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Outdoor Education In The Spotlight

Meet Our Undergraduate Alumni

Undergraduate Alumni || Graduate Alumni 

Zachary Whiting, '15

I owe so much to the Outdoor Education program at UNH. I didn’t even know that I could be having this much fun for a living before I came into the program. 

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Kim Proulx, '15

The Outdoor Education Program at UNH offered me more than a simple degree.  Through the power of learning by doing, OE provided the supportive environment for me to step outside my comfort zone and take on new challenges each semester. 

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Mike Dibiasio, '13

Whether skiing Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth” or doing trail work at a local bouldering spot, student interaction is what makes the job so enjoyable for me. Watching students develop passion and discover a zest for life is truly the most rewarding part. 

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Greg Coit, '11

During my years at UNH, I discovered my passion for rock climbing and the outdoors. I joined the Outdoor Education program which then launched me into what is becoming a career in the outdoor industry. 

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Brianne Condon, '08

Brianne Condon is a graduate of the Outdoor Education Program and has remained committed to her goal of furthering the field of wilderness therapy and outdoor programming since her graduation in 2008.

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Robin Larson, '07

Throughout my four years at UNH I experienced an education that balanced classroom work, field experiences and hands-on learning. The two best parts of the Outdoor Education program for me were the faculty and the opportunities to gain new skills. 

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Tom Vatistas, '07

I came to the Outdoor Education program with a childhood rich in outdoor experiences like fishing, backpacking, and canoeing, all in the backcountry of New Hampshire and Maine. Having climbed Mount Washington at age seven and Mount Katadhin shortly after, I developed a strong sense of connection to the wilderness early on.

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Andreas John, '07

The experiential nature of the Outdoor Education degree fueled my passion for learning and I was given the opportunity to really invest myself in my own education. The combination of intensive writing projects, speaking and presenting often in front of my peers, learning tools for processing and facilitating groups, and honing my ability to lead outdoor trips gave me an invaluable degree in life skills. 

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Andrew Coopens, '04 (BS Honors)

For me, two of the most notable strengths of the Outdoor Education program were its flexibility and the support of its faculty - both amplified through the Honors Program. Each time I expressed an interest in learning more or being exposed to different things, I found faculty members eager to help me make that happen. 

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Dave and Shelby Boynton, '03

Outdoor Education at UNH gave us the confidence in our skills, professionalism in our actions and useful knowledge to be able to pursue great, full-time careers in the Outdoor Education industry.

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Wendy Manus, '02

Wendy is the program coordinator for Outdoor Explorations, an inclusive disability organization in Medford, MA that encourages personal growth through outdoor adventures. 

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Ryan Shortill, '02

As the Founder and CEO of an award-winning international experiential education training and consultancy firm, I can honestly say I owe everything to the amazing teachers I had and the Outdoor Education program as a whole for providing me with the necessary tools to navigate the often difficult and tumultuous path of learning one’s purpose.

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Colleen O'Brien, '01

Colleen came to UNH for the Outdoor Education program fresh out of high school. Her high school mentor and Outing Club advisor was an Outward Bound instructor, and recognized her love for outdoor pursuits as well as her strong leadership skills. 

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Kate McGlynn, '99 (BS) & '06 (MA)

Throughout my time in the OE program, I always felt part of a tight community of students and instructors. This factor enhanced my college experience because I always knew someone would be there to support and encourage me. 

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Meet Our Graduate Alumni

 

Marion Holmes McClure , '11 MS

I decided to return to UNH to pursue a Master's degree in Outdoor Education to learn about how to be an effective coordinator of outdoor programs for high school and college students.  My experiences at UNH confirmed for me that teaching and coordinating outdoor trips in a college or university setting was where I wanted to be!

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Jessie Beightol, '08 MS

While at UNH I served as the Graduate Assistant for the Outdoor Adventure program, worked as a research assistant, presented at numerous conferences, co-authored articles, and wrote my thesis on the effect of an experiential, adventure based “Anti-Bullying Initiative” on levels of resilience.  This experience helped me develop the skills necessary to succeed in my current job as the Wilderness Program Instructional Specialist at Eagle Rock School in Estes Park, CO.

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Nate Fitch, '07 MS

Prior to returning to UNH, I was faculty at the Santa Fe Community College, working in the Outdoor Education Leadership and Physical Education departments, had a small climbing guiding business, and worked at my favorite place in the world; Hueco Tanks State Historical Site.  I hold a BS in Outdoor Education from UNH and a BS in Economics from Union College.

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Matt Liddle, '06 MS

My research at UNH investigated the effects of short-term wilderness programming on therapeutic alliance (the working relationship that develops between clients and counselors in treatment), a powerful predictor of treatment outcomes.

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Justin Talbot, '06 MS

Thus far, the Outdoor Education program at UNH has exceeded my expectations. For my advanced studies project I am collaborating on a book that will aid adventure programs in writing and revising their policy and procedure manuals by highlighting administrative practices of accredited adventure programs. 

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May Tan, '05 MS

While I was at UNH, I was a graduate assistant at The Browne Center. I felt very welcomed by the staff and made many good friends with the facilitators. As an international student, there were many things totally new to me, like driving in a snow storm, shoveling to get my car out of the driveway, doing cross country skiing, going winter camping.

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Amy Climer, '01 MS

I spent two years gaining more trip leading experience before heading to UNH for my Master's degree with the hope of expanding my skills to learn more about program administration and outdoor education philosophy. The grad program at UNH was a great fit for me and has led to many opportunities.

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Kel Rossiter

Kel got his own start in the climbing by way of an undergraduate course in rock climbing.  Since that first course, he has gone on to climb and guide rock and ice in twelve different countries on four continents.  Along the way, he earned his MS in Kinesiology/Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire and his EdD at the University of Vermont.

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