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Mentor-Scholar program brings OMS students, families together for SUNY Oswego campus visit

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar program welcomed more than 45 Oswego Middle School students and their families for an afternoon visit to SUNY Oswego on Nov. 30.

Students listen to presenter Dan Cava, president from the Oswego Technology Education Association. The students are participating in an activity where they need to guide a ping pong ball through their pieces of duct tape without it stopping so that it makes a circle around the room passing through each student's section of duct tape.
Students listen to presenter Dan Cava, president from the Oswego Technology Education Association. The students are participating in an activity where they need to guide a ping pong ball through their pieces of duct tape without it stopping so that it makes a circle around the room passing through each student’s section of duct tape.

The students and mentors combined numbered around 80 and were active participants in presentations by the Oswego Technology Educators Association and librarians from Penfield Library.

The presentations highlighted some of the diverse offerings of the college but also taught the students lessons on teamwork and patience.

The Mentor-Scholar program is a collaboration between the Oswego Middle School and SUNY Oswego where more than 70 college students act as mentors to middle school students in a one-to-one mentoring program that meets twice a week at the local school.

Students listen to another presenter from the Oswego Technology Education Association for an activity called "Robo Writer." The students were given a thin piece of duct tape that connects to a marker in the center of a desk. The students must all maintain tension on their section of duct tape to write with the marker but it takes communication and teamwork to successfully write with the marker.
Students listen to another presenter from the Oswego Technology Education Association for an activity called “Robo Writer.” The students were given a thin piece of duct tape that connects to a marker in the center of a desk. The students must all maintain tension on their section of duct tape to write with the marker but it takes communication and teamwork to successfully write with the marker.

They work together on homework, projects and field trips, such as the campus visit, that allow the students and mentors to work both in and out of the classroom.

“Events like this are a great opportunity to show to the middle schoolers that college is an attainable goal and well within their reach,” said the program’s assistant coordinator, Scott Ball.

After the presentations concluded, the students and mentors moved to Pathfinder Dining Hall where parents joined the group and enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating the mutual hard work done this semester by the middle students and mentors, Ball noted.

“It was a great event culminating the end of the semester,” Ball said.

After the conclusion of presentations the families of the mentees joined the mentors at Pathfinder Dining Hall where they ate and spoke with one another about a variety of subjects. The mentor on the right is Kelsey Valentin and the woman is SUNY Oswego faculty member and parent, Diane Zeller.
After the conclusion of presentations the families of the mentees joined the mentors at Pathfinder Dining Hall where they ate and spoke with one another about a variety of subjects. The mentor on the right is Kelsey Valentin and the woman is SUNY Oswego faculty member and parent, Diane Zeller.

 

In the foreground on the right side is our mentor, Julia D'Rozario, mentee Andrew Mylkes.
In the foreground on the right side is mentor, Julia D’Rozario, mentee Andrew Mylkes.