The National Student Speech-Hearing Language Association (NSSHLA) Pacific Chapter was created to serve both undergraduate and graduate students. Under the leadership of co-presidents Nicholaus Brock ‘12 and Lizette Lopez ‘12, NSSHLA is making a strong comeback after many years of being dormant.

NSSHLA’s undergraduate executive board includes co-presidents, fundraiser chair, secretary, co-financial chairs, public relations representatives, and membership chair. Graduate students are also represented on the board by a historian, membership chair, and fundraiser chair representing the graduate students.

Eighty members strong, NSSHLA is a frequent volunteer with the Very Special People Bowling program, organizing and participating in the School’s Annual Golf Classic Scholarship Tournament, hosting Welcome Dinners for students, faculty, alumni, and staff, and helping improve literacy in the Stockton community.

In 2010, NSSHLA hosted therapy demonstration and hearing screenings at the University’s Pacific Alumni Weekend. Hearing screenings were provided to nearly 50 alumni.

Last fall, the student speech-language pathologists partnered with Nikaya Handcrafted, a Truckee-based company that specializes in home decor, fashion and lifestyle accessories, to raise more than $400 for Cambodia by selling jewelery, bags, and scarves that were all handmade in Cambodia.

On April 14, 2011 NSSHLA hosted a successful Karaoke Night at the AVE, a restaurant located on the Miracle Mile, raising more than $700 to support local speech-language clinics. Many students, faculty, staff, and alumni came out to join in on dancing, eating, singing, and fun.

“I learned how to make connections with local businesses in order to find support for our speech-language clinics. Seeing the local SLP (Speech-Language Pathology) community come together and donate to the Scottish Rite Language Center was most rewarding,” commented Brock.

As a group, NSSHLA attended the continuing education program Literacy & Communications Disorders at the California State University, San Francisco on April 16, 2011. Student speech-language pathologists are making solid representation at national meetings with high attendance from each class and poster presentations by current students and alumni. This year Norma Gonzalez ’09 ’11 and Mary Xiong ’10 ’11 presented posters at the California Speech-Hearing Association meeting.

You can support the student speech-language pathologists at their events as they continue to make a difference in patients’ lives and in the community. Learn more about NSSHLA and what students like them are doing by visiting

By Dua Her '09
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