this place is for me an amazing happening it’s you know what I think about this place I think transformation. I remember when we first walked into the grad lounge oh “this is our space…this is awesome” we were laughing because I was like I can hear myself echo like my voices echoing that never happened in the other grad lounge! so just like little things I guess it when we got this new space never made us realize like I’m extremely grateful grateful well with my clients and now i can see that their faces and their excitement has changed since they’ve come in not that the old building wasn’t a great place but i can see that their faces are so excited to see a whole bunch of new things that they get to try out and we’re going to get to work with them to expand their language or their articulation or anything that we’re working on with them they get to explore that in a bigger setting in a bigger place that they’re even more excited to be at them when they previously were here well the students here at Baylor University are phenomenal and they are all highly energetic are excited to be here excited to work with the kids and very child centered and focused it’s just fantastic oh it feels great i mean this has been you know a lot of sleepless nights and a lot of worry about you know will she will she be able to grow up functioning as a regular adult will she be able to provide for herself will she be able to to to be happy as she grows up and you know I I never really realized her or gave it much thought how much language plays a role in our overall happiness and and being able to operate and function in the world and frankly having this resource in the community has been phenomenal I mean I don’t know what we would have done without it. the other thing is you have a lot of variety of what you do we work with children we work with adults we work with people who have had strokes and we work with children with autism we work with adults and children who have voice disorders I mean it’s just amazing all the different types of people types of individuals that we’re able to serve. with the new facility we’re able to grow as I said we’re able to accept more graduate students into our program. we have around 49-50 graduate students right now and in the next five years we will be at around 97 to a hundred graduate students. We will be growing about about fifteen percent every year for the next few years. I think we all enter this profession to change lives. it’s awesome having clients and seeing how much they progress and just seeing how excited you get like you’ve been working on a sound or you’ve been working on a goal and seeing it click and seeing them change just seeing how it touches every aspect of their lives in hearing from their parents “my kids says the R sound and the S sound and he’s so much more confident he’s talking more he’s reading more he’s doing more things” and it’s like it’s amazing to hear and it’s a great feeling to have. I’m actually a speech pathologist i graduated from baylor university with my bachelor’s degree from the older clinic setting and been practicing for about 15 years. Had I had the opportunity to have gone on and worked at this setting and got my master’s degree, it would have been an opportunity for not only me but for others to expand our knowledge. the other center was great however this Center allows more space and more equipment to provide for specialized services. I absolutely love speech-language pathology! Now you’re going to be emotional! (laugh) I love it every day of my life you know it’s just done it’s a ministry and you know you change lives we change the lives of our students and I hear parents talk about you know that they love our graduate students and they love the therapy they do because they are special people because they are servants and they’re really working to change you know to help to change the lives of hurting people of a world of hurting people. Well it’s funny I don’t know if i could verbalize it but this has made such a tremendous impact on us I’m Thank You seems hollow or shallow in what we’re getting from this…(breathe) it’s making its making a really big difference in our life and you can’t put a price on that…excuse me. If I were able to thank the people that that gave us this great opportunity i am forever thankful that they have given me a place to expand my knowledge and expand my learning capabilities as a speech therapist and the space that we’ve been given has blessed us immensely so far and i can’t wait to see how much Baylor is going to grow even if I’m not here i can’t wait for it to see how much it’s going to grow — that’s all thanks to the person who gave this money. The gift that has been given to us is a gift of ministry you know words can’t even express how thankful that we are for this amazing gift it’s going to enable us to serve and to do so much more for the community into our students and even for faculty it’s a gift and and because of this gift and because it definitely has ministered to our lives then we’re able to give even more back and we’re able to minister to even more people and to change more lives. so all we can say is thank you and thank you for this gift thank you for this gift of ministry.