching styles and behavior management is applicable to this field as well," Kulinksi said. "All of my experiences have come together to lead me to this career."

Kelly Muller, Eau Claire, received a CSD scholarship that is awarded to a student majoring in CSD.

Leaving a job to earn her degree has put a financial strain on her family so she is especially grateful for a scholarship that will help her pursue her goals, Muller said.

"Fortunately, I have access to a strong, respected CSD program right here in my home community," Muller said. "The ability to communicate is a fundamental human need that many of us take for granted. I look forward to serving my community in this capacity."

The Jennifer Marks Scholarship was awarded to Emily Nyeggen, Waunakee. Marks earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in CSD from UW-Eau Claire. She was a speech-language pathologist for the Tomah School District in 2000 when she died in a car accident.

The Marks scholarship will help lessen the burden of having several jobs while also attending school full time, said Nyeggen.

"My favorite part of the CSD program is the clinic on campus," Nyeggen said. "The clinic allows us to interact with clients as an undergraduate. For most students it is the clinic experience that lets us see how our therapy can increase the quality of a person's life."

Caroline Schwedler, La Crosse, also received a CSD scholarship.

"Our professors and supervisors truly care about us and want us to succeed," Schwedler said of her UW-Eau Claire experience. "They take time to answer questions and learn about us."

The Irene West Solberg Memorial Scholarship, created in memory of former CSD faculty member Dr. Larry Solberg's mother, was awarded to graduate student Erika Andrle, River Falls.

After exploring careers in music education and special education, Andrle realized communication sciences and disorders was her passion.

"My favorite part of the program is being able to work with many other classmates and professors on different projects," Andrle said. "There is ample opportunity to do research and projects in CSD, and also with other majors around campus like psychology, nursing and the Human Development Center."

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