Monthly Archives: April 2019

Sunburst Stables: A Place to Remember

In a quiet town, nestled in the north Georgia mountains, there is a small business that has been committed to their customers for years.

“Sunburst Stables has been open for almost 24 years, and in these 24 years, It has been more rewarding than I ever expected,” says Becky Elliott, co-owner of Sunburst Stables. “People tell us every day how much they will remember their time with us.”

Sunburst Stables is a small business that provides activities such as ziplining horseback riding and boating tours on Lake Rabun. They have expert staff that are trained on the activities and on information about the area. This combination of well-crafted tours and expert guides creates an experience that attracts thousands of people a year.

“We are always looking at our property and trying to find new things to add and expand what we can offer,” says Mark Elliott, co-owner of Sunburst. “Everytime we add something new, it’s always rewarding to have customers tell us that they enjoyed it. It makes it worth it.”

Sunburst started as a small horse stable that did the odd tour every so often, but mainly held on by housing local’s horses for boarding fees. Mark and Becky Elliott then bought the land and transformed the business.

“I first found Sunburst when I went to their kids camp,” says Savannah Roper, a current employee. “After coming back over and over I decided to apply for a job. I figured, I love it so much I might as well work here.”

The staff begins their training by shadowing a senior employee in their daily tasks. Then they are passed through the gauntlet of learning all of the procedures. Then finally, the employee must learn how to treat customers of all types. This allows the employees to be equipped to handle any situation and calm even the most anxious people.

“I remember one tour I was on. There was a little kid and he was terrified to zipline,” says Roper. “His parents had tried to help but he was set on not going. So I sat and talked to the kid for a minute and asked him if he would go with me on the first one. We went down together, and on the next line, I asked him if he could see if he could go first and that I would come down after. We had a blast on that tour. He cried when we got back to the barn because he wanted to go again.”

The future of Sunburst is still changing. New activities are always on the way, and new memories are always being made. The sky’s the limit, and the owners and employees at sunburst are ready to make dreams come true.

“There is one story that will last for me,” says Mark Elliott. “A very old woman came one day. She brought her daughter who was still older than me, and I’m not young. The two of them wanted to go on the ATV tour, but the old woman was too weak in her arms, so she couldn’t drive the vehicle. I could tell that she was very disappointed. I could feel the weight of it, so I went and got a work vehicle that we use to repair the trails. I loaded the two women in and I drove them on the entire tour. When we got back, the older woman told me that she had just finished the last thing on her bucket list, that she wanted to ride in an off road vehicle. She then told me that this had been her favorite one. These are the people that we did this for, the reason we love our jobs so much.

Sunburst is open year round and are always avalibe to give information or book activities. Visit Sunburststables.com or call at 800-806-1953 or 706-947-7433

Sources:

Becky Elliott- sstable@windstream.net

Mark Elliott- Doesn’t know how email works – 706-768-4692

Savannah Roper- savannahlee.trimmer@gmail.com

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Living a Life Full of Travel – Final Story revised

Traveling the world is not everyone’s ultimate passion, but for one Piedmont College student it’s all she has ever known.  From adventures near her hometown to long international journeys, she has seen many indescribable sites that will stay with her for a lifetime.

“I have been travelling longer than I have been able to walk,” says Caitlin Parker, a history major at Piedmont College.  “At three weeks old I took my first trip to camping on the beach with my family, and at six weeks we traveled to South Carolina.”

On Wednesday, April 17, Piedmont College hosted its first annual Piedmont Research Innovation and Discovery Exhibition in the Swanson Center.  This event was held to give students the opportunity to present any research they have done over the year, share unique experiences they have been involved in or present their capstone presentations.  It was a huge success with over 130 students presenting throughout the course of five hours.

“Throughout the day, students discussed their research, described how study-away programs broadened their horizon, and performed works that inspire them,” says John Roberts.  

These study-away programs mentioned by Roberts are called Maymesters at Piedmont and this is where Caitlin Parker is able to continue her passion of travel, while still obtaining credits for classes.  She was one of the many presenters at the P.R.I.D.E event last week talking about Maymesters, gaining the attention of many listeners with her topic “Travelling enhances education.”

“Travelling is just in my family’s blood,” says Parker.  “Any chance we get on holidays or time off to spend together we just go somewhere new and exciting.”

Aruba, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Arizona are just a few places where Parker has gained new knowledge and experience for her works in history at school.  It wasn’t until she came to Piedmont, however, that she was able to travel across the world to England and Peru.  Piedmont’s Maymesters are a great opportunity for her to continue to explore areas of the world and learn more about the history of this earth she has never seen before.

“When I was at Buckingham Palace in England, It was completely life changing just to be able to stand in front of something so beautiful,” says Parker.  “Being a history major it really helps to see these amazing structures in person to appreciate them and learn more about them.  Architecture that has been standing since the Roman Empire has a lot of rich history to it.”

Last year, Parker took yet another chance to see a different area of the world by flying to Peru with the Piedmont College Maymester crew.  Having gained new experience in England the year before, she was ready to take on this adventure with a different group of students and learn more about the culture’s in Latin America. 

“My favorite place in Peru was definitely Machu Pichu.  Sitting on top of one of the seven wonders of the world at 15,000 feet elevation was incredible and something I’ll never forget,” Parker says.

In Peru, there are many different styles of living and a vast variety of how the locals make a living.  From farmers to expert basket weavers, Peru has a culture very different than that of America’s and Caitlin experienced it first-hand.

“We saw three women taking the time to hand weave blankets, mittens and scarves out of materials from Alpacas or other mammals,” Parker says.  “They talked to us about their traditions and how it relates to their customs in Peru.” 

Without Piedmont’s Maymester program, she would never have been able to gain experience for international travel. Parker has become a better world traveler in the past two years and now she can share her stories with the people who taught her the importance of exploring: her family back home.  From a young age her mother engrained the importance of experiencing the adventure and encouraged Caitlin to get out in the world.

Parker is a prime example of how people can start to understand and appreciate the differences we all have in culture and ways of life.  Once students step out of their comfort zones, they will begin to broaden their horizons and shape the way they live their life.

“There’s only so much a professor and textbook can teach you and once you’re out there on your own experiencing new traditions, you will learn more than you ever imagined,” says Parker.  “There’s so much to see beyond campus…beyond the States.  You just have to get out there and find it.”

Sources:

Caitlin Parker

cparker0611@lions.piedmont.edu

John Roberts

johnroberts@piedmont.edu

Final Reading Response

I feel as though chapters 12 and 13 were rather obvious, and only needed common sense to understand them. They bored me silly, if I may be honest. Being cautious of how you use someone else’s words and in what context they are used is very important to get right, but I feel as though anyone could figure that out.

Filak’s chapter spoke on how laws change. I feel like this reading response is going to be very weak, but these chapters weren’t the strongest anyway. Since laws change, it’s important to keep up with the changes and make sure you know about every single one of them.

I hate that I don’t have more to say, but these final readings were too simplistic to elaborate any further on. If I went any deeper, I’d be reaching.

Feature Story Revise

Feature Story

What is the relationship between balance and pitching control/velocity in collegiate baseball pitchers? This is the question Piedmont senior Andy Turner attempted to answer.

In Turner’s research, he used different research components to answer his theory. He integrated the importance of pitching mechanics and balance, specifically gathering information from Piedmont College baseball players. When determining balance, Turner had to figure out the Lumbopelvic control for each pitcher. Lumbopelvic control is the muscles related to the lumbar region of the spine to the pelvis. He had the players do leg stability on one foot while trying to move forwards and backwards. After doing that, he had the players throw and see if velocity responded to the exercise.

For another component, he had to see the difference between static and dynamic stretching. Turner emphasized on the importance of stretching. The mobility of the arm motion plays a huge role in pitching mechanics for baseball. “Without balance, the entire motion will be compromised”, Turner said, noting that a pitcher has to have balance and range of motion while asserting a force when throwing a baseball.

Turner used “Statistically Methodology”. Which means to measure the results from pitching performance in games. He used different correlations and comparisons between training/exercise and results. His main correlation was between velocity and balance, but the one that gained the most attention was balance/velocity between starters and relivers. While gathering results, he found that there was no significant difference between relivers and starters with velocity. His test proved that there was a positive correlation between strike percentage and stable balance. Also, there was a negative correlation between strike percentage and unstable balance.

These findings were based off game results and velocity gathered from the Piedmont College baseball pitchers. In assessment, balance plays a role in accuracy for a pitcher but not velocity. Tuner said, “There’s a positive relationship between pitch velocity and pitch control.”

Piedmont baseball player and Exercise Science major Cameron Johnson pointed out that pitchers should start stretching more seriously at a younger age. This would help players to understand the importance of range of motion.

Lion’s relief pitcher Will Janofsky was part of Turner’s study. His highest velocity this season was 91 mph but consistently 85-87 mph. He said stretching and balance is a huge part for him to pitch. “Starters and relievers have always had different velocity’s……Backend bullpen relievers have always had higher velocities than starters.”

However, Turner’s results had the same velocities for both types of pitchers. Turner said the differing results could be due to his limited participants. Turner’s study shows that balance plays a huge factor in accuracy. Whether velocity can be measured, more data would have to be collected.

Reading Response 9

In these last two chapters, Filak ends the book as if he’s saying his final parting words.

I find this one of the most important lessons of journalistic writing. It is important to stay true to the story and not to sacrifice ethics for a good story. A good story can still be written with honesty.

The SPJ, NPPA and RTDNA are new for me, but they give the layout of ethics for journalistic writing.

Filaks warns when writing to be considerate of others and to be careful of what you publish and how you write it. It is important not to give out personal information and if important information is given out, it is important to ask for permission first.

Filka warns that even though you are able to say and write what you want, there will still be consequences, good or bad. Technically writers may not be arrested for falsehood or over-exaggeration, but here are still major consequences. They can lose readers and more importantly lose credibility.

RR 9: Law and the Medai and Ethics

In chapter 12 of Filak it was very interesting to read about how law affects media in some ways. Like how on page 211 it goes into law across media platforms and how the Bill of Rights comes into play.

I liked how this chapter went into about all the different ways law has an effect on everyone in the media. I liked the part on the rules of recording because it goes on about the one-party consnet, which is when you record someone without their consent.

I also liked not only it went on about the rules recorders have to follow but what to do after things go too far. The chapter has a section on deffenses agaisnt libel, it gives you all the options people can take: truth, opion, and privlage.

In chapter 13 I was really just reminding myself the ways in which ethics comes into play with just about everything. This whole chapter was stuff I was already told in high school with maybe some updated things such as, th golden mean.

This was a new term and I liked to read about how this is all about finding a middle ground for people.

Digital Fabrication Lab

Not known to many people on campus, the Digital Fabrication Lab – also known as the Fab Lab – is where students learn how to manufacture through the process of machines. For students who love to cut things, create things, creatively solve problems and want to know programming and coding, this is the place.

“We can print something three-dimensionally, we can cut something with a laser or we can cut something with a router,” said professor Chris Kelly, Director of Art and overseer of the Fabrications Lab. “Everything in here comes out of the digital world.”

It was brought over to Piedmont by graphic design major Rebekah Kanipe, who took a two-week workshop at Penland School of the Arts and Crafts in North Carolina in 2018. In this workshop, she learned how to use computer aided design and computer aided machining  – also known as CAD and CAM technology – with laser cutting, solely on wood. This year, the program was brought over to Piedmont, and since starting the Fab Lab, Kanipe has made multiple innovative chairs and has taught other students of Piedmont on how to use the items in the lab.

Along with the ability to make innovative chairs, the laser cutter can also engrave to the tiniest detail on the side of a yeti cup. Along with the laser cutter in the fab lab comes a 3D printer, a paper cutter and sensory technology kits.

 “I want to make a lamp you could turn on by licking it,” said Hannah Oliver, who is working on building a lamp that turns on and off by the moisture in the tongue.

Other projects by students using sensory technology are a sensory piano and a rotating ballerina that switches direction with each tap.

“The idea is to solve problems,” said Kelly. “Students come in with problems and solve them.”

One of the main foci of the fab lab is to find solutions to everyday problems. A couple of the students made a cutting board with a measuring cup attachment to measure the food as it is being cut.

“It doesn’t have to be reasonable, it just has to solve the problem,” said Raleigh Wunderlich for her invention of solving the problem for Pringles cans. She plans to have an automated tube that pushes up the snack as chips are taken, as to not get one’s hand stuck half way through eating Pringles.

With Kanipe’s chair, she had to make multiple mockup models to find out if the chair was stable or not before she could make the real, life-size chair.

“It’s not necessarily an art class. It’s not a design class. It’s not a business class.” Said professor Kelly about the Intro to Digital Fabrication course. “But hopefully students from all the different majors can use this course to create stuff for their work.”

The fab lab is not exclusive to one major. Although it may be in the art annex building, the lab is not just for art majors. Theater Major Shanna Ward uses the router cutter to create faster and more efficient sets for plays.

“As we’re discovering what can be made within these walls, the idea is that you can make anything you want with the help of the digital world,” Kelly said.