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SUNY Oswego Mentor-Scholar Program hosts local schoolchildren

More than 150 local schoolchildren recently visited SUNY Oswego through the college's Mentor-Scholar Program to participate in workshops and learn about college life. Technology education graduate student Nick Oetinger (center, with tie) works with Oswego Middle School seventh graders (from left) Damien Allen, Daniel Tomescu and Dalton Gibson on an experiment to see how many books they could stack on vertical folded index cards in a Wilber Hall lab.

More than 150 local schoolchildren recently visited SUNY Oswego through the college's Mentor-Scholar Program to participate in workshops and learn about college life. Technology education graduate student Nick Oetinger (center, with tie) works with Oswego Middle School seventh graders (from left) Damien Allen, Daniel Tomescu and Dalton Gibson on an experiment to see how many books they could stack on vertical folded index cards in a Wilber Hall lab.

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar Program brought science, technology and innovation to more than 150 undergraduates and secondary students during campus visits on Nov. 19 and 20.

More than 150 local schoolchildren recently visited SUNY Oswego through the college's Mentor-Scholar Program to participate in workshops and learn about college life. Technology education graduate student Nick Oetinger (center, with tie) works with Oswego Middle School seventh graders (from left) Damien Allen, Daniel Tomescu and Dalton Gibson on an experiment to see how many books they could stack on vertical folded index cards in a Wilber Hall lab.
More than 150 local schoolchildren recently visited SUNY Oswego through the college’s Mentor-Scholar Program to participate in workshops and learn about college life. Technology education graduate student Nick Oetinger (center, with tie) works with Oswego Middle School seventh graders (from left) Damien Allen, Daniel Tomescu and Dalton Gibson on an experiment to see how many books they could stack on vertical folded index cards in a Wilber Hall lab.

Students and mentors participated in workshops facilitated by the college’s technology education department and explored the newly equipped Shineman Center planetarium through a guided tour by Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy and the planetarium’s director.

Each presentation highlighted diverse offerings of the college while teaching students lessons in problem-solving, teamwork, cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking.

Admissions representatives led tours of the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation before students and mentors moved to Cooper Dining Hall to enjoy a meal to end their evening.

The Mentor-Scholar program is a collaboration among the Oswego and Fulton city school districts and SUNY Oswego that pairs more than 90 college students one-to-one with middle school and high school students in a mentoring program that meets after school throughout the academic year.

Mentoring pairs work on homework and improving social skills, and the program provides opportunities to participate in projects and field trips designed to connect students with the SUNY Oswego campus and local community.

“We are delighted to organize these trips, which give our students a glimpse into college life at Oswego State, and we appreciate the campus support that makes it possible to offer these transformative experiences,” said Jaime Glantz, the program’s assistant coordinator.

For more information on Mentor-Scholar, contact project coordinator Scott Ball at 312-3812.