Katelyn Durfur

Katelyn Dufur of Mount Vernon was recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Student by the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association.

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Nazarene University senior Katelyn Dufur was recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Student by the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association at its annual convention, March 7-9, in Columbus. She is the daughter of Mindy and Bill Dufur of Mount Vernon.

The association selects a student who “not only excels academically, but who also has outstanding interpersonal skills, shows evidence of leadership, and is dedicated to the ideals of the profession.”

Dufur, a senior in the Communications Sciences and Disorders program, was selected for nomination by MVNU after all eligible seniors in the program were evaluated by CSD faculty.

“She definitely earned this recognition,” said Florence Lim-Hardjono, program director for CSD program. “She has demonstrated excellence in all that she puts her mind into. Her determination, outstanding time-management skills, great perseverance and compassion toward others definitely shines forth. In addition, she excels as an MVNU athlete as well.”

“I am very honored and humbled to have received this award,” said Dufur. “The CSD major is filled with many talented and passionate students, so it means very much to have been selected for this award.”

Speech therapy is a growing profession and MVNU is on the cutting-edge of educating future clinicians through its classroom and clinical experience.

“MVNU continues to strive toward excellence in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders,” said Lim-Hardjono.

“MVNU’s CSD program is elite and stands apart from the other undergraduate programs,” Dufur said. “MVNU offers a personalized education with professors who care deeply about you as a person and as a future clinician. My favorite part about MVNU’s program is that we have the unique opportunity to partake in three semesters of undergraduate clinical experience.”

Dufur will graduate in May. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and work with elderly patients who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, stroke or have been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

“I chose this field of study because I am passionate about serving others and helping others find their voice,” she said. “I am a volleyball player here at MVNU as well. In athletics, I have experienced bad days on the court and multiple injuries that have resulted in setbacks, but I always knew that I could rely on my coach to help me recover. As a future speech-language pathologist, I want to be my client’s ‘coach’ and encourage them every day through their setbacks. I chose this field because I want to help others find their voice in the moments where it seems impossible. There are infinite possibilities in this field and I am thrilled to see where it takes me.”