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Two UW-Eau Claire Employees
Receive Student Recognition Awards
MAILED: Nov. 2, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire employees received the 2001 Student Recognition Awards for their work with students with disabilities.
Cynthia Mudrak, a program assistant in the department of sociology, and Scott Gaulke, an associate lecturer of mathematics, were honored Oct. 31 at a reception hosted by Academic and Career Services and the office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
"This came completely out of the blue for me," said Mudrak, who has worked in UW-Eau Claire's department of sociology (formerly the department of sociology and anthropology) for 22 years. "It's something the students nominated me for, so it really means a lot."
Gaulke, who is in his fifth year at UW-Eau Claire, expressed similar gratitude. "I am very honored and surprised to receive the award," he said. "I appreciate the award immensely since it is an award that is generated by the students themselves."
Mudrak was one of 11 program assistants nominated by self-identified students with disabilities for her commitment to providing information, assistance or services.
"A lot of times I don't even know they're students with disabilities," Mudrak said. "I could've helped someone and not even realized it."
Gaulke was one of 51 faculty members nominated for demonstrating excellence in teaching and advising, academic support, and acceptance and understanding of individual needs of students with disabilities.
"All I did was treat all my students as willing, diligent students and encourage the use of the excellent program provided by student services," Gaulke said.
Services for Students with Disabilities, which began giving the awards in 1995, received 151 votes from students with disabilities during the 2000-01 school year.
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