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The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association raised money for 135 Cleft lip and palate surgeries.
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) raised money for 135 Cleft lip and palate surgeries.

Communication Disorders

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Courtney Johnson: Positive competition provides the greatest motivation
There are many reasons to love Minot State University. From the small class sizes and one-on-one availability of faculty and staff, to the facilities and resources open to all students; all combined to make Minot State an exciting and unique experience for Minot native Courtney Johnson.

"Having graduated, it's easy to look back and contemplate all the ways MSU helped me succeed as a student. As a freshman, I was a little lost at first. I wasn't sure what to do or where to go, but the high energy and committed engagement of my advisor, Leslie Magnus, made everything less intimidating and helped me transition and succeed. MSU truly set me up to find my own academic path and allowed me to be independent in my experience."

Johnson is a former Miss Norsk Høstfest, as well as a past student president of the MSU chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Despite her dedicated work as a communication disorders student, MSU's wide spectrum of opportunities celebrated Johnson's varied talents and interests.

"Camaraderie and competition at MSU was inspirational for me. The competitive spirit of my peers really pushed me to do my best, whether that was in my field of study or taking advantage of the diverse opportunities at MSU, like theatre and music or Summer Theatre," Johnson said. "These activities helped me to broaden the scope of how I see the world around me and kept my studies riveting and exciting."

Like many students, Johnson found that MSU is more than just an academic experience.

"One of the most exciting things about attending MSU is the support and involvement I found within the community. Through my course of study I found myself working closely with an eager community which was equally committed to the causes for which I advocate," Johnson said. "For example, through NSSLHA, we raised money for over 130 cleft palate surgeries, exceeding our goal of 100 (Power of 100 challenge). I am tremendously proud of the community's generosity and the joint commitment between MSU and NSSLHA to make this happen."

Johnson graduated from Minot State in May 2014 with her undergraduate degree in communication disorders. She will be returning to MSU in pursuit of her master's degree and dreams of one day following in the footsteps of her professors and favorite advisor by returning to her alma mater to become an instructor.


Annual Miles for Smiles Fundraiser comes to MSU April 30, 2016

Join MSU students and faculty in their annual Miles for Smiles fundraiser to support Operation Smiles. Operation Smiles is a children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.The funds raised from this walk will go to a child in need of a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. A surgery costs approximately $240.00, so you can play a huge part in helping support these children by joining our walk.

The fundraiser will be hosted:
Saturday, April 30th at Minot State University
Registration is open at 10:00 AM in MSU Dome lobby
Walk starts at 10:30 am
Registration costs $25

Operation Smiles website link (for additional information about the charity)