New Endowment Association fund honors Marcia Bannister

After 35 years of service to Fort Hays State University, Dr. Marcia Bannister, professor of communication disorders, is being honored for her work in the Communication Disorders Department with a special fund through the FHSU Endowment Association.

The Marcia Bannister Fund for Excellence was created by Bannister?s colleagues in recognition of her dedication to and leadership of the department. Lead gifts to the fund were made by her children and their families: Mark and Shala Bannister, Hays; William "Ted" and Kathy Bannister, Otis; Grant and Stephanie Bannister, Manhattan; and Joel Bannister, Lawrence.

Bannister joined the faculty of FHSU in 1969 before Communication Disorders was its own department. She most recently served as chair of the Department of Communication Disorders until her retirement from that position in July 2004.

The Marcia Bannister Fund for Excellence has been created as an unrestricted fund to be used to benefit the department at the chair's discretion. The fund will be endowed, meaning that a minimum of $10,000 will be raised over the next three years and that money will be invested by the FHSU Endowment Association, with the proceeds made available each year thereafter for use within the department.

As a first step in that fundraising, interim chair Dr. Amy Finch coordinated a direct mail appeal to alumni and friends of the department. Gifts to the Marcia Bannister Fund for Excellence will be accepted any time at the Endowment Association; the sooner the fund reaches $10,000, the sooner money will be available for use in the department.

The FHSU Endowment Association is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support and promote educational undertaking at Fort Hays State University. Gifts donated to the association, and income generated from those gifts, are used for scholarships, departmental programs, faculty development, and overall enrichment of the university. Visit the Endowment Association online at

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