Features and Highlights

Victoria Lopez Rangel

Victoria Lopez RangelVictoria Lopez Rangel is a current junior at Miami University pursuing a combined major in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Spanish, as well as minors in French, Portuguese, and Latin American Latino/a and Caribbean Studies. She is a recent recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship for Portuguese.

Last summer, Victoria studied abroad in Spain, which facilitated both academic and personal growth. Her most memorable course from the abroad curriculum focused on the history of various cultures, which ultimately forged a greater understanding and appreciation of her own. This experience permitted her to immerse into the Spanish culture especially through exercising her linguistic skills and learning how to create traditional cuisines.

Upon graduation from Miami University, she intends to obtain a master’s degree in Speech Pathology through a bilingual track program. Victoria aspires to become a bilingual speech-language pathologist serving underrepresented populations in the central Ohio region. In preparation for specializing in the area of bilingual speech and language services, Victoria completed a 3-week internship at Casa Speech in Columbus, OH. Casa Speech is a privately owned practice with two locations providing services in English and/or Spanish to both pediatric and adult populations in central Ohio. Engaging in this experience permitted Victoria to directly apply her acquired academic knowledge to a clinical setting. Further, it reaffirmed her passion for the field of Speech Pathology and Audiology, but more specifically, the bilingual population.

In addition to her academic interests, Victoria is a Student Specialist in the Commuter Center Assistant at the Armstrong Student Center. Being a commuter student herself, she can empathize with challenges experienced by these students, most notably time management. Within this role, she supports students who commute to the Miami University-Oxford campus through providing information and awareness of offered resources, as well as initiating accommodations.

Marianna Gay (BS '22)

Marianna GayMarianna Gay is currently a senior at Miami University majoring in Speech Pathology and Audiology and minoring in Spanish. Marianna is involved in presidential leadership roles for several on-campus organizations including UNIDOS, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and the Multicultural Greek Council.

UNIDOS is an organization that serves to support diversity through understanding, appreciating, and celebrating Latinx and Hispanic culture. Additionally, members are provided with opportunities to foster academic, professional, and social growth. Sigma Lambda Gamma is Miami University’s oldest multicultural sorority, and its mission is to empower women of all cultures, especially through academic and social opportunities. She is also president of the Multicultural Greek Council, which is new to campus this year.

In addition to her leadership roles, Marianna is a semi-finalist for the prestigious Fulbright Award. The Fulbright Award is a grant that select students receive to further their education in a participating country. For an academic year, the recipient may conduct studies/research or be an English Teaching Assistant while also being immersed in the culture of the host country promoting cultural exchange.

She was also recently selected for a President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Izzy Herb (BS '20)

Izzy HerbSince graduating from Miami University, Izzy has continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in their accelerated three-year Doctor of Audiology program. For the past year and a half, she has had coursework in combination with clinical practice.

She has completed clinical placements at the Northwestern University Clinic, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Ear Infirmary. During these placements, she has gained experience treating across the lifespan through assisting with and testing patients hearing.

Currently, she is working on a capstone project with a partner involving electrocochleography that they will present at the American Academy of Audiology’s annual conference this year.

Izzy will complete her final externship with the prestigious Stanford Ear Institute. At the Stanford Ear Institute, she will receive training in audiometry, hearing aids, cochlear implants, vestibular assessments, electrophysiologic assessments, and osseointegrated devices. She will be designated as the institute’s Adult Emphasis Extern.