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Christine Lupella, 2012-2013 Inclusive Excellence Award Recipient

Posted on Jun 18, 2013
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Christine Lupella was recognized as the 2012-2013 Communicating Arts Department Inclusive Excellence Award Winner

Christine Lupella was recognized as the 2012-2013 Communicating Arts Department Inclusive Excellence Award Winner

As the 2013 spring term comes to a close and the anticipation of graduation nears, the campus community recognizes and celebrates the successes and triumphs of its students. This year, Christine Lupella, a Distance Learning Student from Burlington, Wisconsin, is the proud recipient of the 2012-2013 Communicating Arts Department Inclusive Excellence Award.

A deserving award for a dedicated Lupella, the inclusive excellence award recognizes a student whose life in the classroom, department, and across campus personifies excellence in teaching, learning, and living inclusivity. Kim Rawson, Senior Lecturer in the Communicating Arts Department, recommended Lupella for the award for what she credits will be a memorable experience teaching Lupella this spring. Rawson recognized Lupella as being a "dedicated student, (who) visibly performs in ways that examines and celebrates issues and experiences of diversity, inclusion, and equity… Moreover, her interaction with other students is exemplary, encouraging, and worthy of imitation."

Lupella, an individually designed major of communication process, is a caring individual at heart. As the Senior Marketing Communications Manager for the Jewish United Fund in Chicago and volunteer Chicago Public Schools reader, her choice to come to UW-Superior to finish her degree was easy. The personal attention Lupella received and the ability she had to apply her work experiences towards her degree, made UW-Superior a perfect fit. She also felt that the individually designed major allowed her to "design my own major around my strengths and experience, as well as explore areas of interest."

Life in the classroom has been an interesting ride for Lupella, literally. Traveling by train four days a week for three hours to work, the ride has become her "moving classroom" allowing her to fit classes into her busy life. The journey has been worth it, as she has enjoyed her instructors who have made her "learn to look at and experience the world differently."

As time moves on and Lupella receives her degree, UW-Superior will always be her second home. Even though she has only studied through the Distance Learning Center, she is filled with amazement by the connection she feels to the Yellowjacket community from 400 miles away. The connection to UW-Superior and the relationships she has built will be an enduring reminder of the excellence Lupella continually demonstrates.

News Contact: Nick Bursik | nbursik{atuws}
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