St. Andrews University (a branch of Webber International University) launched its redesigned website today. The new cleaner look is easier to navigate with all pages being within two clicks of any other page – test that out if you like! The new look is the result of much effort from Daniel in Computer Services and Misty in the Communications Office. Thanks for working hard to make the new site a reality!
Second in our series Elusive Excellence investigating the meaning behind our motto “Excellence is our Tradition”
Entrepreneur James Altucher in his article “10 Things Successful People Never Do” states that to succeed one must over promise and over deliver. Altucher says, “There are 3,000,000,000 employees on the planet and they are all under promising and most of them are under delivering.” Just think how we could change the way things are done if most of us changed our habits!
Over promising takes courage, it often means more work, time and responsibility. Over promising requires one to commit, without reservation, to complete a project or assignment on time, with quality, sufficient detail and the resolve to follow up if needed. Over promising is difficult because you know that to do the task or job well that you will have to devote your time and resources to keep your promise.
Over delivering takes creativity to go the extra mile to produce a product that fulfills the agreed upon requirements and something extra as well. The project requirements must be fulfilled but it is often the extra effort that was applied to the project that leads to success by showing that one cared enough to thoroughly complete the project and offer more than was required.
For Professors over promising and over delivering might be not just teaching ones specialty but also committing to developing the skills related to life-long learning, enquiry, critical thinking, analysis and the ability to prepare a well-researched and logically organized argument or discussion. For students over promising and over delivering could include questioning ideas and concepts that they are presented with, doing their own research into the topic, analyzing all the data and preparing assignments supported by credible sources that include their opinion based on the facts. Often opinions are based on previous experiences which certainly may have some merit but shows a lack of curiosity for deeper truths and ideas.
Over promise and over deliver requires additional effort, a commitment to something greater than oneself perhaps a commitment to excellence?
Lorrie Renker will be spending the week mentoring students in the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. Lorrie arrives today and will be conducting several sessions exploring the importance of horse rider matches, mounting techniques and sharing her experiences as a Master Instructor with PATH Intl. including her recent liaison with a therapeutic horsemanship center in South Korea.
Saturday is our first IHSA Hunter Seat home show. We are very excited to kick off the show season with a large horse show at the Equestrian Center. Students are working hard to prepare the horses and the facility. Matt and Jessica and several students set a jump course last Friday as part of the preparation for this weekend. The show starts at 10:00 a.m.
Will be a busy week on both sides of the farm!
Excellence (ex·cel·lence ˈeks(ə)ləns/)
At some point in fairly recent St. Andrews history we adopted the phrase “Excellence is our Tradition”. As with all mottoes interpretation is up to the reader. Merriam Webster defines excellence as “something of the highest quality”. The Oxford Dictionary offers this explanation “Something in which one excels” which to me is not a true definition given that it uses the same verb in the definition! Dictionary.com defines excellence “as the condition of being superior”. That one does not appeal to me as I can see it promoting inflated egos.
The definition that I found that seemed most suitable came from Vocabulary.com.
Excellence means greatness — the very best. Achieving excellence is never easy to do.
Excellence is a quality that people really appreciate, because it’s so hard to find. Excellence is the quality of excelling, of being truly the best at something. Getting an A+ shows excellence. Michael Jordan’s basketball career was filled with excellence. We love Picasso and Shakespeare for their excellence. When you see excellence, you should appreciate the work that went into it. So much in the world falls short of excellence.
In light of the elusiveness of excellence we are starting a weekly feature on the pursuit of excellence. This week, Excellence Abhors Whining!
As part of his article “10 Things Successful People Never Do” Entrepreneur James Altucher says people that fail have a lot of accidents. I am interpreting this as, unsuccessful students have a lot of excuses. Excuses I hear regularly from my riders and students include “I don’t like this saddle”, “I am sick” and “___________ (insert Professor’s name here) gave me too much homework to do so I did not have time for your assignment”.
Altucher’s states that successful people move, eat, sleep…well. He says, they have good relationships are creative and grateful, appreciating the “now” that is so often overlooked. In short they take care of themselves. For my riders and students I suggest rethinking some common practices.
Blaming the horse or the tack does not improve your riding. Working to do the best you can within the circumstances and reflecting in a positive way will improve your riding and your attitude.
Sickness happens to everyone, take care of yourself. If you skip my 8:00 a.m. class I had better not see you later at the barn! You are either sick or not. Be tough.
Time Management. Allot time to homework, plan when to do it and get it done. If you run out of time you may have to spend less time hanging with your friends. If you struggle with it, go to the Professor who assigned it and ask them to explain it to you. Get a tutor, use the Writing Center. Be proactive, don’t whine!
- Bridgewater – 39
- SCAD 1 – 33
- Mt. Holyoke 1 – 30
- SCAD 2 – 29
- Mt. Holyoke 2 – 27
- St. Andrews – 27
- Randolph – 24
- Penn State – 22
- Open O/F – Kelsey Kocher – 3rd
- Open Flat – Kelsey Kocher – 4th
- Intermediate O/F – Sabrina Vlacich – 3rd
- Intermediate Flat – Sabrina Vlacich – 2nd
- Novice O/F – Mackenzie Parks – 4th
- Novice Flat – Mary Thomson – DNP
- WTC – Grace Wadford – 3rd
- WT – Paola Sierra-Danielson – 4th
Great article in The Laurinburg Exchange about a gift from the Scottish Pilot Club who have been active supporters of the Ride-Like-A-Knight program.
The Hunter Seat Equestrian Team will be participating in the Tournament of Champions at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA on Friday afternoon, September 18 and all day on Saturday, September 19. This is an invitational tournament of The Regional Champion Teams from 2015. These six students will be representing St. Andrews and will depart campus at 12:00 noon on Friday and return around 9:00 PM on Saturday night.
- Kelsey Kocher
- Sabrina Vlacich
- Mackenzie Parks
- Mary Thomson
- Grace Wadford
- Paola Sierra-Danielsen
Have a safe trip and good luck!
I enrolled in Blogging 201: Branding and Growth through WordPress. This class runs for the next two weeks. Our first assignment is to post goals for our blogs. So here goes.
The purpose of the St. Andrews Equestrian blog is to share equestrian program news, events and information relating to the program with past, current and future students and their families. The blog will serve as part of the recruiting funnel for the St. Andrews University (North Carolina campus) Admissions office.
We will do this by;
- Posting at least once a week during the fall semester.
- Developing a regular weekly feature by the end of September 2015.
- Increase followers on our facebook page by 500 by the end of 2015. We currently have 8,819 followers on facebook.
The St. Andrews University Equestrian program serves the students of St. Andrews University (A branch of Webber International University). The university offers two majors in Business Administration; one with a Specialization in Equine Business and the other with a Specialization in Therapeutic Horsemanship Management. Our Biology Department offers a Biology degree with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science. All students no matter what they are studying are invited to participate in the equestrian program, taking lessons, riding on one of our successful intercollegiate teams, volunteering in the Ride-Like-A-Knight Therapeutic Horsemanship program, doing work study at the barn and becoming a member of Riding Council. We host Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), American National Riding Commission (ANRC) horse shows as well as Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int.) workshops and conferences. Veterinarian in Residence Dr. Laura Kellam runs a unique pre-veterinarian internship program which is strongly experiential.