USD Audiology Students Provide Community Service

VERMILLION, S.D. – Thirty-three University of South Dakota students enrolled in the university’s Aural Rehabilitation course participated in a semester-long project serving children and adults in the Vermillion community.

The students performed a variety of activities and services, including providing detailed education about hearing and hearing loss, and how to protect hearing.  Over 150 community members were reached through the program, from preschool age to community elders at a number of community organizations and institutions including USD Head Start, Sanford Care Center, Beyond School Adventures, St. Agnes Red & Gold Program, and SESDAC.  

The project, said Chris Stockdale, Assistant Director for Academic Engagement at USD, offered the students an opportunity to share knowledge they had acquired through their studies and provide a valuable service to the general public.

“Rather than simply making practice presentations to their classmates, the students in this class invested time and effort to improving actual public education, and by delivering presentations in the community they made a tangible impact on preventing hearing loss.” said Stockdale.  “The project was so successful that the students were asked to offer additional training at later dates for staff members of local organizations.”

Here is a list of the students who participated: Carlee Andress, Cold Water, Mich.; Elysa Binger, Huron; Kassie Chedester, Marion; Ashley Curtis, Winner; Erin Duncan, Boston, Mass.; Kelsey Eubanks, Omaha, Neb.; Stephanie Fischer, Wall; Lindsi Frahm, Wayne, Neb.; Makenzie Giese, Slayton, Minn.; Megan Glisar, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; Morgan Halverson, Jackson, Minn.; Abigail Hamm, St. James, Minn.; Jade Hofer, Dakota Dunes; Danci Hoff, Lemmon; Stephanie Jarrett, Madison; Morgan Javers, Tea; Emily Kallsen, Hinton, Iowa; Natalie Keller, Sioux Falls; Caitlin Kirchhoff, Humboldt, Iowa; Lexie Madsen, Arlington; Chelsea Mielke, North Mankato, Minn.; Kia Miller, Draper; Adrian Peters, Sioux Falls; Ashley Peters, Creston, Iowa; Kiersten Peterson, Canton; Susan Peterson, Huron; Rayna Pearson, Sioux Falls; Stephanie Qualm, Hill City; Felicia Reimann, Rapid City; Dakotah Taylor, Platte; Jennifer Teslow, Sioux Falls; Taylor Van Gerpen, Tyndall; and USD Assistant Professor and Audiologist, Dr. Lindsey Jorgensen.


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News