Pictured (left to right) Domoine D. Rutledge, Southern University System Foundation president; Leigh Anne Baker, SUBR director of clinical education; and Fred Banks, Southern University System Foundation 1880 Society president.


The Southern University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic trains future professionals in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology while providing quality care to persons with speech, language and hearing problems. To help enhance it’s services to the Southern University and Greater Baton Rouge communities, the SU System Foundation recently awarded an 1880 Society grant to the on-campus clinic.

“I am thankful for the Southern University System Foundation 1880 Society’s support of the SUBR Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. Their grant of $7,000 will cover the costs associated with creating a therapeutic outdoor space for clients who attend speech and language therapy at our clinic. Without their support, this project would not have happened,” says Leigh Anne Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S director of education at the clinic.

Once complete, the new space will have brightly colored stained concrete, a weather-resistant chalk board, tire play structure with a slide, tree stump stepping stones, and an outdoor sound wall.

“The grant has allowed us to enhance our pre-school language program tremendously. As a result, the clinical experience of our students will be greatly enhanced because now we will have a fully functioning outdoor clinical space to complement the indoor program,” says Dr. Elaine Lewnau, chair and graduate program director, Southern University Department of Speech-Language Pathology.