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Kelly Autism Award recipients

Recipients of the Altoria Awards for 2010, presented to individuals who have greatly contributed to Kelly Autism Program with their time, energy and effort, are: Dylan Beckham and family (left photo) and Susan Free (right photo). WKU President Gary Ransdell presented the awards Oct. 19 during the Kelly Autism Program's annual Alliance Awards ceremony. (WKU photos by Clinton Lewis)

The Kelly Autism Program at WKU presented the 2010 Alliance Awards Oct. 19 at Downing University Center’s Cupola Room.

The Kelly Autism Program, part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU, serves individuals from age 7 through adulthood diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Continuum.

The Alliance Award Ceremony recognizes individuals making significant contributions to KAP’s journey toward national recognition. The Alliance Award is presented to leaders in the business community who have actively participated in the KAP transition to work program. This program is critical in helping participants become independent and productive members in the community.

The recipients of the 2010 Alliance Awards are: Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society, Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Helping Hands, Home Towne Suites, Houchens, Kiwanis, Modern Woodmen of America, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding, Operation Pride, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul Society, State Beauty Supply, The Center for Gifted Studies, Thompson’s Trophy Center, Warren County Public Library.

Recipients of the Friends of KAP Awards are: Lou-Ann Sanford, Tim Murley, Joanie Hendricks, Joe Tinius, Leslie Peek, Anna Clardy, Stacy Faulkner, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Creek, Leo Govoni, Jerry Vincent, Michael Dale Augenstein.

Recipients of WKU Special Awards, presented to faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to support KAP participants, are: Marya Waters, Department of English; Scott Dobler, Department of Geography and Geology; Joy Curtis, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; John Spraker, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science; Robyn Swanson, Department of Music; Kerry Northrup, School of Journalism and Broadcasting; Christina Kerulis, Students in Free Enterprise; Michael Kelly, Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Jamie Stephens, Special Instructional Programs.

Recipients of the Altoria Awards, presented to individuals who have greatly contributed to KAP with their time, energy and effort, are:

  • Susan Free, program manager of KAP-Owensboro, which is located the Wendell Foster Center.
  • Dylan Beckham and family. Dylan, a student at Plano Elementary School, started an anti-bullying effort and has set a goal of raising $30,000 for the Kelly Autism Program. He was featured recently in a CNN report.

    Contact: Marty Boman, (270) 745-8833.

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