Out-of-the-Gate Champion Stock Seat Team (October 4, 2014)
The maiden competition of the season was a successful double-header for the Albion stock seat riders who competed on October 4 at Saginaw Valley State University. They faced nine teams from other schools and came away with a champion high point and a third place.
Albion riders generated enough points in the first show to end up as the champion high point team. Nearly every division was led by an Albion rider, including Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) and Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport) who won first places in their Intermediate II classes. Co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/Lutheran North) followed suit with a win in Novice along with other co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena) who picked up second place in Advanced. Freshman Brooke Viele (Midland/H.H. Dow) also won a second in Advanced as did senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community) in the Open/Reining division.
As the afternoon show wrapped up, the Albion team ended up in third place overall. Notable places include senior Megan McNeil’s (Ononadaga/Jackson Christian) overall reserve high point ride and first place in Open/Reining. Second place finishers included Joy Davis (Flint/Kearsley) in Advanced, Voorhess in Novice, Townsend in Intermediate II, and freshman Stancey Thompson (Oberlin, Ohio/Oberlin) in Walk/Trot.
Two Riders Qualify for Regional Championships
Grand Valley State University was the host school for the first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) hunt seat show on Oct. 4.
Office of the President
Welcome to Albion!
Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory nearly 180 years ago with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community, benefiting those who made the bold decision to head west and find the best place to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders' extraordinary efforts serve as a valuable guide. They confronted their challenges, and our community today is doing the same—like many communities across America facing similar challenges.
That means bold decisions must continue to be made, and Albion students, graduates, faculty, and staff together are doing just that. They are thoughtfully addressing the issues and making the decisions that not only are building our local and regional communities, but enriching society nationally and internationally.
In short, Albion College is an exciting place. Our students are learning 24/7—in the classroom and lab, in the professor’s office and on the playing field, and in the dining hall and dorm room. The uniquely American creation that is the residential liberal arts college is seen here every day through the close interactions between students and faculty, and it is reinforced by the discussion, debate, and critical thinking that is required not only to determine the many local, regional, and global challenges we face, but to tackle them—and solve them.
Indeed, the bigger the challenge, the greater the need for the liberal arts approach. The collective impact of Albion’s 23,000 alumni, who have found their vocation across all walks of life, stands as proof of the timeless techniques that have served them and our society well.
Another thing about our graduates: They are unusually fond of their alma mater. Continue to explore Albion College—both online and on campus—and you will begin to see why. Here’s a hint: It starts with community.
Mauri A. Ditzler
George S. Chavel, '81
Professional Association: President and Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo North America.
Education: B.A. Degree, Albion College, 1981.
George Chavel is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo North America. Sodexo, with FY‘13 revenues of $8.9 billion, is the leading provider of Quality of Life Services.
Under Mr. Chavel’s leadership, 133,000 employees across the U.S., Canada and Mexico provide a vast array of services that help Sodexo’s more than 6,000 client locations improve their organizations by focusing on positively impacting the lives of their people and the people they serve. Mr. Chavel also serves on the global Sodexo Executive Committee as a Group Chief Operating Officer and is a member of the worldwide Operating Committee that represents 80 countries. Since joining Sodexo in 1991, George Chavel has held a wide range of leadership positions including Vice President for the Hospitals/Acute Care Division and Chief Operating Officer and Health Care Market President for Sodexo North America.
Mr. Chavel is a strong advocate for employee development and building diverse and inclusive workplaces. Since becoming CEO in 2007, Sodexo has achieved numerous accolades for its commitment to diversity and inclusion including the Catalyst Award; multiple 100% rankings on the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index; and #1 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity twice. Chavel has also led the organization in the implementation of the Better Tomorrow Plan, Sodexo’s global promise for sustainability focused on positively impacting the environment and local communities we serve.
Mr. Chavel chairs the Sodexo Diversity Leadership Council and serves on the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Corporate Advisory Board, the Albion College Board of Trustees, and the boards of the Hispanic College Fund, the Maryland Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sodexo Foundation. Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization founded in 1999, has made more than $17 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Sodexo funds all administrative costs for the Foundation.
Mr. Chavel is a former board member of the National Committee for Quality Health Care (NCQHC) and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Prior to joining Sodexo, he spent seven years in the restaurant franchising industry. He began his professional career with Arthur Andersen.
A native of Michigan, Mr. Chavel graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management.