Sertoma donations lead to new exam chair for MSU

The Minot State University Communication Disorders Department Vocal Function Laboratory is equipped with a new patient exam chair after receiving a $5,000 community grant from Sertoma International in March 2015. With the grant, the department completed renovations to the Voice Lab that began in 2013 after the Minot Sertoma Club donated $36,000 to the MSU Development Foundation for the purchase of new digital voice equipment for the lab.

“We are excited to partner with our local Sertoma Club and Sertoma International to provide state-of-the art equipment and facilities in the Communication Disorders Department Vocal Function Laboratory,” said Leisa Harmon, former department chair, in a press release. “These resources allow us to provide students with experiences not available in many other communication disorders programs while also providing valuable voice therapy options for members of the university and Minot area communities.”

The new exam chair is an integral part of the lab which is used primarily by MSU faculty and graduate students to conduct voice evaluations and treatment of individuals who have voice disorders. These clients include community members and Minot State students, faculty and staff who may have issues with their speaking and/or singing voices. Health care professionals also use the chair and voice lab during the quarterly Minot Cleft Palate Clinic, a service of North Dakota Department of Health Children’s Special Health Services. The Cleft Palate Team serves individuals with clefts of the lip and palate from the region. MSU faculty and students are also involved with the team.