Graduates to serve in under-resourced schools

first_imgWith senior year at a close, students are combining final celebrations with preparations for upcoming employment, graduate schools and volunteer positions. This year, 95 recent college graduates will venture to more than 35 cities across the nation to take on full-time teaching positions through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). Photo courtesy of Matthew Gelchion According to ACE co-founder Fr. Sean McGraw, 48 Notre Dame graduates will begin the ACE program, a two-year service assignment combined with a Masters in Education, aimed at assisting under-resourced Catholic schools across the nation. “The mission of ACE is to strengthen and sustain Catholic schools and transform Catholic schools throughout the United States,” he said. McGraw said the program invites recent college graduates to explore teaching as a potential vocation and serve as teachers in areas in need of energetic, faith-filled educators ready to use their talents to help young children discover their own gifts. “We want talented, smart, generous, adventuresome students who are willing to do whatever it takes to help kids learn,” he said. “I think there are a lot of unknowns in terms of you don’t know where you’re going to get sent, and you’ve never taught before.” The first year of teaching is one of the biggest challenges for an educator, and McGraw said it in some ways requires students to take a leap of faith in using their gifts to teach.Senior Matt Jewell said he decided he wanted to pursue a teaching career at the end of his freshman year at Notre Dame. After his advisor suggested ACE as a potential graduate program, Jewell said the more he looked into it, the more interested he became. “I remember how much of a difference having great teachers made to me, and I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had to get to where I am in life now,” he said. “I already knew I wanted to teach, so it’s nice to be giving back while also doing what I love. It’s a win-win.”Jewell said he was randomly assigned to a school in south-central Los Angeles and will teach every subject in his fourth grade classroom. “I’m just excited to get into a classroom and get started with teaching,” he said. “I also can’t wait to get to know the other ACE members in Los Angeles.” Senior Kelsie Corriston will also serve in the Los Angeles area later this year teaching third graders at Our Lady of Victory elementary school in Compton, Calif. She said she applied to ACE because she has always had an interest in education. “I’m an [Education, Schooling and Society] minor here and so I figured that I wanted to teach after college, but I also wanted to do service, and I also wanted to get my Masters, so the program was a perfect fit,” she said. Corriston said she heard about ACE during the spring of her first year through her First Year of Studies adviser. After taking a one-credit course, “Giving Back through Education,” she said she knew she wanted to both teach and serve. “I’ve always felt like my best self and my most useful self when I’ve done service,” she said. “I’ve done a lot through the [Center for Social Concerns] … I did a [Summer Service Learning Program] and an [International Summer Service Learning Program] this past summer.“On a personal level I feel like our education and everything else that we get from Notre Dame and other places aren’t really worth it until you take what you’ve learned and apply it to the world, and in my case that’s been through service … that’s where I’ve felt the most joy in my life.” Tags: 2014 Commencement, ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, servicelast_img read more

Group Guilty of Stealing $1M Through Fake Nursing Schools on LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A jury on Friday convicted a 54-year-old Elmont woman and two co-defendants with illegally running a network of fraudulent nursing schools for half a decade that charged victims upwards of $20,000 in tuition for bogus transcripts and certifications. The five-week trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court culminated with the jury finding the trio guilty of scheme to defraud and multiple counts of grand larceny. They each face up to seven years in prison. All three are scheduled to be sentenced before Justice Joel Goldberg in Kings County Supreme Court on March 21.From April 2006 to February 2011, 58-year-old Salvatrice Gaston of Brooklyn, 38-year-old Robinson Akenami of Queens and 54-year-old Joceyln Allrich of Elmont operated four phony nursing schools, including two in Nassau County, and recruited many low income earners, prosecutors said. The program promised to put students on the path toward a nursing profession, prosecutors said, and would make them eligible to take the New York State Nursing Board Exam and become Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses. They charged between $7,000 to $20,000 for tuition, prosecutors said, and awarded students fraudulent transcripts and certifications in the name of schools that were not approved by New York State. The trio collected more than $1 million from 100-plus students, prosecutors said. The programs took between 10 months and two years to complete. Two of the schools were located on Jericho Turnpike in Floral Park, dubbed Helping Angels Foundation of America, and on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, known as Hope-VTEC or J. Allrich Productions, Inc. “These defendants set up a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme by targeting people hoping to pursue new opportunities,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. “They lined their own pockets with their victims’ hard earned money, and are now facing significant jail time.” Four others have been convicted for their roles in the scheme, including two who pleaded guilty in 2012 to scheme to defraud and conspiracy, and were sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison. Two others pleaded guilty to the indictment in 2013; one was sentenced to a year in prison, and the other was discharged having already served more than a year in jail. The case against four remaining defendants is pending.last_img read more

Reinventing credit unions for the 21st century: A conversation with Kirk Drake

first_img 257SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details For two decades Kirk Drake has immersed himself in credit unions – as CEO of CUSO Ongoing Operations in Maryland and also now as an author and speaker on what he calls CU-2.0. What Drake is mulling is the how to of insuring credit union relevance in a new century with new, global competitors and a new generation that, increasingly, wants everything to be as easy as buying a book on Amazon or streaming a TV show on Netflix. New eras call for new thoughts and that’s Drake’s metier. Here he shares some of his pointed advice.* Why didn’t credit unions successfully capitalize on the bad press given banks circa 2008? Market share remained essentially stagnant. Why?Drake: I think there are three primary reasons. Individually many credit unions had success during this time – but most credit unions measure success in the single digits. We don’t tend to look at what market share do we want, who are our banking competitors, and how do we get there quickly. Consequently, a lot of credit unions growing doesn’t really add up to much since the bases are small.Second, I don’t think we have the ingredients in place to grow faster. Digital / E-commerce can create great scalability. Most credit unions I talk to are worried about growing too fast. I get that from a balance sheet/ALM perspective. But if you get the digital commerce experience working well it can alleviate many of those issues. For example, if you got your platform able to generate a lot of leads, you can then use your platform to filter the leads and ultimately to fulfill the leads. The more you do that, the more people get to spend their time on service instead of transactions.Lastly, I don’t think as an industry we have figured out how to speak with one voice.  In my mind, credit unions should really be more like Subway sandwich franchises. They of course should differentiate at a local level, but if we could get the industry to at least standardize on one thing and push that – we could really have a lot of impact and leverage that strength when banks are helping us out by being banks. * What’s a typical credit union’s biggest competitor?Drake: In my mind the competition right now is actually coming from fintechs. Paypal is huge in this space. Most credit unions do more transactions with Paypal then the big banks.  They just bought a bill pay vendor. As that continues, they will keep adding on services and quietly stealing your members’ eyeballs and mindshare. More broadly, with billions of capital going into fintechs and PayPal showing the way, there are new startups daily.  Consumers want e-commerce based financial services, traditional banks and credit unions aren’t doing enough to solve the little problems….we are trying to do what we always did – online.* Do most credit unions do a good or bad or no job in differentiating themselves in the market?Drake: For some reason, I find that as credit unions get bigger and have more scale – they just look more bank like. We tend to think of sophistication as sterility in this industry and we remove personality and the little things that keep us relevant in local communities. * In 1975 there were over 22000 credit unions. Now there are under 6000. How many will there be in 2025?Drake: My guess: probably about 5k. I am seeing less consolidation for two reasons – 1. As credit unions try to grow through consolidation they realize it doesn’t create more value and is a lot of work. So unless it is a strategic merger that gives them a new market, a lot of credit unions are starting to move away from that strategy. 2. New leaders are taking over credit unions every day. As the generation of leaders shift to Gen X instead of Baby Boomers – I think we are seeing more digital first and data driven models emerge and we will see a ground swell that helps keep some of the smaller ones in the game.* What percentage of credit unions have truly embraced a digital-first business model?  Drake: My guess is about 5% are investing heavily in this transition. There are lots that think they are stuck in the how do I let my members do branch transactions online…that isn’t really the same thing!* Why do CU leaders cling to the mythology that they win because of face to face branch contacts – when more and more consumers do not want to set foot in a branch?Drake: I think it is because it is what they know and it feels tangible. E-commerce can feel very unhuman. It is weird to see people transact business with your website, research things, buy them, talk about them, and most of all trust you without ever having met you. It feels like you are somehow cheating. Shaking a member’s hand in a branch simply feels more human.* What are three steps every credit union has to take to be a 2025 survivor?Drake:Begin using data in every part of the business.Embrace your credit union heritage and look like a credit union, not like a bankGo buy some marketing automation software (like hubspot) and start seeing what you can do with it.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan striker Mark Hateley is backing their move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for the Chelsea midfielder in January, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.“If he’s fit then he’d be an important addition,” Hateley told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He has experience and knows how to play, but he needs to be match fit. At this point in the season you need players who are ready.“Gonzalo Higuain? If he gets back to scoring consistently I’d sign him outright, but keeping a player who isn’t convincing would be a mistake.” last_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeper coach Lollichon judges new PSG No1 Keylor Navas

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea keeper coach Lollichon judges new PSG No1 Keylor Navasby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon has offered his review of new PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Overall, Lollichon is impressed by the former Real Madrid No1.He told France Football: “He makes me think of Iker Casillas, who was not necessarily the best goalkeeper on the planet, but who had the rare ability to perform well in big events. “Like him, Keylor Navas is a cold-blooded animal. He has a form of absolute calm that will inevitably reflect on his teammates. He is extraordinary on his line, he has prodigious reflexes. I call it feeling the ball. On the other hand, he is a somewhat conservative goalkeeper, who prefers to defend his goal than the zone in front of him. It can be a problem when you play in such a dominant team as PSG.” last_img read more

VFS Final Project Iridescence

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “The acting and dancing by all the performances are excellent, in fact, I’d go as far as to say that there is nothing in the short film that I didn’t like. The production design was well thought out, the directing was sublime and the music worked very well with the cinematography. One aspect that really stood out (for me personally) was the editing by Duy N. Bui; using some excellent flashy techniques that never look gimmicky or out of place, the film is cut in such a way that it just raises the production to another level.Iridescence is a fantastic short film that totally deserves at least eight minutes of your time. It’s different and, when it’s done as well as this, that’s nothing but a good thing.” – Screen Critix“Iridescence is an incredible show of ability. The actors, or, rather, the dancers who act, truly personify the guiding emotions with which they wrestle over the course of this eight-minute short film.” – Hollywood North Magazine“Using excellent production design, a carefully crafted music score and skilled editing, IRIDESCENCE is a gripping artistic treatise about tolerance and family that you will be thinking about for quite awhile afterwards. It is beginning to play the festival circuit now and I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance.” – Diamond in the RoughWith a couple laurels on hand, the Iridescence team is hoping for more to come and share this visually-entertaining well thought of short film.Check out the Trailer here: Advertisement Twitter Here are some of the reviews this film has acquired. Iridescence is currently making its round in the film festival circuit and hoping to have more.““Iridescence” successfully tackles a very tough and emotional topic about acceptance, ignorance, and misunderstanding and evokes very intense emotions about how absolutely impossible it can be to topple labels and hopefully maintain a semblance of humanity. “Iridescence” is a striking and moving experimental short worth seeking out, and I hope to see more from director Max Beauchamp in the future.” – Cinema-Crazed LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Activist allowed to enter Poland ahead of climate march

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Campaign group Climate Action Network says one of its employees has been allowed to enter Poland after earlier being stopped by border guards citing unspecified security threats.The group, an alliance of hundreds of organizations from around the world, said Polish authorities gave Belgium-based activist Zanna Vanrenterghem permission to continue to the U.N. climate summit in Katowice early Saturday.The Belgian ambassador in Poland, Luc Jacobs, said Polish border guards had provided him with no details about the case but confirmed that Vanrenterghem was admitted into Poland overnight.CAN had no immediate information about 12 other activists deported or denied entry to Poland in recent days.Environmentalists plan to stage a march Saturday through Katowice, where delegates from almost 200 countries are holding a two-week meeting on curbing climate change.The Associated Presslast_img read more

House passes farm bill sending it to Trumps desk

first_imgWASHINGTON — The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now headed to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.The measure is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers. It does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.The bill reauthorizes agriculture and conservation programs, funds trade programs, expands support for struggling dairy farmers and legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. The House vote was 369-47.Juliet Linderman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Autoworkers to protest during GM investors meeting in Windsor

first_imgOSHAWA – Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor on Friday across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure.Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.Related content:GM rejects Unifor proposals to keep Oshawa plant open; workers walk off the jobGM workers back to work after 2nd sit-in at Oshawa plantGM working to retrain employees affected by Oshawa plant closurelast_img read more