Kalamazoo Basketball Teams Host Event For Sexual Assault Awareness
The Kalamazoo men's and women's basketball teams will host a special event with the school's S3A (Sexual Safety and Support Alliance) organization as part of their home doubleheader on Saturday.
S3A will be in attendance with information as well as opportunities to show support. Pizza will also be available at the games.
S3A is a confidential peer-to-peer alliance for members of the K community who are survivors of sexual assault, those who have been affected by sexual assault and persons accused of sexual misconduct. Their aim is to reduce sexual assault on the Kalamazoo College campus by providing confidential support, referrals and accurate information to men and women about sexual assault, sexual rights, healthy relationships and campus conduct and response issues.
S3A hosts events and discussion on campus regarding the many issues regarding sexual harassment as well as working towards resolving these issues.
Albion Swimmer Aims To Get Community Involved In Reading
All it took was some mentoring from a faculty member to put Albion senior Tess Haadsma on track to pile up experiential learning opportunities to prepare her for a career in library science.
"I took a class with a Jess Roberts during fall semester in 2013 – a Whitman and Dickinson class," Haadsma recalled. "I really liked it, I learned a lot so I started taking more classes with her.
"Last spring she told our class about a practical persuasion class (for the 2014 fall semester) and it sounded really interesting," she added.
Practical Persuasion is a 300-level English course that aims to teach students how to plan and execute major writing projects, such as large grant applications. The section that Haadsma took was project based: the entire class was devoted to composing a grant application for The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts program that engages communities in a shared reading experience. This alignment writing and community activism struck a chord with Haadsma.
"I'm interested in community engagement, so I thought I would give it a try," Haadsma said. "I have enjoyed reading and how it can people together. Once you read a book with someone you have that experience in common."
Haadsma was joined by two fellow seniors – Madeline Drury and Diana Gomez – in the practical persuasion class. Haadsma and her classmates worked closely with a planning committee of local residents to develop a Big Read program that would bring the community together around Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. The committee chose Ursula Le Guin's young adult fantasy novel both because it would appeal to a young audience and because it features a protagonist of color. The programming they developed to facilitate community engagement is particularly distinctive in that is offers Albion children in seventh to ninth grades important leadership roles in the community discussions of the book.
In addition to writing an application for a grant from The Big Read, Haadsma and her classmates have completed writing projects ranging from project narratives to promotional documents.
"They have had to use writing to engage with people who do not already have reason to care about them or our project, and perhaps more importantly, they have experienced the way their writing can make things happen in the world," Roberts said.
Albion will go ahead with the common reading experience that Haadsma and her classmates helped develop regardless of receipt of the grant.
"This project brings people together who will be reading the book but it brought people together in the planning process," Haadsma said. "It's nice to see all these people from different groups, organizations and backgrounds so on board with this project. We have made presentations to the city council, the school board and groups around campus and we've never been met with a negative reaction. Everyone we've met is enthusiastic and willing to get involved."
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Trine Favored To Repeat As MIAA Softball Champs
After a season that saw them making a run to the final eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, Trine has been picked to repeat as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association softball champions for the 2015 season.
The Thunder, who have won 46 consecutive MIAA regular season games dating back to 2012, received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league's coaches. Hope, which was picked to finish second, received the other first place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Trine (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Olivet 27. 4. Calvin 30. 5. Alma 32. 6. Adrian 44. 7. Saint Mary's 46. 8. Kalamazoo 57. 9. Albion 64.
MIAA schools begin non-conference play February 23, with conference action to begin on March 26 when Alma hosts Hope for a doubleheader.
Albion Athletics Receives Awards For Community Service
The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators has recognized the Albion athletic department for the impressive community service projects completed by Briton student-athletes during the 2013-2014 academic year. Albion was recognized in three categories during the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards presentation Jan. 17 at the NCAA Convention.
Albion received the award of merit in the array of projects and on-going projects categories. Led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Briton student-athletes logged 3,375 hours on a wide variety of service projects, ranging from putting on the annual winter carnival and free sports clinics for children to participating events like the College’s Halloween Spooktacular and the Student Volunteer Bureau's Adopt-A-Family project around the holidays. They also spent time volunteering in the community school, children’s museum and Albion’s Festival of the Forks.
Albion also received an honorable mention award in the one-time project category for hosting a basketball tournament for Special Olympians.
"The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has made a goal of increasing community service hours each year," Albion senior associate athletic director Melissa Walton (pictured right with Albion athletic director Matt Arend) said.
Current Albion SAAC President Emily DeWaters added, "It's an honor for us to be awarded for multiple projects. It is an awesome feeling for all the athletes to help the community. To be recognized for it makes it all the more rewarding. We couldn't have done it without the leadership from last year's president Jalyn Ingalls."
The NADIIIAA recognizes institutions and/or conferences for the impressive community service projects performed by their student-athletes during the academic year. This prestigious awards program is co-sponsored by Jostens and is intended to recognize the many contributions that Division III student-athletes make to their communities.
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