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SUNY Oswego dedicates Maraviglia Atrium in its School of Education

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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SUNY Oswego on Wednesday, May 8 rededicated the atrium in the university’s Wilber Hall, following a $2 million donation by Frank Maraviglia from SUNY Oswego’s Class of 1958. Pictured here (in the front row) are Frank (seated, second from left) along with SUNY Oswego President Peter Nwosu (third from left); Frank’s brother, Raymond Maraviglia, of the Class of 1961 (right); and Raymond’s wife, Krista Hockey (left). In the back row (from left) are Frank and Raymond’s nephew Mark Procopio of the Class of 1995; Lee Doucette (family friend); technology-education major and student speaker Bryan Diaz-Ximello of the Class of 2025; SUNY Oswego Provost Scott Furlong; Laura Spenceley, dean of the School of Education; and Mary Gibbons Canale, SUNY Oswego’s VP for university advancement and a member of the school’s Class of 1981. (Photo credit: SUNY Oswego)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — SUNY Oswego’s School of Education in Wilber Hall now includes the Maraviglia Atrium, which the school formally dedicated on Wednesday, May 8.

The school named the atrium in honor of 1958 graduate Frank Maraviglia, in acknowledgement of a $2 million gift he made to SUNY Oswego last December.

The donation established the Maraviglia Education Enrichment Fund in the university’s School of Education. It will support scholarship and engagement opportunities for students as well as academic programming from the faculty.

Maraviglia spent 35 years as a professor of architectural landscape at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

In her remarks at the dedication, Laura Spenceley, dean of the SUNY Oswego School of Education, explained how the donation would impact the school and its students.

Spenceley said the fund will allow investment in students, faculty, and instructional equipment. The money will also help remove “barriers to students’ success and mitigate challenges that students experience on their pathway to their professional goals,” according to the school’s announcement.

The donation will also enhance instrumentation in the school’s 11 technical laboratories as well as spaces of learning that “haven’t been envisioned yet,” SUNY Oswego said.

In addition, Spenceley said the funding would support student-faculty collaborations and help with transportation to and from students’ off-campus “clinical experiences.”

“Frank, as you’ve demonstrated throughout your career, a SUNY Oswego education often serves as a catalyst to lifelong success that retains a focus on community and empowering others toward similar success,” Spenceley said to Maraviglia, per a SUNY Oswego news release. “Your gift, in honor of your wife, Gloria, with whom you shared more than 60 years of marriage, is transformational to our School of Education mission in offering innovative educational programs, built upon the wisdom of the past, the realities of the present and a focus on the future that prepare individuals who continually strive for personal growth and become socially conscious catalysts for change.”

Maraviglia — who lives in Jamesville, near Syracuse, and is a lifelong educator —gathered with members of his family for the ceremony. They included his brother Raymond of Port Orange, Florida, a 1961 SUNY Oswego graduate; and nephew, Mark Procopio of Warners, a member of the school’s Class of 1995.

 

 

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