Department of Communication Disorders to hold ‘Mandi-Ball’


Marshall University’s Department of Communication Disorders will hold the inaugural “Mandi-Ball” (a play on the word “mandible”), Saturday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall.

The ball will feature heavy hors-d’oeuvres, cocktails, dancing and trivia, but is about more than just having fun with alumni and students of the Communications Disorders program. The department hopes to raise money to increase student scholarships for the prestigious program.

“While the cost of a graduate degree at Marshall University is affordable, our students still leave with debt that often takes years to eliminate,” said Pam Holland, department chair and graduate program director. “If we can assist in just a small way, we have made a difference.”

The event will give current students, alumni and community members the opportunity to reconnect, reminisce, advocate and network while helping establish the next generation of speech pathologists for success while receiving their education.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Purchase an alumni ticket for yourself: $100.00
  • Purchase an alumni ticket for you and a guest: $175.00
  • Purchase a student ticket for yourself: $25.00
  • Purchase a student ticket for yourself and a guest: $50.00
  • Purchase class and/or company tickets for:
    • 5 people in your cohort/company $450.00 ($90/ticket)
    • 10 people in your cohort/company $800.00 ($80/ticket)
    • 15 people in your cohort/company $1,225.00 ($75/ticket)

Sponsorships for the event are also available:


Please contact Holland by e-mail to to purchase tickets or establish a sponsorship.

“The student scholarship was created to honor James Lackey, 33°.” Holland said. “Mr. Lackey has been with the Huntington Scottish Rite Foundation since it began its affiliation with the Department of Communication Disorders in 2002. What most people do not know is that he also was the West Virginia representative for the Scottish Rite Orient of West Virginia. The West Virginia Scottish Rite provides one scholarship to a graduate student at Marshall University and one to a student at West Virginia University. We are establishing this scholarship to honor him and his dedication to our program.”

The Department of Communication Disorders prepares students to make positive contributions to the professional community of speech-language pathology. Students are trained to be lifelong learners who understand and appreciate their responsibility in the fields of speech pathology and audiology.

The department boasts 100% rate of graduates passing the National Praxis Exam for each of the past 5 years. For more information on the Department of Communication Disorders, visit

Donations to the scholarship may be made by visiting and selecting “James Lackey Scholarship” as the fund designation.

Contact: Clark Davis, Senior University Relations Specialist, 304-696-3408,

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