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Originally published: 2014-05-08 09:38:25
Last modified: 2014-05-08 09:39:10

Appalachian State's Delta Zeta raises $7,500 for clinic

The Lambda Phi chapter of Delta Zeta sorority at Appalachian State University collected $7,500 through its eighth annual Turtle Trot 5K. 

The funds will support the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic at Appalachian.

Delta Zeta has contributed more than $45,000 during the years to support services and scholarships to individuals receiving speech and language services through the clinic.

The Turtle Trot attracted more than 350 runners and walkers. In addition to sorority and community members, undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health Sciences participated in the event.

The communication disorders clinic is a community-based training facility for graduate students pursuing their master's degree in speech-language pathology.

Children, adolescents and adults with communication disorders such as speech and language disorders, autism, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, swallowing difficulties, cleft palate, hearing impairment, auditory processing disorder and language-based learning disabilities receive services through the clinic.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 

The professional staff includes audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are licensed by the state of North Carolina and certified by ASHA.

The Lambda Phi Chapter of Delta Zeta is one of the oldest sorority organizations at Appalachian. It received its charter Dec. 2, 1973. The chapter will celebrate its 40th anniversary fall semester.

On the national level, Delta Zeta was founded Oct. 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Delta Zeta has more than 160 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada, approximately 14,000 active collegians at any given time, and more than 200 alumnae chapters with more than 244,400 alumnae.

The sorority's philanthropic endeavors are centered on the speech and hearing impaired population. 

Delta Zeta national philanthropic partners include Gallaudet University, The Painted Turtle Camp, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and The House Ear Institute.

The Lambda Phi chapter at Appalachian selected the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic as its local philanthropic partner and primary benefactor. For more information about Delta Zeta, visit