May 17, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 17

Disabilities Resources Units Plans Awards Ceremony

Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Presents Scholarships Honors

Students with Disabilities Resources, a unit of Cal State Northridge's Center on Disabilities, will honor 20 students at its 20th Annual Recognition Awards event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, in Cleary Court.

The campus community is welcome to attend the student scholarship event, at which awards of $1,000 each will be presented to the honorees.

Character actor Robert David Hall(right) will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Hall appears weekly as Dr. Robbins, the coroner on CBS-TV's hit prime time drama,"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." One of the entertainment world's most prominent disabled actors, Hall has a long line of film and television credits including "The Negotiator" with Kevin Spacey and Samuel Jackson, "Class Action" with Gene Hackman and Laurence Fishburne, "Touched by an Angel" and "L.A. Law."

Harry "Bud" Rizer, director of the Center on Disabilities, said the awards ceremony was begun in 1985 as a way to honor students with disabilities whose courage and determination enabled them to overcome hardships associated with pursuing academic success.

Three special awards will be presented at the ceremony. Kiren Dosanjh Zucker, assistant professor of business law, will receive the Faculty of the Year recognition. Patricia Lord, production team supervisor for Admissions and Records, will be named Staff of the Year, and Nick Hogan will be honored as Non-Disabled Student of the Year.

Since its inception, Rizer said, the Recognition Awards Program has provided more than $120,000 in awards to more than 200 students with disabilities. The contributions of campus-based organizations, community and corporate donors all have supported the scholarships, he added.

Cleary Court is located between the College of Business and Economics and the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. For more information, call Diane Madjid at (818) 677-2684.

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