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Speech pathology professor earns top honors

March 30, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association has presented its highest honor to a faculty member in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University.

Sandra Glista, a master faculty specialist-clinical specialist, received the Honors of the Association award during a luncheon March 26 in Kalamazoo.

The award recognizes sustained, outstanding accomplishments in the profession of speech, language and hearing and is conveyed to those who actively demonstrate their expertise through ongoing service that directly benefits MSHA and the field as a whole and has a significant impact on people with communication impairments.

Glista, who joined the WMU faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor, has more than 30 years in the profession as a clinician, teacher and professor. Her areas of expertise include neurological disorders of speech and language, communication disorders of the aged, and augmentative and alternative communication.

She is responsible for implementing an aphasia advisory panel that includes clients and family members. Glista also has established high-quality service delivery options and designed a group Aphasia Communication Enhancement program.

That program is at the cutting edge of "life participation approaches in aphasia," a consumer-driven service-delivery approach that supports individuals with aphasia and others affected by it.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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