Purdue lands $10M gift for speech sciences facility

Purdue University says it will use a $10 million donation from a 1959 graduate to help build a new facility for its Department
of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

Marybeth Lyles Higuera of Palm Desert, Calif., donated the cash to Purdue,
saying its speech program prepared her for a wonderful career as a speech pathologist in California public schools and in
private practice. The new facility in West Lafayette will be called the Lyles-Porter Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
facility in honor of Higuera’s families.

Purdue officials say the new facility will provide more space for researching
dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, hearing aids, voice disorders and other issues.

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