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Alumna Claire Willard receives Excellence in Mentoring Award

 Sept. 25, 2021   Coming from Clinton, Mo. — a town of less than 10,000 people — to Mizzou was a big adjustment at first for Claire Willard (CSD ’04). But after her freshman year, she made two friends who would ultimately influence her choice of what to major in, putting her on the trajectory of becoming a speech-language pathologist.  Now, Willard serves as the Coordinator of Speech-Language Services for Columbia Public Schools, where part of her role includes helping the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences place master’s students in their school-setting outplacements.  Willard is the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Mentoring alumni award for the School of Health Professions and was nominated by SLHS faculty members Leanna Lawrence and Beth Kelley.  Choosing Mizzou and Communication Science and Disorders  For Willard, coming from a small town to Mizzou was an exciting prospect at first, but once she got to Columbia, it wasn’t necessarily easy.  “Mizzou...

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