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Speech pathology alumna gives back to Miami

01/04/2011

In honor of faculty members who took a personal interest in her, a "superior education" that helped launch her career, and the scholarship that helped make her own Miami University experience possible, Kristin Gatchel Replogle ('89, M.S. '90) has committed to an initial gift and substantial bequest to establish and support the Kristin Gatchel Replogle Scholarship for Speech Pathology and Audiology.

“I was a recipient of a scholarship while I was at Miami, and my family believes very strongly in ‘paying it forward,’” Replogle said. “Miami opened the door to so many opportunities in my life, and it was time to return that favor. I want to give other hard-working, adventure-seeking students a chance to pursue those same opportunities.”

The annual distribution generated from the scholarship will be awarded to one or more outstanding speech pathology and audiology graduate students demonstrating academic merit and strong character. In addition, this student or students will be chosen based on their university and community involvement.

Replogle, who attended Miami along with both of her sisters, graduated with an emphasis in traumatic brain injuries. Within two years of beginning her career in medical rehabilitation, she was named senior speech pathologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. According to Replogle, she has had a passion for medicine since she was young and gravitated toward speech pathology because of the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients.

“It is so rewarding helping someone get all or part of their life back,” Replogle said. “It’s where I found my passion. I liked the drama and intrigue of rehabilitation and the compassion of working not only with the patients but also their families. Miami helped instill that passion for helping others.”

Replogle credits her experience in Miami’s speech pathology and audiology department as providing the foundation for her career, citing a faculty that emphasized not just studying the books but learning how to be a professional through a clinical setting and hands-on experiences.

She is married to John Replogle, and the couple has four daughters. Replogle has since left the medical profession and today focuses on raising her daughters and committing more than 20 hours per week to a variety of non-profit and community organizations.

Replogle, who resides in Raleigh, N.C., serves on the board of directors for WakeMed Hospitals, North Carolina State University’s Institute for Nonprofits, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, SAFEchild, and Girl Scouts. She also volunteers her time mentoring “high risk” new mothers and infants, inspired by her own experiences working with victims of childhood abuse.

In 2008 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Miami’s speech pathology and audiology program ranked among the top 20 percent of all programs nationally while ranking seventh nationally among graduate programs only offering a master’s degree. The program encompasses the full-service Miami University Speech & Hearing Clinic, in which students participate in patient care and gain a real-world perspective of the profession.

Miami’s office of gift planning, within the Division of University Advancement, offers guidance into a variety of strategies that combine future support of Miami, including bequests, with sound financial planning. To learn more, visit ForLoveandHonor.

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