James Madison University

Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

JMU Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)


PHOTO: JMU Student Academy of Audiology 2018-18 Members

JMU Student Academy of Audiology 2018-19 Members

Back row left to right: Allison Anderson (President), Megan Crouse (National Representative), Andrew Thorne
(Treasurer), Valerie Beacham (Secretary), Victoria Whitney (Historian), & Elizabeth Surface (Vice President)
Front row left to right: Susanne Nelson, Grace Brooker, Kerri Lawlor, Ariana Morris, Bonnie Purtill, & Taylor Arbogast

JMU SAA 2018-19 Upcoming Events


  • October 13th, 2018: White Coat Ceremony honoring the class of 2022
  • October 19th-20th, 2018: The Ruth Symposium and SAA-sponsored silent auction
  • March 27th-31st, 2019: AAA Conference: AudiologyNOW!
  • June 7th-8th: Healthy Hearing screenings at the Special Olympics (Richmond, Virginia)

JMU SAA 2018-2019 Officers


  • President: Allison Anderson
  • Vice President: Elizabeth Surface
  • Secretary: Valerie Beacham
  • Treasurer: Andrew Thorne
  • Historian: Victoria Whitney
  • National Representative: Megan Crouse

JMU SAA Recent News & Events


Promoting Healthy Hearing: On June 9th, 2018, the 2017-2018 JMU SAA chapter worked with the JMU Speech Pathology master’s students to promote Healthy Hearing by providing hearing screenings to over 100 athletes at the Special Olympics event in Richmond, Virginia. A special thank you to Dr. Sara Conrad, an alumna of the JMU Audiology Doctorate program, for her hard work in coordinating the students’ involvement!


JMU SAA at the Healthy Hearing station for the Special Olympics held in Richmond, VA.

JMU SAA at the Healthy Hearing station for the Special Olympics held in Richmond, VA.

Ruth Symposium: Another successful Ruth Symposium was held on October 19-20, 2018, inviting hearing health professionals, presenters, and manufactures to come to JMU and share current research and technology that will affect the clinical care, counseling, and intervention of hearing loss. JMU SAA helped facilitate the event and held their annual silent auction, generous donations were attributed from local businesses and many of the visiting hearing aid manufacturers

Thank you to all of our 2018 Ruth Symposium Silent Auction supporters!
JMU Affiliates: JMU NSSLHA and the JMU Bookstore
Local Businesses: Jack Brown’s, Ruby’s Arcade, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, Three Notch’d Brewery, Benny Sorrentino’s Pizza, Westover Pool, Grand Caverns, and Rivendell Massage Therapy
National Companies: Tropical Smoothie Café, Jimmy John’s, Fuel Medical, Oticon, Unitron, Widex, Bioacoustics, and Resound

2018 Ruth Symposium

A special thanks to our Key Note Speaker Dr. Judy R. Dubno (Ph.D.)!

2018 Ruth Symposium

Ruth Symposium 2018 Student Posters (Pictured: Elizabeth Surface, SAA Vice President)

2018 Ruth Symposium

Ruth Symposium 2018 Student Posters (Pictured: Paris Atabek)

Welcome Class of 2022!!


White Coat Ceremony: On October 13th, 2018, the JMU chapter of SAA hosted the 2018 White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is held annually to celebrate the first year doctor of audiology students and welcome them into the profession. The event was a success thanks to the special Key Note speech given by Dr. Kristin M. Quesenberry, AuD, and the continued support JMU SAA has received from Oticon for hosting events like this.

PHOTO: JMU Audiology students

From left to right: Taylor Arbogast, Grace Brooker, Kerri Lawlor, Ariana Morris, Susanne Nelson, & Bonnie Purtill

Become an SAA Member


Club dues are $20.00 annually. Checks can be made out to 'JMU SAA', and may be left in the treasurer's mailbox in the audiology prep lab. Sign up to become a national SAA member online @: Student Academy of Audiology National Membership