VP: Publications says “Thanks for the memories”

December 2, 2012

As my Vice-President: Publications term comes to an end this month, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank-you” to the MSHA membership as well as to those with whom I have had the privilege of serving with on the MSHA Executive Board (EB).  I began working with the EB, as a volunteer, in 1996, to get the MSHA web up and running. When I joined the EB in 1997 as President-Elect, I could not have possibly imagined a journey that would span a decade and a half. I won’t try to recount all that has transpired over the years, but will suffice it to say it has been a learning experience that I shall never forget.

When I began my term as 1998 President, the EB position that handled publications was titled “Editor.” The person filling that position resigned, and I served as “Editor.” Early in 1998 the one part-time paid staff person, who served as Administrative Aid to the EB, also resigned. So I got a “mobile phone” and had all the calls forwarded to me. I experienced full immersion into the MSHA world. I continued to serve as “Editor” to complete the Editor’s term, and was subsequently reelected as Editor. The journey continued. Over the years many EB titles were changed, and “Editor” became “Vice-President: Publications.” The most recent Bylaws change (2012) in “Vice-President: Publications” to “Vice-President: Public Relations and Marketing” will take effect January 1, 2013. I would like to take this opportunity to say an early “2013 Welcome” to Mia Kimmons, Vice-President: Public Relations and Marketing – Elect.

With wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year to each of you,

Ricky W. Burk


Help Wanted – SLP

November 9, 2012

Position:  Speech-Language Pathologist
Setting:  Healthcare
Contact:  Jackie Parker
Phone:  601-261-3683
Address:  415 South 28th Avenue
City:  Hattiesburg
State:  Mississippi
Zip:  39401
Email:  jackie.parker@hattiesburgclinic.com

Memorial Service – Virginia Berry

October 23, 2012

 A memorial service for Virginia Berry, M.S., CCC-A, will be held at The University of Southern Mississippi Thad Cochran Center, Ballrooms II and III, on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.  A reception will follow.

Memorials may be made to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and mailed to 118 College Drive #5092, Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001. Please note “Virginia Berry Memorial Fund” in the memo line of your check.  In lieu of flowers, gifts also may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In Memoriam – Virginia Berry

October 17, 2012

Virginia Berry, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, died Tuesday at her home in Hattiesburg. She was 63.

Funeral services for Berry will be announced at a later date.

A native of New Orleans, Berry joined the Southern Miss faculty in 1993. She held a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Berry was a multiple winner of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences’ Teacher of the Year award. In addition to teaching, her work at Southern Miss included pediatric audiology and supervision of students in the department’s audiology clinic.

“We are deeply saddened at Virginia’s passing,” said Dr. Steve Cloud, chairman of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. “She was beloved by her students and fellow faculty members, as well as by clients who benefited from her services as a pediatric audiologist.”

Help Wanted – SLP

October 15, 2012

Position: Speech-Language Pathologist
Setting: Private Practice
Contact: Rebecca Laskin
Phone: 601-212-0870
Address: 4500 I-55 North, 291 Highland Village
City: Jackson
ZIP: 39211
Email: rebecca@laskintherapygroup.com

MSHA Caseload Characteristics Survey

October 12, 2012

Dear Mississippi SLPs,

In an effort to assess the current caseloads of school-based SLPs in Mississippi, we ask that you complete this follow up Caseload Characteristics’ survey. Please also share this survey link with your colleagues for them to complete. We believe this information will be an asset to guide school adminstrators, teachers, and SLPs, particularly in light of the new 216 Bachelor’s level Speech Teacher license from Mississippi Department of Education that goes into effect in 2013.  

The following survey consists of 10 multiple choice questions and will take approximately 3-5 minutes to complete.  We hope that you will look for the results of the ‘Caseload Characteristics’ survey at ASHA in Atlanta in November 2012.  

CLICK HERE to go to the Caseload Characteristics Survey

Please contact either Ashley Bourque Meaux (ashleymeaux@gmail.com) or Rachel Powell (rpowellslp@gmail.com) if you have any questions or desire the results of the survey.

We thank you for your time and participation,

Ashley and Rachel

2013 MSHA Call for Papers online form now available

August 11, 2012


An online Call for Papers form is now available.

Click Here to access the online submission form.

2013 Annual Continuing Education Conference

Hilton, Jackson, MS

March 25-27, 2013


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