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Allen Keniston Receives|
Student Recognition Award
MAILED: Nov. 3, 1998|
For his understanding and acceptance of students with disabilities, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology professor Dr. Allen Keniston received the Student Recognition Award during a reception in the Davies Center Oct. 21.
The award was given as part of October's National Disability Employment Awareness month, and was bestowed on Keniston by students on campus with disabilities who recognized his effort in understanding their needs. Chancellor Donald Mash presented the award.
"I am delighted," Keniston said of the award. "It's an especially satisfying indication that I am doing my job the way I should."
More than 350 self-identified students with disabilities nominated 42 different faculty and staff members from 19 departments on campus for the award, said Joe Hisrich, director of special services for the university.
In several written nominations, students commented on how Keniston was fair and demanding when teaching and advising, he said.
"I selected a psychology major because of Dr. Keniston's support, encouragement and enthusiasm for his job," one student wrote.
Although he is willing to make any appropriate accommodations he can for students with disabilities, their disability is not the defining feature of the relationship he has with them, Keniston said.
"I interact with them, for the most part, in the same way I interact with other students," he said. "We focus on what we are studying."
Having a disability in no way disqualifies someone from the right and privilege of pursuing an education, he said.
"Unfortunately, people with disabilities often suffer stereotypes or other reactions that portray them as incapable, helpless or burdens on others," Keniston said. "We need to recognize the potential and actual success of people with disabilities in order to dispel these misconceptions and to enjoy the benefits of their contributions to our classrooms and to our academic community."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 3, 1998