S. Mohapatra and Matthew T. Springer received the
Carol S. Adelstein Outstanding Student Award, which
honors students with disabilities who have inspired
the university community through academic achievement,
leadership, extracurricular activities or social and
9, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Two
University of Kentucky students have been honored
for their achievements in the face of adversity.
S. Mohapatra and Matthew T. Springer are the recipients
of the 2002 Carol S. Adelstein Outstanding Student
Award. The award, given by UK's Disability Resource
Center, honors students with disabilities who have
inspired the university community through academic
achievement, leadership, extracurricular activities
or social and personal qualities.
a doctoral student in decision sciences in the Gatton
College of Business and Economics, deals daily with
the sometimes severe side effects of a childhood bout
Mohapatra, a native of India, has been a leader within
the International Student Association, has coordinated
events focusing on Indian culture and arts, and participates
in charity work. He also is a teaching assistant for
his college and the singer in a local group that performs
the music of his home region.
nominated for the award by two Gatton College professors,
Jason D. Shaw and Ram Pakath, who were impressed with
his academic performance, a 4.0, as well as his "hugely
involvement were observed for someone with full physical
capabilities, it would be noteworthy," wrote Shaw.
"For someone who experiences physical inconveniences
and difficulties like Partha, it is truly remarkable
a post baccalaureate student in English, earned his
bachelor's degree in English in December 2001. Despite
living with a learning disability, Springer maintains
a B average by beginning assignments weeks in advance
and meticulously studying every aspect.
semesters, Springer counsels youth as a Boy Scout
Master and led a program for disadvantaged children
at the YMCA in his hometown of Henderson. Fellow students,
Charles Combs and Carrie Sisto, nominated Springer
for the award.
not been told Matthew had a learning disability, I
never would have known. The help he provides others
with their writing reflects a gift, not a limitation,"
Combs wrote. "Whenever I become discouraged with school
or anything at all, I reflect on my experiences with
is the son of Tom and Mary Springer of Henderson.
is named for the late Carol S. Adelstein, wife of
retired UK English professor Michael Adelstein, who
passed away in March. Carol Adelstein, who used a
wheelchair because of polio, provided an inspiration
to persons with disabilities by leading a meaningful,
successful life at a time when individuals with disabilities
were not encouraged to be independent and contributing
members of society.