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Session 1: Writing Proposals to get Funding: Turning Your Visions Into Reality | Greg Corio, West Virginia University
Date and Location: Tuesday, November 7 | 9:00am – 12:30pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $50 Student / $75 Professional
The key to getting your ideas funded in higher education is to write a successful proposal. Learn the key components to proposal writing. Learn to negotiate campus politics. Learn to make successful presentations to campus leaders.
The idea and design of Adventure WV at West Virginia University came from a graduate project in 2003. Fourteen years later, and after writing many proposals, it is a stand-alone department with 12 full time staff, six graduate students, and subsidies for many of its programs. Adventure WV has grown to include an Outdoor Education Center with a Challenge Course, a Canopy Tour, nine yurts and a bathroom/shower house, a total investment of about $2 million. Each step along the way, a written proposal was essential to receiving high level support. Learn from these successes to take ideas back to your program. A thumb drive will be provided with proposal examples and a workable budget sheet.
Session 2: Creating Assessments for your Program: Focus on Meaningful Improvements | Mark Ceder, University of San Diego
Date and Location: Tuesday, November 7 | 1:30pm – 5:00pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $50 Student / $75 Professional
There is a growing emphasis for colleges and universities to improve their assessment practices and it’s importance to the field of student affairs as it continues to increase. Learn the language of assessment and turn your outdoor orientation program into an example of best practices on your campus.
2017 marks the 26th year of the University of San Diego’s outdoor orientation program. Five years ago, we began a process of updating and articulating student learning outcomes, program strategies and assessment measures. Through this process we have established a culture of assessment that has enabled us to make data driven decisions to enhance student learning and more effectively utilize our limited resources. Learn from our successes and setbacks to improve your program. Assessment is not only for academic affairs and every program can benefit from promising practices in the assessment of outdoor orientation programs. An Assessment Resource Kit including sample measures and strategies will be provided.
Session 3: Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium | Brent Bell, University of New Hampshire
Date and Location: Wednesday, November 8 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada
Cost: $110 Student / $170 Professional
Session Fee for all 3 events: $190 Student / $290 Professional
The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs.
Every Symposium provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that help established and aspiring outdoor orientation programs. Attendees will learn from multiple presenters and a keynote speaker in multiple presentation formats including experiential formats.
The outdoor orientation experiences provide students and young leaders with the unique opportunity to develop supportive peer groups during transition to college. These intensive, adventure-based experiences impact over 25,000 students a year, providing many students with their first intensive outdoor recreation experience. These experiences have also become a burgeoning area of growth for outdoor recreation leaders.
In 2012, the 2nd Outdoor Orientation Census was completed and in 6 years the number of outdoor orientation programs increased from 162 in 2006, to 185 in 2012. Perhaps most impressively, the number of student participants increased by 5,000 in the same time period.
"Pre-Orientation programs welcome class of 2016" Hamilton College's The Spectator, 2016
"College outdoor orientation programs on the rise" Associated Press, 2011
"Outdoor Orientation Program Research" Brent Bell, Marion Reid Holmes, 2010
Do you have resources to share with the OOPS community? Documents that make your program run? Links to helpful resources, or research and assessment tools? You can help others by sharing your knowledge! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|2002||Dartmouth College||Hanover, NH|
|2003||Camp Jewell YMCA||Colebrook, CT|
|2004||Sargent Center/Boston University||Boston, MA||Preston Cline|
|2005||Camp Jewell YMCA||Colebrook, CT||Reb Gregg|
|2006||Bolton Valley||Bolton Valley, VT||Greg Corio|
|2006||AEE International Conference||St. Paul, MN||Stephen Kellert|
|2006||Frost Valley YMCA||Claryville, NY||Dave Moriah|
|2007||AORE Annual Conference||Ashville, NC||Roy Smith & John Gardner|
|2008||Sargent Center/Boston University||Boston, MA||Roy Smith & Leslie Gerwin|
|2008||Vancouver, WA||Dan Garvey|
|2009||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Panel Presentation|
|2009||AORE Annual Conference||Minneapolis, MN|
|2010||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Nobleboro, ME|
|2011||First-Year Experience Conference||Atlanta, GA||Patrick Terenzini|
|April 8, 2011||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|November 2, 2011||AEE International Conference||Jacksonville, FL||Carrie Lobman, Ed.D.|
|April 13, 2012||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Woodstock, CT||Dr. Charles Schroeder|
|November 6, 2012||AORE Annual Conference||Snowbird, UT|
|April 5, 2013||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|February 15, 2014||First-Year Experience Conference||San Diego, CA|
|April 25, 2014||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA|
|November 11, 2014||AORE Annual Conference||Portland, OR|
|November 11, 2014||NIRSA Region 1||Boston, MA|
|April 16, 2015||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Jed Williamson|
|October 21, 2015||AEE International Conference||Portland, OR||Dr. Denise Mitten|
|November 17, 2015||AORE Annual Conference||Atlanta, GA||Preston Cline|
|April 15, 2016||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Karen Warren, Ph.D.|
|November 8, 2016||AORE Annual Conference||Minneapolis, MN||Greg Corio|
|April 21, 2017||AEE Northeast Regional Conference||Becket, MA||Marli Williams|