After decades of moving between buildings on and off campus — never all together in one place — the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) finally has a forever home at the Close-Hipp Building. Members and friends of the department celebrated the completion of the newly renovated space on June 28 with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We’ve been working diligently on this move for over a year, and it was wonderful to celebrate with some of our many supporters,” says COMD chair Dr. Kenn Apel. “This event also marked the dedication of the Montgomery Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and the opening of the new space for the department.”
Though COMD has seen many work spaces and been known by various names, the department has not only survived but thrived over the 45 years that have elapsed since it was established in 1974. It offers two paths to an accredited master’s degree program that prepare approximately 70 graduates per year for careers in speech-language pathology, and its growing doctoral program educates students to advance the COMD field through teaching, research and service.
These students gain clinical experience at the Montgomery Speech, Hearing, and Language Clinic (formerly known as the USC Speech and Hearing Research Center and renamed to honor the lead gift from Dr. Al and Mrs. Marcia Montgomery that made this move possible), where they treat patients for a range of communication challenges under the guidance of clinical faculty members.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 06