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November 2003 Issue

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Carny Sotto Named National Advisor of the Year

Published November 2003

Carney Sotto, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences, has been named "National Advisor of the Year" by the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

Dr. Sotto was nominated by the student members of the local NSSLHA chapter for her strong support of the educational, leadership, and volunteer activities of the UC chapter. There are over 300 NSSLHA chapters in the U.S. Dr. Sotto will receive her award in November at the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago.

"Dr. Sotto is an exemplary faculty member. Her meaningful involvement in activities with students outside the classroom is a critical component in the retention of undergraduates in communication sciences and disorders," said Elizabeth King, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.

During the past academic year, the UC chapter of NSSLHA, under Dr. Sotto's guidance, raised almost $4,000 for organizations such as Communication Independence for the Neurologically Impaired, and the Stuttering Foundation of America. The group sent boxes of personal hygiene products to Nicaragua, advocated for under-represented students in speech-language-hearing disorders, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, provided gifts and clothing for an autistic young man at Christmas, tutored kindergarten through fourth-grade children for "Cincinnati Reads," and sent boxes of textbooks and diagnostic equipment to South Africa.

Dr. Sotto received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from San Diego State University. She competed her masters and PhD degrees in Speech-Language Pathology at the UC. Dr. Sotto joined UC as part-time faculty in 1998, and has been full-time for the past two years. She has been the faculty advisor for the UC chapter of NSSLHA since 2000. Her area of expertise is child language disorders. She most recently developed a new course at UC titled "Communication Disorders and the Media."

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