March 2022

UNT well-represented at Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) convention

Faculty and students presented research, took part in events and won awards at the annual state convention and exhibition, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Many faculty and students from the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology headed to Fort Worth to attend the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) annual convention Feb. 24-26.

While attending, UNT students and faculty received a variety of prestigious awards. In the Praxis Bowl, a competition between more than a dozen speech-language pathology (SLP) programs in Texas, UNT placed third. The team was made up of students Celinda Acosta, Sidney Moore, Janessa Guzman and Amber Moon, and Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director Stacy Nunnelee coordinated. At the awards breakfast on Feb. 25, Dr. Kat Aoyama, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, presented the scholarship awards as the Scholarship Awards Chair. Three UNT students received scholarships – Leticia Garcia, Celinda Acosta and Lauren Davis. Alumna Christine Anderson received a service award at the event. UNT also sponsored a Silver table at the awards breakfast, and more than 10 students and faculty members attended the event.

“This was our first in-person convention since March 2020, and it was wonderful to see students, faculty and alumni face-to-face,” Dr. Aoyama said.

The department’s faculty and students presented at the conference. Ms. Nunnelee and Principal Lecturer Lauren Mathews presented “Social Skills Supports for Neurodivergent College Students,” and graduate student Alden Gartrell presented “Beginning or Transitioning into a Career as a Medical SLP.”

Apart from the presentations, UNT took part in “Spirit Day” with Ms. Nunnelee and Dr. Aoyama hosting a recruiting table, and students Laine Humphries, Connie Ho and Madison Waddill taking part in the event. Dr. Theresa Kouri, Principal Lecturer and Clinical Director for SLP who is chairing the University Issues Committee, held an all-directors meeting, which is a committee of all program directors and clinic directors of the SLP programs in Texas. Many more undergraduate and graduate students attended and volunteered at the convention making sure UNT was very well-represented at this state convention.

UNT conference to focus on adapting to pandemic-related change, and emphasizing wellbeing and mental resilience in public administration

What: University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service 2022 Master of Public Administration Annual Alumni-Student Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. April 8 (Friday)

Where: UNT Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. in Denton

Media: Journalists interested in attending and/or discussing the event should contact Trista Moxley at or 850-543-8132.

More Info: Individual tickets before April 1 are $40. Individual tickets beginning April 1 are $60. UNT student tickets are $10 with student ID. Register now at  Businesses, organizations or individuals can sponsor the event at a variety of levels listed at All event proceeds benefit the MPA Excellence Fund and sponsorships may be considered tax-deductible. For more information on the event, contact Bob Bland at


The one-day conference with the theme New Horizons in Public Service will examine the impact that COVID has had on the workplace for public and nonprofit organizations. The individual sessions will feature experts as well as round table discussions on the pandemic's impact on metal resiliency, wellbeing and working conditions of those in public service.

The Honorable Andy Eads, Denton County Judge and MPA '96, will deliver the annual Chester A. Newland Colloquium, named in honor of one of the founders of the MPA program and international leader in public service education. Mr. Eads' address will build on the morning sessions by addressing how local government, and specifically Denton County, has adapted to the new realities brought on by the pandemic. His address will expand not only the impact on employees, but also on citizens and their expectations for county government.

“The MPA Alumni-Student Conference has become a featured event for engaging candid dialogue on issues of concern to public managers,” said Dr. Bob Bland, Endowed Professor of Local Government and organizer of this year’s event. “This year's conference, the first in-person event in two years, after being canceled in 2020 and held virtually last year due to the pandemic, promises to be especially engaging because of the topic's timeliness and its pervasive impact on all organizations.”

Full Schedule

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Mock Interviews/Networking and Sponsor Tables
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. New Horizons in the Public and Nonprofit Workforce
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. New Horizons in Wellbeing and Mental Resilience
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Luncheon and Chester A. Newland Colloquium Address: Denton County Judge Andy Eads (MPA ‘96)
  • 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. PADM Dessert Reception
  • 2:30 p.m. PASA Reception and Networking at East Side Denton, 117 East Oak Street in Denton