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Sandra Glista named national fellow

July 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Sandra Glista has been elected a fellow of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association.

ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

The fellows program recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to ASHA members who have made outstanding contributions to the fields encompassed by the association. It is one of the highest honors professionals in those fields can attain and a testament to Glister's accomplishments at WMU on behalf of her department and its clients as well as her colleagues across Michigan.

Glista, a master clinical faculty specialist in speech pathology and audiology since 1999, is an expert in the areas of neurological disorders of speech and language, communication disorders of the aged, and augmentative and alternative communication.

She has had a long association with WMU and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Glista was as a part-time instructor and clinical instructor from 1979 to 1992 and subsequently served as an assistant professor, associate academic career specialist, clinical supervisor and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Training for Health Care for Rural Areas Services Grant.

The winner of numerous awards, Glista has been previously recognized at the national level by being selected four times to receive the ASHA Continuing Education "ACE" Award and in 1996 to received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Clinical Achievement Award in 1996.

Her state awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Speech- Language- Hearing Association for collective action and commitment toward a common goal of community inclusion and participation for people with severe disabilities. Only 12 other people have been awarded the award since MSHA's founding in 1939.

Glista has been a consultant to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo since 1985. In addition to other consulting roles, her background includes 14 years in private practice, and positions with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Brown Hearing and Speech Center in Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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