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Peer Advisor Office Hour 3/27/20

Hello all!

I will be holding an office hour tomorrow (3/27/2020) at 11:00am-12:00pm on WebEx. You can enter the meeting simply by clicking the link below and it will take you to my room.You just need to make sure you have WebEx installed on your computer!

You are welcome to audio chat with me, or type in questions if you do not feel comfortable doing that.

https://jmu.webex.com/meet/lavacckm 

I hope that some of you are able to join in with me tomorrow! I will be holding more office hours, they just may not be at the same time for each session:)

Please email me if you have questions at csdug@jmu.edu.

Kimberly LaVacca, Peer Advisor
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Undergrad Grade Options - Advice for CSD *Spring 2020 RE: COVID-19*

Dear CSD students, You have received information from the University regarding the option of completing courses this semester as credit/no-credit. Here are some important considerations for your CSD courses. SOPHOMORES: Per the University announcement, course prerequisites that require a letter grade will not be satisfied with a “CR” grade. CSD207, CSD208, and CSD209 require a letter grade of “C” or better to move onto the 300 level coursework. Thus, credit/no-credit would not meet this requirement.  FOR ALL OTHERS:

For a large majority of students, an undergraduate education in CSD marks the beginning of a career in CSD, and so graduate school and professional certification requirements must be carefully considered before electing to take a course as credit/no-credit. For courses that require demonstration of competency (e.g., PHYS, CHEM), a letter grade of “C” is generally recommended. The CSD upper-class coursework fulfill graduate training prerequisites and contribute to the major GPA.…

Freshman Recorded Information Session Spring 2020

Hello Freshman!
Below is the recorded information session done by Peer Advisor, Kimberly LaVacca. Please note that this is not a comprehensive, just a few key things to start thinking about before going into Sophomore year regarding classes and organizations. If you have questions regarding the content covered, or want additional information please email csdug@jmu.edu.

Not included in this powerpoint is information on CSD research opportunities. As an Undergraduate Student, there are many research opportunities available to you. Participating in research helps you become a competitive candidate for graduate school! If you would like to learn more please visit: https://www.csd.jmu.edu/researchlabs.html.



I hope you are all staying safe and well.
Kimberly LaVacca, Peer Advisor

Junior Recorded Information Session Spring 2020

Hello Juniors!

Below is the recorded information session done by Peer Advisor, Kimberly LaVacca. Please note that this is not a comprehensive, just a few key things to start thinking about before going into your senior year like observation hours and taking the GRE. If you have questions regarding the content covered, or want additional information please email csdug@jmu.edu.

Another note that is not included in this powerpoint, is that to start thinking if you have not taken any cognate courses (physics, math, etc.) you should see if you already have the credits or plan to take them in your Fall semester.


I hope you all are staying safe and well.

Kimberly LaVacca, Peer Advisor

Robin C. McKay Memorial Scholarship Spring 2020

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is now accepting applications for the
Robin C. McKay Memorial Scholarship
This is a $2,100 scholarship for an undergraduate student in the CSD program.  This is not a need-based scholarship but, rather, is awarded to a well-rounded and academically proficient student studying in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology.                       To be eligible for the McKay Scholarship you must:
·Be an Undergraduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program who is studying speech pathology ·Be well-rounded an academically proficient ·Have a minimum GPA in the major of 3.25 ·Be a rising senior (junior status) haven taken CSD 207, 208, 209, 300, and 301
                      To apply for the McKay Scholarship you must:
·Submit a resume of past accomplishments/achievements ·Write a brief personal statement as to future goals/aspirations  (no more than 1 page)

Materials must be emailed to Dr. Christina Kuo (kuocx@jmu.edu) with the subje…

Freshman and Junior Information Session Update Spring 2020

Attention Freshman and Junior CSD majors!
Last week (3/5) I announced that I would be holding information sessions for the Freshman on March 20th and 27th from 11:00am-12:00pm, and for the Juniors on March 23rd and 30th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Details on the content of these sessions can be found on those separate posts.
Due to JMU's policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, I will now be holding these sessions on a web-based platform. I will be able to share more information on this soon.
Please email me at csdug@jmu.edu if you have any further questions.
Peer Advisor, Kimberly LaVacca

Attention Freshman! Spring 2020

The peer advisor will be holding information sessions on Friday March 20th and 27th from 11:00-12:00pm in HBS G045 regarding important class information going into Sophomore year as well as ways to get involved at JMU. If you would like more information or have specific questions about the session please email Peer Advisor Kimberly LaVacca at csdug@jmu.edu.