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Red River Valley                                                                Summer 2017
A publication of the Southwestern Region of the American Music Therapy Association  

The Student Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB) in Transition 

From your outgoing advisor, Michelle Kennemer.

SWAMTA was proud to present their annual Internship Scholarship in the amount of $500 to Ana Hernandez and Dayna Coppedge of Texas Woman's University.  Ana and Dayna are both very deserving and we can't wait to see what their futures hold for them.  

I would also like to thank the region for all of the support that you have given to our students and SWAMTAS over my 14 years as the Student Affairs Advisory Board Representative.  From attending Passages sessions, to supporting fundraisers, and serving as mentors and role models when needed, you have really fostered a great culture of leadership amongst our student members.  They are our future and I think that they certainly feel the support from the professional members. I trust that this support will continue as I pass the baton on a new SAAB Representative. I am really going to miss working with the SWAMTAS Board of Directors each year as they were always a bright spot at conferences.

I also want to thank you so much for the Harmony Award for Service.  I remember when I was a student at Sam Houston State University and my professor, Dr. Nolteriek, received this award.  I was in such awe of her and I aspired to receive the award myself someday.  Your kind words during conference really meant a lot to me, it was such a special night and a very special honor.

Pictured below are all of the current and former SWAMTAS presidents who attended conference.

From your incoming advisor, Marcus Hughes, MM, MT-BC, LMT. 

I am humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to serve the students of our region by stepping in as the new Student Affairs Advisory Board (SAAB) advisor for the Southwestern Region. My involvement on the SWAMTAS and AMTA executive boards as a student was a defining part of my development into a music therapist. I believe so much in the power of student involvement, and it is a privilege to be able to give back to the student organization that was so inspirational and encouraging to me. Michelle Kennemer was also instrumental in my development as a student and part of the reason why I discovered music therapy in the first place. She did such a incredible job as the SAAB advisor for the past ten years. She along with all of the wonderful educators and supervisors in our region helped foster a whole group of incredible music therapists and future leaders in our region and in the field at large. I am so thankful to her for her unwavering service to our region, and I can only hope to have half the impact she has made through her dedication to the SWAMTAS students. I am very excited to jump right in and get to work. I cannot wait to meet and spend time with all of the incredible music therapy students of SWAMTAS and see all of the incredible things they will accomplish.

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