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Special education professor at UNI receives $18,000 Hubbard award<br>

September 23, 2002

Patricia Sitlington, professor of special education, (319) 273-3264
Ruth Ratliff, director of major gifts, (319) 273-6078
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Sitlington, professor of special education, has been named the recipient of the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Sitlington will use the award's $18,000 stipend to establish a scholarship for those planning to teach students with disabilities at the secondary level.

Sitlington is a nationally recognized scholar in special education for secondary school and those transitioning to adult life. At UNI, she has received the Donald McKay Research Award, the Regents Faculty Excellence Award, and the College of Education Excellence in Scholarship Award. She received the Oliver P. Kolstoe Award for Lifelong Achievement in Career Development and Transition, bestowed by the International Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children.

Consistently recognized as a strong mentor to students, Sitlington also has served on several university and college committees, including the Council on Teacher Education, Professional Review Committee for the Graduate College dean, and the College of Education Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning Committee (co-chair). She is a Standing Grant Review Panel member for the special education branch of the federal government, and has obtained more than $6.5 million in external funds for grant proposals she either authored or co-authored.'

The award was created by Joseph A. Walder, founder of Integrated DNA Technologies Inc. of Coralville, and a former University of Iowa faculty member. He has established similar awards at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, honoring Philip Hubbard who was named vice president for student services at the University of Iowa in 1971. Hubbard was the first African American vice president at a Big Ten university. In establishing the award, Walder quoted Hubbard, saying, 'While we celebrate our achievements in science, sport, and culture, we must always remember that the critical measure of a great society is the successful investment of its moral and material resources to ensure freedom and opportunity for all its children.'

Sitlington was presented the award during the UNI faculty meeting earlier this month, by Roman Terrill, vice president of Integrated DNA Technologies.