Class of 2021 Celebration

Today is your day!  We celebrate your year of accomplishments.  From all the faculty and staff in CDS  -  Congratulations!!

A Message from the Interim Chair- Dr. Hu

Dear CDS Undergraduate and Graduate Students of 2021:

As the Department's interim Chair, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on accomplishing the most critical milestone of your education and career preparation. At the same time, I'd like to thank parents and families who are celebrating with you and who will cheer you for your success.

You are special students because you have witnessed the largest disruption to education in our recent history. The Country has been facing an unprecedented challenge in fighting COVID19 pandemics.  Every part of our education was changed.  On campus classes shifted to remote learning.  Clinical training was impacted due to the restriction of in person interaction.  Good or bad, you will never forget this extraordinary year.  I am delighted that even with these challenges and difficulties, you kept your spirit up and stayed positive. You worked hard toward your goal.  You should feel proud of yourself for making this accomplishment. 

Graduation is not an end of your education; it is instead a part of the large journey of life. Graduate means that you will move forward to your next adventure, either continuing your higher education or pursuing your career in speech language or audiology.  Wherever your future takes you, this graduation will be a new launching point.  Graduating from UB has already shown your ability for success in education.  I am confident that you will continue to persevere and thrive in the future.

Our Department is strong.  We make every effort to perpetuate high quality education.  Your success is our success. We are eager to hear from you in the future as you continue to succeed in your future career development.


Bohua Hu, PhD
Interim Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Join Our Celebration!

College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 15
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 16
Arts, Natural Sciences, Math and Interdisciplinary Programs: 9:30 a.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences: 3:00 p.m.

Ceremony Details

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Honors and Awards

We are proud to announce our 2021 undergraduate and graduate award recipients. Official notification to each individual will be forthcoming.  Congratulations!!  


Tindle-Shupe Awards

Jenette Dziezynski Audiology

Emily (Kam) Haines Audiology

KeyOnna Miller Audiology 

Darianna Borowiec Speech

Stephanie Wojnowski Speech

Granted to student clinicians in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS), who have demonstrated outstanding performance and potential for excellence as master clinicians in speech pathology/audiology.  Through the generosity of Mrs. Jan Tindle, a courageous lady who worked hard to overcome the handicapping effects of a total laryngectomy, and to Professor Lewis K. Shupe formerly of this faculty, who helped her as clinician and friend, a fund was established in 1991 to provide awards to student clinicians in this service area.

Jack L. Weber Graduate Award in Communicative Disorders and Sciences

Meredith Blevins Speech

Allison Diedrich Speech

Wan Chen Wang Speech 

Honors deserving speech graduate students working in the area of Child Language Disorders, in memoriam to Dr. Weber, the first CDS doctoral recipient who had a heartfelt interest in child language disorders.  This endowed fund was established in November 1997.

Wanda Frey Joiner Scholarship

Jenna Hendler Audiology

Francesca D'Alessandro Speech

Marissa Nemitz Speech


Granted to female graduate students in CDS exhibiting excellence in academic and clinical studies in the service area of Speech Language Pathology and/or Audiology.

Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences Excellence in Clinical Administrative Service Award

 Emily (Kam) Haines Audiology

 Haley Davis Speech

Granted to outstanding students working in the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic who demonstrates high productivity, superior work ethic and who goes above and beyond to support the mission of the clinic.


College of Arts and Sciences; Dean's Departmental Award for Outstanding Senior

Corrinn Cincotta

Honors the most outstanding graduating senior from each department in UB's College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes the undergraduate who has best demonstrated the highest level of academic achievement and involvement in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS).


Corrinn Cincotta of Penn Yan, N.Y., graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in speech and hearing science. During her time at the University at Buffalo, Cincotta completed two undergraduate internships, working with speech-language pathologists in Buffalo Public Schools. Cincotta plans to pursue a master’s degree in speech language pathology with New York State teacher certification.


Student Organizations

The CDS Department has several very active professional associations. These students have gone 'above and beyond' their busy student lives to give back to their organizations. Thank you to our officers and active members for your service to your community and your future profession. Congratulations!

GSA- Graduate Student Association (Speech)

2020-2021 GSA Officers

President: Jessica Stamates

Secretary: Hunter Steffenhagen  

Treasurer: Sarah Herr

Social Chair: Shannon Wilk

Service Chair: Sarah Barbolini

Fundraising Chair: Katie Page

Senators: Nicole Kellar, Desiree Doucette

NSSLHA- UB National Student Speech Language & Hearing Association

2020-2021 NSSLHA Officers

President: Jessica Stamates

Secretary: Hunter Steffenhagen

Treasurer: Sarah Herr

Social Chair: Shannon Wilk

Service Chair: Sarah Barbolini

Fundraising Chair: Katie Page

Senator: Desiree Doucette

Senator: Nicole Kellar

For the second consecutive year, the UB NSSLHA Chapter has been awarded the NSSLHA Chapter Gold Honors. UB's Chapter is among less than 70 chapters to be awarded nationally that demonstrate an outstanding effort to support National NSSLHA’s mission to inspire, empower, and support students in CDS. They have sought to unite undergraduate (SASH) and graduate (GSA) efforts to participate in professional service, advocacy, and educational events at UB and in Buffalo. Congratulations for all their hard work!


UB NSSLHA Earns Gold Honor Award Second Year In Row

SAA- Student Academy of Audiology

2020-2021 Officers

President: Alicia Vilnyznskiy

Vice-President: Alexandrea VeRost

Secretary: Thea Holder

Treasurer: Rachel Green

Outreach Chair: Kailyn Hurren

Social Chair: Hailey Pytel

2021 -2022 Officers

President: Thea Holder

Vice President: Rachel Green

Secretary: Iv Jane Dimaculangan

Treasurer: Megan Shain

Community Chair: Kailyn Hurren

Social Chair: Haleigh Foster

SASH- Student Association of Speech & Hearing (undergraduate)

2020-2021 SASH Officers

President: Sara Spilkevitz

Vice President: Sara Cruz

Treasurer: Leah Santalis

Secretary: Mackenzie Alllen

Event Coordinator: Sarah Vicari

Student Liaison: Alyssa DeCaro


2021-2022 SASH Officers

President: Sarah Cruz

Vice Presdient: Alexa Frank

Treasurer: Alyssa DeCaro

Secretary: Abigail Makofske

Event Coordinator: Sarah Vicari

Student Liason: Sabrina Kachianos