ADRIAN, Mich (March 20, 2014) – The annual Disabilities Awareness Awards were announced preceding convocation on Monday, March 16. These three awards recognize individuals who have made a compassionate and compelling difference on campus, standing out for their contributions.
Fran and Steve Piorkowski developed the Steven Piorkowski Scholarship in memory of their son. Both father and son attended Adrian College. Steven, who was involved in a swimming accident, became a quadriplegic. He overcame his disability and went on to complete his schooling, eventually becoming a coach. Steven learned to drive through his disability, but was tragically killed in an automobile accident on the way to a game he was coaching.
Steven was integral in the momentum to make Adrian College a more accessible campus. This scholarship is awarded to the student who is dedicated, motivated and demonstrates a passion toward disability related issues. This year’s recipient was Alisha Dell, a native of Pittsford, Michigan. Dell survived a closed head injury as a result of a serious car accident in January 2012.
The Student Disability Awareness Award is awarded to a student who shows dedication and leadership. This student may or may not have a disability, but strives to educate the campus community about disability related issues. This year’s award was given to Sarah Stoker, a social work major from Bellville, Michigan. Stoker is a volunteer at LISD, and a member of PRIDE (Promoting the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities Everywhere.)
The Faculty/Staff Disability Awareness Award goes to a faculty or Staff member who goes above and beyond to make the campus or classroom accessible for all students. This year’s award was given to Chris Stiver, the director for Physical Plant operations. Stiver sits on the Disabilities Issues Committee and works diligently to make campus safe for students with physical disabilities.
For these distinctions, each individual receives a plaque that will be on display in the office of Academic Services.