Two Students Killed in Car Accident

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi students were killed Saturday (Oct. 27) in an accident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and State Highway 7. The car carrying Sarah Katherine Wheat, a communication science and disorders major, and her brother John William Wheat, an accountancy major, was struck by another vehicle. Sarah Wheat was pronounced dead at the scene, and her brother was airlifted to Memphis where he also was pronounced dead. The Wheats are the children of William Wheat and Frances Wheat of Crofton, Md. “It’s always tragic when we lose students,” said Thomas “Sparky” Reardon, UM dean of students. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheat family and friends. We are here to assist them and to do whatever we can during this time of grief.”

Faculty Develop Device to Assist Stutters

Interdisciplinary work between three Ole Miss professors led to the development of a potentially revolutionary device in the communications science and disorders field. Video by Mary Stanton.


UM Researchers Create Device to Help Stutterers

Interdisciplinary team developing prosthetic as part of a complete treatment program

University of Mississippi professors Greg Snyder (left), Paul Goggans and Dwight Waddell conduct tests on a prototype of the prosthetic device they created to help people who stutter speak more fluently. UM photo by Kevin Bain.

OXFORD, Miss. – Drawing on one another’s expertise, a trio of University of Mississippi faculty members from different areas of campus has created a patent-pending device that could change the lives of people who stutter. Paul Goggans, an electrical engineering professor, developed the prosthetic device, about the size of a cell phone, with Greg Snyder, associate professor of communications sciences and disorders, and Dwight Waddell, associate professor of health, exercise science and recreation management. The friends began working on the device after Snyder, himself a lifelong stutterer, demonstrated how he could speak much more fluently simply by feeling his throat while he and Waddell chatted over coffee. “By feeling my throat vibrate when I speak, I get tactile speech feedback, which significantly reduces my stuttering,” Snyder said. “Dwight immediately understood my application of speech feedback and neural circuitry, and he then approached Paul, who agreed to make the device development a senior-level design project in his class.” Since that time, the team has been focused on supporting and empowering the stuttering community by fighting social stigma and challenging the normal remedies associated with stuttering.

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Gloria Kellum Receives ASHA’s Highest Award

… Award to be presented Nov. 18 in San Diego OXFORD, Miss. – For the last 14 years of her University of Mississippi tenure, Gloria Dodwell Kellum was vice chancellor of university relations. But over her remarkable, four-decade career, she performed many roles, from administrator to academician to mentor. And while the variety of the job excited her for 42 years, she insists that it was the students who kept her coming back for more. On Nov. 18, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association will present Kellum with its prestigious Honors of the Association award at its national convention in San Diego. The Honors of the Association, ASHA’s highest tribute, recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Recipients are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, rigorous research, creative administration, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.

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Professor Tapped to Lead State’s Speech and Hearing Organization

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi speech pathologist has been selected as the next president of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association. Higdon

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Junior Applied Sciences Major Studies in Liverpool, Explores Europe

OXFORD, Miss. – Molly Sanders of Daleville, a rising junior at the University of Mississippi, is ending a unique college experience this month. She has spent the spring semester studying and traveling in England.


Molly Sanders visits the Albert Dock, a complex of dock buildings and warehouses in Liverpool, England, that opened in 1846. Sanders, a rising junior at Ole Miss, is to return to her home in Daleville the end of May after spending the spring semester studying in England.

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Planning Grant Targets Comprehensive Plan for Assisting Children with Speech-Language Needs

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi communication sciences and disorders professor is developing a comprehensive plan to better train the state’s early intervention personnel in hopes of finding ways to better serve families in need of specialized services.

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Externships Allow Communicative Disorders Students to Gain Experience, Help Schoolchildren

OXFORD, Miss. – Students who earn practical experience in their desired fields generally graduate better prepared and more marketable than peers who have only classroom experience. That’s the hope of some University of Mississippi communicative disorders graduate students who are externing in north Mississippi school districts this semester.

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Student-led Institute on Children’s Speech Disorders Swells in Attendance, Raises Funds to Attend Meeting

OXFORD, Miss. – By trying some new approaches, Communication Sciences and Disorders students at the University of Mississippi are experiencing a successful conference this week.


Barbara Hodson of Wichita State University discusses phonological skill analysis techniques at the Department of Communication Services and Disorders annual Fall Institute. UM photo by Kevin Bain.

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