Fall 2023 Newsletter

People walking on Northrop Mall on a fall day

Dear Friends:

I hope this letter finds you well. As 2023 comes to a close, we end the year with another newsletter updating you on the many marvelous activities and accomplishments that we have made both individually and as a collective. This is my sixth year as department chair. I am amazed at how much the department has evolved in these past six years. The influx of new talent has brought new ideas and energy. I am so grateful to be able to work with students, staff, and faculty who are so bright, so thoughtful, and so committed to our common mission. 

I am particularly grateful for the great work SLHS does in light of the great turmoil in the world. For me, our community is the proverbial port in a storm. It provides me with a place of joy, positivity, energy, and hope in a world where such things sometimes feel in short supply. It is my great wish that everyone in the department shares this sentiment. Many things bind us together. For me, 2023 was a banner year for our collective work advocating language as a universal human right that reflects social agency. Our clinical activities, research, and teaching have rallied around this theme. 

As I said in my last message, one of the greatest pleasures of being chair has been the opportunity to reconnect with our many alums. Indeed, some of those folks are part of the department, as staff, faculty, and instructors. I wish I could hear from each and every one of you! Please don’t ever hesitate to drop us a line and let us know what you are up to. Very best wishes for continued success and happiness in your lives.

Ben Munson
Professor and Chair
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences


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