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May 5, 2004


    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 advising.

    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.

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