Office of Disability Services

Golden Spoke Award

photo of a person holding a golden spoke award

The Golden Spoke Award was created to honor campus and community partners who go above and beyond in fostering a more inclusive and welcoming environment for our students with disabilities. Awards are presented annually each Spring Semester during the Office of Disability Services Scholarship Banquet. 


Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has gone above and beyond? Is there a campus department or service provider who has done an exceptional job? Show your appreciation by nominating them for the Golden Spoke Award. Note: Anonymous nominations will not be considered. ODS staff members are not eligible to receive the award.



photo of 2023 golden spoke award recipients
Left to right: Evan Mason, Matt Kijowski, Kayleigh Duncan, Dr. Thomas Wischgoll (accepting on behalf of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering), Tom Webb


  • Kayleigh Duncan, Computer Science
  • Matt Kijowski, Computer Science
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering


  • Ashley Mixson, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Ayşe Şahin, Mathematics & Statistics


  • Maggie Mejia, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Ken Schmidt, Nursing


  • Brian Rigling, Electrical Engineering
  • Molly Fore, Air Force Material Command


  • Cathryn Holm, Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mindy Diesslin, Mathematics & Statistics


  • Petey Peterson, Office of LGBTQA Affairs
  • Erik Potts, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Todd Pavlack, CTL
  • Ron Applegate, Physical Plant
  • Sarah Twill, Social Work
  • Debbie Whisler, CTL


  • Cathy Bussen, Office of Financial Aid
  • CaTS
  • Holiday Inn, Fairborn, Ohio
  • Fran Keeley, Office of the President
  • Pam Kelbley
  • NuMotion
  • Darin Russell, Parking & Transportation
  • Clark Shingledecker, Computer Science
  • Robert Sweeney, Office of the President


  • Seth Baugess, Office of Communications
  • Jeff Hiles, CTL
  • Jenny Daws, Residence Life and Housing
  • Will Jones, Office of Marketing
  • Michael Edwards, College of Science and Math
  • Kathy Warden, Facilities, Planning and Development
  • Ryan Hamilton, Electrical Engineering


  • Kathy Morris, Student Affairs
  • Ronald Taylor, Computer Science