Newsletter: Fall 2017, Issue 3

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Student Appreciation Lunch at COE                        December 14th, 2017 | Fall 2017 | Issue 3


 

In this issue:

Director's Note

New Leadership Minor at Cornell

CTLC Means Business!

Canoe Repair with Ben Blakeley

Student Instructor Profile - Jason Gurtman

Cornell and COE team up with Sierra Club Military Outdoors

COE's Annual Gear Sale

 

Director's Note

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Dear Alumni, Family and Friends of Cornell Outdoor Education,

Happy Holidays to you! We’ve been busy, needing all hands in to help with so many classes and programs this fall, as well as our annual Gear Sale and Adopt-A-Family initiative. The combination of good people and the outdoors makes our COE community truly inspiring. In the words of John Burroughs, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” And so we gathered this week with so many of our outstanding student instructors to share a home-cooked meal in the midst of their exams. This tradition does us all good. We are honored to work alongside such a talented team, as well as serve the Cornell community, developing leaders, successful alumni, dedicated researchers, local families, generous supporters, deserving youth, and you! Participation has literally doubled in the past ten years. COE’s impact is growing, we are needed, and we are grateful.

Thank you for your interest and support throughout the year. You have helped to change lives, spark learning, and added to the health and wellness of our students as they take to the mountains, rivers and trails. Please consider making a gift before the end of the year so we can continue these good works at the heart of our university.

Click here to make a contribution.

From all of us at COE, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Sincerely,

Magnus

Lindseth Director of Cornell Outdoor Education

New Leadership Minor at Cornell

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The Cornell Team & Leadership Center brings decades of experience to professional development, leadership and team-building here at Cornell. CTLC currently serves over 5,400 individuals annually. That is about to increase again, thanks to our involvement in the newly launched undergraduate leadership minor. Considering the personal and professional benefits of strengthening communication and collaboration skills, this new minor will give more students access to an advanced level of hands-on learning.

Continue reading the Cornell Chronicle article... 

CTLC Means Business!

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CTLC recently teamed up with the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management and 52 perspective students for an experiential challenge during the Johnson Means Business recruitment program. The event, held over the course of a weekend, brought together prospective business school applicants from around the country.

CTLC’s role was to design a memorable and engaging experience for these prospective applicants. The result – two great outcomes of leadership and service, as prospective students collaborated through a powerful learning experience; and, the finished bikes were donated to Ithaca’s South Side Community Center. The Center’s mission is to affirm, empower, and foster the development of self-pride among the African-American citizens of greater Ithaca.

Canoe Repair with Ben Blakeley

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Outfitting Manager Ben Blakeley recently spent some time repairing our canoe fleet. Follow along with the work in this photo essay.

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Student Instructor Profile - Jason Gurtman

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Hello! My name is Jason Gurtman and I am a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Performing and Media Arts. I am from Commack, NY and will be in Boston, MA after graduation! In the world of COE I have worked on rock staff, summer camps, and as a facilitator with CTLC. Other campus activities include Alpha Phi Omega - Gamma Chapter and the Cornell Theme Park Entertainment Group. I love hiking, climbing, meeting new people, and meeting new dogs (see photo, his name is Jack). COE has been one of the defining parts of my Cornell experience, and I am so grateful to be working with Zoe to improve COE from the student/instructor perspective. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions, comments, ideas, or concerns. I'm excited to meet and work with you all!

Cornell and COE team up with Sierra Club Military Outdoors

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Cornell University has over 120 student veterans enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs. This fall semester COE joined forces with the University’s efforts supporting veterans and helped launch an initiative with the Sierra Club. Four individuals, including COE instructor Nicole Biatowas, and Marc Magnus-Sharpe, COE director, attended the Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) Leadership training over the summer. COE intern and veteran Kevin Kukkonnen led this fall’s veteran programming, which included the first of several outdoor activities to be run this school year. Hiking, snowshoeing, paddling and overnight expeditions are all in the planning stages to deliver a variety of exciting and supportive health and wellness initiatives to our servicemen and women. Cornell University is the first Ivy League school to team up with SCMO, and COE is proud to be of service.

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COE's Annual Gear Sale

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By now you should have it memorized, “the first Saturday in December.” It’s the annual COE Gear Sale and it rocked again this past Saturday. We drew the gear and the crowds as almost 500 folks came out to find that next piece of gear and clothing to get outside with. The Ramin Room was full of tents and kayaks, skis, climbing gear, bikes, clothing, and much more. An Ithaca-community favorite, COE’s been hosting the sale for approximately 20 years now. If you missed it this year, mark your calendar now for Saturday, December 1, 2018, you’ll be glad you did. Because we deeply value reusing, recycling and reducing, we hope you’ll take a moment and pull that gear from your attic, basement, closet and barn and consider selling it with us next December. Thanks to all the great helpers, too, who helped make an awesome event run smooth!

 

 
 
 

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