Susanne M. Bookser '71 has received the Sister Mary Lea Mueller Human Service Award from the College of Mount St. Joseph.
This award is given to alumni who have devoted their lives to service to others, affirm the value of human existence through their commitment to service and who enhance the community by serving its educational, cultural, social and religious institutions.
After graduation from the Mount in 1971, and later a master's degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, Bookser taught children with severe behavioral and developmental problems for six years. She guided the children to appropriate behavior so that they would be able to transition into regular classrooms. This work inspired her to become greatly involved with the Assocation for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH), an organization that works for the inclusion of all persons.
Through TASH, Bookser helped to plan two residential programs for adults, and also became the training coordinator at the Special Education Resource Center.
Bookser then attended law school at Northern Kentucky University, and for the past eight years has worked as a public defender with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.
Bookser will receive her award on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the convocation during the Mount's Reunion Weekend.