|James Franklin (left) and Phillip Ostrander|
Dr. Phillip Ostrander, music and theatre arts, and James Franklin, Facilities Management, were recognized at the Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty and Staff Recognition event Oct. 14. Each year students with disabilities are invited to nominate a university employee who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to meeting their disability-related needs.
UW-Eau Claire student Peter Winslow nominated Ostrander.
"As my professor of trombone, Dr. Ostrander has gone out of his way to help ensure that all buildings and stages are wheelchair accessible," Winslow said. "Without his persistence and thoughtfulness I would not have been able to participate in band tours, such as the International Trombone Festival in Rochester, New York, this past summer. I could not think of anyone more deserving to be recognized for his outstanding work with students."
UW-Eau Claire student David Stokes nominated Franklin.
"Mr. Franklin has worked hard to ensure proper access for students with disabilities on our campus," Stokes said. "In addition to his duties as heating plant superintendent, he works as a construction liaison overseeing new projects, including the new Davies Center, Centennial Hall as well as construction on Zorn Arena, Schofield Hall and Horan Hall. He changed the location of a steam pit to allow for a handicapped-accessible ramp for Horan Hall."
Vicky Thomas, director of Services for Students with Disabilities, said she was pleased that Ostrander and Franklin had been honored.
"The music and theatre arts department and Facilities Management both work diligently to ensure accessibility to campus programs for our students," Thomas said.