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Purdue’s Crossroads Conference 2013

11/05/2013 10:42 AM | Anonymous

For the past fifteen years, the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at Purdue University has been organizing the fall Crossroads Conference for students, Professors, Researchers, vendors, Speech-Pathologists and Audiologists to form a community of networking.  Anyone interested in the pressing issues and most recent research in the field of Speech-Pathology and Audiology may attend, and is a great opportunity for all attending to learn from one another.  Professors and Researchers from across the nation counsel one another; vendors are able to promote their products such as Varibar, and employment companies such as Theracare collect contact information from eager graduate students.


Networking in between lectures

The Crossroads Committee and Undergraduate students play a big role in the planning and success this conference.  “The hardest part was coordinating all the volunteers, but we got a big response from our undergraduates and volunteer spots filled up in one day” Purdue Undergraduate NSSLHA President Courtney Wisher noted, who played a big role in planning the conference. 



NSSLHA officers from left to right:

Recording Secretary Hillary Greeson, President Courtney Wisher, Webmaster Erin Boyle,

Corresponding Secretary Rachel Platt (myself), Vice President Rebecca Henaghan


NSSLHA officers from left to right:

Historian Jessica Tolle and Treasurer Rachel Morrow

The conference is a great opportunity for all undergraduates in the major to get their foot in the door and interact with professionals in the field.  Vice president Rebecca Henaghan said that “the cool thing about crossroads is that people from all over the United States attend; you realize how large and influential our field is.”


As an undergraduate student, it is easy to get caught up in GPA and GRE scores and applying to graduate school.  The Crossroads Conference is a reminder of what we are working so hard for: a rewarding and growing field and the ability to brighten the lives of those with hearing and language disorders.  It is also an affirmation of what we are learning in our academic classes.   For me it was satisfying listening to Dr. Sumitrajit Dhar lecture on Otoacoustic Emissions theory and practice when I had just learned how to use this technology in my Introduction to Assessment Audiology class.


The Crossroads Conference is a forum of not only shared information and opportunities, but of passion for the field.  The inspiration from the students, faculty, and presenters alike is why this conference has been such a success and why it should be continued for years to come.


This blog was written and submitted by Rachel Platt, Purdue University NSSLHA Corresponding Secretary. 


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