This piece was published in the August 2016 print edition of the Prep News and was co-written by Sam Curran and Kirk Whalen.
The Alumni Service Corps Program (ASC) gives graduates from Jesuit universities an opportunity to give back to their respective communities and serve as a faculty member in Jesuit education for one year.
The three ASC teachers for the 2016-17 school year are Mr. Nicholas Blair, Mr. Ian O’Hagan and Mr. John Marriott.
Mr. Blair was raised in St. Louis,where he received his high school education at De Smet Jesuit. During Mr. Blair’s time at De Smet, he participated in campus ministry vigorously, which happened to be very impactful.
The teachers in campus ministry had such a serious impact on Mr. Blair that he was compelled to become an ASC.
“I had a job offer; however, I was inexplicably called to come to register for the Alumni Service Corps after college,” Mr. Blair said. “I was a business major, so this is not exactly what I was shooting for during college, but it was something I had to do.”
Mr. O’Hagan is the freshman Latin teacher and also helps Mr. Grilliot with the Hurtado Scholars Program.
“One of my main goals is to get all of the freshmen to get through all forty chapters of the Wheelock’s Latin book,” Mr. O’Hagan said.
Mr. O’Hagan not only wants to become a better teacher, but a better person as well. After his time at Rockhurst, Mr. O’Hagan wishes
to become either a full time teacher or to go into another graduate program.
Mr. John Marriott is a graduate from Regis University and is teaching junior theology. Also, he is going to be coaching the golf team and working with the retreat programs.
“One goal (of mine) is to grow personally and to help the students grow,” Mr. Marriott said.
The ASC’s will serve their one year and help give back to the Jesuit communities that helped them get to where they are today.