MAILED: Nov. 1, 2000
Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire employees received the 2000 Student Recognition Award for their work with students with disabilities.
Kimberly Knesting, assistant professor of psychology, and Judi Mueller, program assistant in the computer science department, were honored Oct. 30 at a reception hosted by the Services for Students with Disabilities office and Academic and Career Services.
Students were asked to nominate a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, advising and offering academic support for students with disabilities, said Joe Hisrich, associate director of Academic and Career Services.
Knesting, who was one of 45 faculty members nominated from 24 UW-Eau Claire departments and offices, said she does whatever is necessary to maximize a students learning experience. She said she treats all students as individuals and meets their individual needs.
Knesting added the award meant a lot knowing it came from students and especially from a group of students she knows works very hard.
For the staff award, students were asked to nominate someone who has been most helpful in providing information or provision of services important to academic success, Hisrich said.
Im very flattered to be thought of in that way, said Mueller, who was one of 12 program assistants nominated. She said she enjoys the student interaction her job provides. Because her office is located on the first floor of Phillips Science Hall, Mueller said she has a lot of interaction with a variety of students with unique needs.
Selection of award recipients was made by self-identified students with disabilities enrolled in the 1999-2000 academic year, Hisrich said. This year, 214 students voted.
The award, which has been given for the past six years, is presented in October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 1, 2000