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Services for Students with Disabilities Office honors faculty, staff, students

RELEASED: Nov. 3, 2011

Gary Running Tadd Turnquist
Dr. Gary Running Tadd Turnquist

EAU CLAIRE — The Services for Students with Disabilities Office at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire honored several university faculty, staff and students at a recognition reception Oct. 31, the last in a series of Disability Awareness Month activities on campus during October.

Special recognition was given to two UW-Eau Claire faculty members for their service to students with disabilities. Provost Patricia A. Kleine presented awards to Dr. Garry Running, professor of geography, and Tadd Turnquist, lecturer of kinesiology.

Students with disabilities are invited each year to nominate a university employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to meeting their disability-related needs, said Alice Bayerl, director of Services for Students with Disabilities.

"Dr. Running really wanted me to succeed and did everything he could to help me in his class," wrote the student who nominated Running. "This made the class by far more enjoyable and fun. He didn't just give me my accommodations, but tried different ways of testing to see which worked best for me."

The student who nominated Turnquist described an instructor who incorporates respect, acceptance and sensitivity to the challenges many individuals with disabilities experience, writing, "He has done a wonderful job of letting me blend in with the class without others knowing I have a disability — he makes it seem OK and it's just a way of life."

The nominators' comments about Running and Turnquist describe excellent examples of pedagogy that honors diversity while ensuring equity and inclusive practices, Kleine said.

Also recognized was UW-Eau Claire student Judith Dickinson, a senior economics and psychology major from Marshfield, who received two UW-Eau Claire Foundation scholarships: the Barbara J. Brenner Tremble Memorial Scholarship and the Robert R. Southard Memorial Scholarship.

Student and staff contributors to the development of the Services for Students with Disabilities Office's "White Cane Awareness" poster also were honored, including Daniel Zamarripa, a junior art major from Tomah; Timmon Sinnen, a senior information systems business analysis major from Altoona; and Ansel Brooks, a senior artist in UW-Eau Claire's Publications Office.

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