ACAE News 2014

July 2014

Generous Donation from American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF): The ACAE Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it recently received a generous donation from the AAAF and was told that there will be a forthcoming contribution in 2015. The ACAE Board is extremely grateful to the AAAF Board of Trustees for their consistent commitment to the values of Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and to ongoing learning and education!

June 2014

Generous Contribution from Starkey Hearing Technologies and Widex-USA: Starkey Hearing Technologies and Widex-USA, Inc. have announced that they are providing ACAE $160,000 over three years, as part of their recognition of the important role that ACAE accreditation plays in raising the bar in audiology education. Jerry Ruzicka, President, Starkey Hearing Technologies, and Rodney Schutt, CEO, Widex – USA, Inc., stated that they welcome the opportunity to support ACAE.

The ACAE Board of Directors expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the leaders of these two manufacturing companies and to the members of their organizations. The ACAE Board highly commends Starkey Hearing Technologies and Widex – USA, Inc. for their profound commitment to the highest quality in audiology education and to the profession.

April 2014

Dr. Lisa Hunter, ACAE’s Chair, was the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award from the American Academy of Audiology during the General Assembly at AudiologyNOW in Orlando.

See this excerpt from the formal citation:

“A graduate and former faculty member of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Hunter developed the Au.D. program at the University of Utah in 2001. With more than 25 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience, she has authored numerous publications and presentations in pediatric audiology and currently serves as the Scientific Director for Audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She has served our profession in so many different capacities, including co-chairing an NIH Research Symposium, collaborating on a longitudinal study of newborn hearing loss, funded by NIDCD, and past service as member of the Board of Directors of the Academy. But her real passion and enduring legacy is audiology education. As the current National Chair of ACAE, her task is not an easy one, but her absolute and unwavering commitment to the importance of ACAE’s mission and purpose is inspiring. This commitment is reflected in her tireless efforts on behalf of achieving independent accreditation for Audiology.”
Bettie Borton,
President, American Academy of Audiology

Congratulations Dr. Hunter from the ACAE Board and your friends and colleagues!

January 2014

An ACAE NEW YEAR INITIATIVE: “The Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA) has partnered with ACAE as the educational hosts of “THE GREAT DEBATE” which will be held in Chicago at the Hotel Sofitel on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. The Great Debate has been a long-standing tradition for the ILAA attendees and ACAE is pleased to be part of this important, fun event. This is an opportunity to debate timely topics within the audiology profession. The moderator is Paul Pessis, AuD (Private Practice) and the debaters are Eric Hecker, PhD (Private Practice), Martha Mundy, AuD. (University of North Carolina), Todd Ricketts, PhD (Vanderbilt) and Andrew Dittbemer, PhD ( GNResound).”