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Katherine Schneider to Receive|
Courage Center Award
MAILED: Sept. 8, 1998|
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychologist will receive the Minneapolis-based Courage Center's annual Phillips Award this month.
Katherine Schneider, a senior psychologist in UW-Eau Claire's Counseling Center since 1990, will receive the prestigious award at the 1998 Celebration of Courage to be held Sept. 13 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis.
Since 1964, Courage Center has presented the annual Phillips Award to men and women with disabilities who have achieved success in their careers. The award, which is sponsored by the Rose and Jay Phillips Family Foundation, includes a $1,000 honorarium.
The award is intended to recognize individuals with disabilities who have prepared for employment in their chosen fields, and to help employers understand the advantages of hiring people with disabilities.
Schneider was born with retrolental fibroplasia resulting in blindness since childhood.
"We all have disabilities," Schneider said. "Some are just more noticeable than others. You don't always know how you will accomplish something but you have to decide you're going to try."
In 1970, Schneider earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Michigan State University. She then earned her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Purdue University, where she became a teaching assistant. Later she earned her diploma in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a high school National Merit Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa member. In addition, Schneider has written numerous scholarly papers and given presentations in her field.
In addition to her work at UW-Eau Claire, Schneider is a leader in the Chippewa Valley on the topic of disabilities. Schneider and her seeing eye dog, Carter, make presentations to people of all ages. For 20 years, she has been speaking to some 40 groups a year, reaching more than 1,110 people.
About five years ago, Schneider developed fibromyalgia. She now runs a support group on campus for people with this disorder.
"Dr. Schneider is of sterling character," Dr. Sally Webb, professor of communication and journalism, wrote in her letter of support. "She is an honest, generous, caring person who devotes a great deal of time being of service to others."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 16, 1998