Spring Quarter 2009
I am nominating: Liz Volz
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 11
Department: Disability Resource Center
Position: Real Time Captioner
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?:
Liz is a STAR inside and outside the classroom and the Division of Student Affairs for her passion working with students, quality of facilitating communication between students and faculty, and her professionalism.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, a Student-Centered Philosophy:
Liz cares about the students in the classes and the quality of their instruction. She puts the need for quality and consistent captioning of students as a priority when creating quarterly captioning schedules.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, Integrity:
Liz develops positive and respectful relationships with the students and faculty members she facilitates communication for in her position as a real time captioner. She arrives before class begins to set up her equipment and is flexible, taking into consideration the type of class and the presentation style of the professor so that she is close, but not too close, to the instructor. Liz handles sensitive situations, such as approaching a professor with professionalism and dignity for the student in solving any misunderstanding that may occur.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, Interconnectedness:
Liz goes beyond just captioning in the class. When a faculty member is unsure about closed captioning for a video, Liz is there to provide instruction on how to use the equipment in the classroom and where to find additional resources outside of the classroom so the student who is deaf/hard of hearing has the same access to the material as other students in class.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, Passion:
At the end of each quarter, Liz demonstrates her teamwork and continued passion for working with students as she trades in her steno machine to assist with the facilitation of testing accommodations during finals week. Liz is flexible and willing to perform a variety of duties (test run, proctoring, starting a student on a test) when necessary to meet the student’s testing needs. She has come to recognize and know many students she sees when providing testing accommodations each quarter.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, Quality:
Liz performs high quality work and is well respected by her students as shows in the student evaluations. Comments from students include; “Liz is one of the best captioners I’ve had this year” and “she captures all the words even when spoken softly.” Liz’z quality of work is also enriched by her willingness to try new opportunities and learn. She has agreed to do last minute captioning assignments and is willing to share her experiences and insights about spending time with faculty and students in the classroom in DRC and events such as Access to Excellence.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies, with specific examples, Richness of Diversity:
Liz appreciates the richness of diversity that our students bring to our Cal Poly Pomona community. She cares about our students and is eager to facilitate communication between hearing, hard-of-hearing and deaf students.
In what ways does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?:
Over the past 11 years through facilitating communication between students and faculty, Liz has literally contributed to the academic success, retention and graduation of numerous students who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is a positive ambassador for DRC and the Division of Student Affairs having captioned with over 100 faculty in the classroom during her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona. Liz’s willingness to be flexible and try new opportunities has benefited students and colleagues alike. Liz is well liked by her peers, students, faculty and embodies the values of the Division of Student Affairs.