Princeton AlumniCorps Welcomes Our New Project 55 Fellowship Program Manager

Paul Nehring '10, PP55 Fellowship Program Manager

Princeton AlumniCorps is pleased to welcome a new staff member to 12 Stockton, Mr. Paul Nehring ’10. Paul will be responsible for overseeing the Project 55 Fellowship Program.

Paul joined the Princeton AlumniCorps staff in June of 2012 as the Program Manager for the Project 55 Fellowship Program. He previously worked at iMentor, on organization organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth from under-served communities through mentoring. At iMentor he managed a high school partnership and supported students as they transitioned to college. Paul originally came to iMentor as a Project 55 Fellow and brings this perspective to bear on his new role. Paul has also acted as assistant camp director for the Triangle YMCA Camp in Minot, North Dakota, and more recently, as director of the Adventure Program at Camp Heartland, a camp committed to serving children affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. He serves as a volunteer mentor with iMentor, as an alumni interviewer for Princeton University, and as a member of the Friends of Princeton Outdoor Action. Paul is a former PP55 fellow and current Emerging Leader. He earned his B.A. in Politics from Princeton in 2010 and is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota.

If you’d like to welcome Paul to the AlumniCorps team, he can be reached at pnehring@alumnicorps.org.

PU Alum Dustin Sproat ’06 Combines Passion with Public Interest

Dustin Sproat '06, Founder and Executive Director of HP4K

Dustin Sproat, a professional hockey player and ’06 graduate of Princeton University, has many passions.  Throughout his youth, Sproat spent years developing his hockey skills, which he brought to Princeton as a four-year member of the varsity hockey team.  Graduating in 2006 with a Chemical Engineering degree, Sproat took a brief break from hockey to work as a chemical engineer for Keyera Energy in Calgary.  However, he could not give up his passion for hockey so, beginning in 2008, Sproat relaunched his hockey career as a member of the Fresno Falcons, where PU alums Daryl Marcoux ’07, Grant Goeckner-Zoeller ’07, and Kyle Hagel ’08 were all playing

Playing professional hockey means being on the road a great deal of the time, so Sproat made a commitment to become involved in the communities in which he was living.  Together with many of his previous teammates, including NHL veterans and PU alums Jeff Halpern ’99, George Parros ’03, and Darroll Powe ’07, Sproat began to seek out public service opportunities in his local community.  When the Falcons folded halfway through the 2008-09 season, Sproat and his teammates were spread across the country, but their commitment to involvement in their local communities remained.  In March 2009, Sproat along with 6 other PU alums came together to cofound Hockey Players for Kids (HP4K), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping professional hockey players positively impact the communities they play in by connecting players with kids in their communities.

HP4K Members with Campers at Camp Oochigeas in Muskoka, ON.

Beginning with just 10 co-founders in five cities, HP4K now features 70 members in more than 25 cities worldwide.  HP4K has had a wide-reaching impact, starting with “Stick to Reading,” an incentive-based reading competition for elementary and middle school students in which the winners can play floor hockey with professional hockey players.  Other initiatives include “Give Moore for the Holidays” and involvement with local afterschool programs, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Many of the programs are initiated by the players themselves, which gives them the opportunity to take ownership for the meaningful work they are doing.

Sproat has served as HP4K’s Executive Director while playing hockey for the Cincinnati Cyclones.  He spends much of his time following, promoting, and encouraging HP4K activities, as well as initiating community service opportunities in Cincinnati.  As a hockey player, PU graduate, and person committed to community involvement, Sproat serves as an example of a person who combined his passions into a public service initiative that is meaningful and far-reaching.

HP4K is currently looking for a new Executive Director.  Click here for a link to the job description.

Princeton TeacherPrep: Engaging Alumni in Education

 

Princeton AlumniCorps is eager to highlight the efforts of other organizations and programs predicated on alumni civic engagement. One such program is The Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation. Recently, Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program Assistant Lisa Baumert had a chance to sit down with Chris Campisano, Director of Teacher Preparation and learn more about the TeacherPrep program.

 

The Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation (TeacherPrep) is committed to equipping Princeton students and alumni with the skills and experience they need to effectively serve the public interest in the area of education. For the past 44 years TeacherPrep has provided students and alumni  the opportunity to earn state licensure to teach at the middle and secondary school levels in the core academic areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages. This education program is unique in its integration of educational theory and practice, its mentorship and professional network opportunities, and its openness to Princeton alumni of all ages. TeacherPrep develops effective teachers who possess thorough knowledge of subject matter and a comprehensive understanding of learning and teaching.

Prospective students in the TeacherPrep program must complete a two-stage application process and meet minimum GPA and General Education Course requirements. Once admitted, the program includes an Introductory Practicum and four primary courses: TPP 301, Seminar on Learning and Teaching; PSY 307, Educational Psychology; TPP 401, Seminary on Education; and TPP 402, Practice Teaching. Each of these core required courses include a “field component” with experience in classroom settings. Each student enrolled in the TeacherPrep program has access to relationships and professional networks.

The TeacherPrep program offers support for Princeton alumni seeking to advance their educational and professional experience. In addition to receiving reduced tuition costs through the Princeton University Office of Continuing Education, Princeton alumni in the TeacherPrep program are eligible for financial aid.   Residency in Princeton, NJ and a year-long commitment are required for alumni in the TeacherPrep program.

Beyond preparing Princeton students and alumni to become certified teachers, The Program in Teacher Preparation at Princeton University supports education through three other initiatives: The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), which offers educational programs for economically disadvantaged high school students; QUEST, a professional development program for elementary and middle school teachers in the Princeton area; and Teachers as Scholars, which provides seminars for Princeton area teachers. TeacherPrep also helps students transition from undergrad into a professional environment by assisting them in finding full-time education placements after graduation, and offering support in students’ first years of service.

TeacherPrep offers Princeton students and alumni important knowledge and training, and experience to serve the public interest in the field of education.

Those wishing to obtain more information about the TeacherPrep program should contact Christopher J. Campisano, Director of Teacher Preparation at ccampisa@princeton.edu, or Todd W. Kent, Associate Director of Teacher Preparation/Director of Teacher Certificate Program at twkent@princeton.edu. The Program in Teacher Preparation is located at 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, Phone: (609) 258-3336 FAX: (609) 258-4527. More information can also be found at http://teacherprep.reuniontechnologies.com.