The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) has awarded Angela Haendel the 2018 Student Mentor Award.

The WSHA Student Mentor Award recognizes professionals who have taken the time to mentor, modeling the professional and ethical standards by which the professions practice.

Haendel, a licensed speech-language pathologist, assistant professor, and clinical director for the speech-language pathology program at Concordia University Wisconsin, received the award during the Feb. 22-24 WSHA annual convention in the Wisconsin Dells.

“I had no idea that I was nominated for the award, so when I received an email from the WSHA awards committee, I was speechless,” Haendel said. “For anyone that knows me, being speechless rarely happens. Our CUW students are the reason I am here, so I am very humbled and honored to have been chosen for this award.”

As a professor at CUW, Haendel regularly takes on a mentor role with her students. Not only does she teach students to understand and appreciate Christian ethics and scope of practice, she’s there to instill intangible skills, including conflict resolution, maintaining a work-life balance, and managing the emotions and responsibilities of being away from home.

Haendel has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2002, and has worked the majority of her career in a public school setting. She also has experience working in a medical center, adult brain injury rehab facility, and private practice settings. She has been employed with Concordia since 2015.

Grounded in faith, excellence, and service to others, CUW’s speech-language pathology department is focused on developing independent, life-long learners with strong critical thinking and communication abilities. Students in the program learn practical skills, as well as compassionate caregiving through service learning and clinical practicum opportunities.

The pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree from CUW sets students on the path to graduate study and a career in one of two disciplines: speech-language pathology or audiology.

The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) represents over 1,000 practitioners, researchers, educators, and students. WSHA is the professional organization for communication disorders in the State of Wisconsin.

Learn more about CUW’s Communication Sciences and Disorders bachelor’s program.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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