The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (COSD) has been renamed the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders in honor of a gift given by Marilyn Davies, parent of alum Morgan Davies ’12 (B.S. in Deaf Habilitation). The donation is the largest one COSD has received to date, and it establishes a permanent endowment which will support the school’s programs in the future.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting was held Oct. 17 at the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic to celebrate the naming and to formally open the graduate workroom, which Ms. Davies also funded. The Davies Graduate Workroom opened its doors to students this Fall. It provides an additional 1,000 square feet — five times that of the original space — and is the first physical addition to the Clinic since its construction in 1976.
“We are grateful to the Davies family for this historic donation, and Ms. Davies’ support of our habilitation of the deaf and speech-language pathology programs,” said Christopher R. Watts, department chair of the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. “This transformative gift will allow COSD to support programs that are innovative, nationally recognized, and on the leading edge of the field.”
The endowment will create additional opportunities for COSD majors to work with hearing-impaired populations, support faculty and student research initiatives, and provide operational support for the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic.
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