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Bigger and Better in Boston: SAA Events at AudiologyNOW! 2012

By Andrea Fowler SAA AudiologyNOW! Planning Committee Chair – Vanderbilt University

Attention students: the fall semester is just getting started, but the SAA Programs Subcommittee for AudiologyNOW! 2012 has already begun developing student events for the conference in March. We’ve taken your suggestions and survey responses and have plans to make the events you enjoyed in Chicago even bigger and better in Boston.

Each year, the American Academy of Audiology hosts their annual conference, AudiologyNOW!. This is the world’s largest gathering of audiologists and students! Attending AN! is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn more about the profession as well as meet other AuD students from other programs. The convention is four days filled with educational sessions, interacting with various manufacturers in the hearing health care industry, networking with other AuD students and professionals, and having a little fun as well!

Can’t wait to hear about this year’s student events? You’re in luck! Over the next several months, we’ll be giving you a sneak peek into the planning of this year’s events through the SAAy Anything newsletter.

The SAA Mix-n-Mingle, Scavenger Hunt, and Student Advocacy Summit are only a few of the events that we’re excited for you to enjoy again this year.

Additionally, successful events like Office Hours will be expanded to incorporate even more dignitaries in our field. This is a great networking opportunity for students to meet with esteemed professionals in the context of a relaxed atmosphere.

We’ll also be improving student hands-on labs so that they’ll be catered to students ONLY! We’ve listened to your survey responses and will be tailoring student lectures to include topics that students specifically requested.

SAA Central is going to be a networking hub for all students, and a great place to find resources about political advocacy and the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program. Don’t forget that this will be the best place for students to relax between sessions. We can’t wait to unveil several more additions to SAA Central, so stay tuned!

Have some suggestions about current or new events? We want to hear about them! Always feel free to contact the SAA Programs Subcommittee Chair, Andrea Fowler, with your ideas.

Did you know that national SAA members have the opportunity to volunteer
for the AN! 2012 conference in exchange for free registration?
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We had a record-breaking number of both graduate and undergraduate students attend the AN! 2011 conference, and it’s our goal to host even more students this upcoming year. If you haven’t already, check out the AN! 2012 web page at audiologynow.org and start making travel plans today. In fact, make plans for your entire SAA chapter to attend!

Mark your calendars for March 28-31, and we look forward to seeing you in Boston!