Gifts and Awards

Faculty, alumni and friends of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders continue to make generous gifts to the department. By investing in students, teaching, research and infrastructure, these gifts make a tremendous contribution towards our mission.

Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer Annual Lecture on Communication Disorders and Human Development Fund

Nidhi Mahendra Oyer LectureThis gift by Drs. Herbert J. and E. Jane Oyer is intended to support an annual lecture series in the department. Dr. Herbert J. Oyer served as the Chairperson of the Department as well as the Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School at MSU. Dr. E. Jane Oyer served as faculty in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at MSU.


Valerie V. Wenner Endowed Scholarship

This gift by Robert Wenner and David Wenner is named after Robert's wife and David's mother. This gift is used to offer scholarships for students in CSD. Preference is given to students who are unable to obtain financial aid but who are incapable of continuing their education without financial assistance.

Leo V. Deal International Enrichment Fund

This gift by Dr. Leo V. Deal, faculty emeritus and former Chair of CSD, is intended to support the study abroad program as well as other international exchanges between CSD and the global community to better serve those with communicative disorders. Dr. Deal started the CSD Study Abroad program at MSU in 1985, which is now one of the longest running such programs in the country.

Ida J. Stockman Endowment for Faculty Research and Development in Communication Disorders in Memory of Samuel and Angie Jones

This gift by Dr. Ida Stockman, faculty emeritus, is used to support faculty research and professional development in the broad areas of autism and multicultural (racial and ethnic diversity) initiatives. Dr. Ida Stockman served as faculty in CSD for 24 years, dedicating her efforts towards helping children from racial and ethnic minorities to live more empowered lives. The gift is used to support faculty research, guest lectures and other professional activities.

Richard W. and Nancy J Heiss Enrichment Endowment

This gift by Richard W and Nancy J. Heiss was established to support research, service and education to deal with hearing impairment. Richard and Nancy have a spirit of volunteerism and life-long commitment to education that allows them to make generous gifts to CSD. The gift is used to support a variety of activities related to helping people with hearing loss.

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