Michigan State University's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities will celebrate 40 years of maximizing ability and opportunity at the annual Awards and Appreciation Reception Friday, April 13. To participate in a showcase of accessibility and success for persons with disabilities and their advocates, join the RCPD at The Spartan Club on the fourth floor of Spartan Stadium from 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"The MSU World and Land Grant missions are dear to the struggle of people with disabilities to acquire knowledge and skills that will help them reach their fullest potential," RCPD Director Michael Hudson said.
"We have built an impressive team and community network redefining disability into potential realized."
Anchored in History, Poised for the Future
Celebrating 40 Years of Maximizing Ability and Opportunity
The Reception highlights the positive way donors and outstanding Spartans work together to break stereotypes and make a difference for others. Over $68,000 in scholarships and fellowships will be awarded at the event.
Disability advocate Richard Bernstein, J.D. will start the afternoon with a keynote address. Scholarship and award presentations will follow to tell the dynamic story of the RCPD working to empower Spartans for full campus participation.
The sophomore service organization and oldest standing student group on campus, Tower Guard, will share in the festivities by opening Beaumont Tower for tours from 10:30a.m., to 1:00p.m before the reception. Tower Guard not only holds the keys to the tower, but in partnership with the RCPD, they reformat textbooks for students who read Braille and tactile graphics.
"I am honored to advance the legacy of ability and opportunity begun by Tower Guard honor students and Judy Gentile decades ago," Hudson said.
"Partnering with people achieving, despite disabilities, is a fulfilling purpose."
The Awards and Appreciation Reception offers an opportunity for the MSU community to participate in the fulfilling purpose of advocating for and celebrating individuals with disabilities.
This event is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to RSVP. Parking is available for reception attendees in lot 79. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the close partnership of donors, the RCPD, and outstanding MSU students and Employees at work.