Charles de Kunffy Dressage Symposium
April 1-3, 2016
GLASS-ED Spring 2016 Symposium!
About Charles de Kunffy:
Mr. de Kunffy's expertise is much-appreciated and he is a popular clinician, a sought after dressage judge and a prolific author of several books and articles. He was born and raised in Hungary as a member of the nobility whose parents were eminent horse breeders with derby winning racehorses. Mr. de Kunffy started riding as a child, always under expert supervision and instruction. His riding masters were educated during the golden age of equitation 1900-1945. Cross-country riding, jumping and dressage were melded into one comprehensive riding theory and methodology. Mr. de Kunffy was schooled with the strictest adherence to classical training traditions based on scholarship and a profound respect for the horse. He was inducted into the Roemer Foundation/United States Dressage Federation's Hall of Fame in 2013.
Read more about Mr. de Kunffy HERE.
Albion College is pleased to welcome Charles de Kunffy for the sixth time after being very well received in June 2012, April & October 2013, and April & November 2014. We are excited to partner with GLASS-ED (Great Lakes Area Show Series - Educational Dressage) for this April 2016 symposium!
Registration and the first half of each day will be spent on the main campus of Albion College (Olin Hall room 112) where Mr. de Kunffy will host a thorough classroom discussion and theory session for riders and auditors. This is where he will cover various topics, answer questions, and offer up valuable visual demonstrations. Campus map may be found HERE.
During the lunch break, riders and auditors are able to enjoy a lovely lunch provided by Albion College. NOTE: The lunch will be an extra option for auditors in addition to program fee.
After lunch, the second half of each day will be spent in the Randi C. Heathman indoor arena at the Held Center where Mr. de Kunffy will teach six separate riding lessons (30 minutes each). This will demonstrate the practical application under saddle of the theories discussed in the morning sessions.
Auditor costs are outlined as follows:
- $45 single day
- $80 two days
- $110 all three days
- *Lunch option: $10 per day
- Student price for minors and college students (college students w/ ID): $10 per day
- Current Albion College students FREE
- GLASS-ED members: Discount of $5 single day, $7 two days, $10 all three days. GLASS-ED members, please make a note on your auditor application to receive the discount.
*Lunch option is in addition to the program fee. Registrants purchasing a lunch must do so by March 25th.
Seating will be provided for all pre-registered auditors for the theory sessions and lessons.
Pre-registration is advised as seating cannot be guaranteed for those not pre-registered.
Riders and horses of all levels and abilities are encouraged to apply. Rider applications must be received by March 7, and riders will be notified by March 10 of their status.
Rider costs are outlined as follows:
- $300 for single day
- $750 for all three days
Cost includes 30-minute lesson each day, participation for you and one groom in the morning theory sessions and auditing, lunch for you and one groom, stabling in permanent 12' x 12' matted stall with automatic waterer, bedding, stall cleaning and feeding.
The full weekend schedule can be found below:
Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities:
Are you interested in advertising your farm, business, horse for sale, etc. in our Symposium Program? Would you be interested in hanging a banner in the arena or have any other ideas for sponsoring this exciting event? Let us know!
The program will be 11" x 8.5" (horizontal) and there are spaces for full-page, half-page, or quarter-page ads. Prices apply to black & white or full color ads. Don't have an ad? Send your information to us and we can create it!
- Banner sponsorship: Your banner displayed in arena during the event + full page program ad = $100
- Full-page program ad 10" x 7.5" = $25
- Half-page program ad 5" x 7.5" = $15
- Quarter-page program ad 5" x 3.75" = $10
Ads and payment must be submitted no later than March 28. Send artwork to Carolyn Killewald at
. JPG or PDF files preferred.
USDF University credits (course #102568)
USDF University credit details will be available at the registration table. $5 per person. Bring your USDF member number. (For details about the USDF University program, vist the USDF website here.)
Recommended accommodations may be found here. Directions to the Held Equestrian Center may be found here.
Questions? Please contact the Held Center at 517/629.0838 or email
Nominations and Applications
The Albion College Presidential Search Committee invites nominations and applications for this significant leadership opportunity. The committee will be accepting nominations and evaluating application materials on a rolling basis throughout the summer of 2013, and will begin to narrow the candidate pool in early September. Although applications will be accepted until the time that a new president is selected, candidates should submit materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 26, for the most favorable consideration. The new president will be invited to begin work on or about July 1, 2014.
Dr. Thomas B. Courtice of AGB Search is assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact him by email at
or by telephone at 614/395-3229.
Applications should be submitted electronically to:
Mark Newell, chair, Albion Search Committee at
Materials should include a letter of candidacy that responds to The Agenda for New Leadership and the Attributes of a New President that appear in the presidential search prospectus, a complete CV or résumé, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail) for three references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search nor without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence.
Other Social Media Channels
While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Flickr make up the most popular social media sites, they are by no means the only channels Albion College uses.
As a department, we watch for upcoming social platforms, and join them when appropriate. Often, we will join them if only to register our “albioncollege” username. Then, as the site gains users, we have a foot in the platform’s door.
Here’s how we manage some of the other social media sites around the Web.
Albion’s Instagram account is an in-the-moment way to share photos of students and campus events, as well as campus beauty shots. Most College locations are also available when geotagging photos. If a student or alumni appears in the Instagram photo, we tag them as well.
We usually automatically follow anyone on Instagram who follows the college. Also, whenever someone tags the College (using either the @albioncollege username or #albioncollege hashtag), we try to like and comment on the photo.
The College should post a photo to Instagram at least weekly, and more during events.
Instagram allows you to share photos on Twitter and Facebook. For efficiency, we post photos to Twitter every time, but for Facebook we reserve Instagram photos for big events or slow social media days.
A few tips: no food shots, and no blurry shots. Behind-the-scenes photos perform particularly well. Campus beauty shots are universally appealing.
While Pinterest’s target audience and usage (female, fashion, fitness, and food) do not automatically match up with Albion’s, we use the social pinboard site to share visual content and show the quirky side of Albion’s personality.
We generate pins with mostly student-created content, including fun decorations, campus beauty shots, and celebration stories. We also recruit others to pin to our boards when they see content that fits.
Typically, we will post new pins to our boards once or twice a week until we settle on a long-term strategy for the site. As of now, Boards include:
- #instaBrits: student-, staff- and alumni-created Instagram photos
- Albion Around Town: Albion gear spotted in random locations
- Albion Gear: clothing, swag, etc.
- Purple and Gold Decor: Decorations, Albion-related decorations, purple and gold decorations
- Squirrels!: Random photos of squirrels
- Brit’s Wardrobe: Armor, shields, swords, pics of Brit
- Albion Through the Years: Classic photos of Albion
- Around Campus: Campus shots, both student-created and official
We are now experimenting with a more story-telling approach, using #askalbion as a way for students to give advice to prospective students.
Albion College maintains an account on Google+ for the simple reason that, as G+ grows, we need to be ready to launch with a viable strategy.
But for now, we simply occupy space on what could turn out to be a popular platform. Also, it helps with organizing College information (business name, contact information, Google Search ranking, etc.) through Google.
We make weekly updates focusing on major themes and events taking place at the College, and tend to share mostly YouTube videos that outline these themes.
Because there’s no easy way to find out who is adding the College’s page to their circles, we tend to pick people we know (students, alumni, etc.) to add to the page’s circles, and post updates publicly.
Foursquare is a location-based check-in platform that lets users share where they are, earn badges for checking in to places, and posting photos and tips for the location. Albion’s presence on Foursquare is mainly to set up the check-in locations around campus. We offer tips for each location (The Rock: Paint it every day (but not more than that!)), and assign proper names for locations.
Usage is low on campus, but with the Colleges’ Foursquare account we can set up the parameters for users to check-in.
Albion maintains a presence on Vimeo to (a) display automatically-high quality embeddable videos, (b) offer the option to download videos, and (c) offer an non-athletic-videos alternative to YouTube. Many of the more long-term, high-quality videos get posted to Vimeo.
Other Social Media Platforms
Albion will join other social media sites as they emerge, if needed, often to simply secure the College’s username (@albioncollege). Criteria for joining new social media platforms include:
- Size of audience (the “network effect”)
- Number of alumni/students/parents that are members
- Unique offering of the platform
- Long-term viability of the platform
- Long-term strategic opportunities
Find Albion social media accounts on our Social Media Listing