Events and Activities
Our first meeting of the Fall, 2013 semester will be on Monday, September 9th starting at 5:00 pm in 2140 Centennial Hall. This is the Student Support Services (SSS) Resource room. If this time does not work for you, please let us know. We may decide to change the day and time if needed. Everyone is welcome to join us. If you can't attend our meetings but want to stay informed, we can add you to our email list and send you the minutes to our meetings.
2013 - 2014 SCHOOL YEAR EVENTS
SAPA members are in the process of planning events for the 2013-2014 school year. We have identified dates and times for two popular events. More events are in the works. We hope to sponsor a speaker sometime in the Fall semester. We also hope to be invited to several classes for panel discussions during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Please join us to help plan these and other events.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - SAPA's 13th annual Most Accessible Gingerbread House competition. Starts at 7pm in 339 Cartwright Center. Don't be late. We might run out of building materials.
Monday, February 24, 2014 - SAPA's 31st annual Most Accessible Awards Ceremony. 4 to 5 pm. Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.
2012 - 2013 SCHOOL YEAR EVENTS
SAPA panel discussions
During the month of November, 2012, SAPA was invited to facilitate a panel discussion to two UW-L 100 classes and 3 EFN 205 classes. SAPA members discussed issues related to disability and answered questions from the class members. We want to thank them for the invitation because we think panel discussions are an excellent way to educate ourselves and others about disability from several different perspectives.
Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
On November 10, 2012 SAPA had a team in the Adaptive Phy. Ed. sponsored wheelchair basketball tournament. We lost our first game but won the second game. Check out the photos of the SAPA team on the SAPA facebook page. We had a great time as usual.
12th annual Most Accessible Gingerbread Competition
SAPA sponsored the 12th annual Accessible Gingerbread competition on December 4th, 2012. About 75 students participated in this event this year, having lots of fun while relieving the stress of finals, and possibly even learning a little about accessibility. Once again, people were very creative in designing and building their unique structures. SAPA wants to thank all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to make the event such a fun time. Check out photos from the event on SAPA's facebook page. We look forward to the 13th annual competition in December, 2013.
On February 6, 2013 UW-L's Office of Campus Climate and Diversity sponsored Diversity Dialogues. SAPA's advisor, Tom Link, was invited to present ""An Ingenious Way To Live; Reframing How We View Disability."
Boxes and Walls
On February 18 & 19, 2013, SAPA participated with several other organizations, staffing a booth with information about people with disabilities, pledging to stop using the "R" word and other information about disability related issues.
30th annual Most Accessible Awards Ceremony
SAPA sponsored the 30th annual Most Accessible Awards Ceremony on Feb. 25, 2013. 46 faculty, Instructional Academic Staff, non-Instructional Academic Staff, Classified Staff and Administrators were nominated for these awards. 8 Departments and Units were also nominated. Thank you to the SAPA Past-Presidents, Stacy Fuehrer, Bill Schultz, Ryan Nell and Amanda Framberg for your presentations. We also want to thank SAPA's Past Advisor, Jim Joque, for his kind words. Also, thank you to Chancellor Joe Gow for welcoming everyone to this event. SAPA recognized faculty, staff, administrators and departments who have helped to make UW-L accessible to students with a disability. Everyone who was nominated in 2012 received a certificate and gift as a token of our appreciation. 3 engraved plaques were given to nominees who were voted as "Most Accessible" for 2012.
2012 Most Accessible Faculty award:
Dr. Terry Lilley, Jr., Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
2012 Most Accommodating Staff award:
Will Vanroosenbeek, Campus Climate & Diversity; Director, Pride Center
2012 Most Accessible Department award:
Student Support Services, Mary Coady, Director
Dr. Jane Fernandes, Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina-Asheville
On February 25, 2013, SAPA co-sponsored, with several other organizations, two presentations by Dr. Fernandes, the only deaf Provost working at a predominantly hearing university. She is known for her sense of humor and inclusionary educational vision, bridging the worlds of the hearing and the deaf. Thank you Dr. Fernandes for traveling to La Crosse and sharing your vision of inclusion and diversity.
On March 13, 2013, SAPA and Campus Activities Board (CAB) co-sponsored a performance by Dancing Wheels, the premier integrated dance company in the country. Dancing Wheels provides the opportunity to people with and without disabilities to express themselves through the art of dance.
Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
On April 27, 2013 SAPA entered a team in the Adaptive Phy. Ed. sponsored wheelchair basketball tournament. We were led by past SAPA President and wheelchair basketball player, Bill Schultz. Unfortunately, we lost both games but had a great time anyway.
Panel Discussions - Spring, 2013 semester
During the Spring, 2013 semester, several people invited SAPA to facilitate a panel discussion for their class or department. We appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation about disability issues, educating ourselves and others. Connie Vanderhyden, Will Vanroosenbeek, and Amanda Goodenough invited us to their EFN 205 classes. Teri Talpe invited us to a Murphy Library department meeting. We were also invited to two Therapeutic Recreation classes, Tara DeLong's RTH 325 class and Lisa Savarese's RTH 493 class. Elizabeth Mullen Houser invited us to her PSY 304 class. Mary Coady invited SAPA to facilitate a panel for the SSS tutors. SAPA wishes to thank everyone who has invited us into their classroom or department meeting.
2011 - 2012 SCHOOL YEAR EVENTS
November 1, 2011 - Jim Ferris, poet, performance artist, and Disability Studies Scholar, co-sponsored with the UW-L English Department, Disability Resource Services, Communication Studies and the College of Liberal Studies.
Monday, November 7, 2011 - Sarah Entine, Producer and Director of Read Me Differently, joined us via Skype to discuss her award winning movie about Learning Disabilities. Read Me Differently is available in Murphy Library.
Monday, December 12, 2011 - SAPA sponsored the 11th annual Accessible Gingerbread competition.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - Diversity Dialogues - SAPA members and other students participated in a panel discussion about disability issues.
Monday, February 20, 2012, Valhalla, Cartwright Center - Multicultural Day - SAPA members participated in Multicultural Day by staffing a booth with information about disability issues.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall - International Coffee Hour - Two SAPA members joined two International students for a panel discussion about how people with disabilities are treated in other countries.
Monday, February 27, 2012 - SAPA's 29th annual Most Accessible Awards ceremony.
2011 Most Accessible Faculty award co-winners:
Dr. David Reineke, Professor, Mathematics
Daniel Widuch, Lecturer, Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation
2011 Most Accommodating Staff award winner:
Rebecca Lee, University Services Associate, Counseling & Testing
2011 Most Accessible Department award winner:
Exercise & Sport Science, Dr. Patrick DiRocco, Department Chair
Thanks to all who help make UW-L accessible to everyone!
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Courtney Bent and Shooting Beauty film screening.
Courtney Bent, Producer and Director, showed her movie Shooting Beauty, Everyone Deserves a Shot and then facilitated a discussion about the movie and a project started by Ms. Bent called "Picture This." The movie is available for check out at Murphy Library. For more information go to: www.shootingbeauty.org.
Monday, April 23, 2012, Valhalla, Cartwright Center - Boxes and Walls - SAPA members participated in this event by staffing a booth with information about disability issues.
Events and activities sponsored or co-sponsored by SAPA in the past
Speakers: Dr. Jane Fernandes, Courtney Bent, Sarah Entine, Jon Wos, Kevin Connolly, Mark Zupan, Nelson Lauver, Harriet McBryde Johnson, Henry Holden, Carol Gignoux, Jeff Charlebois, Richard Lubin, Richard Harris, Alvin Law, Stephanie Cunningham, Don Bartlette, Steve Johnson.
Entertainers/Comedians: Dancing Wheels, Peter Leidy, Michael Aronin, Afi-Tiombe Kambon,
Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments
- Shooting Beauty, Everyone Deserves a Shot
- Read Me Differently
- Million Dollar Baby
- A Beautiful Mind
- The Sea Inside
- Offense Taken
- Music Within