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 2017-18 Members

Back row left to right: Victoria Whitney, Megan Crouse, Andrew Thorne, Allison Anderson, Elizabeth Surface, and Harley Wheeler (President). Front row left to right: Julia Dawson (National Representative), Abbey Weist (Treasurer), Sara Wagner (Historian), Abby Compton (Secretary), Valerie Beacham, and Paris Atabek (Vice President).

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!
  • TBA: Healthy Hearing screenings at the Special Olympics (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.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's: On October 21st, 2017, several current and previous members of JMU SAA attended Harrisonburg’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event and participated in fundraising efforts. JMU SAA, with the help of our family and friends, raised over $1600 for the Alzheimer's Association.

2017  Walk to End Alzheimer's

JMU SAA at the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Ruth Symposium: Another successful Ruth Symposium was held in October 6-7, 2017, 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 2017 Ruth Symposium Silent Auction supporters!
Local Businesses: Luray Caverns, Bella Gelato, James McHone Jewelry,  CrossKeys Vineyard, Jimmy Johns, and Sweet Frog.
Personal donations: Dr. Brenda Ryals
National Companies: Oticon and Starkey

2017 Ruth Symposium

2017 Ruth Symposium

Welcome Class of 2021!!


White Coat Ceremony: On October 1st, 2017, the JMU chapter of SAA hosted the 2017 White Coat. The ceremony is held annually to celebrate the first year doctor of audiology students and welcome them into the profession.  This year's Key Note speaker was Dr. Melissa Garber, Au.D., who spoke about her experiences as an audiologist and how new clinicians have the opportunity to play a part in and shape patients’ lives.  She offered encouraging advice for the students and their respective families.

PHOTO: JMU Audiology students

From left to right: Ally Anderson, Valerie Beacham, Megan Crouse, Liz Surface, Andrew Thorne, and Tori Whitney

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