by Linda Wolford, Manager, Student Access, Disability Resource Center
On October 12, 2015, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) held its 6th annual Access Achievement Awards. This awards celebration highlights some of the innovative accessibility work happening at the U of M and reflects the amazing collaborative partnerships necessary for access to happen across campus and the system.
This year was also extremely significant in that it marked the awarding of the inaugural Dr. Sue A. Kroeger Lifetime Achievement Award. Kroeger, who was the first permanent director at the University of Minnesota’s Disability Services office, flew in from the University of Arizona to accept the award. During her tenure, Dr. Kroeger provided the vision and leadership for the University of Minnesota Disability Services to become a nationally–recognized resource for students, faculty, staff and guests with disabilities.
This year the following recipients received Access Achievement Awards:
Joseph Dahip, Campus Operations, Fleet Services/Paratransit
Sara Dion, Student Services, College of Veterinary Medicine
Laura Lott, Public Health Specialist, UMD Environmental Health and Safety
Karen Miksch, Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership and Policy Development
Joe Sevcik, Information Technology Manager in Computer Science and Engineering
Nikki Shultz, Assistant Dean, College of Biological Sciences
Marissa Smith, Coordinator for Leadership and Training, Orientation and First Year Programs
Chris Stevens, Campus Operations, UMD Facilities
Enterprise System Upgrade Implementation Team, consisting of:
- Kemal Badur, Senior Director, Office of Information Technology
- Barbara Mueller, Project Manager, OIT
- William Dana, Head of Portal Team
- Kim Doberstein, Portal Developer, OIT
- Kevin Henninger, Business/Systems Analyst, OIT
All recipients were nominated by University students, staff or faculty members and were given an opportunity to give remarks, with most talking about the importance of partnerships with the DRC.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented as the final award of the afternoon and Dr. Kroeger was recognized for her accomplishments while serving for 13 years as the Director of Disability Services beginning in 1985.
[Photo credit: Disability Resource Center, 2015]