Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Annual Recognition Reception

Disability Services honors exemplary faculty, staff, and students every spring semester at our Annual Recognition Reception. This signature event highlights the efforts of faculty and staff members who have demonstrated a commitment to access and inclusion on campus. Disability Services also announces its scholarship recipients at the reception.

To learn more about each award, including descriptions, nomination criteria, and previous award recipients, read below.

The Celina Irby Award

The Celina Irby Award is presented to a student employee of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS) who has demonstrated a positive attitude, given exemplary assistance and provided dedicated service to students with disabilities. Nominations may come from any student served by Disability Services, Disability Services student employee, or Disability Services staff member. No more than one nomination per person will be accepted (i.e., one person cannot nominate several individuals).

Previous Award Recipients:

2016 - Jessica Beers, Carly Gurka, Dominique Harbaugh, Katherine Knapke, Paul Kraemer, Samantha Stehlik

2015 – Aniello R. Miele, Madeline Schloss, Taylor D. Stevens

2014 – Austin Drenski, Rachael Kincaid, Dominique Holzer, Akshay Paropkari, Rebecca Yoc

2013 - Nicole D’Aliberti, Maggie Reading, Lucas Rodriguez

2012 – Katie Ballinger, Joe Huddle, Jason Khavaran , Akshay Paropkari, Katie Novak

2011 – Emily Grace, Allison Pistolessi, Danielle Barnett & Sarah Novak

2010 – Ross Antonacci, Julie Babyak, Molly Besancon, Lisa Khavaran, Ali Jiraki, Hariny Kuttuva, and Julianne Wolf

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The Dick Maxwell Award

The award is presented to a staff or faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to a student with a disability or to Disability Services. All full-time or part-time faculty and staff members at The Ohio State University are eligible to receive this award. Any student, faculty or staff can nominate a person or department for this award. All nominations must include a completed nomination form and a nomination statement (2 pages maximum). You may also submit your nomination statement in the form of an audiotape. The nominating statement should include specific examples of the contributions that the nominee has made.

The award recipient will be selected for the following kinds of contributions:

  • Significantly improving or enhancing the quality of the higher educational experience in ways that make a substantial difference for a student with a disability.
  • Contributing to outstanding and sustained improvement in the services provided by Disability Services, or their department in respect to students with disabilities.

Previous Award Recipients:

2016 - Mark Foster

2015 – Lisa Cravens-Brown

2014 – Sarah Terry

2013 – Connie S. Zang

2012 – Dr. Cynthia Bronson

2011 – Dr. Christopher Anderson

2010 – John Cronin

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The Patricia M. Carlton Award

The Patricia M. Carlton award is to honor a non-traditional student who has shown achievement academically while balancing a career and family life, or who is returning to school for the first time/after time away. This award is in recognition of the unique challenges an adult learner with a disability faces.

Previous Award Recipients:

2016 - D'Shahn Coleman

2015 – James McCoy

2014 – Taras (Orlando) Williams

2013 – Kimberly Clarke

2012 – Jane Broud, Jeff Kohler

2011 – Terry Ellis, Maria Lee, & Christine Szostak

2010 – Chongmin Lee & Alicia Atkins

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Special Recognition Awards

Disability Services honors students, faculty, and staff members who positively contribute to the mission of the office through our Special Recognition Awards. Below is a list of this past year’s recipients.

2016 Special Recognitions:

Adam Andrews, Melissa Beers, Karen Blessing, Cindy Bronson, Anne Collins, Kathy Cubert, Paula Cullen, Cindy Davis, Steven Dickstein, Michelle Everson, Brad Hefner, Ali Hinkle, Amanda Hostetter, Terry Klinker, Amy Kulesza, Ann Logan, Kim Lopez, Kendyl Meadows, Claire Meeks, Lisa Morton, D’Arcy Oaks, Stephnie Penn, Lori Rice, Dr. Kevin Richards, Sam Rowe, Bonnie Schroeder, Stephanie Tolliver, Meika Travis, Barb Urbanczyk, Michael Weigman, Holly Wheaton, Leslie Wilson, Dr. Vicki Wysocki

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