ACE Night speakers share educational, personal outcomes of graduate program

first_imgCourtesy of Alysa Guffey Current ACE teachers living in Corpus Christi, Texas, opened the annual ACE information night with a prayer. Corpus Christ is one of 35 communities the ACE teaching fellows program serves.This year, a second option for the application process is available for students who would like to know of their acceptance decision to ACE earlier, Comuniello said. Applicants can either apply early by Nov. 3 and hear back by Christmas or apply regular decision by Jan. 19 and hear back in mid-March.Comuniello said he is proud that all 35 communities the program serves ask specifically for ACE teachers to be assigned in the community.“We’ve never gone to a diocese and asked to place teachers there, it has always been a response to the needs of that community,” Comuniello said. “So we’ve always been invited by the bishop or the superintendent, and then thereafter the principals of those schools.”Comuniello said after the teachers and schools are confirmed, the program plays “matchmaker” to align teachers’ strengths and content areas with the needs of each school. ACE teachers are split into three levels, with one-third teaching each level of elementary, middle and high school.While some ACE teachers graduate from the program and go on to fulfill a lifelong vocation of teaching, Comuniello said former ACE teachers can pursue a myriad of career paths, from medical school to law school and public service.While the online format for ACE Night did not allow for crowd interaction and conversation, interested undergraduates could hear from ACE teachers across the country who are currently in their service programs or recent graduates.The information night began with an opening prayer led by the current ACE teachers living in community with each other in Corpus Christi, Texas.Calling in on Zoom from New York City, Dan Faas, a member of ACE cohort 17, shared his experiences with the program from the two years he taught at the Most Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Mobile, Ala.“The best advice I would give you is to allow yourself to just delight in the lives of your students,” Faas said. “You have the opportunity to engage and become a part of children’s lives for two years or more.”Now a principal of a school, Faas explained his three “immutable facts” on ACE that he believes to be true.“Number one, your students will change you, if you let them,” he said. “Number two, your community will change you, if you let them. And number three, the Lord will change you, if you let him or her.”John Cunningham, a member of ACE cohort 26, spoke to audience members from Saint Joseph High School in South Bend where he currently has a full-time teaching position. Prior to teaching in South Bend, Cunningham taught middle school social studies in Mission, Texas, where he found himself immersed in the community.Cunningham recalled not knowing exactly where he would be located upon receiving his random position.“But when I looked it up [and] I realized where I was going, I was thrilled because I knew I was going to be living in a place where I would not have else lived,” he said.Cunningham connected with the community in Texas in two ways: tacos and basketball.“When I first got to the valley, I didn’t know the culture,” Cunningham said. “During my years in Mission, Texas, I took pictures of every taco I ate and I posted it on Snapchat, so I ended up with 415 tacos. I ate every one of them, and they were absolutely delicious.”Through coaching the middle school basketball team, Cunningham said he was able to connect with his students outside the classroom.“I could let my guard down as a teacher a little bit, they could let their guard down as the students and we could connect over a common bond, which is basketball, and it allowed us to really get to know each other,” Cunningham said.In addition to an educational experience, ACE teachers participate in a total of 12 retreats over the two-year commitment. The largest retreat each year convenes in December in Austin, Texas, where all teachers are invited.“[We invite] all 180 teachers across the country to celebrate with one another and to rekindle friendships, but also to pray and celebrate Mass and really recenter and ground ourselves in the why and what we’re doing,” Comuniello said.Given the relatively easy and free application process, Faas said he sees no reason for an interested student not to apply to ACE.“The process of applying for ACE is itself a form of discernment,” Faas said. “You get to discern ACE, and ACE gets to discern you.”Tags: Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Schools, graduate program, masters of education Instead of walking across campus to the Stinson Remick Building, students dialed in from their devices Wednesday night to learn about the teaching fellows program within The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) in the annual fall ACE night.The ACE fellows program allows recent college graduates to embark on two years of service by teaching in under-resourced Catholic schools while working toward a cost-free Masters of Education degree.Michael Comuniello, associate director for recruiting and a 2016 ACE graduate, said each year there are 90 to 95 teachers who accept the position in the program, totaling around 180 ACE teachers serving in any given year between the two cohorts. According to Comuniello, roughly 50% of each cohort graduated from the tri-campus community and the other 50% come from across the country.last_img read more

Cricket News MS Dhoni unlikely to return for South Africa T20s as selectors ready to persist with Rishabh Pant

first_imgNew Delhi: MS Dhoni may have put his international retirement on hold but he is unlikely to be selected for India’s three-match T20 home series against South Africa starting September 15 in Dharamsala. The team for the series is expected to be picked on September 4. The remaining two games will be played at Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru (September 22).In all likelihood, the squad that blanked West Indies 3-0 is likely to be retained (subject to fitness) and the selection committee wants to continue building towards World T20 in Australia in October 2020.”There are only 22 T20 Internationals before India play their first World T20 game and selectors are clear in their vision that it’s time to move forward,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments in selection committee told PTI on Wednesday.”They are planning on getting a pool of three keepers ready for limited overs, especially T20s,” he added.It is still not clear whether the BCCI brass or the selection committee will speak to Dhoni to enquire about his plans like they did before the West Indies tour when the former captain informed that he would be taking a break to serve his regiment in Territorial Army.”Retirement is an individual decision and selectors or for that matter, no one has any right to decide on that front. But they have every right to decide the roadmap for the 2020 World T20 and that’s to give Rishabh Pant maximum chances,” the official explained.It is learnt that the second and third option for the selection committee is Sanju Samson, whose batting is considered to be on par with Pant and India A regular Ishan Kishan. While Pant remains the first choice across formats, the selectors are also factoring in the fitness and workload management.A few members of the selection committee will be in Thiruvananthapuram for the A series and Samson’s performance will be keenly watched as he has made the squad for the last two List A games.As far as batting is concerned, the selection committee believes that Samson is ready for top level cricket but his wicket-keeping is still work in progress.”Pant scored a fifty in the last T20 that he played. Ishan Kishan is in the A set-up. Do we even have an option of looking back when we need consistent big hitters on big Australian grounds?” the official questioned. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Pacific, tie UC Irvine

first_imgA third of the way into the 2014 campaign, the USC women’s Soccer team continues to evade defeat.The No. 14 Women of Troy beat Pacific 3-0 Friday afternoon and left Orange County with an extra-time draw against UC Irvine Sunday evening, improving their record to 5-0-2.Sole goal · Junior striker Katie Johnson came up with USC’s only goal in Sunday night’s 1-1 extra-time draw at UC Irvine. The Monrovia, California native has two goals so far this season, pushing her career total to 10. – Samuel Chang | Daily TrojanAnother successful weekend began with a tough first half against the Tigers that saw USC struggle to score.Despite a number of opportunities, head coach Keidane McAlpine was displeased with the team’s first-half performance.“[The first half was] sloppy,” McAlpine said. “I didn’t think we were sharp in our movements and our passing, especially around the box and around the goal.”The first-year coach’s halftime messages and adjustments have already proven to do wonders for this team, as the Women of Troy continue to turn tough first-half deficits into stellar second-half performances.Just two minutes into the second half against Pacific, junior forward Tamara Mejia finally put the Women of Troy on the board. Mejia, who entered the game as a substitute, finished her run down the left flank by netting her first-ever career goal as a Trojan into the lower left side of the net.Sophomore defender Kayla Mills followed up with a beauty of a shot into the upper left corner at the 63-minute mark, giving the team room to breathe and giving herself her second goal in two games.“I do what I gotta do for the win,” Mills said. “I just do what the team needs me — drop back [or] push up when they need me.”Senior midfielder Alex Quincey finished off the win with a clinical header off of junior Reilly Parker’s corner kick. Coming off a hat trick against UC Riverside, the midfielder added to her team-high season tally of five goals and capped off the much-improved second half that Coach McAlpine wanted.“I thought our response in the second half was pretty good,” McAlpine said.More importantly, McAlpine was impressed with the defense’s ability to shut out Pacific, one of the primary goals this squad looks to achieve in every single match.Senior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley was also thrilled about the shutout, but she credited her hardworking defensive front for it.“The defense definitely earned it today,” Stanley said. “They single handedly got the shutout themselves.”Though the shutout kept their winning streak intact, the Women of Troy were forced to forget the win against Pacific quickly and travel to Anteater Recreation Center Field to take on a UC Irvine squad that had won three straight games.The Sunday night match between the Women of Troy and the Anteaters was a clash of winning streaks, but it also quickly became a clash of defenses.McAlpine was finally given the fast start he has been looking for all year when junior forward Katie Johnson scored her second goal of the season in the seventh minute off a Mejia cross and a flick by junior midfielder Natalie Donaldson.It looked like the Women of Troy were well on their way to their fifth straight win, but the Anteaters would not go down that easily, and the match suddenly evolved into a defensive battle.USC relentlessly sought the match’s all important second goal, but the UCI defense refused to back down.It was only a matter of a time before great defense turned into productive offense for the Lady Anteaters. Home fans finally rejoiced in the 75th minute when Kiana Palacios put the ball past Stanley, ending the shutout and tying the game.The late goal — which came off a free kick — pushed the duel into extra time.Two 10-minute extra periods still failed to separate the two squads, and the Women of Troy could not manufacture a second goal even while dominating the game offensively.A draw allows USC to retain its undefeated record, but a win certainly seemed within reach. Nevertheless, McAlpine welcomed and appreciated the tough challenge that UC Irvine gave his team.“This was great preparation for us,” McAlpine said. “Irvine played great and brought good energy. I am glad we got a result in this type of game.”The Women of Troy return to action during a two-game, non-conference set that pairs them against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Pepperdine on Friday and Sunday at McAlister Field.last_img read more