2008 Outstanding Adviser: Anthony Lupo
ANTHONY LUPO is an example of what an excellent student advisor should be, said Laura Hertel, Coordinator of Student Services in The School of Natural Resources.
"In my 15-plus years in student services and advising for the School of Natural Resources, I have never seen a more knowledgeable, responsible and caring faculty advisor who will drop everything to meet with a student," she said. "He has even volunteered to advise a student who wasn’t in Atmospheric Sciences just to help the student and get me out of a big time dilemma."
Lupo is recognized in the field of meteorology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in London. In 2005 he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. As a result, he recently spent a summer at the Russian Academy of Science working with fellow climate scientists. Lupo is a member of the International Panel of Climate Change that shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
His students are enthusiastic about Lupo’s teaching. Other students were equally enthusiastic. "He cared whether or not we actually learned the material," one said. "I think that Dr. Lupo cares a lot about his students," another said. "He does a great job of understanding their situations." "This man deserves more than a pay raise," still another said. "I personally wish that I could repay this gem of an instructor and hopefully someday I will. This man has kept my dreams alive and helped me through a dark tunnel to where I can now see the light at the end."
"DR. LUPO WAS ALWAYS THERE HELPING ME WEIGH MY OPTIONS, WHETHER IT WAS WHICH CLASSES TO TAKE OR WHICH COURSE THAT I SHOULD CHOOSE FOR CONTINUING MY CAREER."
— Christopher Schultz, graduated MU in 2006
Dr. Lupo also uses his leadership skills outside of the classroom, too. Every spring he heads up a soft ball team that plays in a city league. This helps him show an interest in the students beyond a career, one student said.
Lupo earned his undergraduate degree in meteorology from the State University of New York. His M.S. and Ph.D. came from Purdue University. Before coming to MU in 1997, he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Albany.
To his students his influence is simpler: "Dr. Lupo is the best instructor that I have ever had at the University of Missouri."