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Recycling Initiative Gains Steam
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U of M's 'Blue' Patrol Turns Green
DAA Gala: Year of the Tiger
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AUSP Joins Effort in Caribbean
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March 2010 Briefs

Boom-a-lacka, boom-a-lacka... This was the beginning of the 1920-1921 Lady Tigresses cheer that started every game that season. Read more

Green Thumb: A variety of plants identified by NASA as top air cleaners are part of a campus study in reductions in heating and cooling costs. Read more

The University of Memphis's Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy has appointed Dr. Jeffrey S. Lowe as associate director of its newly-established Mid-Sized Cities Policy Research Institute.

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis has awarded a $500,000 renewable grant this year toward a $2.5 million conditional pledge over five years to the U of M to assist the School of Public Health, formed in July 2009, in obtaining its national accreditation.

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AUSP joins Nursing School on mission trip to Caribbean

By Greg Russell

Dr. Lawrette Axley’s far-reaching mission trip to the Dominican Republic each semester has grown even larger: the U of M’s School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology joined them during spring break to provide much-needed assistance to a school for deaf, impoverished children.

“I cannot express how excited we are to be going on this trip with the School of Nursing,” said AUSP clinical assistant professor Jennifer Taylor. “It is a wonderful collaboration between our two programs and Lawrette has been amazing helping us through this process and welcoming us with open arms.”

Axley, a Loewenberg School of Nursing professor, said AUSP will provide instruction for the few teachers at CAES School for the Deaf in San Pedro on how to work effectively in teaching hearing-impaired children. They will also give details on minor repair of hearing aids and conduct a needs assessment to make plans for future trips.

“In addition, the AUSP group will be visiting the Universidad Autonoma De Santo Domingo and meeting with a professor who has a small AUSP program. Currently, Dominican Republic has four audiologists in the entire country,” Axley said.

For five years, Axley has led a group of nursing professors and students to the poor, Caribbean country that borders Haiti. Students spend either spring or fall break on the trip, providing medical exams and education to a very needy population that in many cases would not otherwise receive such services. Axley said about 1,500 to 2,000 individuals are treated each trip. Students pay their own way.

Along with Taylor, AUSP clinical professor Marilyn Wark and two speech and four audiology students went on the trip to provide services to deaf children.

Axley said the earthquake in Haiti has created a bigger need for medical services in the Dominican Republic, too.

“We were told to anticipate a greater need among the Dominican families because many organizations were stretched a bit more to provide assistance to people in both countries. I know the Foundation for Peace, the relief organization we work with, is continuing to provide services in both areas.”

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