Teen MOSAIC Program Teaches Cultural, Religious Acceptance

first_imgIn 2016 Garden State MOSAIC received the Unity award from the New Jersey State Human Relations Commission. Its teen affiliate program, MOSAIC (Mobilizing Our Students for Action to build Interfaith Community), was founded in 2013 when MCWRET member Sarbmeet Kanwal, an astrophysicist from the Sikh faith community, suggested organizing a program for teenagers. “I had the desire,” Jaffari said. “I love working with kids.” One of Jaffari’s three sons is a ninth-grader enrolled in the MOSAIC program. His two older brothers, now in college, participated in the group when they were in 10th and eighth grades. “I wanted my children to feel safe and to be educated,” she said. “It has benefitted my children tremendously.” To date, more than 100 teens have taken part in MOSAIC, with the majority remaining engaged with the organization after their year of education, leadership and service as ambassadors. “Seeing this in action brings tears to my eyes, it really does,” Lischin said. “I think it’s more than important. I think it’s crucial.” It is one of many events the nonprofit participates in throughout the year to build friendship and community among those of different religious and cultural traditions in Monmouth County. The teens also partner with local social service agencies, such as Family Promise, to help provide food and clothing to local families in need. In a time when there is so much “otherizing,” dangerously dividing members of various cultures and faiths into “them and us,” notes Stevi Lischin, Ph.D., it’s critically important to learn about our neighbors and understand not only what makes us different, but what we have in common. “Many of them come from very comfortable towns and they don’t realize what is in our own backyard,” Jaffari said. Each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, MCWRET sponsors a community concert at the Unitarian Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft featuring music representing cultures and faiths from around the world. It was a mission that became an urgent one for Jaffari after 9/11 when, she said, she saw her religion being hijacked and demonized by the extremists responsible for the attacks. “I was asked to lead a program on mainstream Muslim’s response to extremism,” Jaffari said. “For me, I think the most valuable part of this was the faith sessions,” said Karkanis, who is Hindu. “It gives me a new perspective on religions and the differences they have between one another.” Fatima Jaffari, a Lakewood native who is Muslim, offered to help design the program for Monmouth County teens. Jaffari a member of the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission and a MCWRET member, has been working with the Freehold Clergy Association, the Human Relations Commission and MCWRET for many years to foster tolerance and understanding among the many faiths and cultures here in Monmouth County. Volunteerism is an important part of their year in MOSAIC. Each class decides what volunteer project they would like to participate in for that year. Teens also gain a firmerunderstanding of their ownfaith and culture as theyshare their traditions withothers. The teens, who represent many faiths and cultures, are invited to assemble into groups based on such simple preferences as whether they like vanilla ice cream or chocolate; comedies or action films; swimming or track. center_img Gaurav Karkhanis, a senior at Manalapan High School, is now an ambassador for MOSAIC after participating during his freshman year. Group meetings took place twice a month, with teens attending churches, temples, mosques and other faith communities where teens from that faith were responsible for doing a presentation about it for their peers. Monmouth County teens participating in Garden State MOSAIC visited a Sikh place of worship, known as a gurdwara, to learn about the religion. Each year, teens enrolled in the program visit Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faith communities to gain an understanding of their beliefs and practices and share their own in an effort to promote tolerance and understanding of differences while celebrating what they have in common. Photo courtesy MOSAIC MOSAIC members also build leadership skills by participating in the planning and preparation of group activities. In the past, MOSAIC members volunteered with the nonprofit Rise Against Hunger, gathering to prepare hundreds of sandwiches and traveling together to New York City to distribute the food to those in need. Another class packaged nearly 20,000 meals to send to Africa. By Eileen Moon During their year in the program, teens visit diverse faith communities, where they’re hosted by the congregation and are able to learn about the beliefs, food, holidays and other traditions associated with that faith and culture. As the teens group and regroup based on their preferences, they begin to talk and laugh together, getting to know each other as the multifaceted human beings they are rather than as one-dimensional members of a faith or culture different from their peers. Established in the early 1990s through the efforts of Rev. Harold Dean, leader of the Unitarian Congregation of Monmouth County, the mission of MCWRET is to enhance understanding and acceptance of religious and cultural diversity through educational programs and events that bring people of different faiths and cultures together. Information on joining MOSAIC is available on the group’s website at gardenstatemosaic.org. Once the teens complete their year of service and education in MOSAIC, they are eligible to remain involved with the group as MOSAIC ambassadors, mentoring other teens and speaking about the group to interested organizations. “They’re very passionate and very eloquent about their experiences.” Each year, when a new group of teens gathers to participate in the year- long inter faith education, volunteerism and leadership program sponsored by Garden State MOSAIC, facilitators guide them in a simple, ice-breaking exercise designed to demonstrate how much they have in common. In finding her own voice, Jaffari said, she realized the importance of providing a similar opportunity for her children – an opportunity to educate others about their faith and, in return, learn about the faiths and cultures in their community. The exercise is a small component of the teen leadership and education program that is co-sponsored by the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission and the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET). Lischin and her husband Robert Smith have been active in the organization since it was established some 25 years ago. “(The need for) Inter faith understanding didn’t start after 9/11,” Lischin said. “It’s as old as human beings. Different faiths share a history of outrageous contention and also common humanity and a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” He also appreciated the volunteer opportunities MOSAIC provided. “It showed the importance of being involved in your community,” he said. last_img read more

Prospective Fort Monmouth Developers Pressed For Details

first_imgThe fort’s master reuse plan, being administered by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), defines the site’s future use as office and/or research and development or an alternative commercial use consistent with the “array of commercial and light industrial uses in a campus-like setting” planned for that section of the former fort. FMERA plans also included demolition of two of the site’s nine buildings for open space and continued use of the former pistol range and fire training area also located there. The minimum purchase price was set at $4.5 million. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski The revised RFOTP now requires clearly defined uses of any intended open space on the property, the inclusion of a roadway design concept and a price proposal that meets the $4.5 million minimum with no associated contingencies as the property is being sold in “as is condition.” The two proposals received late last year were reviewed internally by professional staff to determine compliance with state guidelines, as well as whether the plans would result in the “highest and best use” of the property. Names of bidding entities are not revealed until further along in the process, as per FMERA rules. Both proposals left a significant portion of the parcel as “unplanned, undefined open space leaving the majority of the property undeveloped for an undetermined timeframe” according to FMERA documents. Final negotiations are underway with the intended new owner of Fort Monmouth’s former Expo Theater that will keep it a community entertainment and recreation facility. Photo by Laura D. C. Kolnoski Parcel B, ‘The Front Door of the Fort’ “The staff was not particularly happy with either proposal,” said Robert Lucky, FMERA interim chairman, adding, “The same people may rebid with more specificity.” In general, redevelopment proposals should “promote, develop, encourage and maintain employment, commerce, economic development and the public welfare.” Officials said they did not want to leave the large site susceptible to future development that doesn’t meet FMERA standards and could adversely affect the three towns the fort spans – Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. IN OTHER FORT NEWS TINTON FALLS – A lack of specifics from two potential developers has sent redevelopment plans for a substantial commercial parcel on the former Fort Monmouth back to the drawing board. center_img At their Jan. 18 meeting, FMERA members voted toreissue the parcel’s request for offers to purchase withtighter guidelines. Officials said they expect the newRFOTP to be released next month. Expo Theater The 31-acre site, located in the Tinton Falls section of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base, was known as The Charles Wood Area before being re-envisioned as the Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel, located at Pearl Harbor Avenue and Pinebrook Road. “The RFOTP and the proposal both required use as a community theater,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “We’re waiting for more information from the proposer that reflects the percentage of programming as a center for community productions. That’s part of the negotiations.” Negotiations with the lead proposer for the fort’s 1968- era Expo Theater were nearing completion last week. Lucky said the facility will be a “recreation-based area.” Four proposals were received for the facility on 7.8 acres along Route 537 (Avenue of Memories) in Eatontown last August. The 995-seat live theater and cinema property includes the adjacent Dean Field. Also nearing final negotiations is the long-awaited redevel-opment of Parcel B, the high-profile 77-acre parcel in Eatontown along Route 35 just inside the red brick Johnson Gates. Fort watchers may recall the fanfare generated by a plan and colorful renderings depicting a modern retail/entertainment/ residential complex proposed by Paramount Properties before that firm withdrew from the project some three years ago. After Paramount backed out, the second-highest bidder began negotiating with FMERA. The developer, who will not be named until the contract is presented, proposes a mix of 250,000 square feet of retail and 302 housing units with 20 percent affordable housing. Lucky, who has expressed cautious optimism about the latest Parcel B plans throughout the negotiation process, said, “The staff has done a great job of securing an acceptable development.”last_img read more

Leafs players wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

first_imgThere was a bit of a change to the Nelson Leafs during a three-game Thanksgiving homestand.The team decided to show their respect to Breast Cancer Awareness Month by adding a touch of pink to the Green and White home jerseys.”It was an idea from the players,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida. “A couple of players took it upon themselves to go a little pink and the executive was happy with the idea.” Nelson players pink shoelaces in their skates and jerseys while the goalies wore pink on the masks and pads.Traditionally football players north and south of the 49th parallel wear pink shoes or tape their pads with pink tape to show support for breast cancer charitie.Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.Maida said the team plans to continue wearing pink throughout the month of October.last_img read more

Kokanee Springs Hole Five voted Most Scenic in Canada by Reader’s Digest; course expect round one Million to be played this summer

first_img“The success of our company reflects the determined and orchestrated efforts of a stellar team of individuals which has resulted in eleven destination resorts as well as private mountain home collections. I thank each and everyone of them for their continued support.”The Kokanee Lodge was completed in May of 1992, offering for the first time a complex of luxurious yet casual course-side accommodations.In 2003, Kokanee Springs celebrated the lodging expansion, with the addition of “Noble Lodge” and the Clubhouse renovation, which spearheaded Kokanee into the next era of development. After an unforgettable golfing experience, the fabulous Kokanee Lodge offers a quiet mixture of casual elegance and relaxation for those desiring mountain-style peace and tranquility.Overlooking the 12th fairway are 56 luxury rooms, eight suites, sundecks, hot tub and a meeting room. For those wishing to dine, Bunker’s Grill offers a sumptuous menu that is varied enough to tantalize and satisfy any golfers appetite.This season is also special for staff and golfers at Kokanee Springs as the course is expecting its millionth round to be played this summer, between end of June and early July.The lucky player receives the Kokanee Advantage package — a value of $2000.The Kokanee Advantage includes 50 rounds of golf, discount on meals at the on resort Bunkers Grill led by Top Chef Canada competitor Chef Jamie Hertz, private dinner for two created by Chef Jamie and a custom plaque to commemorate this amazing milestone. It’s official.Crawford Bay’s Kokanee Springs Golf Resort has been voted Most Scenic in Canada by Reader’s Digest Canada for Hole number five.Located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, 40 kilometers north of Nelson, Kokanee Springs, a Norman Woods original course, is characterized by it’s long driving fairways, immense rolling greens, immaculate course upkeep, and ability to interest and challenge golfers at all levels . . . and, of course, spectacular views of Purcell Mountain range.Sixty-six sand traps, 12 water hazards and 124,000 square feet of elevated, multileveled greens with 90,000 square feet of terraced tee surface were all a part of his plan.As if the hazards Woods created weren’t enough of a challenge, Kokanee Springs is a long course. A well played round can take you 6.5 miles.The yardages are 6604 from the blue markers, 6260 from the whites and 5747 from the reds, on this par 71 track.”This is an incredible way to enter our tenth year of operation here at Bellstar, with some very prestigious industry awards for our collection of properties,” said Ed Romanowski, President & CEO of Bellstar Group, owners of the Kokanee Springs Resort.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Sensations Dress Shop U14 Girl’s Champs

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Cinderella seasons for Sensations Dress Shop with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coach Laura Zondervan, Heather Potkins, Anna Milde, Haley Slomba, Shaen Panko-Dool, Bryce Winters, Ava Young, Alex Pompu, Riley Zondervan, coach Beth Corven, Veronica Kearnes, Kelsey Andrusak, Hannah Corven, Camryn Parnell, Kamylle Barton, Jaden How and Ellee Atkinson. During the regular season Sensations Dress Shop struggled to find any consistency against the rest of the Girl’s U14 League teams.However, when playoffs rolled in the squad rose to World Cup form as Sensations Dress Shop won the Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Girl’s House League crown with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Vogue during Championship Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.Sensations Dress Shop and Vogue played to a 2-2 regulation tie before the victors took over to capture the House League crown in shootout.last_img read more

2015 Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun Overall Results

first_img33rd Annual Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun                                                       Nelson, BC                                                   August 2, 2015                                  Timing by “Results Canada”                                   Olympic Distance Individual Results     –                           FINAL—-                                                                               Pos     Time    Name                    City          Plc/Total Category         ——– ——- ———————– ————- ——————-          1     2:05:52 Dallas CAIN                            1/8   Men 30-39              2     2:13:33 Seth BITTING                           1/8   Men 40-49             3     2:16:18 Scott NICOL                            1/3   Men 20-29              4     2:18:09 Stephen WEBER                          1/9   Men 50-59              5     2:21:02 Jay KRIEGER                            2/8   Men 30-39              6     2:21:41 Nelson ROCHA                           2/8   Men 40-49              7     2:22:49 Greg WELWOOD                           3/8   Men 40-49              8     2:28:17 Kurt BEERENS                           3/8   Men 30-39               9     2:31:10 Isabel RAMSAY                          1/3   Women 20-29           10     2:32:28 Mike KRAHN                             2/9   Men 50-59             11     2:33:32 Suzie POIRIER                          1/4   Women 30-39           12     2:34:38 Dave HARASYM                           4/8   Men 30-39              13     2:34:49 Spencer BOURNE                         2/3   Men 20-29              14     2:35:21 Michael HENDRIKS                       5/8   Men 30-39             15     2:35:37 Con DIAMOND                            1/8   Men 60-69             16     2:35:51 Chauncy BLAIR                          6/8   Men 30-39             17     2:38:08 Carol CURRIE                           1/5   Women 50-59           18     2:38:31 Paul SAWATSKY                          4/8   Men 40-49             19     2:39:07 Alexander KALABIS                      7/8   Men 30-39            20     2:41:31 Murray ROTH                            2/8   Men 60-69             21     2:41:47 Catherine LUNDSTROM           2/5   Women 50-59             22     2:42:33 Mal FINCH                              3/8   Men 60-69              23     2:42:37 David KONKIN                           5/8   Men 40-49              24     2:43:24 Lauren KOCH                            2/4   Women 30-39            25     2:43:45 Linsi COMFORT                          2/3   Women 20-29            26     2:50:46 Bob MCCUAIG                            8/8   Men 30-39             27     2:51:01 Bob JENSEN                             4/8   Men 60-69              28     2:52:00 Gabrielle JANGULA                      1/3   Women 40-49            29     2:52:02 Sheld SHURGELO                         3/3   Men 20-29             30     2:53:40 Peter WARD                             3/9   Men 50-59             31     2:55:46 Andrew JONES                           6/8   Men 40-49             32     2:57:14 Karrie PARENT                          2/3   Women 40-49           33     2:58:00 McGuire KEVIN                          7/8   Men 40-49             34     2:58:54 Milo FINK                              5/8   Men 60-69             35     2:59:37 Kim IRVING                             3/5   Women 50-59           36     2:59:56 Kim ILLING                             4/5   Women 50-59             37     3:01:01 John MCKENZIE                          4/9   Men 50-59               38     3:03:32 Kathleen CLOVER                        3/3   Women 40-49            39     3:03:33 Anna HUME                              3/4   Women 30-39           40     3:04:29 Bill WALLACE                           5/9   Men 50-59             41     3:05:32 Mel HUNT                               6/8   Men 60-69            42     3:09:03 Hannu HARINEN                          7/8   Men 60-69            43     3:10:20 Denise LEMAY-MOORE                     5/5   Women 50-59          44     3:10:49 Bill CLARK                             8/8   Men 40-49                45     3:13:17 Michael PRIMEAU                        6/9   Men 50-59            46     3:16:01 Elizabeth KLEIDER                      4/4   Women 30-39            47     3:17:13 Curtis SHERSTOBITOFF                   7/9   Men 50-59               48     3:19:32 Peter LEE                              8/8   Men 60-69             49     3:19:32 Graham JAMIN                           8/9   Men 50-59             50     3:25:49 Robyn SUTHERLAND                       3/3   Women 20-29          51     3:58:55 Bernie CLOVER                          1/1   Men 70+                52     3:58:58 Roger FONTAINE                         9/9   Men 50-59last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2015)–Favored Avenge rallied from just off the pace under Flavien Prat to register a convincing 1 ½ length win in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita as the 3-year-old daughter of War Front negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.90. Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by Ramona Bass, LLC, she won for the second consecutive time down the hill, but her trainer is convinced she’ll do well on dirt as well.“She does like the turf but I don’t know that she can’t run on dirt,” said Mandella. “I don’t think the dirt was the reason she didn’t run well before because she didn’t run any better on the hill her first time. She’s a good filly and I just need to cultivate her a little bit.”Off at 9-5 in a field of eight fillies and mares, Avenge took command at the sixteenth pole and paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Following her maiden score down the hillside on March 15, Avenge now has two wins from three starts over the unique layout and is two for five overall. With the winner’s share of $34,800, her earnings stand at $79,600.“She was great behind the speed today,” said Prat. “She was a little bit green when she was up front last time, she was real keen. I had a lot of horse and a lot of confidence once we crossed the dirt (at the top of the stretch). I’m grateful to be riding her.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sea Mona sat second throughout behind fractions of 21.64, 44.07 and 1:07.74, and when pacesetter Windy Forecast folded a sixteenth out, the winner went by on her outside. Off at 7-2, Sea Mona paid $4.00 and $3.00.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Whisk rallied to out finish Desert Steel for the show, finishing three quarters of a length behind Sea Mona. The second choice at 3-1, Whisk paid $2.40 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. The $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes for older fillies and mares will serve as the day’s headliner and has been carded as the sixth race on an eight race card. Two time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will make her 5-year-old debut in the Santa Lucia and is the heavy 1-5 morning line favorite.last_img read more

Meet Joe Morris of the Stronach Group

first_imgGet to know Stronach Group’s Senior Vice-President of West Coast Operations, Mr. Joe Morris. A man of distinction, Morris is always on-hand to make sure things are running smoothly at Santa Anita Park. Though he can be seen walking the grounds on a daily basis, most fans do not know his origins, his dedication to the industry, or his main philosophy.Customer Service is a top priority for Morris, as is demonstrated in a direct quote from Voyage LA –“We offer more than just one way to sit, to see and to experience everything that is Horse Racing and we do it in a way that is unlike any other track in the country.I’m most proud of our people putting on the show. The employees and the backstretch workers, who get the least amount of recognition. Horses are an eight day a week job. I know there are only seven days but it’s an eight day a week job. Doesn’t matter what the weather is like, doesn’t matter how you feel, those horses need to be taken care of and I’m so proud of the people that do that.Here at Santa Anita, we do that at the absolute highest level in the country. There is no higher level of racing than what we provide right here and the owners are the same way. Our jockeys, our trainers, our backstretch workers are all the operating at the highest level, every day.”Catch the full interview with Joe Morris – Feature Article in Voyage LAlast_img read more

2019 Southland Track & Field Academic All-Conference Teams Announced

first_img Jamie Crowe* Lamar Gr. 3.77 Kinesiology Irene Akwitti2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.77 Nursing Ryan Simmons3 Abilene Christian Gr. 3.86 Accounting Megan Kirby Abilene Christian So. 3.00 Social Studies Dominique Allen* Incarnate Word Jr. 3.67 Rehabilitative Sciences Kai Schmidt*2 Abilene Christian Gr. 3.62 Accounting Migle Muraskaite* Lamar So. 3.50 Exercise Science Garett Cortez*3 Incarnate Word Sr. 3.86 Sports Management Taylor Posey Abilene Christian Sr. 3.83 Nursing Erin Woodward Central Arkansas Jr. 4.00 Health Sciences – PT Drake Murphy* Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.31 Kinesiology Grace Walford Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.83 Elementary Education Jordan Cherin Incarnate Word Jr. 3.96 Computer Information Systems Jaron Hamilton Central Arkansas Jr. 3.82 Exercise Science Name School Cl. GPA Major Ryan Linton* Abilene Christian Sr. 3.00 Nursing Deion Hardy Incarnate Word Sr. 3.10 Business Kendall Rodriguez Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 4.00 Accounting Jillian Turner Stephen F. Austin Sr. 3.50 Kinesiology Nemanja Koviljac2 McNeese Jr. 3.97 Engineering Matt Arnold* Lamar Gr. 3.66 Kinesiology Jamie Eckford2 Sam Houston State Sr. 3.33 Health Sciences Kelsey Frank* Northwestern State Sr. 3.07 Social Work Clayton Fritsch Sam Houston State Jr. 3.17 Agriculture Business Callie Scull Nicholls Sr. 3.90 Biology/Pre-Med Gerald Coleman Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.60 Sports Management Aleyah Donald McNeese Jr. 3.15 Criminal Justice Christos Zachariou Houston Baptist Jr. 4.00 Psychology Bjoern Adden Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.96 Business Management Kelsey Ramirez* Stephen F. Austin So. 4.00 Kinesiology Sierra Pruitt Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.55 Psychology 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Track & Field All-Academic Team Ana Kriletic*3^ Houston Baptist Sr. 4.00 Psychology Carnley Graham3 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.89 Nursing Deja Keys* Incarnate Word Jr. 3.40 Criminal Justice Joshua Hernandez*2 Sam Houston State Sr. 3.40 Kinesiology Annina Brandenburg* Abilene Christian Sr. 3.70 Marketingcenter_img Sarea Alexander*2 Incarnate Word Sr. 3.08 English Thai Williams* Lamar Sr. 3.03 Kinesiology Erekha Sebastion Incarnate Word So. 3.40 Interdisciplinary Studies Danielle Martinez3 Incarnate Word Sr. 3.87 Marketing Name School Cl. GPA Major Rodney Littlejohn*2 Incarnate Word Sr. 3.45 Kinesiology Halie Daniel2 Sam Houston State Sr. 3.97 Criminal Justice Logan Robinson Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.50 Kinesiology Grace McKenzie2 McNeese Sr. 3.75 Exercise Science Jared Hamilton Central Arkansas Jr. 3.68 Exercise Science Brooke Petkovich Northwestern State Jr. 4.00 Health and Exercise Science Ajah Criner Central Arkansas Jr. 3.26 Exercise Science Briahna Gerlach Abilene Christian Jr. 3.53 Social Work Alex Eykelbosch* McNeese Sr. 4.00 Exercise Physiology Hannah Noble2 Central Arkansas Sr. 3.86 Marketing Aaron Akens* Sam Houston State Sr. 3.10 Engineering Technology and Physics Ryan Cleary* Abilene Christian Gr. 3.80 Accounting Webster Slaughter* Lamar So. 3.38 Communications Gladys Jerotich McNeese Sr. 3.27 Basic Studies Taryn Surratt2 Stephen F. Austin Jr. 4.00 Music Jasmyn Steels2 Northwestern State Jr. 3.62 Psychology Kaitlin Smith Houston Baptist So. 3.94 Kinesiology Colton Cohea Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.62 Mechanical Engineering Michael Nichols Sam Houston State Gr. 3.50 Sports Management Markus Schwiekert* Central Arkansas Sr. 3.90 Marketing Tyler Adams*4 Sam Houston State Sr. 3.48 Engineering Technology Cord Neal* Stephen F. Austin So. 4.00 Animal Science Ashley Davis* Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.20 Criminal Justice Blaze Brownlow*2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.74 Finance FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Ryan Cleary and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Sashane Hanson are the 2019 Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athletes of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with its academic all-conference teams. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Cleary, a graduate student, holds a 3.80 grade-point average (GPA) as an accounting major while competing in distance races for the Wildcats. The Prosper, Texas, native claimed a trio of medals throughout ACU’s 2019 indoor and outdoor seasons. He began with a silver medal in the mile event at the Southland Indoor Championships before claiming a first-place finish in the steeplechase and a third-place finish in the 1,500m run at the Southland Outdoor Championships. Cleary concluded his season competing in the steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Sacramento, Calif. (May 23-25), missing out on a trip to the national meet by two places. His work on the track is matched by his efforts in the classroom as he was also a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.Hanson pieced together an impressive senior campaign for the Islanders, taking gold medals in the high jump at both the 2019 Southland Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The Montego Bay, Jamaica, native also tabbed a first-place finish in the pentathlon at the Southland Indoor Championships and second-place finish in the heptathlon at the outdoor championships. Hanson capped her career with a 16th place finish in the high jump at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, earning Second Team All-America honors. She is now the second female and fourth student-athlete in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi school history to garner All-America accolades. As a biomedical science major, Hanson registers a 3.42 GPA.The men’s all-academic roster is comprised of 29 spots, with Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word and Sam Houston State leading the way with five selections each. Central Arkansas, Lamar, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi followed up with three honorees apiece. Stephen F. Austin accounted for two selections, while Houston Baptist (1), McNeese (1) and Southeastern Louisiana (1) rounding out the roster.On the 38-member women’s all-academic team, ACU leads the way with six honorees, followed closely by Incarnate Word and McNeese who each have five selections. Central Arkansas, Lamar, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all tied for third with three picks apiece. Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana each hold two spots, while Nicholls rounds out the team with one selection.In total, 10 student-athletes across both teams earned a flawless 4.00 GPA. HBU’s Christos Zachariou (psychology), UIW’s Andrew Leuthner (accounting) and SFA’s Cord Neal (animal science) accomplished the feat on the men’s team.UCA’s Erin Woodward (health sciences – PT), HBU’s Ana Kriletic (psychology), McNeese’s Alex Eykelbosch (exercise physiology) NSU’s Brook Petkovich (health and exercise science), SFA’s Kelsey Ramirez (kinesiology) and Taryn Surratt (music) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kendall Rodriguez (accounting) all possess a perfect GPA on the women’s side.Southland Conference Track & Field All-Academic Teams are selected by a 50-percent rule. Of the total number of nominees, half are named all-academic selections. Honorees are nominated and voted upon by head coaches, sports information directors, and academic staff members from each university. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted on by the Southland awards committee, consisting of one administrator from each member school.Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year: Ryan Cleary, Abilene ChristianWomen’s Outdoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year: Sashane Hanson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi2019 Southland Conference Men’s Track & Field All-Academic Team Andrew Leuthner Incarnate Word Sr. 4.00 Accounting Alanna Arvie*2 McNeese Jr. 3.47 Biology (Pre-Med) Katie Buckley Lamar Gr. 3.88 Kinesiology Sashane Hanson*3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.42 Biomedical Science * Automatic selection2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection^ Google Cloud Academic All-District selectionlast_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA PARK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 A.M. THIS SATURDAY, PEGASUS WORLD CUP DAY; 11 RACES, INCLUDING FOUR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED STAKES TO HIGHLIGHT LOCAL BETTING MENUADMISSION GATES TO OPEN AT 9:30 A.M. WITH HUGE CARD FROM GULFSTREAM PARK THAT WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY $9 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP & $7 MILLION WORLD CUP TURF INVITATIONALARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2019)–With a tremendous card coming in via simulcast from Gulfstream Park and a blockbuster 11-race program locally, Santa Anita has announced it will go with a special early first post time this Saturday, Jan. 26, of 11:30 a.m.Admission gates will open early in order to facilitate simulcast wagering at 9:30 a.m. and Early Bird wagering will be offered at 8 a.m. in Santa Anita’s Top ‘O The Stretch area.  Gulfstream’s Saturday program will be highlighted by the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.  The Turf Invitational has an approximate post time of 2:12 p.m. PT and the World Cup has an assigned post time of 2:47 p.m. PT.With a mandatory payout (pending CHRB approval) looming on Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita will also be offering a $2 million Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot guarantee on Pegasus World Cup Day this Saturday.With entries being taken today, Santa Anita’s 11-race offering on Saturday will be highlighted by four stakes for California-bred or sired horses:  The $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf; the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course; the $150,000 California Cup Sprint, for older horses at six furlongs and the $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes, for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf.last_img read more