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June 19, 2002
OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego professors and an associate dean have earned Chancellor's Awards of Excellence for their dedication to helping learners.
Professors Sharon Kane of the curriculum and instruction department and William Waite of the technology department earned Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching, one of the highest awards in the State University system. Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Student Advisement Center Kathleen Evans received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
"As we are a learner-centered institution, these are perfect models in putting the needs of the students first," Stanley said.
Kane, who has been teaching at Oswego since 1989, earned the recognition in part because of her ability to help students at various levels in the School of Education as well as professionals teaching in area classrooms, according to nominating materials.
In the nomination form, colleagues applauded her willingness to lead innovative programs, such as the Potential Teacher Program partnership with Syracuse City Schools and the Goals 2000 Infusion Grant for Pre-service Teachers. Kane's positive relationships with students and ability to encourage learners to grow and excel also made her worthy of the honor, nominators said.
Appointed to the college in 1975, Waite is respected for his ability to inspire and interact positively with students, according to colleagues. Waite describes his teaching as "built upon hands-on engagement; modern mediated delivery of lectures; highly organized program guides/experiments; a friendly relationship with students; an expectation of excellence; and the injection of competitive engineering events to demonstrate team building, problem solving, peer evaluation and fun."
One example of this philosophy is Technofest, where students participate in competitive demonstrations including a race of student-engineered, person-powered paddleboats on Glimmerglass Lagoon. Waite has also run the college's annual Technology Conference for more than a quarter of a century.
Since joining SUNY Oswego's staff in 1989, Evans has continued to take on increasing responsibility while providing a record of success, nominators said. Her work in the Student Advisement Center has involved a leadership role in learner-centered projects such as the FirstChoice comprehensive initiative for incoming students, First-Year Residential Experience and First-Year Advisement Program.
Nominating materials cited Evans for bringing many new ideas to the campus, such as "Orientation Express," a theatre presentation that aims to make new students aware of the opportunities and potential challenges ahead in their college years.
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