Category Archives: Milestones

Fulton administrator named Advocate of the Year

The 2014 Administrator Advocate of the Year Award was presented by the Oswego County BOCES School Library System, to Stephanie Maturo, director of technology in the Fulton school district. Pictured, left to right are: Marla Yudin, coordinator of the Oswego County BOCES School Library System; Sarah Fay, Volney Elementary school library media specialist; Bill Lynch, Fulton superintendent; Wendy Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School library media specialist; Stephanie Maturo; Barbara Senecal, Fairgrieve Elementary school library media specialist; Betsy Connors, Fulton executive director of curriculum and assessment; and Teresa Burgdorf, Fulton Junior High School library media specialist.
The 2014 Administrator Advocate of the Year Award was presented by the Oswego County BOCES School Library System, to Stephanie Maturo, director of technology in the Fulton school district. Pictured, left to right are: Marla Yudin, coordinator of the Oswego County BOCES School Library System; Sarah Fay, Volney Elementary school library media specialist; Bill Lynch, Fulton superintendent; Wendy Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School library media specialist; Stephanie Maturo; Barbara Senecal, Fairgrieve Elementary school library media specialist; Betsy Connors, Fulton executive director of curriculum and assessment; and Teresa Burgdorf, Fulton Junior High School library media specialist.

The Oswego County BOCES School Library System named Stephanie Maturo the 2014 Administrator Advocate of the Year in a ceremony May 13. 

The award was created to honor a library advocate in an administrative position in an educational setting who has demonstrated innovative administrative initiatives in the area of school libraries and librarianship. 

Maturo is the director of technology in the Fulton City School District. Continue reading

Oswego men honored for work at ARISE

Glen Suckling and Scott Pecoy, both of Oswego, were honored at ARISE’s annual Special Appreciation Event in Syracuse. 

Both men are dedicated volunteers of the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program.

“We are so grateful for Glen and Scott’s energy, insight and continued desire to assist people in need in Oswego County,” said Sabine Ingerson, director of the ARISE Oswego County office.

“Thanks to their continued support, families have stayed together and people have maintained or regained their independence,” she said.

As a member of Oswego First United Methodist Church, Suckling first started the ramp program. Not only did he design the drawing concepts, he also created templates to build the sections that are still in use today. 

Suckling has served as a mentor for the volunteers and has been a great partner in the church’s collaboration with ARISE.

Pecoy has been involved with the ramp program at Oswego First United Methodist Church for many years and is now a team leader. Every year, Scott is raring to go. Just recently he recruited a men’s group from a church in Minetto. 

Volunteers and donations are always needed. Because volunteers help construct the ramps, all donations received in support of the program go directly towards purchasing lumber and other construction materials needed for the ramps. 

You can come show your support for the Ramp Program at the ARISE & Ride for Ramps event on Saturday, May 31 Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. 

There will be a 5K run, motorcycle ride, chicken barbecue and more. For more information, visit ariseinc.org/ramps or call 342-4088.

Matteson joins Steele Law Firm

Cindy Matteson has joined the  Steele Law Firm, P.C. as manager of offices. 

Matteson joins the Oswego-based law firm after many years in the banking and residential real estate lending field as well as experience as a team leader and manager in various small businesses in Upstate New York. 

“We are honored that Ms. Matteson chose to bring her talents to our organization,” said Kimberly Steele, law firm owner. “Ms. Matteson’s experience, work ethic, business sense and passion compliment our talented team as we enter into new markets, and grow professionally with our clients and individually as members of our community.” 

Matteson volunteers for a local animal welfare organization and is a supporter of Humane Farm Animal Care’s Certified Humane Raised and Handled® Program. 

She lives with her family in the Oswego City area. 

The Steele Law Firm, P.C. is a multi-jurisdictional practice with offices throughout the United States that represents clients in commercial litigation, commercial transactions, real estate, construction law and suretyship. 

The Steele Law Firm, P.C. is a New York State Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. 

For additional information on The Steele Law Firm, P.C., contact 216-4721 or visit the website at www.thesteelelawfirm.com. 

SUNY Oswego professor named distinguished teaching professor

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Dr. Tracy K. Lewis, widely praised for his 30 years inspiring students of Spanish and Portuguese at SUNY Oswego, has earned the rank of distinguished teaching professor, one of the State University of New York system’s highest honors.

“Dr. Lewis is revered among legions of current and former students, many of whom teach Spanish and Portuguese in schools and universities around the world,” wrote SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, recommending the rank for Lewis, professor in the department of modern languages and literatures.

“He sets a fine example for others through tireless international service, award-winning performance as a master teacher, advisor and mentor, and his sometimes unconventional yet highly effective approach to teaching that consistently challenges and engages students to whom he is devoted,” Stanley wrote.

Renowned and decorated for his scholarship on the languages and literature of Paraguay, lecturing there and in Brazil and Argentina, Lewis received numerous letters support for his elevation to distinguished rank, conferred May 14 by the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

Among the backers are a well-known Paraguayan poet and a university president in the South American country, colleagues at Oswego and other campuses, and current and former students.

 “I enrolled in an intermediate level Spanish class to simply get my general education requirement completed,” wrote Spanish teacher Mary Ann Reitano. “The professor of that class was Dr. Tracy Lewis and my life would forever be changed.”

SUNY Oswego senior Brianna Carnevale, who aims to be a Spanish teacher, provided vivid examples: “Whether it is ‘walking down the runway’ to practice clothing vocabulary or ‘completing tasks around the classroom’ to practice daily chores, the learning that takes place isn’t copying notes from the board but instead, becoming part of the lesson.”

 ‘Lively, charismatic’

Juan Manuel Marcos, president of Universidad del Norte in Paraguay and a close friend and colleague of Lewis, said, “In his teaching, as I have directly observed it in innumerable classes and lectures in the United States, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, Dr. Lewis is a well-prepared, lively, charismatic instructor who not only never bores his students, but also has the capacity to move them to the point of tears.”

As an undergraduate Spanish major at Dartmouth College, Lewis had scarcely given any thought to being a teacher when he became influenced by Dr. John Rassias, now a famous proponent of the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. 

With the added influence of Robert Russell, another member of Dartmouth’s Spanish faculty, Lewis found himself on a career path with a set of ideas for teaching that encouraged active participation in the languages.

 Constantly experimenting and eager to use theatrical twists, Lewis seeks to create a highly charged classroom atmosphere that gives students the opportunity to create, for example, a mini-society in “the Kingdom of Lewislandia,” a metaphorical approach that immerses students in Spanish or Portuguese as they create provinces and share cultures and viewpoints.

Also a noted scholar, translator and poet, Lewis in 2012 received the Albert Camus Prize, the highest medal bestowed by Paraguay’s Ministry of Education, for his decades-long efforts to focus attention on the country as it made its way out of dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. 

His publications include a highly regarded translation of Marcos’ “El invierno de Gunter” (“Gunter’s Winter”) and books of poetry in Spanish and Guarani, the only indigenous language of the Americas whose speakers include a large proportion of non-indigenous people.

Lewis, whose doctorate is from Brown University, is a past recipient of the college President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Oswego, Mexico homes welcome daughters

2 county residents join Girl Scouts leadership positions

Two Oswego County residents have been named to top positions in Girl Scouts.

Sonia Robinson, of Oswego has been named to the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways board of directors.

Robinson is a public health educator and emergency planning coordinator for Oswego County Health Department. She chairs the council’s Advancement Committee.

She was elected as an at-large member.

Dianne Stancato, of Constantia, has been named to represent the local Girl Scouts organization at the U.S.A. National Council Session in Salt Lake City, UT in October.

Stancato is chief operations officer of Girl Scouts NYPENN. She has been involved in all aspects of Girl Scouting since joining the staff in 2006.