The Communication Disorders Department is located in Memorial Hall, a $7.3 million facility constructed through joint state, federal, and university funds. Department offices and clinic rooms occupy most of the ground floor's 31,000 square foot, wheelchair-accessible building. Twelve pediatric clinic rooms, five adult rooms, 2 diagnostic rooms, plus spacious waiting areas, observation rooms and extra wide halls provide a comfortable and professional atmosphere for a variety of clinical services.
The Vocal Functions Laboratory is a source of pride for the Department of Communication Disorders. This facility, which was made possible in part by donations from the Minot Elks Lodge and the Minot Sertoma Club, is one of the better equipped laboratories for the evaluation and treatment of voice disorders in the upper midwest/northern plains. The laboratory features videostroboscopy which allows direct visualization of the laryngeal mechanism, a new Visi-Pitch computer system for the acoustic analysis of voice, and multiple software for voice therapy. As a result of this combination of equipment and technology, we are able to provide holistic studies of vocal function for a wide variety of voice disorders. This coupled with the fact that the facility is, perhaps, the only such of its kind in North Dakota and the surrounding states and provinces, keeps it quite busy with individuals traveling from areas throughout North Dakota, other states, and Canada. The equipment is, in many instances, research-caliber and applicable for scholarly studies pertaining to the normal voice and its disorders. The laboratory is accessible (with some restrictions) to all students in the Communication Disorders major and is often used in conjunction with their classes and coursework.
The Media Center, located on the lower level of Memorial, is used by all Communication Disorders clinicians to obtain tests, toys, and other materials used in assessment and therapy sessions. The Media Center has a staff person available for assistance, but occasionally Communication Disorders clinicians are called upon for volunteer services to provide additional support. Many ideas are exchanged within the Media Center. It is a popular area for student clinicians!
The spacious audiology facilities encompass three large rooms housing today's most modern audiologic diagnostic instruments. Persons of all ages, from newborns to geriatrics, are served in this state-of-the art facility. Two fully equipped computerized sound suites with internet and network access, each capable of a wide range of audiological functions are used to complete audiologic assessments.
The City of Minot
From its humble beginnings as a small railroad town, Minot, ND has grown to become a dynamic "micropolitan" community. Indeed, Minot earned national recognition for its selection as a 1992 All America City by the National Civic League. The Ward County seat and fourth largest community in North Dakota, Minot was founded in 1887 when the Great Northern Railroad made its way through the prairie.
Nicknamed the "magic city" because of its phenomenal growth during the early years of the 20th Century, Minot has become a regional powerhouse. As a major center for commerce, health care, finance, agribusiness, education, industry, transportation and recreation. Minot enjoys the finest in technology and quality services while maintaining its "small town" flair.
Minot serves as the central hub for north central and northwest North Dakota, as well as parts of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The city's transportation system sports three major highways, three railroads, bus service, major trucking firms, and a modern international airport.
Minoters pride themselves on their high standard of living, friendly people, clean environment, and small-town values.
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