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Marion G. Evans Award 2012
Marion G. Evans – East Memphis Exchange Club Award presented during Harold A. Price Awards Luncheon

Marion G. Evans was a local attorney and member of the East Memphis Exchange Club who established a fund in the East Memphis Exchange Club Foundation to assist the deaf. Using the assets of the fund, Mrs. Evans established an endowed fund at then-Memphis State University to assist the deaf by providing scholarships and professional development opportunities to students who would work with deaf children and children with severe hearing loss. The Marion G. Evans – East Memphis Exchange Club Award recognizes deserving, third-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) students who demonstrate outstanding clinical and academic skill and have a stated commitment to Pediatric Audiology. The 2012 recipients of the Marion G. Evans – East Memphis Exchange Club Award were Paul Carter and Rachel Elkins.  

Paul CarterPaul Carter believes that every clinician needs to find the reward in their work, “I think it is important for every clinician to answer the ‘why’ question from time to time in order to give his or her career direction and inspiration.”  Over the past couple of years, Paul has asked that question and has developed an affinity for pediatric audiology. “Now, as I go into my [fourth and final year of study as an audiology student in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the U of M], I am being given the chance to fly on my own and to be the child’s advocate.” Paul will be completing his fourth year externship in Audiology at the UT Dallas-Callier Center in Dallas, Texas, this year.

Rachel Elkins and Lauren BusbyRachel Elkins shares, “I am motivated by the challenges of pediatric testing and amplification provision, and I am encouraged to assist parents [of children with hearing loss] in coping with the difficult decisions and challenges that lie ahead. I have received unique training in working with clients’ families from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This training has helped me to gain a great deal of cultural sensitivity and understanding of diverse family structures.” Rachel’s experiences with children through the Memphis Speech & Hearing Center have taught her to seek out and provide the best possible outcomes for the child she is working with. Rachel will be completing her fourth year externship in Audiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, this year.

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Last Updated: 7/18/12