In commemoration of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Angelo State University’s Multicultural Center and Office of Student Affairs will host a presentation by wheelchair-bound former ASU student Mike Hooker this Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
Hooker’s presentation, “A View from a Wheelchair,” will begin at 6 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public.

Despite being diagnosed as a quadriplegic after a diving accident in 1980, Hooker has continued to lead an active life. He has been involved in wheelchair sports since 1981 and has competed professionally in wheelchair basketball tournaments. With the help of friends, he rebuilt a 1979 Mercury Capri with hand controls and has been drag racing for five years. He is also a certified open water scuba diver and is involved with a Pro Mod Drag Boat racing team.

Hooker and two other friends also formed a musical group called the Rock’N Chairs. Hooker plays bass and drums on a Yamaha keyboard while his friends play guitar and piano. They have performed at various benefits and recorded three CDs.

After taking computer science and accounting courses at ASU, Hooker has been employed at a local veterinary clinic, where he is the office manager, maintains the computer system and oversees the accounts.

For more information on Hooker’s ASU presentation, contact the Multicultural Center at 325-942-2729.