I am delighted to report that Theresa Messina Horner, director of the Office of Disability Services, is the recipient of the 2008 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award. The award is given annually to an “outstanding University program area or individual that has made a significant contribution in Affirmative Action.” Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will present Mrs. Horner with the $2,500 award during the University Senate’s June 11 meeting.
Mrs. Horner, who joined the Pitt-Johnstown family six years ago, is being recognized for her work in establishing highly supportive services that allow students with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of campus life, thereby increasing diversity. She acts as a counselor, mentor and advocate to address the academic issues and other challenges faced by the students she serves. In addition to working very successfully with faculty and several campus departments to ensure that appropriate accommodations are made for students with disabilities, she has also created strong relationships with diagnosticians, parents, caregivers, and other providers, including the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the U.S. Office of Civil Rights.
Mrs. Horner earned a master of education in counselor education at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a master of arts in industrial relations and personnel administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Francis University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor.