Speech Pathology alumni to mark program's 50-year history
09/28/2001

HAYS, KS -- National president of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Dr. John Bernthal, will join Fort Hays State University's Department of Communication Disorders in its 50-year anniversary celebration during Homecoming weekend Oct. 4-7.

Bernthal, co-author of an articulation disorders textbook used for many years in FHSU speech pathology classes, is chair of the Special Education and Communication Disorders Department at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

According to FHSU department chair Dr. Marcia Bannister, "We are absolutely thrilled that Dr. Bernthal has accepted our invitation. It reflects his broad interest in university programs, both large and small, as well as his interest in seeing that the best clinical services are available to Americans in both rural and urban settings."

Another honored guest is former FHSU faculty member Elizabeth Edmund, who taught anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism as well as neurogenic communication disorders from 1968-81.

The program's first graduates, Barbara Bohannan Etheridge of Palm Desert, CA, and Janis Jelinek of Harlingen, TX, who both graduated in 1955, also will be attending.



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