ISU Meridian Health Science Center

ISU Communication Sciences and Disorders hosts 20th Anniversary conference April 7-8 in Meridian

March 22, 2011

The conference is titled  “What’s Next?” and will feature lectures and panel discussions presented by  Idaho State University, regional and national experts in the fields of audiology, sign language interpreting and speech-language pathology.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Paul Deputy, the dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and Dr. Jeff Brockett, associate professor and director of the Audiology Program at Idaho State University. Deputy is also a former ISU faculty member and department chair who helped establish the Communication Sciences and Disorders course offerings in the Boise area in 1990.

Other speakers include Barbara Young, nationally recognized for her work in interpreting for individuals with cochlear implants.

“We titled the conference ‘What’s Next?’ to explore the latest information and topics in our disciplines and professions. We not only strive to educate students, but to serve our communities,” said Beth Guryan, conference co-chair and an ISU-Meridian clinical assistant professor.

In addition to programs in educational interpreting, speech-language pathology and audiology, ISU-Meridian has a Speech and Language Clinic and Adult Aphasia Group, which serves dozens of clients in the Treasure Valley each year.

The 20th Anniversary conference will be held in the Joint School District No. 2 Training Center, 1303 E. Central Drive, adjacent to the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, between Locust Grove and Meridian roads.

To register for the conference and learn more about the department’s history in the Treasure Valley, go to If you have any questions, please call or e-mail Jude Jones, administrative assistant, 208-282-3635, or Beth Guryan, conference co-chair, 208-373-1721,



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