OSWEGO -- Two SUNY Oswego faculty members have
received this year's President's Awards for Excellence in Academic
Advisement -- Dr. Steven E. Abraham of the management and marketing
department and Dr. Robert Moore of the English department.
The award recognizes "wise and trusted counselors
who aid students in the formation and development of their academic and
life goals," according to the nomination form.
Abraham, an associate professor of management, is
the college's pre-law adviser and faculty adviser to the Phi Beta
Lambda business organization, in addition to advising students pursuing
various business majors, including 56 currently. He serves as an
adviser for summer orientation for new students and does transfer
Beyond traditional academic advising, he said he
sees his advising philosophy as to "help students in any way I can." He
is a judicial adviser for students who become involved in the campus
judicial system. He has supervised 111 interns since 1999. For two
years, he lived as a "faculty in residence" in Hart Hall, where he saw
himself primarily as an adviser and mentor to the students, he said.
Three business students nominated Abraham for the
award: Rebecca Baldwin, Jennifer Haberer and Paulina Seczak. "His door
is always open and he is always willing to help and listen, whether
it's about course scheduling or future plans," Seczak wrote.
Moore, a professor of English and associate director
of the Honors Program, advises about 30 students this semester,
including 20 freshmen through the First-Year Advisement Program, plus
two graduate students.
Less formally, Moore advises all kinds of students,
including Honors Program students and students in the McNair
Postbaccalaureate Achievement Award Program. He co-directs this new
campus program, which is part of a national program that aims to boost
the number of Ph.D.s among members of underrepresented groups.
Erin Naughton, a double major in English and
theatre, nominated him for the award. "Dr. Moore challenges his
students to try new things and push themselves to their highest
possible potential," she wrote.