The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) hosted their 50th Anniversary Awards and Appreciation Reception on April 29th, 2022 at the Kellogg Center. This reception recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of scholarship recipients, exceptional faculty and staff, and generous donors supporting the RCPD mission. The reception welcomed 86 in-person attendees and 66 viewers virtually. 14 students were awarded with scholarships that totaled over $63,000.
Dr. Jonathan Weaver, Assistant Professor and Director of Online Learning in the MSU Psychology Department, is the recipient of the 2022 RCPD Spirit of Ability Award. This award is given to leaders within the MSU community who are compassionate and who create welcoming and inclusive environments that provide opportunities for all.
Shantele Wilkinson, front desk reception assistant for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, was awarded the MSU Student Employee of the Year Award on April 12, 2022. Shantele has been a front desk student receptionist for the RCPD since September 2019 and has served as a pillar of support for anyone who has entered the office doors.
Every year, the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities recognizes the dedication and leadership of notable alumni who have made significant contributions to their field. The achievements of these alumni represent the importance of education and innovation. This year, Dr. Chad Klochko, M.D., was nominated by Virginia Martz, RCPD Ability Access Specialist, to receive this prestigious award.
Mandy Zuckerman, Tower Guard alumna from the class of 2020-2021, will be receiving the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities 2022 Student Leadership and Service Award for her contributions towards making Beaumont Tower more accessible.
For many, being faced with a life-changing health diagnosis brings uncertainty, but it can also help to positively shift life perspectives and bring about meaningful change. Ariel Dempsey, a graduating MD student from the MSU College of Human Medicine, shared her powerful message of hope, strength, and perseverance at the TEDxMSU Talk at the Wharton Center on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.
An alumni of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, Mr. Shawn M. Koch, was known for his voracious appetite for knowledge. Family and friends established the Shawn M. Koch Memorial Fund as a means to keep his formidable legacy alive. Read more on how the RCPD is commemorating Shawn Koch by providing a new financial resource to students battling the effects of cancer.
Two RCPD students are following their passions and interests through their dedication to service and helping others as Tagget Fellows. Read about what they have done so far and their plans for the rest of the semester!
As summer approaches, the RCPD reflects on a year of growing community relationships, applauding outstanding students and staff and expanding programming opportunities. The annual Awards and Appreciation Reception marked 40 years of success.
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.
RCPD students, faculty, and supporters filled the Kellogg Center with inspiration and perseverance at the 27th Annual Awards and Appreciation Reception. The afternoon celebrated 39 years of ability and opportunity, honoring numerous achievements.
Five MSU students will receive recognition from the Athletes with Disabilities Network for their admirable accomplishments and activities. Each has excelled in athletics and been exemplary of the ability to succeed despite obstacles.
The 26th annual Awards and Appreciation Reception brought together students, their families and friends, supporting faculty and staff members, and the RCPD's generous donors to celebrate the year and prepare for even more success.
Melissa Ghislain, the 2009-2010 Katrina Tagget Fellow shares lessons she has learned during her time as a student at Michigan State. She highlights her past internships and urges her fellow students to take advantage of their time in college.
Katrina Tagget was an accomplished student, achieving academic excellence while balancing her service to others. In her memory, Katrina's family and friends established a generous fellowship to allow students to continue her legacy of service.