Category Archives: SUNY Oswego

Penfield Library to have book sale

SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library will hold a book sale for the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, on the library’s lower level.

The sale, in conjunction with the Reunion Weekend, will feature non-fiction and fiction books, including children’s books, in hardcover and paperback, as well as records, DVDs, CDs and magazines. In addition to used books and media at low prices, the sale also will feature special-priced items.

Short-term public parking is available for those attending the sale in the lot on the lakeshore north of the library, adjacent to Mary Walker Health Center.

SUNY Oswego professor named distinguished teaching professor

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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.

More than 1,600 graduate from SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley addresses graduation candidates of Oswego’s School of Education on Saturday, in the third of three sessions of commencement at the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Seated in the red robe, Dr. Linda Clement, 1971 alumna of SUNY Oswego and vice president of student affairs at University of Maryland, served as commencement speaker for education. As the college conferred degrees on more than 1,600 undergraduates and master’s candidates, Peter Bocko, class of 1975 and chief technology officer for Corning Inc.’s Glass Technologies Group, spoke at commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mark Baum, a 1981 Oswego graduate and senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, addressed candidates in the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. To read the text of the commencement speakers’ remarks, visit oswego.edu/academics/commencement.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley addresses graduation candidates of Oswego’s School of Education on Saturday, in the third of three sessions of commencement at the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. Seated in the red robe, Dr. Linda Clement, 1971 alumna of SUNY Oswego and vice president of student affairs at University of Maryland, served as commencement speaker for education. As the college conferred degrees on more than 1,600 undergraduates and master’s candidates, Peter Bocko, class of 1975 and chief technology officer for Corning Inc.’s Glass Technologies Group, spoke at commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Mark Baum, a 1981 Oswego graduate and senior vice president of industry relations and chief collaboration officer for the Food Marketing Institute, addressed candidates in the School of Business and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. To read the text of the commencement speakers’ remarks, visit oswego.edu/academics/commencement.

SUNY Oswego student off to India as Fulbright Scholar

Julie Schofield, who earned dual bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and English at SUNY Oswego and plans to continue with graduate school, has earned a Fulbright scholarship that will allow her to conduct research in India for about 10 months.
Julie Schofield, who earned dual bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and English at SUNY Oswego and plans to continue with graduate school, has earned a Fulbright scholarship that will allow her to conduct research in India for about 10 months.

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A moving study-abroad experience and a world of determination have led to Julie Schofield becoming SUNY Oswego’s first student Fulbright scholar in more than a decade. Continue reading

Donation made for teen driving safety

Amanda Austin, right, from Sigma Delta Tau sorority, SUNY Oswego, lost someone special in her life to a car crash. She suggested to her sorority that they host a volleyball tournament to raise money for teen driving safety in honor of her friend, age 18, a passenger in the vehicle.  The tournament, held on campus April 27, was a huge success, with 16 teams participating and netting more than $500. Diane Oldenburg, left,  a board member from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, accepts the donation. Young women in the sorority attended the Jacy Good presentation on distracted driving, held at the college last March, and were inspired to choose the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board to help with their outreach to teen drivers and passengers. “ We are happy to know that this donation will be going toward safe teen driver and passenger awareness and will help to remind young people to hang up and drive,” Austin said. The sorority plans to make the tournament an annual event.
Amanda Austin, right, from Sigma Delta Tau sorority, SUNY Oswego, lost someone special in her life to a car crash. She suggested to her sorority that they host a volleyball tournament to raise money for teen driving safety in honor of her friend, age 18, a passenger in the vehicle. The tournament, held on campus April 27, was a huge success, with 16 teams participating and netting more than $500. Diane Oldenburg, left, a board member from the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, accepts the donation. Young women in the sorority attended the Jacy Good presentation on distracted driving, held at the college last March, and were inspired to choose the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board to help with their outreach to teen drivers and passengers. “ We are happy to know that this donation will be going toward safe teen driver and passenger awareness and will help to remind young people to hang up and drive,” Austin said. The sorority plans to make the tournament an annual event.

Leadership Oswego County graduation set for May 30

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Leadership Oswego County, a program of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, will hold graduation ceremonies for its class of 2014 at 6 p.m. Friday, May 30, in Sheldon Hall ballroom on the SUNY Oswego campus.

This marks the 21st year of the program that teaches community trusteeship, leadership skills, current issues and networking to a diverse group of community residents.

Leadership Oswego County prepares a select group of county residents to become the community leaders of the future.  Continue reading

Possibility Scholars start scientific careers debt free

Presenting research -- SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.
Presenting research — SUNY Oswego Possibility Scholar K.C. VerHage, right, discusses his summer research on the bog buck moth with chemistry faculty member Fehmi Damkaci. One of the first recipients of Oswego’s competitive Possibility Scholarships, VerHage is scheduled to graduate May 17. Possibility Scholarships offer a debt-free education in science-related disciplines to talented but financially disadvantaged students.

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Advancing understanding of how microbes can help clean up soil after an oil spill, identifying effective methods to survey and track mammal populations, and developing a user-friendly online education platform are just some of the ways the first recipients of SUNY Oswego’s Possibility Scholarship, all from Syracuse, are making a difference in the world.

 Nicole VanDeuson, a zoology major; K.C. VerHage, a biology and psychology major; and Sean Willson, a computer science major, are set to graduate May 17 at the 9 a.m. ceremony of the college’s 153rd Commencement.

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