Private gifts support cutting-edge research and enable the department to recruit the very best students, both graduate and undergraduate. Just as today’s research benefits future generations, today’s students will be tomorrow’s scholars and practitioners.
by Colleen Donahue
As a development officer for the Department of Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences, I believe strongly in what I do—helping the department secure the private funding that will sustain and build its remarkable programs and international stature. Private gifts support cutting-edge research and enable the department to recruit the very best students, both graduate and undergraduate. Just as today’s research benefits future generations, today’s students will be tomorrow’s scholars and practitioners.
And the best part of my job? Getting to know some of the wonderful, generous people who are investing in that future.
One such benefactor is Professor Charles E. Speaks, who is featured in this magazine and whom many of you know because of his contributions to the discipline and his years of service to the department. Chuck was so moved when the department and the University honored him with a named fellowship that he started making his own gifts to the fund. At first he gave a portion of book royalties. Then, last fall, Chuck and his sons, Brandon and Jeffrey, made a substantial gift, creating opportunities for future generations of scholars to focus on their research and to learn from those who went before them. Scholar, teacher, now philanthropist— Chuck could leave no greater legacy.
Another great friend to the department and mentor to our students is Dr. Leslie Glaze. Leslie provided stellar leadership for our clinical education programs during her tenure as director from 1997–2004. Phyllis Maizlish, Leslie’s mother, created the Leslie E. Glaze fellowship in 2002 to honor her daughter. Leslie and her husband, Richard, have continued to support the fund, which is used to recruit our most outstanding Ph.D. students. Leslie is an adjunct faulty member with a national presence in speech production, especially voice disorders. She was named a Fellow of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association in 2005.
Beverly Kespohl, another generous friend and alumna, earned a master’s degree in l978 and worked in the St. Anthony Village schools for 20+ years. Bev has expressed her gratitude to the department by naming SLHS a beneficiary in her will. Her estate gift will help ensure a bright future for graduate students in the speech-language pathology program.
As an alum, friend, or community partner, you, too, can create a scholarship or fellowship to help bring talented students to Minnesota. Your gift may even qualify for matching gift incentives. Or you can contribute to one of the many funds already established in the department. Private support can make a huge difference for our faculty and students. To learn more about how you can give, please feel free to get in touch.
Meanwhile, on behalf of chair Jennifer Windsor and the department’s faculty and staff, I want to thank all of you who continue to give so generously.