Three earn president's awards for teaching excellence

David VampolaDavid Vampola, director of SUNY Oswego’s information science program and a visiting assistant professor of computer science since 1998, has received the SUNY Oswego President’s Award for Teaching Excellence this year.

Two adjunct faculty members—Victor Licatese in the psychology department and Andrew T. Wolfe in the accounting, finance and law department—are the recipients of the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Part-time Faculty.

In stating his teaching philosophy, Vampola called learning “a great adventure” and teaching “one of the highest activities in which a person can engage.”

“Vampola’s teaching evaluations by students continue to be some of the best in the department,”
said Rameen Mohammadi, writing as chair of the computer science department. “Students love and respect him.”

Computer science colleague Bill Bosch, who nominated him for the award, described Vampola as “the renaissance person on campus.”

With degrees in philosophy, mathematical logic and social science/history from Loyola, Notre Dame and Tufts universities, Vampola teaches computer science, information science and cognitive science courses and in the college’s Honors Program. For the past two years, he has co-directed SUNY Oswego’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Activities Center.

Victor LicateseLicatese has worked as a counselor in the Hannibal school system and teaches introductory and adolescent psychology at Oswego.

“His ability to relate to students and bring the classroom alive is now somewhat legend in the department,” wrote Distinguished Teaching Professor Jacki Reihman in nominating him for the award. “It cannot be overstated how excited students are with this man.”

A former student, James Ververs, wrote, “Vic challenges everyone in his classes to live up to his or her full potential . . . and although he hasn’t been my teacher in several years, I still find myself hoping that I’m making him proud.” Ververs is enrolled in the medical physics doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Colleague Ed Lonky shares on office with Licatese. “His office hours are always full, his classes always overflowing, and lines of students are always hoping to get into his sections,” Lonky said.

Andrew T. WolfeWolfe, a former president of the Oswego County Bar Association, teaches business law courses and developed a course in cyber law that he delivers online.

“Over a number of semesters, Mr. Wolfe has been evaluated by students as the most effective teacher in [the department] and in the School of Business,” wrote department Chair Richard Skolnik in nominating Wolfe.

An MBA student, Rory J. Carrier, explained: “Professor Wolfe’s ability to keep his classes interesting, exciting, enjoyable and inclusive is remarkable.”

A recent graduate, Michael Taber, added: “My experience with Mr. Wolfe has made me passionate about law, and I am in the process of applying to law school.”

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(Posted: May 02, 2007)