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K-State Today

October 19, 2017

Hoag named Speech Language Pathologist of the Year at annual conference

Submitted by College of Human Ecology

Linda Hoag

Linda Hoag, professor of communication sciences and disorders, was awarded the Speech Language Pathologist of the Year award at the Kansas Speech Language and Hearing Association's annual conference in September.

The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional clinical work in the area of speech-language pathology.

"She has dedicated decades of her life to the growth, development and education of undergraduate and graduate student clinicians in Kansas by putting the needs of the students and clients above her own," said a colleague describing Hoag. 

Hoag started at K-State in 1986 as a staff clinician. She has since had many titles throughout her time at the university.

Two students also walked away with awards from the conference. Ellen Bodine and Krista Sudbeck, both graduate student in family studies and human services, were awarded student scholarships for their submitted posters. Of the six posters that won awards, K-State had two winners.

Along with her scholarship, Bodine also was honored with the Dixie Heinrich Servant Leadership Award. The award is based on the following quote by Robert K. Greenleaf, "…servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches lives of individuals, builds better organizations, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world."

The association is comprised of speech and hearing professionals as well as students from the four universities in Kansas with communication science and disorder programs: Fort Hays State University, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. The association moves throughout the state each year for its annual conference and will host the 2019 conference in Manhattan.