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June 4, 2003
OSWEGO -- Three members of the SUNY Oswego community recently received SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.
The State University awarded Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. Timothy Thurber, associate professor of history, and Dr. Paula Bobrowski, associate professor of marketing and management. A Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service went to Robin McAleese, assistant dean of students.
Thurber has developed nine history courses and seminars in his seven years at Oswego and, according to department Chair Geraldine Forbes, "has spearheaded the development of a new history major."
Colleagues and students laud his classroom skills. "He is one of the best teachers I have ever observed," Forbes said. "Tim is extremely effective regardless of the level and number of students."
She noted his effective advisement of both majors and first-year students, arguing that "Tim reversed the trend" of declining history majors with the number of history majors rising by more than 18 percent.
Since coming to Oswego, he has received research grants from such agencies as the Nelson Rockefeller Institute and Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. In 1998, Columbia University Press published his book, "The Politics of Equality: Hubert H. Humphrey and the African American Freedom Struggle, 1945-1978." He also serves on the Organization of American Historians Committee on Teaching, Forbes said.
In supporting Bobrowski's nomination, Paul Roodin, Oswego's director of experience-based education, wrote of her expansive view of learning and teaching: "Many professors simply begin and end their role within the context of the classroom. Dr. Bobrowski looks for every possible venue to help educate her students."
Bobrowski has been a faculty adviser for several student organizations, including the award-winning Oswego chapter of Students in Free Enterprise. She is a Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow. "I count Dr. Bobrowski as among the very best of all new Free Enterprise Fellows in the United States," wrote Thomas J. Payne, a SIFE vice president.
With her School of Business colleague Pamela Cox, Bobrowski developed the "Gateway to Business" course for all new business students. It has put Oswego "in the forefront of a movement that has changed the way undergraduate education is conceptualized," according to Associate Provost Rhonda Mandel. With Assistant Dean Paloma Jalife, Bobrowski also received a $139,000 federal grant last year to internationalize the business curriculum.
McAleese coordinated Oswego's New Student Orientation for most of her years on staff since 1995. Last year she was elected vice president of the National Orientation Directors Association executive board.
McAleese also oversees the college's Sheldon Leaders program; brought Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, to campus; organizes programming for the college's Presidential Scholars; and coordinates Oswego's award-winning First-Year Residential Experience and the "College Orientation and Success" courses.
"Robin gives generously of herself to the campus and to her profession. It is not unusual to see her meeting with students in the evenings and on weekends to provide them learning experiences that support their academic success," Dean of Students James Scharfenberger said.
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