21st Annual Adelstein Award Presented

Contact: Megan Powell

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Curtis “Miguel” Carlin

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The Adelstein Award is named for the late Carol S. Adelstein, wife of retired UK English professor Michael Adelstein. Mrs. Adelstein, who used a wheelchair because of polio, was 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.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2005) -- An outstanding University of Kentucky student was recently honored for his achievements in the face of adversity. Curtis “Miguel” Carlin, a junior in the College of Agriculture, is the 2005 recipient of the Carol S. Adelstein Outstanding Student Award.

The award recognizes students who have been an inspiration to others within the university community through their excellence in academic achievement, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, and social or personal qualities.

“Since I came to UK, my goal has been to promote disability awareness on campus, either through programming or creating initiatives both with disabled and non-disabled students,” said Carlin. “It is nice to know that my work is appreciated. To receive this award was humbling to say the least.”

Carlin has advocated for students with disabilities to be able to have better employment opportunities. He worked with the Workforce Recruitment Program to establish opportunities for UK students with disabilities to gain summer internships with federal agencies. Carlin has also actively participated in UK’s Emerging Leadership Institute, developing a resource listing for people with disabilities that details workforce opportunities.

As a resident adviser, Carlin has cooperated with the Office of Residence Life to help enhance the college experience for students with disabilities. He also volunteers with the UK Disability Resource Center. His success in leadership and volunteer positions is also imitated in his academic work. Carlin has challenged himself, earning a 3.1 GPA, majoring in agriculture education, communication and public service.

“Once I graduate, I will continue to be an advocate for students with disabilities and actively support the Disability Resource Center as an alumnus,” said Carlin. “I am currently working on a project that would improve hiring practices for people with disabilities.”

Carlin is the son of Robert and Freda Carlin of Union, Ky.

The Adelstein Award is named for the late Carol S. Adelstein, wife of retired UK English professor Michael Adelstein. Mrs. Adelstein, who used a wheelchair because of polio, was 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.


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