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2007 Recipient

Courtney Engelmann Cooper, a 2000 UCM speech and language pathology graduate, has been named the 2007 Outstanding Recent Alumnus. She was honored during commencement ceremonies May 5, 2007.

Courtney Cooper 2007 Outstanding Recent Alumnus
Courtney Cooper, center,
received the 2007 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, left, and Steve Boone, interim dean
of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Cooper’s nominators say she embodies all the best qualities that the university is proud to see in its graduates. Within a short time, she has demonstrated outstanding academic, clinical and professional accomplishments in the field of audiology.

Cooper has served since May 2005 as staff audiologist at the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. Prior to this appointment, she was a staff audiologist for nearly three years at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center, where she received the Special Recognition Award in 2003.

She also served as research assistant for the Hall Family Foundation in Kansas City, conducting research to benefit infants, and was an audiology trainee, administering comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

An outstanding student and clinician with a 4.0 grade point average while attending UCM, Cooper demonstrated strong potential to succeed in graduate school. Within two years of earning her undergraduate degree from UCM, she completed her Master of Arts in Audiology at the University of Kansas, then her Doctorate of Audiology from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in February 2006. She received an Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation scholarship for continuing education in 2004.

In addition to a broad range of clinical responsibilities at her current post, she finds time to be a member of the Executive Council of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association; chair of the association’s Audiology Committee; and team leader for the Lexington VA Medical Center Audiology Advanced Clinical Access Committee and the Collaborative Goal Sharing Project (chemotherapy and audiology). She also is a delegate for the Lexington VA Medical Center representing the center on the VISN 15 Advanced Clinical Access Committee.