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Student fundraisers benefit Appalachian’s Communication Disorders Clinic

cliniccheck_t.jpgBOONE—Members of the Greek Community and Delta Zeta Sorority at Appalachian State University have contributed more than $14,000 to the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic located in University Hall.

The donation will be used to purchase playground equipment for the clinic’s Preschool Language and Communication Classroom.

Fundraising efforts by Greek organizations at Appalachian State University will help purchase playground equipment for the university’s Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic. Pictured are students Greek Week Committee Chair Cayce Putnam, left front, and Katie Gregory, chair of the Delta Zeta Turtle Trot, and Sherry Street, coordinator of the clinic’s Preschool Language and Communication Classroom and faculty advisor for Delta Zeta. Pictured back left are student Madeline Ransom, Delta Zeta president, clinic director Mary Ruth Sizer and Delta Zeta Collegiate Chapter Advisor Elena Taylor. (Photo by University Photographer Troy Tuttle)

Delta Zeta Sorority raised more than $8,000 for the clinic with their annual Turtle Trot, a walk/run fundraiser. More than 200 individuals participated in the event. The event received the Public Service Award from the North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association. Speech and hearing organizations are Delta Zeta’s national philanthropies.

The Turtle Trot was sponsored by 18 sororities and fraternities at Appalachian. Business sponsors were Ross-Chrysler Dealership, Coca-Cola, Learning Focused, Chick-Fil-A, McLean Funeral Directors, Greystone Digital Inc., Cardinal Transport Inc., Meadowbrook Inn, Troy’s Diner
Parthenon and Higher Ground.

Track Coach John Weaver assisted with the technical aspects of the race.

Proceeds from the annual lip-sync contest and Greek God and Goddess fundraiser held during Greek Week, as well as donations from faculty and staff on Service Day generated more than $6,000 for the clinic. During Greek Week Service Day, students perform odd jobs in exchange for donations, which this year supported the Communication Disorders Clinic.

Established in September 1968 as a training facility for students, the Communication Disorders Clinic is a non-profit organization and is associated with the Department of Language, Reading, and Exceptionalities in the Reich College of Education.

The clinic provides “hands-on” clinical learning experiences for students majoring in communication disorders, in addition to providing services to the region, including prevention, assessment, and treatment of speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders. The clinic serves people from infancy to geriatrics.

During 2008, the clinic served 7,665 clients for more than 7,500 hours of service. It is located on the main floor of University Hall off Blowing Rock Road.