FM SERTOMA - SERVING THE FARGO MOORHEAD AREA

FARGO MOORHEAD SERTOMA COLLEGIATE CLUB

Minnesota State University Moorhead's (MSUM) National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Collegiate Sertoma Club is associated with the Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club.  The university chapter consists of both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. 

The President of the club for the 2011-2012 school year is senior Maria Lendobeja, and the Vice President is senior student Karley Vetter. The Secretary this year is Mackenzie Schorn. The Treasurer is Kelsey Longwell. Kayla Flach is the Historian. Aubrey Vesledahl and Tessa Belk are the Sertoma Student Representatives. The NSSLHA faculty advisor is Dr. Mary Drake and the Collegiate Sertoma faculty advisor is Bruce Hanson. The club has meetings one time per month with some extra group functions occasionally.

The club participates in several fundraisers each semester. A portion of the funds raised go to charities such as Easter Seals, Operation Smile and TWST, while also supporting two NSSLHA Scholarships. Another portion of raised funds assist students who attend the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention and the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA) State Convention.  

The club also participates at the Sidewalk Café during university orientation, Dragon Fest, Better Hearing and Speech Month, Extreme Scream, Signing Santa, Relay for Life, IPAT Expo, and Dragon Homecoming. Club members also volunteer at FM Sertoma functions such as Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park.  

The Fargo–Moorhead Sertoma Club's affiliation with the Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is more than a title . . . the MSUM-Sertoma Auditory Disorders Clinic. It is a strong and growing relationship that extends beyond the club's generous financial support and is fostered by the on-going cooperative participation by club members, MSUM faculty and students. Recent examples of this cooperation include regular attendance by MSUM department members and students at the club's weekly meetings, working in partnership on various fundraising projects and club membership by individual MSUM department members with the election of MSUM members/faculty to leadership positions within the local club. The Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club has contributed over $30,000 during the last three years to the program at MSUM. These contributions have allowed the department to complete various major projects such as conversion of the existing black and white closed circuit television system used for clinical observation to color, completely refurbishing the on-campus speech and hearing clinic, purchasing clinical services for clients unable to pay and providing needed electronic devices to assist those with limited oral expression. In addition the club has supported numerous minor projects that have been routinely funded to support the clinic clients and MSUM students. In conclusion, the affiliation between the Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club and MSUM has truly been a "win-win" partnership as together they build a better community for individuals with communication impairments.