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May 8, 2002
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has honored three members of the college community for their dedication to advising students.
Lara Chappell of the chemistry department, Kelly Roe of the art department and Harry Shock of the Student Advisement Center were recognized as this year's recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence in Academic Advisement.
Chappell is her department's advisement coordinator and directly advises 39 chemistry majors and 19 chemistry minors. "I believe that good academic advisement is one of the most important reasons that a student chooses a particular major," said Chappell, who is an assistant professor.
She said she enjoys the opportunity to act as a contact person for prospective students and their parents. "Letting parents know that I am interested in their child's success in college is very important to me," she noted.
In nominating Chappell, student Danielle N. Gilbert cited her personal touch. Chappell "realizes the needs and goals of her students and helps to organize their schedule with those thoughts in mind," Gilbert said. "She also makes herself very available to her advisees, making all efforts to make times that are convenient for the students even if that means that she has to come in early or stay later."
Roe advises 25 first-year art students and co-advises more than 120 students studying graphic design. The visiting assistant professor of art said she hopes her efforts "help students fulfill their academic careers." Just being nominated for the honor "is a great privilege," Roe said. "I feel lucky that I have such a wonderful group of advisees and have enjoyed their range of capabilities."
Student Karen Snyder said she appreciates Roe's expertise, intuition and insights. "She is always conscious of the people around her and provides a great deal of understanding towards students," Snyder said. "Many times she offers a set of thoughts or ideas which I had not considered."
Assigned 54 students through the Student Advisement Center, Shock said his philosophy involves providing accurate and timely information while empowering students to chart their own paths. "My advisees come from the students who are not decided about a major," said Shock, an assistant dean of students. "It's important for me to help them identify what's important to them."
Student Tamara Ryan finds Shock's advisement style effective. She said he was helpful in pointing her to faculty who could provide information on different careers and majors she was considering.
The annual award honors "wise and trusted counselors who aid students in the formation and development of their academic and life goals," the award's nomination form reads.
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