December 19, 2014  

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White Coat Ceremony Honors Southern Miss Audiology Doctoral Students

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Audiology doctoral graduates include, left to right: Amy Bishop, Ashley Greening, Catelin Powell, Matthew Walker and Noelle Dunbar. (Submitted photo)

Five audiology doctoral students from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received the prestigious white coat, signifying their transition from academic studies to clinical health sciences.

The white coat recipients include Amy Bishop of Picayune, Miss.; Noelle Dunbar of Sumrall, Miss.; Ashley Greening of Richmond Hill, Ga.; Catelin Powell of Germantown, Tenn.; and Mr. Matthew Walker of Columbia, Miss.

“I think that I have come to know this group of audiology doctoral students better than any of the others who have matriculated into the program because of their outgoing personalities and because they enjoy ‘hanging out’ around the office,” said Dr. Steven Cloud, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. “All of them are exceptionally bright, dedicated, motivated, and personable individuals, and they will serve as outstanding representatives to the profession, to the College of Health, and to The University of Southern Mississippi.”

The white coat ceremony marks the completion of the students’ on-campus coursework before they begin a year-long externship for clinical experience.

For more information on the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, call 601.266.5216 or visit www.usm.edu/shs.