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National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is:

  • to encourage professional interest among college and university students in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior
  • to provide continuity to the dissemination of professional information
  • to provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern

Any student attending IUP, graduate or undergraduate, who is not yet eligible for membership in the American Speech Language Hearing Association and who is interested in the study of normal and disordered human communication behavior is eligible for membership in this organization. Any regularly enrolled student who, because of deep professional interest in and an outstanding contribution to the local chapter of NSSLHA, shall be eligible to be enrolled an Honorary Member. Any person, except a regularly enrolled student, who, because of deep professional interest in and an outstanding contribution to the local chapter of NSSLHA, shall be eligible to be elected an Honorary Member.

NSSLHA Officers 2014–2015:

What Does NSSLHA Do?

Our Indiana University of Pennsylvania chapter of NSSLHA is typically run and organized by the graduate student officers. Undergraduate students as well as graduate students are encouraged to join the organization. As a group, NSSLHA organizes fundraisers, service projects, seminars, social events, etc.

It is beneficial for students in the major to join NSSLHA for several reasons:

  • Students can get to know others in the major.
  • Students gain information about the profession, techniques in therapy, and application processes for graduate school.
  • There are opportunities to volunteer in the community.
  • There are opportunities for undergraduate students to ask graduate students for advice.

Requirements of Members

Members are expected pay their dues and to keep up with their “points” throughout each semester. For every event or meeting, members receive an attendance point for that specific event. The list of point requirements include:

  • Attend half of the NSSLHA meetings
  • Attend one social
  • Participate in one service activity
  • Participate in one fundraiser
  • Attend/particpate in one professional development activity

If a member cannot attend half of the meetings over the semester, the point system is adjusted as follows:

  • Attend two socials
  • Participate in two service activities
  • Participate in two fundraisers
  • Participate in one professional development activity



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  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.