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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 116 surgeries, a total of $27,888.

“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!’”

While the official term of the Power of 100 Centennial project is nearly complete, SMILE100, as well as many other projects, continue. The third annual “Miles for Smiles” walkathon will be held May 3 at 9:30 a.m. on Minot State University’s campus. Registration will take place up to the day of the walkathon, however, the deadline to register and get a T-shirt is Friday (Apr. 11).

For more information, contact the Department of Communication Disorders at 701-858-3031, visit www.minotstateu.edu/cdse/cd/, or contact Magnus at lesley.magnus@minotstateu.edu.

Published: 04/10/14



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