Cindy McCain honored at Rossier event

first_imgPresident Steven B. Sample and Cindy McCain were recognized at the Rossier School of Education’s Centennial Gala Monday night for their contributions to global education.Maverick · Rossier alumna Cindy McCain was given an award Monday in honor of her humanitarian efforts and her work in education. Sen. John McCain presented the award. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan McCain, who attended USC for her undergraduate degree in education and graduate degree in special education, was awarded the Dean’s Alumni Achievement Award.“I’m so touched and so honored because never did I ever think I would be here at this stage in my life receiving an honor from this school,” she said.McCain has led several humanitarian trips to improve the educational opportunities of children worldwide. During her time at USC, she volunteered for local special education programs.“It was really a good time to be a part of it all,” she said of her experience and involvement in efforts to get federal funding for special needs children and provide them with proper educations.“When you’re young, you don’t realize how it’s shaping you, what it’s doing for you and really how much you have gained from the experience of being here. Being able to look back on it now, it’s shaped certainly my attitude toward global involvement and doing what I do around the world,” McCain said.McCain, who taught children with disabilities at an Arizona high school after her graduation, said she plans to return to teaching when things settle down.“I miss it actually,” she said. “I’ll go back to teaching because I really enjoy it.”The gala was part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the USC Rossier School of Education.“It is fitting that during our centennial year, we pay tribute to two such committed educators,” Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher said in a statement. “Both Mrs. McCain’s and President Sample’s professional work and personal passion exemplify the USC Rossier School’s mission to improve educational outcomes locally, nationally and globally.”At the gala, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) presented the Dean’s Alumni Achievement Award to his wife, whose Global Educator Fellowship will enable aspiring teachers and school educators to contribute to the education of youth on a global level.“Someone will have the opportunity to do what I do,” Cindy McCain said. “The one thing that I have learned from all of this is that people to people and educator to educator around the world, when they see a U.S. educator coming, in some way it’s like everything is going to be so much better. We’re not the answer to everything, but we certainly are willing to give it our all and work hard for it.”Sample was honored for transforming USC into a global university during his 19 years as its president and for his contributions to teaching and mentoring students throughout his career.“In some ways, it gives me more credit than I deserve,” Sample said. “What I like about it is the whole academic community here at USC has been behind this globalization, both in the ways we teach and in the ways we do research. I’m honored, I’m humbled, I probably don’t deserve it, but I’ll take it.”Sample’s Global Educator Fellowship will be offered to Rossier doctoral candidates for international study in Latin America and the Pacific Rim, where he co-founded the Association of Pacific Rim Universities for the advancement of international collaborative research.“We get more international students now than any other American university, which I think is good for our domestic students,” Sample said. “It exposes them to different cultures and different peoples in a way that nothing else really can.”Sample said he feels the entire university is strengthened by the advancements of the Rossier School under Dean Karen Symms Gallagher and benefits the Trojan family.Along with the awards presented to Sample and McCain, the proceeds from the gala will go toward fellowships established in honor of both the award recipients. The fellowships will benefit future Rossier students.“The gift of education is a gift of life,” McCain said.last_img read more

Brackett’s dip in production mirrors Syracuse’s struggles in conference play

first_img Published on October 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Sydney Brackett dominated her first game this season. She scored twice at Bucknell on Aug. 18, and then the sophomore became a dynamic part of Syracuse’s attack, racking up 20 shots in eight nonconference games.A goal at then-No. 8 Florida established her potential long-term impact. Then, conference play began.“You’re transitioning from teams that are more beatable,” Brackett said, “to teams that are less beatable.”Brackett has been limited to just eight shots and one goal in Syracuse’s (7-6-2, 2-4-1 Atlantic Coast) seven conference games. Her dip in production has mirrored the Orange’s struggles as the second-worst scoring offense in the ACC, averaging only .43 goals per game in conference.“It happens,” Brackett said. “You’re going to have different opportunities and different roles in every game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore SU’s ACC-opening loss against Wake Forest, Brackett had accounted for roughly 28.5 percent of all of Syracuse’s offense, which was in eighth in the ACC. Including the loss to the Demon Deacons, Brackett has only tallied one goal for a Syracuse offense that now ranks 11th in the ACC.Against Pittsburgh on Oct. 5, Brackett returned to pre-conference-play form and fired five shots, scoring one in what ended up as the Orange’s first conference win. Despite the 2-0 finish in SU’s favor, Syracuse was outshot 15 to eight by a Pittsburgh offense that ranks last in the Atlantic Coast with just 11 total goals.But, it was Brackett’s game that set the Orange apart in what was, at the time, its only conference win. Outside of the Pitt game, Brackett has three shots in six games.“It’s going to take a moment of brilliance to break down an ACC team,” said Alana O’Neill, a senior defender.Through Syracuse’s nonconference schedule, if it shot 11 or more times in a game, it won. In the ACC, the Orange have only reached or passed that mark twice, both times in wins. Brackett, who, before the Wake Forest game accounted for nearly 20 percent of SU’s total shots, has only taken 1.1 shots per game during the conference slate.Brackett doesn’t shoulder all the blame, as SU’s averaging just 7.3 shots per game, almost half of the nonconference mark of 13. But, Brackett is one of the more effective offensive players on the team, O’Neill said, so Brackett’s decline has hurt the team as a whole.“The team relies a lot on Syd,” O’Neill said.Part of the solution to the offensive lull is to utilize Brackett’s speed, and O’Neill said she’s one of the fastest players on the team. The statistical decline in conference play is expected, players said, and teams in the ACC see an offensive lapse as they move on to a likely more competitive part of their schedules.But, for Syracuse, loss of production has resulted in more losses. With four losses and just two wins in conference play, the Orange is just one loss away from being eliminated from conference tournament contention.Syracuse’s bottom-tier offense has failed to provide aid to a defense that, excluding a 7-0 loss at then-No. 5 North Carolina, has held opponents to just about one goal per game.“You go into every game thinking you’re going to score,” head coach Phil Wheddon said.Yet, in five of SU’s seven ACC games, it hasn’t. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more