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Longwood graduate students present research at statewide forum

February 12, 2009

Six Longwood University graduate students presented research at the Fourth Annual Graduate Student Research Forum sponsored by the Virginia Council of Graduate Schools (VCGS), held Feb. 10 in Richmond.

Longwood participants were Andrea P. Brewer of Richmond, Daphne Tipton Guill of Deltaville, Shatika N. Kelley of Norfolk, Teri Duke Kidd of Farmville, Katherine A. McLane of Farmville, and Rachel S. (Tory) Mullins of Petersburg. The forum showcases student research and scholarship from across Virginia.

Brewer, Kelley, McLane, and Mullins are full-time students pursuing an M.S. in communication sciences & disorders (CSDS). Kelley is in the final semester of her master's degree; the other three CSDS majors are in their first year.

Kidd, who teaches music at Prince Edward County Elementary School, earned an M.S. in education/curriculum & instruction specialist in music in May 2008. Guill, the band director at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Middlesex County, earned the same degree in December 2008. Guill and Mullins earned their bachelor's degrees at Longwood (Guill in 1985, Mullins in 2008).

Brewer's and Mullins' presentation was "The Lidcombe Program: Traditional versus Telehealth Method for Preschool-Age Stuttering"; Guill's was "Reducing Attrition Rates in the Middle School Band Program: A Study of Motivating Factors that Encourage Students to be Successful in Playing an Instrument and Continuing in Middle School Band"; Kelley's was "Using Bibliotherapy with Hearing Impairment"; Kidd's was "An Examination of the Influence of the Hungarian Language on a Performance of Selected Folk-Song Settings for Piano for Béla Bartók"; and McLane's was "The Effectiveness of AAC Intervention with Children with Autism."

Dr. Patricia Lust, professor of music and director of liberal studies, and Dr. Michele Norman, assistant professor of communication sciences & disorders, are faculty advisers to the participants. They attended the forum along with Kathy Charleston, assistant dean of Graduate Studies. Longwood is a member of the VCGS.