Recently, I was able to travel to Indianapolis with Nikki Lockhart (Assistant Director of Athletics), Krista Murphy ( Dean of Student Life), and Allison Eberly (Women’s Volleyball and Cross Country) to attend a NCAA sponsored conference. The conference was called the APPLE Conference. The APPLE Conference offers teams of student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and administrators; along with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention specialists. The APPLE Conference offered the opportunity to evaluate the ATOD environment within their athletics departments and develop an action plan to enhance prevention efforts. The program was made up of seven apple slices: policies, recruitment, education, drug testing, expectations and attitude, counseling, and sanctioning.
As a team, we were able to attend different information sessions about leadership, dietary supplements, sexual activity, hazing, by-stander intervention, alcohol, and performance. After going to these sessions, our team decided to focus on the education slice of the apple. We hope to educate more students on campus about alcohol and the effects it has on the body. The most interesting piece of information that I learned was that after five drinks of alcohol it takes 15 glasses of water to re-hydrate the body.
Also, when I was in Indy, I was able to walk around the city with students from other schools all around the country. It was a great experience to meet with these students and to learn about their different schools. Fortunately, the hotel that we stayed in was very, very nice. The hotel was only a few blocks away from the Indianapolis Colts Stadium and right across the street from a AAA baseball stadium. Let’s just say, that I was spoiled for a few days, but hey we all need to be spoiled here and there.
At the end of the weekend, it was hard to leave the great hotel and my wonderful new friends; however, I was eager to get back to CHC and tell everyone about all of the new lessons that I have learned. My weekend in Indianapolis was such a great experience and I probably would have never been given this opportunity at any other school. My ability to travel and learn are just some of the reasons why I love CHC so much. I hope you enjoyed my story, and hope to see you on campus soon!!!