Friday, September 21, 2012

Open House Celebrating SPLAD's New Suite

Andrews University will celebrate the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology’s move to new quarters in Bell Hall with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The open house, which includes complimentary hearing screenings, will be held from 3:30–7 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Students, clients, faculty and members of any professional and referral healthcare organizations are invited to attend. This is also the first official event for the new Andrews University School of Health Professions.

The expanded and renovated location in Bell Hall provides the growing department with room to expand their educational vision, programs and Speech & Hearing Clinic. The remodeled suite features new state-of-the-art sound booths for complete hearing evaluations, and a new lab monitoring room for the Speech & Hearing Clinic. The clinic is open to the public, offering hearing and speech evaluations, and speech therapy. It is the only clinic in a 60-mile radius offering central auditory processing testing, which evaluates how the ear and brain are working together to use auditory information.

“Our former space was cramped at 700 sq. ft., but the new area is a spacious 2,800 sq. ft. There is room to grow and we have taken initial steps toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology,” says Darah Regal, chair. “Over the last five years our enrollment has increased steadily from 25 to 65 majors in 2012. We’re delighted and impressed as we meet this year’s freshmen, with their animated curiosity to start learning and growing in their chosen field.”

With their new facilities, the department is beginning to expand. The current program offers a bachelor’s and a minor in speech-language pathology and audiology. The department’s proposal for a master’s program has received approval from the Andrews University Program Development Review Committee (PDRC) and the Graduate Council, and is being reviewed by Provost Andrea Luxton. The department is working on a proposal for master’s program accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The department will also be open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3–5 p.m., as part of the annual Andrews University Alumni Homecoming Weekend. For more information, visit www.andrews.edu/shp/speech/.

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