Marshall’s ‘The L’ recognized at the State Capitol by the WV Legislature

Contact: Megan Archer, University Relations Specialist, 304-696-3916

Marshall University’s Luke Lee Listening Language Learning Lab, also known as "The L," had a presence at the West Virginia State Capitol Jan. 18, when it was recognized for its work in providing listening and spoken language outcomes to deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Established in 2006, The L is the first preschool program in West Virginia providing listening and spoken language outcomes to children with hearing loss, according to Jodi Cottrell, director of The L. Cottrell said parents and students served by The L attended and scheduled appointments with legislators throughout tha day.

"I am honored for the recognition of our services by the state of West Virginia and we are very appreciative of their support to continue our services," Cottrell said. "Events such as this are very important because they raise awareness about our program, and allow legislators to meet the families and children who are impacted by their support."

Cottrell said the organization received a citation from the delegates of the 16th, 17th and 18th districts of the West Virginia House of Delegates honoring all they do.

Currently, The L provides services to children–including infants, toddlers, preschoolers and those of school age–to achieve listening and spoken language outcomes that will allow them to mainstream into their home schools and communicate with their hearing peers.

"Children who are deaf or hard of hearing and use hearing aids or a cochlear implant are eligible for services," Cottrell said. "The program teaches parents and caregivers the knowledge and skills to develop their children’s listening and spoken language through the use of their hearing with proper hearing technology."

For more information about the services provided by The L, visit

Class of 2017 awards presented during August 5 Hooding Ceremony

CAITLIN DRAKOS, right, delivered the class address during the Department of Communication Disorders Class of 2017 Hooding Ceremony and presented Dr. Karen McNealy, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, with a framed photo of the Class of 2017.

JESSICA TRESKOLASKI was presented the Robert D. Olson Graduate Assistant Award during the Department of Communication Disorders Hooding Ceremony held August 5. Assistant Professor Kelly Harlow noted the award is given to the graduate assistant that faculty feel has exhibited outstanding work within the department.

THE GEORGE G. HARBOLD AWARD, given for academic achievement to the student with the highest grade point average, was presented to three students maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Those students shown with Assistant Professor Kelly Harlow, from left, are: Erin Bass, Malayna Bailey and Brianna Miluk.

THE SPIRIT OF THE SLP (SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST) AWARD was given to Malayna Bailey. The award is presented to the graduate student displaying the best characteristics of a speech-language pathologist and selection was by her classmates. Associate Professor Kelly Harlow made the award presentation at the Class of 2017 Hooding Ceremony held August 5.



2017 Stuttering U. Summer Camp

Stuttering U. is a program designed for children who stutter and their families. It is directed by CD Faculty Craig Coleman and Mary Weidner with the assistance of many student volunteers. The 3-day program allows children who stutter to meet and interact in a fun, supportive environment. Children have an opportunity learn about stuttering, take communication risks, and develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Participants are empowered to discover their voices in order to become more confident and effective communicators. Parents have an opportunity to participate in the “parent track,” which provides parents with practical knowledge to support the communication needs of their child.

2017 Stuttering U. Summer Camp Video:

For more information on Stuttering U., visit