Communication Disorders News
SMILE100 unveil total funds raised
To be part of the Power of 100 Centennial service challenge, the Department of Communication Disorders took on a big challenge by adopting SMILE100 (Smile to the power of 100). Students, faculty and staff in the department set their sights on raising enough funds to pay for 100 cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries. This put them in the throes of raising $24,000.
Recently, the Department of Communication Disorders students, faculty and staff unveiled the Smile Tracker, revealing how many surgeries have been funded to date. They exceeded their goal of 100, raising funds for more than 135 surgeries, a total of $32,460.
"When we were trying to think of a service project, someone suggested we raise enough money for 100 surgeries," said Lesley Magnus, associate professor of communication disorders. "We started asking 'Can we get the students involved? Can we get the faculty involved? Can we get the staff involved? Can we get the university involved?’ Everybody got really excited, so we said ‘Let’s go for it!'"
MINOT SERTOMA CLUB DONATES $36,000 TO MSU FOUNDATION
For Immediate Release: Date: March 20, 2013
Continuing a tradition of supporting Minot State University speech and hearing efforts, the Minot Sertoma Club contributed $36,000 today (March 20) to the MSU Development Foundation. The donation will fund the purchase of new voice lab equipment for the Department of Communication Disorders and enhance the Minot Sertoma Club Scholarship fund.
“The digital equipment donated by the Minot Sertoma Club offers MSU students high-quality, advanced technology for comprehensive vocal assessment,” said Lisa Roteliuk, communication disorders instructor. “The equipment offers a recording system which will enhance clinical efficiency and reporting of findings. The equipment will be utilized for student learning, in-clinic patient assessments and research purposes.”
In 1989, the Minot Sertoma Club established the Minot Sertoma Club Scholarship to assist MSU communication disorders students. Twenty years ago, the local service club purchased voice lab evaluation equipment for the department. State-of-the-art technology then was analog, today it is digital. With today’s donation, the club’s total donation to MSU is approximately $175,000.
“We are extremely grateful for Sertoma's support of our speech-language pathology program. This generous donation will allow us to once again have the latest technology available to train students and to serve clients in our on-campus clinic,” said Leisa Harmon, communication disorders department chair.
“With this $20,000 gift, we are pleased to enhance the Minot Sertoma Club Scholarship fund that is dedicated to assisting students advancing their education towards speech and hearing careers. This contribution brings the endowment to over $90,000 from which annual scholarships are awarded,” said Connie Feist, Minot Sertoma Club president. “We are also proud to announce an additional $16,000 gift, which will be used to purchase voice lab equipment used within the communication disorders department. This will upgrade equipment that is used as learning tools and benefits the entire speech-and-hearing community.”
The Minot Sertoma Club has a 53-year history of Service to Mankind in the Minot area. It has a mission of supporting speech and hearing projects, youth-related projects and national heritage efforts. Its primary fundraisers are a Høstfest car raffle, Beer Fest and Christmas in the Park, an annual light display in Oak Park from Black Friday through Dec.. 31.
GRADUATE PROGRAM GRANTED ACCREDITATION THROUGH 2020For Immediate Release: Date: Aug. 17, 2012
MSU COMMUNICATION DISORDERS CELEBRATES REACCREDITATION
The Minot State University Department of Communication Disorders’ speech-language pathology graduate program recently received reaccreditation through Feb. 29, 2020, by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
“We are pleased that the CAA recognized the strength of our program by granting us continued accreditation for the next eight years,” said Leisa Harmon, chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.
CAA holds six standards as essential to quality education in the audiology and speech-language professions: administrative structure and governance, faculty, curriculum (academic and clinical education), students, assessment and program resources. CAA site visitors spent two days at MSU in February. They reviewed the program, examined the facilities and on-site Communication Disorders Clinic and interviewed faculty, staff, students, alumni, employers and consumers. MSU’s master’s degree program in speech-language pathology was found to be in complete compliance with all standards.
To document MSU’s due diligence in continuing compliance, the communication disorders department will submit its next annual report by Feb. 1, 2013. The university’s next on-site visit is scheduled in eight years.
“I am grateful to all faculty and staff who helped prepare for the CAA visit,” Harmon said.
CAA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s accrediting body, is the only accrediting agency for audiology and speech-language pathology education programs recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and U.S. Department of Education.