Award of the Singular Scholarship for Technology Innovation
Elaine M. McNiece, Ed.D.
University of Central Arkansas

It is indeed an honor for me to present the Singular Publishing Group Scholarship.  The scholarship was designed for students enrolled in doctoral study in communication sciences and disorders to encourage projects that develop technological innovations.  As we announce this very unique and coveted award for $5000, I cannot help but think back on the history of how Singular has walked the path side by side with the Council of Academic Programs from its very inception.  The Council has a long history not only with Singular, but with Dr. Singh.  He served as coordinator of the graduate program and as Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at San Diego State University.  He has known from an insider's perspective the challenges of the past, present, and future.  Sadanand is our colleague and friend.  His offer for this award to recognize technological innovation in teaching is a testimony of his life-long commitment to help progress our discipline and the professions.

This year's scholarship is awarded to a student at Wichita State University.  I would like her advisor, Ro Scudder to come forward to describe the project and introduce the Scholarship winner to you.

I would like to invite Dr. Singh to come forward  for the presentation to Ms. Blankenship.  As Dr. Singh joins us, I can only appeal to the top management of the new company present here this morning, to continue this intimate collaboration in the future.

We are pleased to award the first Singular Publishing Group scholarship to Terri Blankenship.

Award of Appreciation to Kim Wilcox
John Ferraro, Ph.D.
University of Kansas Medical Center

On behalf of the Honors and Awards Committee, which includes Dan Tullos and Judith Page, it is my privilege to present four awards tonight.  The first is our Award of Appreciation, which is given to individuals in recognition of significant contributions to the Council, or to the discipline that it serves. Our recipient qualifies under both of these criteria.

As a scholar, he has contributed significantly to the scientific, clinical and administrative literature of our field.  His service to this Council has been exemplary, and includes being a member of our Long Range Planning Committee, our Task Force on Undergraduate-Only Programs, Conference Chair and Co-Chair, and most recently, a member of our Executive Board as President-Elect, President and Past-President.  Is he laughing yet?? (IF not, GOOD).

I take very personal pride in presenting this award tonight since Kim Wilcox and I were partners in crime for 10 years as Co-Directors of the University of Kansas Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders.  This past year, he accepted the position of Executive Director of the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for all of our state-supported colleges and universities.  Among other things, this new job means that I have to be much nicer to him.

 Kim, for your outstanding contributions to the Council and the  Discipline, it is my very great pleasure to present you with our Award of Appreciation.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Rosalind Scudder
John Ferraro, Ph.D.
University of Kansas Medical Center

Our Award for Distinguished Contributions is presented to individuals, agencies, businesses or organizations in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the Council that have enhanced the Council’s ability to serve its membership, or that have effectively enriched education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  We have two, eminently qualified recipients of this award tonight.  The contributions to the Council of our first recipient are legendary.  I know of no one who has served us better, more loyally, or in more capacities.  In addition to serving on many of our task forces, working groups and committees, she had the distinction of being a member of our Executive Board from 1992 through 1999.  Her roles included two terms as Treasurer and another as President-Elect, President and Past-President.

Throughout her tenure on the Board, she has been a pillar of support and wealth of information to all of us who have had the privilege of serving with her.  The difficult task of updating our by-laws and articles was accomplished in great part by this individual.

Outside of the Council, her service to the discipline has included being an  ASHA Legislative Councilor 10 years, and President of her state Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  In the midst of this very busy  professional life, she also has found the time to train for and run in a few marathons!

I am honored to present the Council’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Dr. Rosalind Scudder from Wichita State University.

Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sadanand Singh
John Ferraro, Ph.D.
University of Kansas Medical Center

Our second recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contributions is very well known to us all.  In his fabled career he is highly regarded as a scholar, scientist, keen businessman, and purveyor of excellent cuisine!  Born and primarily educated in India, he is the holder of two Ph.D. degrees, one in Aesthetics from Ranchi University, and the other in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Ohio State University.   He has been a faculty member at Ohio State, Howard University, Ohio University, the University of Texas and San Diego State University, where he chaired the Department of Communicative Disorders.  He continues to serve on the advisory boards of several universities.  He was the founder and Chairman of College-Hill Press, and is the Founder and current Chairman of Singular Publishing Group, Inc.  Many of us here tonight receive royalty checks from this Group (small though they might be).

The cat obviously is out of the bag.  No one in this room is unaware of Sadanand Singh’s contributions to and support of the Council.  He not only has opened to us the doors of access to his company’s textbooks (which is analogous to giving a 5-year-old the keys to a candy store), but the doors to his beautiful home in La Jolla as well.  Sadanand, for your exemplary contributions to the profession as a scholar and business leader, and for your long-standing and continued support of the Council, including  feeding us at your home on two occasions, I am most proud to present  you with the Award for Distinguished Contributions.

Honors of the Council to Danielle Ripich
John Ferraro, Ph.D.
University of Kansas

The Honors of the Council is the highest award bestowed by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  It is presented to those individuals whose contributions to the Council and/or to graduate education in communication sciences and disorders have been of such magnitude that their impact on the Council – or on the education of speech-language pathologists, audiologists or speech and hearing scientists – through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration, service, or legislative activity is recognized throughout the professional community.

Once again, our recipient tonight qualifies for this award under all of these categories. Dr. Danielle Ripich is among our leading scholars and scientists in the area of aging and its effects on speech and language.  Her research has received major funding from the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, and the National Institute of Aging of the NIH.  She is the author or co-author of numerous textbooks, chapters, and journal articles, and she has presented her research throughout the United States and Canada, and at several European meetings.  The list of national review panels, task forces, working groups and committees on which she has served is too long to describe.  As an academician and academic administrator, Dani has served in a variety of capacities, including Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.  This past year, she was appointed to the position of Dean of the College of Health Professions, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Her long list of awards includes:

In her association with the Council, she has served as our President (and president-elect/past-president), Chair of our Professional Development and Advocacy Committee, and Chair of our Publications Committee.  In 1995, we presented her with our Award for Distinguished Contributions.

On a personal note, Dani was the Past-President of the Council when I became president-elect in 1994.  As a fellow member of the Executive Board, I learned a great deal from Dani Ripich, and developed a true appreciation of her leadership ability, intelligence, style and class.

She has served the Council and the discipline amazingly well over the years and it is my very great pleasure to present the Honors of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders to Dr. Danielle Ripich.