Alumna Builds Exemplary Career in Speech and Language Pathology

Posted on: June 12, 2015

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Nancy Reinheimer Kaufman started her private practice in a rented office equipped with little more than an answering machine. Now, 22 years later, she attends to the speech, language and behavioral needs of hundreds of children through an 11,000-square-foot clinic staffed by 40 professionals.

As the founder of the Kaufman Children's Center in West Bloomfield, Mich., Kaufman is the visionary behind innovative treatments that help children become effective vocal communicators. She is known worldwide for her expertise in the area of childhood apraxia, with families from around the world seeking out her center and staff.

Despite her success, Kaufman never forgets her beginnings – starting with the undergraduate degree she received from Michigan State University.

"I certainly feel that MSU prepared me to succeed," Kaufman said. "MSU also made me love being a student. Even now, I love being a 'student' when I go to conferences and listen to other professionals."

Nancy Kaufman 2Growing up in the Detroit area, Kaufman originally came to MSU to study music therapy. She switched her major after a horrific bout with tonsillitis and an ensuing tonsillectomy postponed her private voice lessons and audition to the music program.

"I had some time to reflect and realized I didn't necessarily want music to become my life's work," she said. "But I knew, too, that I had a good ear. So I decided to find a related field."

Kaufman committed herself to the study of audiology and speech sciences and earned her bachelor's from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1978. She received her master's degree from Wayne State University and worked in a hospital for 13 years. Branching out on her own, she established her practice and developed the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) – a unique method for treating children who struggle to speak as well as children with autism spectrum disorders.

"This has been one of the most fulfilling occupations I could imagine," Kaufman said. "My advice to anyone considering this career is to just do it. I can say that I look forward to going to work everyday."

Kaufman recently was awarded 2015 Community Excellence Business Person of the Year from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. She also is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award from MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the 2011 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Distinguished Service Award. She serves on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America and is on the board of visitors of Wayne State University's Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development.

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Six Alumni to Receive ComArtSci Alumni Awards

Posted on: April 8, 2015

The Celebration

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences will present this year's Outstanding Alumni Awards and the Rising Star Award at "The Celebration," the college's annual awards dinner and ceremony, on Saturday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the WKAR Studios, located in the ComArtSci Building, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing.

Five alumni will receive Outstanding Alumni Awards, which recognizes alumni who have obtained the highest level of professional or academic achievement and demonstrated service to the college and community.

The 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Nicholas D. Becharas, B.A. Advertising '84 , President and CEO of Becharas Brothers Coffee
  • Geoff Johns, B.A. Telecommunication '95, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment
  • Angela R. Massenberg, Ph.D. Audiology & Speech Sciences '88, President of Massenberg & Associates
  • Diane Neal, B.S. Retailing '79, CEO of Sur La Table
  • Dale Petroskey, B.A. Journalism '78, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce

Derek Wallbank, B.A. Journalism '06 , Editor of Bloomberg First Word-D.C. Breaking News Desk, will receive the 2015 Rising Star Award, which honors alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and have shown a strong record of accomplishment and service to the college.

The Celebration is free to attend, but registration is required. Reservations will be accepted in the order received up to the capacity of the venue. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 29.

To make a reservation by email or phone, obtain additional information or request accommodation for persons with disabilities, contact Rachael Ruis at or (517) 432-7207.

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Outstanding Alumni, Faculty and Friends Honored

Posted on: May 6, 2014


The College of Communication Arts and Sciences honored outstanding alumni, faculty and friends at The Celebration, the college's annual awards dinner and ceremony.

Many of the photos taken during the May 3 event are included in The Celebration photo album.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Media Sandbox Challenge winners and the alumni award recipients. The Rising Star Award, Honorary Alumni Award and Faculty Impact Award were presented, along with six Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The 2014 alumni award winners include:

MSU-CAS-Celebration-2014-WP2Outstanding Alumni Awards

  • Susan Dalebout, B.A. '74, M.A. '75 Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • Rick Gosselin, B.A. Journalism '72
  • Mary Grealy, B.A. Audiology and Speech Sciences '71
  • Stephen Schram, B.A. Television and Radio '75
  • Mike Sheldon, B.A. Advertising '82
  • Ken Winter, B.A. Journalism '72

Rising Star Award

  • Prince Fahad Khaled Alsaud, B.A. Communication '09

Honorary Alumni Award

  • Bobbie Arnold, President, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation

Faculty Impact Award

  • Andrew Corner, Department of Advertising + Public Relations, B.A. Communication '86, M.A. Public Relations '88

The winners of the Media Sandbox Challenge: Celebrating Diversity also were announced during The Celebration. See the Media Sandbox Challenge article for more information.

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Six Alums to Receive Outstanding Alumni Awards May 3

Posted on: April 15, 2014

CAS-ALUMNI-AWARD-FeatureSix alumni are being honored by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences with the Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have obtained the highest level of professional or academic achievement and demonstrated service to the college and community.

The 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are Susan Dalebout, Rick Gosselin, Mary Grealy, Stephen Schram, Mike Sheldon and Ken Winter.

The awards will be presented at "The Celebration," the college's annual awards dinner and ceremony, on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in WKAR Studio A, located in the CAS Building.

Tickets to The Celebration are now on sale and can be purchased through The Celebration web page. Cost is $50 per ticket. The deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, April 25.

Susan Dalebout
B.A. '74, M.A. '75 Audiology and Speech Sciences

Dalebout-Susan-SmallDalebout is Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Education at Michigan State University. In this role, she oversees functions related to academic advising, admissions, summer orientation, commencement, data management and data reporting for the college. However, her most important work involves resolving problems that threaten the success of individual students at MSU. As Certification Officer for the university, she also is responsible for ensuring that all candidates recommended for certification as teachers or administrators have successfully met requirements.

Before returning to MSU, Dalebout was Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Communication Disorders program at the University of Virginia. As Director of the Adelman Auditory Research Laboratory, she explored the use of auditory evoked potentials in the identification of children with learning difficulties. Her work received a number of honors.

Dalebout was a member of MSU's Honors College and is proud to have earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Audiology and Speech Sciences (now CSD) in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The education she received at MSU enabled her to earn a Ph.D. in Hearing and Speech Sciences at The Ohio State University. While spending decades at other highly regarded institutions, she remained a Spartan at heart and was delighted to return to MSU in 2008.

Rick Gosselin
B.A. Journalism '72

Gosslin-Rick-SmallIn his career, Gosselin has covered two summer and one winter Olympics, five World Series, four Final Fours, the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs, a World Cup and 31 Super Bowls.

He worked for United Press International for two years in his hometown of Detroit on the state desk, then transferred to New York City in 1975 to cover the New York Giants and coordinate NFC coverage for the wire service. He transferred to Kansas City in 1977, spending nine years as UPI's Midlands Sports Editor, before moving to the Kansas City Star in 1986. He covered the Chiefs and the NFL for four years there before moving to The Dallas Morning News in 1990.

At The Dallas Morning News, he covered the Cowboys from 1990-91, then served as the newspaper's NFL columnist from 1992-2010 until his appointment as a general sports columnist in August 2011.

Gosselin has won writing awards from The Associated Press, The Professional Football Writers of America and The Dallas Press Club. He serves on the national advisory board of the John Wooden Award and also votes on both the major league baseball and pro football Halls of Fame.

Mary Grealy
B.A. Audiology and Speech Sciences '71

Grealy-Mary-SmallGrealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation's leading health care companies and organizations. She was appointed to the position in August 1999 and has an extensive background in health care policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, Medicare reform, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

From 1995 until she began her tenure at HLC, Grealy served as Chief Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing all types of hospitals, health systems and health care networks. And from 1979 to 1995, she was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals and health systems. She coordinated legislative and regulatory policies as well as lobbying activities for the Federation.

Grealy is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Stephen Schram
B.A. Television and Radio '75

Stephen-Schram-SmallSchram is an established industry leader in electronic media management and marketing. In his more than 35 years of media management assignments, he has held senior management positions in multiple business units, with responsibility for revenue generation, marketing, expense control and personnel negotiations. His knowledge of the electronic and digital media business includes in-depth experience with research, programming, advertising and client solutions.

Schram currently serves as Director of Broadcasting and General Manager for Michigan Public Media at the University of Michigan, overseeing Michigan Radio - WUOM, an NPR news station broadcasting on FM signals in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Flint. Under his direction, the station has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally with significant journalism awards for news reporting, documentary production and special programs, including multiple Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in journalism.

Schram's extensive career experience in senior media management includes earlier roles as Senior Vice President/General Manager of CBS Radio's WOMC 104.3 and WYCD 99.5 as well as Director of Sales for its six leading radio stations in Detroit; Senior Vice President for America Online/AOL, directing their Web Properties programming and content operations for brands such as and CompuServe; Market Executive & Vice President for Clear Channel Radio Detroit; and Director of Marketing for WJBK-TV Fox 2, Detroit.

Mike Sheldon
B.A. Advertising '82

MikeSheldon-SmallSheldon is the agency founder and CEO of Deutsch LA advertising agency. Under his leadership, Deutsch LA has grown from four people and one payment-challenged client to a 490-person, $1.7 billion, full-service agency that does advertising, media planning and digital marketing.

Sheldon has twice been named Leader of The Year by LA's advertising association, ThinkLA, where he has served as president. He has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS Super Bowl Preview, CNN, CNBC and NPR, as well as in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.

Prior to Deutsch, he spent time at TBWA\Chiat\Day and Y&R. He also built a $70 million investment firm over four years during the late 80s.

Ken Winter
B.A. Journalism '72

K_Winter-smallWinter has given a lifetime of commitment to the highest standards of journalism - from being a 14-year-old reporter to becoming publisher of one of northern Michigan's largest daily newspapers, the Petoskey News-Review.

Winter's newspapers have repeatedly been judged the best in their circulation category in national and state contests. He set a standard for aggressive, yet compassionate, community news coverage. He insisted that his newspapers hold public officials accountable for their actions. Yet, he also recognized the importance of public service leadership. For his dedication, he twice served on nominating juries for the Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

Winter also has distinguished himself in the field of education as an instructor for Michigan State University and North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. He received the 2010 Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

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CSD Chair and Alumna Receive Two of ASHA's Highest Honors

Posted on: July 16, 2013

csd-chairRahul Shrivastav, Communicative Sciences and Disorders chair and professor, and CAS alumna Li-Rong Lilly Cheng have been awarded two of the highest honors bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Shrivastav is being honored with the Fellowship of the Association, while Cheng received the Honors of the Association. Both awards recognize outstanding and distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, with the Honors of the Association being the highest honor the ASHA bestows.

Shrivastav joined Michigan State University in 2012 as professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His research has been funded by various national, state and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health, VA RR&D, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and Audigence, Inc. He serves on a number of professional organizations, both national and international, in various expert, administrative and executive roles. He also has been actively engaged in departmental, college and university administration and service.

Shrivastav's laboratory studies how people draw various kinds of information from speech, with a particular emphasis on speech-language disorders. This information is then used to design better healthcare and other applications such as for patient assessment, rehabilitation and measurement of treatment outcomes, improving performance of hearing aids, cochlear implants and mobile phones, or diagnostic and screening tools for a variety of diseases.

Shrivastav completed his undergraduate and graduate training in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Mysore, India, and his doctoral training in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with a minor in Cognitive Sciences, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Cheng is a professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the ASHA and the chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).

Cheng has received numerous awards and keynote speaking honors for her expertise in disorders of language in multilingual populations. She was honored as an outstanding alumnus of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University in 2000. She also is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the recipient of the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. In 2009, she was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame.

The ASHA has presented awards for the last 70 years to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science.

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CSD Alumnus Tackles Stuttering Misconceptions

Posted on: May 8, 2013


“Hi there. My name is Cameron. I’m a person who stutters.”

These are the words that MSU alumnus, Cameron Francek discloses when approaching people as part of his 100stutterProject. He has contacted at least one new person each day since mid-February, briefly informing them about stuttering and striving to eliminate any misconceptions they have about the speech disorder.

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) indicates that stuttering affects about one percent of the population and that there is no known cause or cure. 

Many people who have never heard Francek speak jump to conclusions, which is what has driven him to pursue this project. He gives each person he speaks to a link to his blog and a sheet of paper explaining common misconceptions about stuttering.Once a month, Francek also meets with a support group in Royal Oak to discuss the struggles that come with stuttering and share experiences with others who stutter. 

“It’s not ‘I have a stutter,’ it’s not ‘I’m a stutterer,’ it’s ‘I’m a person who stutters,’ ” he said. 

Francek is a 2009 MSU graduate with a B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and has been invited to present at the NSA’s conference in Arizona this year. 

He now attends Oakland University studying actuarial science and works as a servicing specialist at United Shore Financial Services.

While at MSU he was an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha, worked at a sorority, played intramural sports and thoroughly enjoyed his CSD program. The common factor in all of his activities was people. 

“The MSU community was such an accepting and supportive place. I wouldn't trade my time in East Lansing for anything. I urge the MSU community to continue to support each other, practice acceptance, be kind and help ensure every student has the experience I did,” said Francek. 

Check out the recent Detroit Free Press video story about Francek. He was also featured in articles for The Oakland Post and The Town


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