College of Education and Communications Recognizes Scholarship

Posted on 10/19/2017 11:21:12 AM

2017 Alumni Scholar Award Recipient Tara Roehl, center, with Dr. Luetkehans, left, and Dr. Black.The College of Education and Communications recognized the scholarship of alumni, faculty, and students on October 12. The ninth annual Alumni, Faculty, and Student Scholars Reception was well-attended by faculty, staff, alumni, students, and the family and friends of those being honored. The event commenced with a welcome from Dean Lara Luetkehans and opening remarks from Lynanne Black, dean’s associate.

Tara Roehl was named 2017 Alumni Scholar for her impressive work and research in the field of Speech Language Pathology.

Roehl began her career here at Indiana University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree and, subsequently, a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from IUP. Her career began working with at-risk youth in the public school systems of Illinois and California and in a private practice clinic in the San Francisco bay area.

Roehl then used her experience to open a private telepractice clinic, Speechy Keen Speech Therapy, in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning, and the use of technology in therapy. The nature of her practice has enabled her to work with individuals with disabilities outside the US, including developing long distance remote speech therapy approaches with individuals in Rwanda and the Philippines.

Roehl is also the president and co-founder of Hacking Autism, a nonprofit organization to fund, create, and support opportunities that improve the personal and professional lives of people on the Autism spectrum. Roehl’s contagious enthusiasm energized the room as she spoke to attendees about her career and drive to help others.

The College of Education and Communications Research Committee presented Lorraine Guth from the Department of Counseling with the 2016–17 Faculty Research Award. Guth has worked extensively to help develop the counseling profession in Malawi, one of the poorest nations in the world. Guth has traveled to Malawi and has taken a hands-on, collaborative approach, working directly with students, teachers, and communities to develop programs to meet the needs of the Malawians.

The Research Committee recognized the research of doctoral student Michael Boneshefski and presented him with the 2016–17 Student Research Award. Boneshefski recently graduated from IUP’s Educational and School Psychology doctoral program. His research on the identification of students with specific learning disabilities using response to intervention (RTI) was recently published in the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Journal.

Finally, numerous students from all departments across the College of Education and Communications were recognized for their achievements in receiving scholarships for the 2017–18 academic year.