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Student Recognition Awards Honor
Efforts of Professor and Program Assistant

 MAILED:  Oct. 16, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire employees will receive the 2003 Student Recognition Awards for their work with students with disabilities.

Awards will be presented to Faith Bogstad, a program assistant in the department of biology, and Dr. Darwin Wittrock, professor of biology, at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. A reception will be held from 3-4 p.m.

“I am very honored to receive an award such as this, and surprised as well,” said Bogstad, who has worked in UW-Eau Claire’s department of biology for two years. Bogstad was one of nine program assistants nominated by self-identified students with disabilities.

Wittrock was one of 23 faculty members nominated for demonstrating excellence in teaching and advising, academic support, and acceptance and understanding of the individual needs of students with disabilities. Wittrock, who is in his 28th year of teaching at UW-Eau Claire, feels this award comes primarily from his work with visually impaired students.

“Biology is a very visual science and involves a laboratory where cells, tissues and organs are studied by visualizing them,” Wittrock said. “Needless to say, this presented a difficult problem for visually impaired students.”

With the help of a teaching assistant, JoAnna O-Rourke, Wittrock was able to design labs that allow students to feel structures that were observed in lab, leading to successful completion of the course.

Services for Students with Disabilities began giving the awards in 1995. During the 2002-03 school year 212 students with disabilities participated in the selection of the award recipients. This year marks the first time that both recipients are from the same department.

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Updated: October 16, 2003