Final Regular Season Show for Stock Seat Team (January 18, 2015)
The Briton stock seat riders returned a few days early from winter break in order to compete at the double-header show hosted by Michigan State University on January 18. Ten teams competed in this final regular season show, and in the end the Albion team came away in fourth place in the morning show and third place in the afternoon show.
There were many notable finishes, including the following:
1st place: Morgan Carey (open and reining), Kristine Mussell (novice), and Danielle Townsend (novice).
2nd place: Megan Winkler (walk-trot), Taylor Sandberg (novice x 2), Brooke Viele (advanced), Elle Root (open and reining), Morgan Carey (open), Allison Voorhess (advanced), and Heather Conner (intermediate II).
3rd place: Kate Sears (novice), Kristine Mussell (novice), Elle Root (open), Megan McNeil (open), and Abby Voglewede (intermediate II).
A main highlight was that two more riders qualified to compete at the Regional Championships. Brooke Viele (Midland / H.H. Dow) and Jordan McGinn (Royal Oak / Shrine) will join the other eight Albion team members who will vie at Regionals to go onto compete at Semi-Finals from there. Regionals will be held on February 15 at the Michigan State University pavilion.
Madeline Drury, '15
For Madeline Drury, ’15, much of her college experience has happened in the community rather than being confined to the campus setting. In fact, she has been so involved with the local committee to bring The Big Read to Albion, as well as the Build Albion Fellows Program, that she has been asked to continue working on these programs after she graduates. “If you’re not trying to just fade into the background, this is where you need to be,” she says.
As a sociology major, education studies minor, and a member of the Ford Institute, leadership and social justice issues have always been on Madeline’s radar. It made sense for her to get involved in the projects being initiated by the College and the community, and her close connections with her professors provided her with the perfect opportunity to do so.
“I’ve worked a lot in the community since my freshman year, so I was looking for something that was more than just a community service project,” she says. “These are not the type of projects where you just clean the park and leave. You walk away from these with relationships that you never would have had otherwise.”
When choosing which college to attend, she distinctly remembers the moment when her tour guide said that Albion teaches you how to think, not what to think. The hands-on experiences she has had here, particularly those in the Albion community, have done exactly that.
“This is an opportunity to really grow into the person you want to be," she says. "You can ramp it up or dial it back as much as you need to. I’m an enhanced version of myself now."
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Protecting of Minors on Campus
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Employees and volunteers participating in such programs and activities:
- Shall not spend time alone, either on or off campus, with a Minor away from others. If one-on-one interaction is required, meet in open, well lit rooms or spaces with windows observable by other adults from the Program. It is expected that activities where minors are present will involve two or more authorized adults.
- Shall not engage in inappropriate conduct of any kind toward, or in the presence of, a Minor.
- Shall not strike, hit, administer corporal punishment to, or touch in an inappropriate or illegal manner any Minor.
- Shall not engage in the use or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during such programs or activities.
- Shall not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or legal drugs which may endanger Minors participating in the program or activity.
- Shall not view pornography in front of Minors or make pornography in any form available to Minors participating in programs and activities covered by this policy or assist them in any way in gaining access to pornography.
- Shall not develop inappropriate relationships with individual program participants under the age of 18.
- Shall be alert to the physical and emotional state of all children each time they report for an educational program. Any signs of injury relating to suspected child abuse should be reported to the appropriate authorities.
- Shall report as soon as possible, any suspected incident of sexual violence (see policy).
- Shall not tell children "this is just between the two of us" or use similar language that encourages Minors to keep secrets from their parent/guardians
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Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and Sex offender registry checks are required of each employee or volunteer, to be completed and affirmative confirmation is cleared to work prior to his or her interaction or participation in youth oriented programs and activities.
- Regular employees of the College and non-student volunteers must be cleared through a comprehensive background check process administered by the Human Resource Office. There are select circumstances where this standard background check may also be administered for student employees and volunteers.
- Student employees and student volunteers must be cleared through an I-CHAT background check and a sex offender registry check in the individual's home state and the state of Michigan. Complete and return ICHAT_Form.pdf to the Human Resources office in person, by email (scanned)
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Beliveau and Tonti Progress to IDA Nationals (February 21-22, 2015)
The Albion dressage team’s final show of their regular season was actually two shows, a double header hosted by Lake Erie College on February 21and 22. By the end of the weekend, the Briton riders had much to celebrate with two riders officially qualified to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships.
Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass. / St. Thomas Acquinas) and first-year Jourdan Tonti (Livonia / Livonia Churchill) were both named Regional Champions in First Level and Introductory level respectively. They will both advance to IDA Nationals to compete against the best collegiate riders from every region.
Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn. / Hillsboro) finished as Regional Reserve Champion, which earns him a wild-card spot for Nationals. Wild-card riders with the highest average percentages win the slot, so Regen must wait until all the other regional shows are completed before knowing the results.
After a tough season recovering from ankle surgery, senior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) finished the year strong winning both of her classes in Upper Training level and coming in third place overall for the region.
IDA Nationals will be held on April 24-26 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.