Faculty recital a big hit
Guest singer Christine Donahue and music staff at GC entertain students with a magical performance.By LEEANNDRA PADGETT
Noteworthy concert number two (of eight), “Of Trumpets, Hermits and Charmers” was a success. The hour and a half performance featured guest soprano Christine Donahue accompanied by Mrs. Betty Lewis Cohen and Dr. H.M. Lewis.
Ms. Donahue has performed in operas all around the world and currently teaches at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Lewis (one of Georgetown’s music professors) provided the trumpet portion of the performance title, impressively reaching high notes that matched that of the soprano he was accompanying.
As for hermits, Mrs. Betty Lewis Cohen (who happens to be Dr. Lewis’ s sister) provided piano as Ms. Donahue sang ten hermit songs.
The lyrics came from notes found in the margins of eighth to 13th century illuminated manuscripts and varied from songs of praise and admiration of God to, as Ms. Donahue described, “somewhat irreverent” ditties.
After the hermit songs, Ms. Donahue sang several love songs (about charmers), many of which were not in English (thank goodness for the translations in the program).
The final piece of the night was a modern, comic song called “I Love Teaching Voice.” The sarcastic tune began with a professor’s praise for her profession, but digressed until she sang “I hate teaching voice!” complaining about the vices of students and the trials of the profession. This selection brought many laughs, especially from professors in the audience.
Ms. Donahue’s performance embodied a wide range of emotions as she sorrowfully sang “The Crucifixion” and joyfully praised God with “Let the Bright Seraphim.” Playfully she told of “The Monk and His Cat” and divulged a secret, in “Promiscuity.”
The selection was varied with pieces from the 17th to 20th centuries and was truly a showcase of talent. The next performance will be by Michael Fogler on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
WEG terms explainedBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
The World Equestrian Games have invaded our town and its vocabulary is now invading our ears. See the brief descriptions below to makes sure you are in the know about these common WEG terms, and try to drop a few words into casual conversation in the next few weeks.
1. Reining: In this event, each horse is required to run in a specific pattern and is designed to showcase the Western horse in an arena.
2. Dressage: In this particular event, each horse goes through movements and gaits designed to show the horse’s “understanding.”
3. Driving: This event is comprised of three different events: driven dressage, obstacle cone driving and marathon. Each driver drives a team of four horses through the given event.
4. Endurance: This event tests the speed and endurance of the horse over a 100 mile course.
5. Eventing: This is an “all-around” test of horse and rider. The Dressage test, the Cross-Country test and the Jumping test take place within a three day span.
6. Jumping: In this competition, the horse’s speed, energy, skill and obedience are tested as they are put through different obstacles.
7. Para Dressage: This event is when riders with disabilities get to compete in dressage.
8. Vaulting: This event is when both gymnastic and dance elements are done on a horse that is cantering.
There are many things you can do and see while at the World Equestrian Games that do not involve watching the events, including the Trade Show, the Equine Village, the Kentucky Experience and the Alltech Experience.
You can do all kinds of shopping at the Trade Show and can get everything from wearable art to equestrian goods.
In the Equine Village, riders and organizations will be showcasing themselves to spectators from around the globe.
At the Kentucky Experience, people from around the globe can enjoy all the tastes, sights and smells from around our great state.
At the Alltech Experience, located at the entrance to the Park, people can look at four-acres worth of Alltech technology and the future of the equine industry. Also featured in the Experience is Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, the Offical Beer of the Games.
GC connects to World Equestrian GamesBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
After many years of planning and anticipation, the Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) have finally arrived. The Games, for those of you who may not know, are 16 days of competitions in eight different disciplines, which are Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Show Jumping, Para Dressage, Reining and Vaulting. You can see the opposite page for help on these things.
These games are a first in many ways, including being the first time that the Games have been held outside of Europe, the first time all of the competition will take place at one venue and the first time para-dressage, or dressage for handicapped riders, will be taking place alongside the dressage competition and not separately included. The Games are being held just a few minutes outside of Georgetown, at the Kentucky Horse Park, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that many Georgetonians will be taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Equine Scholars Program is one of Georgetown’s Programs of Distinction that “prepares students for successful professional careers in or related to the horse industry while inspiring them to become more caring, passionate stewards of equines worldwide.” All 40 scholars have the privilege of working at the Games in either security or the Equine Village, which will be showcasing many aspects of the equine industry. They will be working six eight-hour shifts, a lot of which will be done during Georgetown’s Fall Break, but they get the perks of free parking, free clothing and a free grounds pass.
Senior Equine Scholar Kathleen Landwehr will be working the Equine Village and said of it, “I will be a ring steward in the Equine Village. For my job, I will be helping groups set up and take down props for their demonstrations and assisting in crowd control around the rings. I will also be volunteering as an Interior Crossover Guard for the Eventing Cross Country day and I will be opening and closing galloping lanes, allowing spectators to move around the course.”
The Executive Director of the Equine Scholars Program, Sarah Coleman, has a leading role in the Games, being one of 25 women hand-selected to be a Hospitality Ambassador. She was then chosen to be the only Champions Club Ambassador, which means she will serve for 12 to 14 hours a day, every day but one as a hospitality liaison for the VIP guests including CEOs, heads of state and even royalty. “Though it will be a lot of work, I am very honored and excited to be presented with this opportunity. I can’t wait to see who I get to meet… I will literally have the best seat in the house for the events!”
The Equine Scholars will also be represented during the Games at a booth set up by the Kentucky Higher Education Consortium, which represents all eight equine schools in Kentucky.
Junior Kelsey Hamilton has an extra special role in the Games, because she is an intern at Alltech, an animal food and nutrition company, which is the title sponsor of the Games. Alltech pledged $10 million to be the title sponsor, in order to expand their share in the equine market and get their name out more in the equine industry. Hamilton was able to apply for the opportunity to get an internship with Alltech in their Games Department through networking with a fellow equine enthusiast at her barn, who just so happened to be the editor of Equine International, Alltech’s free monthly magazine. This is not a unique story; in fact, networking is one of the largest contributing factors to getting a job within the horse industry.
Hamilton, who is also an Equine Scholar, stressed the fact that the Equine Scholars Program focuses on helping the Scholars develop good networking skills that they can then put into real life practice, which is just what she did. She has a media pass for the Games, which allows her access to any event, but will be focusing on interviewing people for Equine International Magazine.
The Equine Scholars are not the only Georgetonians taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; many faculty and staff are also involved. Drs. Jana Brill and Virginie Cassidy, both French professors, not only helped proctor the French language proficiency testing for the Games, but they also helped write and edit the French section of the Alltech FEI/WEG Interpreters Manual and will be serving as interpreters throughout the Games.
German professor Sigrid Suesse and Director of International Programs Emily Brandon will also be serving as interpreters. Other staff members will be serving in different capacities; Dr. Todd Gambill and Athletics Director Eric Ward will be volunteering with Rotary International, and Director of Student Engagement James Koeppe will be working the Georgetown-Scott County Tourism booth, encouraging people to come visit Georgetown. Georgetown College will also be providing the overflow parking for horse trailers, if needed, but this should have a minimal effect on campus because the trailers would be parked on three lots on East Campus that are not regularly used by students: the softball lot, the radio tower lot and the grass lot by the baseball field.
For students who would like to go to the Games but who do not want to shell out $20 for parking and $25 for a grounds pass, plus the cost of the tickets to actually see an event, Alltech has come up with a solution. This Sunday, Sept. 26 will be College Day, where students get in free with a college ID at the box office of the Games. This includes a grounds pass and they can even see two events, Reining and Endurance, for free. Students are encouraged to wear their school colors, so wear your orange and black. To help get students there and enjoy this opportunity, the Georgetown Activities Council will be shuttling students to and from the Games. Students may sign up on one of the GAC-tivities boards in the Cralle Student Center, either outside of the Caf or in the Grille by Friday.