Sonus Awards Scholarships to Eight Audiology Students

Sonus, Plymouth, Minn, has granted scholarships to eight third- and fourth-year doctoral students in audiology for the 2007-08 academic year. The winners are the first group of students to receive $2,500 each through the Sonus College Scholarship Program, launched this spring.

The first class of scholarship recipients include the following:

Cassandra Billiet, Orontonville, Minn, fourth-year student at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion; Shelley Duncan, Aurora, Ohio, fourth-year student at the University of Akron; Gretchen Magee, Uniontown, Kan, fourth-year student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City; Beth Mayes, Elsberry, Mo, fourth-year student at Missouri State University in Springfield; Megan Mulvey, Joliet, Ill, fourth-year student at Rush University in Chicago; George Panayiotou, Cyprus, third-year student at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City; Linsey Wagner, Universal City, Tex, fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Dallas; Kara Wright, Chambersburg, Pa, a fourth-year student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

“Sonus is pleased to award scholarships to these very deserving students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative,” says Michele Fusco, senior vice president of professional development at Amplifon USA, the parent company of Sonus. “Supporting prospective audiologists is one of the many ways that Sonus strengthens professional development across the profession and ensures a bright future for our industry.”

Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership, and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. The awards were administered in partnership with Scholarship America.

AFA Founder David Goldstein Honored

Audiology Foundation of America founder David Goldstein, PhD, professor emeritus in audiology at Purdue University, was honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2007 American Academy of Audiology (AAA) convention in Denver.

Goldstein was recognized for his early promotion of hearing aid dispensing by audiologists, as well as his dedication to making audiology a doctoral-level profession. Today, the AuD degree is recognized as the entry-level requirement for audiology practice, and there are 70 accredited AuD programs throughout the nation.

Goldstein’s vision for the audiology profession also led him to found the nonprofit Audiology Foundation of America (AFA) in 1989, which is still in existence today and is dedicated to leading audiology’s transition to a doctoring profession with the AuD as its unique designator.

“Without Dr. Goldstein’s work, this wonderful, improved educational model would never have happened,” says AFA executive director Susan Paarlberg. “The AuD degree now provides an expanded, professional education, which leads to improved care for patients.”

Goldstein retired from Purdue University in 1996 after 33 years of service to students as a clinician, teacher, and scholar.


George S. Osborne, PhD

George S. Osborne

The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) has announced the sudden death of George S. Osborne, PhD, Dean of the PCO School of Audiology. An avid pilot, Osborne passed away on June 14, while preparing to fly his plane.

Osborne was the founder and past-president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology, and he was a charter member and/or a co-founder of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Foundation.

Originally from Chicago, Osborne held six degrees, including doctorates in audiology and dentistry, and he devoted more than 40 years of his life to the audiology field. He started one of the earliest private speech and hearing centers in the country in Oak Park, Ill, in the late 1960s. Before signing on to develop the School of Audiology, he was the director and owner of Suburban Audiology & Balance Center in Paoli, and he also maintained a private practice in Cotton, Minn.

The recent graduation of the PCO School of Audiology’s first residential audiology class was an historic event for the profession of audiology and was made possible through Osborne’s vision, tenacity, and dedication. “His commitment to advancing the profession of audiology was unwavering,” states Heather S. Giampapa, director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at PCO. “All who knew and worked with him will sorely miss George Osborne’s experience, humor and passion.”

Beyond audiology, one of Osborne’s passions was his home-built Seawind amphibian aircraft. He spent 3 years building the recreational plane from a kit, completing it in 2003. In 2004, the Experimental Aircraft Association awarded his plane the “Charles Lindbergh Reserve Grade Champion Trophy”—a kind of “Oscars” for aircraft enthusiasts—during Air Venture, the air show held in Oshkosh, Wis.

Osborne was well known as a leader in audiology, and for his kindness, humor, and enthusiasm.

Dr. Osborne’s family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the PCO Foundation’s George S. Osborne Scholarship Fund. Condolences to the family and contributions can be sent to the PCO School of Audiology, Attn: Paula Kane, 8360 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA, 19027.

For more on Osborne’s life, family, and achievements, see the June 21 edition of HR Insider. Additionally, PCO has established a Web blog, “Remembering George Osborne,” at