Speech-Language-Hearing Organizations and Affiliations
Sigma-Pi (Undergraduate Honor Society)
Sigma Pi is an honor society open to matriculated majors in speech-language-hearing science who have achieved excellence in their undergraduate studies at Hofstra University. Beginning in the Spring 2008 semester, students must complete an application in order to be considered for eligibility. Students who meet the following requirements are eligible for consideration:
- A minimum of 30 semester hours in-residence at Hofstra.
- At least 24 hours in speech-language-hearing sciences coursework.
- A cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.7.
- Service to the department, community, and/or university, which must be documented.
If you meet these requirements, an application may be obtained and returned to 106 Davison Hall by October 15th. The academic achievements of Sigma Pi members will be recognized at the departmental holiday party in early December.
NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association)
Founded in 1972, NSSLHA is the national organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication. NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA has approximately 11,000 members with chapters in more than 294 colleges and universities. For more information regarding national NSSLHA membership, please visit their Web site at http://www.nsslha.org/nsslha.
In addition to the national organization, there is a local NSSLHA chapter at Hofstra. All interested undergraduate students are encouraged to become involved in the local chapter. Benefits of joining the local chapter include: learning more about the professions, conducting service activities to benefit the community, and meeting other students in the major. Meetings are held bi-monthly during common hour. There is a bulletin board outside of 104 Davison where you can get updated information regarding current club activities. Please call (516) 463-5509 for Hofstra University's NSSLHA chapter.
NYSSLHA (New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
The mission of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association is to represent the membership of the Association and enhance, safeguard and advocate for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and individuals served by members of these professions. Please call (518) 786-0947 for further information or visit the Web site at www.nysslha.org.
ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national scientific and professional association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists concerned with communication behavior and disorders. The Association, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1925. It now has over 91,000 members, certificate holders, and affiliates, and recognizes 52 state speech and hearing association affiliates, including the District of Columbia and the Overseas Association of Communication Sciences. Please call 1-800-498-2071 for further information or visit the Web site at www.asha.org.
The purposes of ASHA are to: encourage basic scientific study of the processes of individual human communication, with special reference to speech, language, and hearing; promote appropriate academic and clinical preparation of individuals entering the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders, and to promote the maintenance of current knowledge and skills of those within the discipline; promote investigation and prevention of disorders of human communication; foster improvement of clinical services and procedures addressing such disorders; stimulate exchange of information among persons and organizations thus engaged and to disseminate such information; advocate for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders; and promote the individual and collective professional interests of the members of the Association.