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Oct. 25, 2000
OSWEGO -- Dr. Virginia Fichera of Oswego State's modern languages and literatures department has received a teaching award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.
The association honored her with its Ruth Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award on Oct. 13 at its annual meeting in Ellenville. The annual award goes to one secondary and one post-secondary foreign language teacher in the state.
Fichera directs the "Languages Across the Curriculum" program at Oswego and previously directed the linguistics program. She has taught French at Oswego since 1985. She has also taught German and English composition classes as well as women's studies and peace studies.
Dr. George Koenig of the modern languages and literatures department, a two-time recipient of the award himself, nominated her for the honor.
Peter Gabak, a former student of Fichera's at Oswego, wrote in support of her nomination. "Dr. Fichera's devotion to highly tailored one-on-one instruction makes me feel I received an Ivy League education at a state college," he said. "It seemed her mission to encourage students to shape their ideas and empower them with the actions to turn such ideas into reality."
Steven Loughrin-Sacco, chair of the International Business Program at San Diego State University, wrote, "Dr Fichera has proven herself to be an outstanding teacher and scholar and expert in technology and language acquisition."
Fichera received a national award for teaching with the Internet from the American Association of Teachers of French in 1996.
Before coming to Oswego, she was a visiting fellow at Cornell University, a Fulbright lecturer in Germany and a teaching fellow at Yale University, where she earned her doctorate.
She is co-editor of the book "Using Languages Across the Curriculum" and a forthcoming book in the same series to be titled "Digital Dialogues."
She has received grants for curriculum development from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the U.S. Department of Education and SUNY's Office of Educational Technology.
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