Time sure does fly when you are having fun! Believe it or not, it’s time to begin your plans to attend the 2014 National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) Convention. This year’s Convention will be held in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. The theme of the 2014 Convention is Moving People Forward. We are clinicians, educators, researchers, future speech pathologists and future audiologists that play a critical role in moving our clients, patients, students and advances in treatment approaches and research forward! NBASLH has been vital in moving awareness of multicultural implications, cultural competence and cultural linguistic diversity forward in the profession of communication disorders and beyond. In addition, NBASLH is the leader of moving students forward with our supporting role in the recruitment and retention of African-Americans as Communication Disorders professionals. Through our commitment to mentorship, scholarship and service NBASLH has also moved our members forward as leaders with many NBASLH members serving in leadership positions in local, state and national organizations. Given all that NBASLH has accomplished to Move People Forward there is still more to do. The 2014 Convention honors both what we have done, what we are doing and what we will continue to do with our global responsibility of Moving People Forward.
On behalf of the association, we invite you to join us as we gather for our annual Convention. This year we are excited to invite two leaders in the Charlotte, North Carolina community as our keynote speakers. We hope to see you Thursday at the Opening Session, where we are honored to have Michelle Horton, founder of YOUniversity Drive, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Horton and her organization are Moving People Forward by addressing the gaps between students’ academic preparedness and workforce readiness. Her unique approaches help close these gaps which can exist for students from multicultural backgrounds. Following the Opening Session, stay and network with old and new friends while enjoying light hot hors d’oeuvres at the Opening Reception sponsored by EBS Healthcare.
Friday morning, join us for the Annual Membership Meeting for a report of NBASLH’s accomplishments and plans for 2014. Friday night we look forward to seeing you and your guests at the Annual Awards Dinner, where we will hear from keynote speaker Dedrick Russell. Mr. Russell continues to demonstrate his commitment to Moving People Forward locally and nationally. He is currently the Vice President of Broadcast and Region III Director for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). In addition, he is the education reporter for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina where he uses his platform to address community and educational issues. After dinner, it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth and dance the night away during Dancing and Desserts sponsored by Xavier University!
It has become our tradition that Saturday is T-Shirt day! Don’t forget to bring and wear your favorite NBASLH T-shirt on Saturday. Also, make sure you register for the Student-Mentor Luncheon co-sponsored by ASHA and NSSLHA. This event sells out every year! Finally, before heading home on
Sunday, make sure to stop in for a cup of coffee and a quick bite to eat at the Sunday Farewell.
Now that you have the highlights, make sure you browse your program to review all the exciting sessions, including the prestigious Donn Bailey lecture, and begin planning your 2014 NBASLH Convention experience!
We are two Southern Belles and Charlotte is a special place for both of us because it is also considered “home!” Charlotte is the perfect mix of southern sensibility and city style. Make sure you get out and see what Charlotte is all about. Visit Charlottesgotalot.com for more information! We have worked hard to plan another informative, educational and FUN convention. Make sure you visit www.nbaslh.org for Convention news, hotel and registration.
Welcome to our city y’all!
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As your new Chair, I have to admit that as I am writing this Convention mailing newsletter I cannot help but think about the notable leader Mr. Nelson Mandela. Over the last week or so, I have watched the various news programs, special presentations, and lastly, the home going celebration honoring Mr. Mandela and his legacy. After seeing the history of his fighting the injustices associated with apartheid and struggle for freedom, I am still amazed at Mr. Mandela’s endurance, perseverance and tolerance. Regardless of the circumstances, obstacles placed in front of him, or great labor of love to assist others, Mr. Mandela maintained a steadfast determination to have a positive future for him, his family and country. As an actively engaged advocate, Mr. Mandela had an extraordinary ability, regardless of their differences in age, ethnicity, gender, race or social economic status, to bring people together. He was able to unite individuals and inspire them to work together in order to address and overcome any problems set before them. Overall, Mr. Mandela was able to touch the lives of many young and old all over the world. In my humble opinion, Mr. Mandela’s legacy definitely characterizes one’s ability to move people forward. Therefore, this time of reflection for him has helped me envision what I would like to say to inspire you to support our Convention’s theme NBASLH Moving People Forward.
As we plan to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, I strongly believe that we must reminisce about our past in order to prepare us for our moving forward into the future. So let’s all take a moment to honor the legacy of NBASLH. For more than 35 years, NBASLH has been fulfilling the vision and has worked diligently to accomplish the mission statement of the association. NBASLH remains to be the leading professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of black communication science and disorders professionals, students and consumers. In addition, NBASLH continues to be a viable mechanism through which the needs of black professionals, students and individuals with communication disorders can be met. Also, NBASLH has provided support to our students, young professionals and consumers from across the country and world via our awards, sponsorships, and scholarships. Most importantly for this newsletter, our annual Convention continues to offer continuing education opportunities to members with local and national speakers, time to explore new materials and possibly purchase state-of-the-art equipment or personal items from the exhibitors, employment and university recruitment, and the Convention attendees’ favorite thing to do, fellowship and networking with colleagues and friends.
I fondly remember many years ago as a graduate student member attending my first NBASLH Convention. I have to admit that initially it was a little bit of a “culture shock” because I had never seen so many individuals of all ages, genders, races and professional status levels coming together as one big happy family. Yes, I said happy family because the NBASLH Convention was like coming to a big old fashion family reunion. I will never forget the NBASLH members who extended more than a friendly greeting, handshake or hug. These NBASLH family members planted in me the desire to want to learn more about NBASLH and to take advantage of the wisdom that was being provided by the many mentors, speakers and founders that were present. Also, I placed this newfound love of NBASLH in my heart and promised myself that I would always look forward to this event and do my best to attend. Well, did my trip down memory lane inspire you to reflect on what the legacy of NBASLH means to you? I hope that when you read my story you were able to reminisce about your own NBASLH Convention story or stories. With any luck, I have ignited your inner spark to get you moving towards planning on how you will be with us at the Convention. If you are a new member, I hope that my story has sparked your interest to want to come to the Convention in order to discovery the legacy of NBASLH. Overall, my desire is for us to continue to support NBASLH and our Convention Co-Chairs as they have planned another amazing convention or should I say remarkable reunion.
So NBASLH family, let’s get moving. I look forward to the near future and seeing you in Charlotte.
Rachel Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP
NBASLH Chair, National Board of Directors
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Thursday, April 10
Opening Session, Featuring Ms. Michelle R. Horton
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ms. Horton will kick off this year’s Convention with a presentation focusing on Moving People Forward. Michelle R. Horton is a first generation college graduate and founder of YOUniversity Drive, LLC. After years as a corporate marketing and human resources executive, Michelle made the decision to change careers and enter the college classroom as a professor. Her experience was both eye-opening and motivating. As an educator, she made it her personal mission to address the gaps she observed between students’ standard classroom instruction and their level of preparedness for the workforce. Her mission eventually expanded beyond the classroom and became the spark that ignited YOUniversity Drive.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
After enjoying the Opening Session, unwind with colleagues of old, and meet new ones, while enjoying music and light hors d’oeuvers.
The Opening Reception is sponsored by EBS Healthcare.
Friday, April 11
Annual Membership Meeting
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Join the NBASLH Executive Board for the Annual Meeting at its new time! This will be your opportunity to share in the achievements of the past year. Also gain insight on the new and exciting ventures for the upcoming year.
NBASLH Annual Awards Dinner
Featured Presenter: Mr. Dedrick A. Russell a news reporter for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Russell is currently an award winning education reporter for WBTV News 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received the Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists for a series entitled The Troubled Ten. He talked to principals from the 10 lowest performing high schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. School leaders shared with him their plan to turn the school around. Mr. Russell has been at WBTV for 10 years. His philosophy in life is never give up because dreams still do come true.
Enjoy Desserts and Dancing after the Awards Dinner, sponsored by Xavier University.
Saturday, April 12
Student Mentor Luncheon
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Sponsored by ASHA and NSSLHA
The Student-Mentor Luncheon devotes a special time for students and mentors to enjoy a gathering specifically designated for students. During the luncheon, the Student Research Award recipient will present a synopsis of their research.
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Charlotte Marriott City Center is located in the business district near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Bank of America Stadium, The Time Warner Cable Arena, museums, and the area’s finest restaurants.
NBASLH has obtain a special group rate of $149 for the Convention
Deadline date to make reservation is March 19, 2014. Reservation requests received after the deadline date will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.
You can make a reservation by calling 704-333-9000.
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