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Student Recognition Awards Honor
Efforts of Staff/Faculty Members

 MAILED:  Oct. 14, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire employees will receive 2004 Student Recognition Awards for their work with students with disabilities.

Awards will be presented to Darlene Schorbahn, a program assistant in the department of social work, and Sharon Westphal, lecturer in psychology, at a reception to be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Potawatomi Room of Davies Center. The presentations will be made at approximately 2:15 p.m.

"Interacting with and helping students is what makes this position so rewarding for me," said Schorbahn. "Life for a student can have many obstacles, whether physical or academic. I am proud of all our students for persevering and accomplishing their goals."

Students with disabilities identified Schorbahn as the program assistant who has been the most helpful in organizing and ensuring the provision of any services that have been important to their academic success at UW-Eau Claire. Schorbahn was among the nominees last year as well.

Westphal was recognized by students as the faculty/staff member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching/advising or academic support and has been the most supportive of the special needs of students with disabilities and the most open to and cooperative in arranging necessary accommodations.

"I would love for her to know how much her understanding and caring personality are appreciated," one student wrote of Westphal.

Services for Students with Disabilities began giving the awards in 1995. During the 2003-04 school year 200 students with disabilities participated in the selection of the award recipients.

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Updated: October 14, 2004