The Christopher Norman Educational Fund
When 2007 Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate Christopher Norman unexpectedly passed away in 2010, it spurred his former classmates, faculty, and his family to develop a way to honor him and his memory.
Since Chris was an avid runner, a perfect opportunity arrived when John Hancock Financial Services provided the Institute with two slots in the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Classmate Janis Greim CSD '07, CCC-SLP, volunteered to run the race to raise money to establish the Christopher Norman Educational Fund.
Between the support of classmates, other speech-language pathologist alumni, faculty, and a matching gift challenge offered by the Norman Family, more than $15,000 was raised to provide funding for student involvement in education endeavors with a preference for stuttering issues.
The Institute continues to be grateful for the sustaining support of the Christopher Norman Educational Fund, which helps students in the Communication Science and Disorders program take full advantage of educational opportunities at the Institute and beyond. Since its inception in 2011, the fund has helped 22 students from the CSD present at conferences, support thesis projects, and fund student research endeavors.