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Sydney Mecham student winner and Dean Kathleen Kangas.



During the Fall 2019 Raise the Roar campaign , Dean Kangas sent out a challenge to students of CRCS. The challenge: whomever recruited the highest number of contributors would receive a lunch for them and their classmates. Sydney Mecham, a doctoral student in the Audiology Program, was the winner and had her lunch with her classmates last Friday, February 7! Well done, Sydney!




Some of Sydney's classmates enjoying lunch.

ISU Program for Instructional Effectiveness $5,000 Teaching Innovation Grant awarded.

Congratulations to Dave Woods and Connie Miller, Speech Language Pathology Program, for being awarded the

ISU Program for Instructional Effectiveness $5,000 Teaching Innovation Grant for Spring 2020! Well done!

Their project is: Integrating a Treatment Technology into the Training of Clinical Students

                                    Connie Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP                                 Dave Woods, M.S. CCC-SLP

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The CRCS Fall Event 2019 was a huge success! We had over 230 in attendance, and enjoyed a great keynote address by Dan Mills, a Physical Therapist and ISU Alum and the first recepient of the CRCS Professional Achievement Award! Thank you to all who made it possible!

Josh Whicker, ISU Audiology student, presented the following: Who is your Audiologist?

CRCS' why

Nancy Devine Faculty photo           Cindy Seiger Faculty photo

Nancy Devine, PT, DPT, MS              Cindy Seiger, PT, Ph.D., GCS, CEEAA

Collaborative Idaho State University clinic changes lives for persons who stutter
From left, standing: Taylor Narayanan, ISU grad student; Michael Green and Tanner Gilkeson, clinic clients; and ISU grad students Kyle McIntosh and Cameron Mutchler. Front, Luis Rodriguez, ISU Ph.D. student, and ISU professors Dan Hudock and Chad Yates.





Outstanding Service Award Recepients! Well done!

Karissa Miller, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathology
Miller has worked at ISU as an employee for the past three years and as an adjunct for six years prior to that. She is a speech-language pathologist that graduated from Idaho State University in 2007.
She has had the pleasure of working with all populations and in all settings. While she enjoys all of it, she especially enjoys working with the adult populations with disorders including traumatic brain injury, dementia and aphasia. Miller has a passion to work and teach students and to share her passion for her field and life.
Theodore W. Peterson, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L
Peterson has served in many capacities in his nearly 40-year career as an occupational therapist, functioning as a practitioner, administrator and educator in diverse settings and geographic locations.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Peterson received his occupational therapy education at the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1980, and worked as a clinician and manager of rehabilitation services in hospitals and outpatient centers in several Midwestern states. In 2008, he made the leap to academia, joining the ISU department of physical and occupational therapy where he continues to teach students of both programs.
Peterson and his wife of 38 years, Barbara, have three grown children and three grandchildren living in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. areas.



Cindy Seiger, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA
Seiger joined the ISU faculty in 2006 and has increased the opportunities for physical therapy students to participate in community outreach service activities. In 2014, she became the Idaho State Advocate for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
She is involved in multiple community outreach programs focused on assisting older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain independent. She is a class leader and master trainer for the Fit and Fall Proof program, a statewide, community-based fall-prevention exercise program. For the past 11 years, Seiger has conducted a year-round exercise class at the Pocatello Senior Center and her students have recorded more than 65 episodes of the program for Local Access Television. She initiated the nationally-recognized annual “Humpty Dumpty had a Great Fall: A Falls Prevention Conference.”
She also involves her doctor of physical therapy students in service learning to promote engagement in local, national and international communities.


College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences 

Founding Commemorative Faculty photos





Back row starting from the left

Diane Ogiela, Beth Guzi, Kris Brock, Tyler Jepson, Gabriel Bargen, Steven Stubbs, Karrie Hanson, Elizabeth Schniedewind 

Front Row starting from the left

Amy Hardy, Mary Vandonsel, Kristina Blaiser, Joni Loftin, Evan Papa, Joachim (Jack) Agamba, Shauna Smith

Not available for photo: LaVona Andrew, Alycia Cummings


Front row from the left:

Robin Pierce Ament, Kathleen Kangas, Heather Ramsdell-Hudock, Nancy Devine, Derek Gerber, Mike Foley, Wendy Morgan, Debbie Vieira, Nancy Cheadle, Jill Radford

Back row from the left:

Dan Hudock, Alex Urfer,  Dave Woods, James Ralphs, Trent Jackman, Chris Sanford. Bryan Gee, Connie Miller

Not available for photo:

Jeff Brockett, Deanna Dye, Jennifer Holst, Lisa Hong, Kimberly Lloyd, Karissa Miller, Theodore Peterson, Tori Scharp, Cindy Seiger, Corrie Smith,  Kelly Thompson, Mary Whitaker


Grant awarded

ISU-Meridian professors Gabe Bargen, PhD, audiology, and Kristina Blaiser, PhD, speech-language pathology, received a nearly $300,000 grant to improve outcomes for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Grant funding from the Oberkotter Foundation will help the parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Idaho to better understand their child’s needs at a very early age.


Congratulations to Sign Language Interpreting on their program accreditation!

ISU houses the only accredited Sign Language Interpreting program in the state of Idaho 

This accreditation confirms ISU's Sign Language Interpreting program:

  • meets recognized national standards of interpreter education, including curriculum and highly qualified instructional faculty
  • has a curriculum that follows best practices and meets national standards, including a rigorous field experience
  • is a program striving to be the best in the education of sign language interpreters, sharing a common goal of graduating highly qualified interpreters

Accrediting body: Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE)





First Annual Fall Celebration

Fall Event meeting recording

Congratulations to Kjirsten Keetch our Online Student BINGO winner! She received a $20 gift card!





Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Kimberly Lloyd, received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in August 2019. The results of her time there will be a published continuing education article in OT Practice Magazine in March 2020. The continuing education article is titled:"Taking the Burden Out of Sleep in Dementia". Well done, Kimberly!

Kimberly Lloyd









 Kimberly Lloyd, OTD, MOTR/L

Jill Harris, PT, DPT



Jill Harris, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program, received her transitional DPT from Arcadia University in December 2019. She is just beginning to investigate research options but has an interest in looking at musculoskeletal injuries in informal caregivers.  Informal caregivers are those who provide care to a family member or friend in a home environment.  Jill would like to look at the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries and investigate ways to provide education and training as necessary to this ever-growing population. Congratulations, Jill!


Occupational Therapy Program: through Elks Rehab grant, purchases Saebo VR!

The Occupational Therapy program recently purchased a Saebo VR through a grant from Idaho Elks Rehab. It will be used in our Neurological Function in the Occupation Lab. The Saebo VR is a virtual reality rehabilitation system that allows clients to practice motor and cognitive skills to improve function within daily tasks.  The system walks a client through a virtual world to complete everyday tasks including meal preparation, pet care, gardening, and volunteering. We appreciate their support of the Occupational Therapy program!


SAEBO System and students interacting


 Victoria Scharp

                Tori Scharp

Scharp honored as one of five ISU 2020 Master Teachers 

Victoria (Tori) Scharp – Scharp, who completed her doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, is currently an assistant professor in the College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Scharp is director of the Scharp Language and Brain Lab housed on the Pocatello campus. She is the primary academic faculty support for the implementation of a specialty patient clinic on the Meridian campus, which provides a rich graduate student training experience tailored towards adults living with aphasia.

Scharp’s clinical teaching and research centers on patient outcomes, student training competencies and family caregiver perspectives associated with intensive and modified intensive aphasia rehabilitation programs.

As part of her commitment to ISU’s online student community, Scharp recently completed seven multi-week online courses to earn her Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate.

Headshot of Blaiser

Kristina Blaiser, PhD, CCC-SLP

Blaiser honored as one of Five ISU 2020 Outstanding Service Award Recipients

Kristina Blaiser, PhD, is an associate professor of speech-language pathology at ISU. She is one of Five ISU faculty to receive the 2020 Outstanding Service Award. Blaiser earned her Doctor of Philosophy in speech-language hearing sciences from the University of Minnesota. Her professional and research focus is to ensure children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing reach their maximum potential.

Blaiser directs the ISU HATCH (Helping Adults Talk to Children) Lab on the Meridian Campus. She is the associate coordinator for the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Special Interest group, Childhood Hearing Loss and Disorders, and the Idaho representative for the national Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.

College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences Professional Achievement Award 2020

Dr. Stacy Shumway Manwaring has been named the recipient of the 2020 Idaho State University Professional Achievement Award in the College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences. She received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from ISU in 2000.

Dr. Stacey Shumway Manwaring headshot

Manwaring is currently an associate professor and Director of the Early Childhood Communication Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah. In addition to teaching, she conducts research aimed at increasing understanding of the developmental course of social communication and language delays in young children with or at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Manwaring aims to produce research that is relevant and readily translatable to clinical practice. She presents her work regularly at national and international conferences, and she has several peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters on this topic.

Prior to her arrival at ISU Manwaring received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Brigham Young. After receiving her degree from Idaho State University, she practiced as a speech-language pathologist for 2 years before attending Florida State University, where she completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2006. Dr. Manwaring joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 2011, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Congratulations to the ISU College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the CRCS Award Winners 2020!

Exemplary Administrative Staff: Carla Green, DPOT

Innovative Teacher: Victoria ScharpSLP

Interprofessional Collaborator:  Jenn HolstAudiology

Clinical Practice Award:  Connie Miller, SLP

Clinical Researcher: Evan Papa, Physical Therapy

Mentor Award:  Joni Loftin, SLP

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             Jenna Hansen


Outstanding Student 2020, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Jenna Hansen, Buhl, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Jenna was raised by parents in the military, and moved around a lot while growing up. From Guam to the tiny town of Buhl, where her family decided to settle, Hansen has experienced diverse living situations.  She began her academic career at College of Southern Idaho and transferred to ISU in 2018, where she chose to pursue a degree in health sciences with an emphasis in occupational therapy. The ISU occupational therapy program has become a family tradition in the Hansen family, as her brother also pursued occupational therapy at ISU.