Two Kinky Boots Charlies Get Hitched on Same Weekend!

first_img Related Shows Kelso originated the role of Harry in Kinky Boots before stepping in to Charlie’s shoes, replacing Tony nominee Stark Sands. He made his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! and played Fiyero in the national tour of Wicked. Booth appeared on Broadway in Glory Days; his additional credits include Avenue Q in Las Vegas and Dogfight off-Broadway. Kinky Boots Kelso and Coyle (a singer with The Manhattan Dolls) met in 2007 at a friend’s party in Queens. He popped the question on the stage of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre following a performance in September 2013, surrounded by family and friends. As his castmates backed him up during renditions of “On Broadway” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” a glass case rose from the stage floor with the ring. One weekend, two Charlies, two weddings! Kinky Boots’ leading man on Broadway Andy Kelso and current national tour headliner Steven Booth both celebrated their weddings over the weekend. The New York Times made the announcement for both: Kelso wed Sheila Coyla in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania on October 11, and Booth and Molly Alvarez tied the knot on October 12 in Los Gatos, California. View Comments Congratulations to the happy couples! We’re sure both of you looked positively dashing on your prospective big days in the red thigh-highs. (That did happen, right?) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Booth and Alvarez’s relationship began as a showmance during the national tour of Happy Days. The two played on-stage lovers, and the romance quickly developed offstage as well. Following a romantic dance to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Misty” last October in the middle of Il Bambino, an Astoria, Queens restaurant, Booth got down on one knee.last_img read more

Meet 16 Outdoor Alumni from the South’s Best Adventure Colleges

first_imgTwo words: experiential educationIt’s the latest academic trend and for good reason. Studies show that students who learn by doing solve problems more effectively and retain more than the textbook-only approach.Experiential education is the foundation for academic majors in outdoor adventure. Combining theory with experience gives students the opportunity to apply classroom principles to real-life scenarios. They learn hands-on skills in leadership, communication, conflict management, and conservation. Degrees in outdoor recreation aren’t just for hippies; they’re for the leaders of tomorrow and the future of adventure.In this year’s Top Adventure College bracket, our editors chose 32 schools throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic that either have an outdoor recreation degree or offer students a strong extracurricular outdoor program. After six weeks and over 115,000 votes from our fans, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., narrowly received the most votes for Best Adventure College, with Maryland’s Garrett College a close second.There is no better way to understand the impact of experiential education and these outdoor programs than through the eyes of the students themselves. Here’s a rundown of the top eight outdoor schools and a look at some of their most accomplished alumni.Western Carolina UniversityLocation: Cullowhee, N.C.Size: 10,107Degree: Parks and Recreation ManagementTucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina, WCU’s stunning campus is home to some serious adventure. Both the Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) department and the Base Camp Cullowhee outing program offer students a chance to get the quintessential experiential education experience. PRM majors walk away from college with a proficient skillset, both in technical outdoor skills and the less-tangible soft skills like communication and organization. Majors can intern with entities like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Project SOAR, and many other organizations specific to the outdoors. Coupled with trip leading opportunities through Base Camp Cullowhee, PRM graduates leave WCU with a well-rounded education in the outdoor industry and are more than prepared for a career in everything from guiding to program management.Bobby BrysonHometown: Glenville, N.C.Class of: 2001Major: Parks and Recreation ManagementOccupation: Captain, Charlotte Fire Department, member of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART), Charlotte, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Snowboarding, skiing, mountain bike racingGrowing up in a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina meant one thing for North Carolina native Bobby Bryson: playtime. From mountain biking to ski patrolling and raft guiding, Bryson is a jack-of-all-trades in the world of outdoor adventure and found the PRM program at WCU to be a perfect fit.“Through all of the leadership classes I took, I learned so much about group dynamics,” Bryson says. “Those courses made me realize peoples’ potential. You can use those lessons for whatever you’re trying to get accomplished.”Bryson now utilizes those group management skills not only as captain of Charlotte’s Fire Department but also as a member of the elite NCHART crew, a search and rescue team that utilizes Blackhawk helicopters for swiftwater, flood, urban, and wilderness rescue.William ButlerHometown: Laurinburg, N.C.Class of: 2012Major: Parks and Recreation ManagementOccupation: Educational Technician, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of AmericaWilliam Butler always knew he was going to craft his career around his passion for the outdoors. At a young age, Butler was introduced to adventure through his parents’ own love of nature and his excursions with the Boy Scouts. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Butler says WCU’s campus location and supportive staff only fueled his passion for nature.“I really like connecting people with the outdoors and giving them that first sense of connection,” he says. “It’s amazing how many people are local to this region and have never been out to the national parks in their backyard.”Now, introducing people to the adventure scene and educating them on responsible outdoor recreation is a main component of his job at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Garrett CollegeLocation: McHenry, Md.Size: 902Degree: Adventure SportsFounded in 1992, Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute was the first program to offer an adventure sports degree of its kind in the nation. As part of a joint effort with Frostburg State University to develop the major, the Adventure Sports degree teaches students about health and fitness as well as economic development and environmental awareness through the lens of outdoor education and recreation. In addition to learning technical skills about various outdoor activities, students can choose tracks in business management, leadership, therapeutic recreation, adventure videography, and environmental education. Garrett’s campus is situated in the mountains of western Maryland in close proximity to a number of outdoor destinations such as Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the Youghiogheny River, and the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).Shanna PowellHometown: Baltimore, Md.Class of: 2003Major: Recreation Parks and Management, concentration in Adventure SportsOccupation: Founder, Endless Bike Co., Asheville, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Raft guidingShanna Powell is a river rat. She’ll be the first to tell you that. From raft guiding on the Cheat and Youghiogheny Rivers to kayaking across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, her heart has always belonged to the river. During her time at Garrett College, Powell learned to channel that passion into a means of instructing and inspiring others to get on the water as well, but after a traumatic kayaking injury, Powell ditched the boat for a set of wheels. “I can think of a hundred thousand metaphors for life that kayaking gave me, but it all transfers to riding bikes too,” Powell says.Although she no longer raft guides or instructs kayaking, Powell continues to immerse herself in the outdoors through her singlespeed bike part manufacturing company, Endless Bikes Co. “My goal is still to introduce people to the sport I love,” she says. “It builds the sport, builds the industry, and builds a sense of respect for the outdoors.”Ben MortonHometown: Orange, Va.Class of: 2007Major: Applied Sciences, concentration in Adventure SportsOccupation: Kayak instruction, NOLS, Otter Bar, Jackson Hole Kayak SchoolOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Gap year Outward Bound courseAfter graduating high school, Ben Morton didn’t know what he wanted out of college. Rather than picking a school at random and figuring it out later, Morton signed up for an Outward Bound course in North Carolina. Those 45 days in the woods would prove to be a game changer for Morton, who returned home knowing he wanted to pursue outdoor leadership and education as a career. The program at Garrett College was, for him, the answer to his calling.“The classes ranged from practical skills like whitewater paddling and rock climbing to more soft skill courses like risk and group management, natural history and science, as well as psychology,” Morton recalls.Morton now teaches kayaking across the country and all around the world, having traveled to Costa Rica, New Zealand, Italy, and Germany.“The instructors at Garrett helped me learn how to adapt my teaching to whatever learning styles I have in a class,” he says. “Watching people rapidly progress and, on a deeper level, facilitating the transference of the skills they learn to their everyday life are the most fulfilling parts of my job.”Best of the RestAppalachian State UniversityLocation: Boone, N.C.Size: 17,344Degree: Recreation ManagementWhether you’re a student exploring the outdoors through the Recreation Management degree at ASU or simply someone looking to get outside, there is something for everyone at this mountain school. Outdoor Programs (OP), the university’s extracurricular recreation program, is open to anyone who wants to try something adventurous in the outdoors. From backcountry cooking clinics to month-long international trips, OP aims to make outings inclusive for students of every ability level. Those taking the academic path in the Recreation Management department can choose three concentrations: outdoor experiential education, recreation and parks, and commercial recreation. At ASU, collaboration is not only encouraged but also expected. The faculty and staff with both OP and the Recreation Management program work together to cater to individual students’ interests and ensure they receive the most out of their four years at ASU.Keith CrawfordHometown: Concord, N.C.Class of: 2012Major: Master’s in College Student Development, concentration in Outdoor Programs AdministrationOccupation: Assistant Coordinator, Adventure Outings, Chico State University, Chico, Calif.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Car campingCrawford came to ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and a few years of work with organizations like the National Outdoor Leadership Program (NOLS) and Outward Bound under his belt. He was experienced in leading trips, yes, well versed in backcountry principles and leadership, yes, but he had yet to immerse himself in the backend administrative side of running an outdoor program. From obtaining permits to planning a budget and managing student staff, there were many facets of managing a recreational program that Crawford had yet to learn about.“I had a lot of experience planning trips, but the College Student Development program helped me see the bigger picture,” Crawford says. “App State does a really good job of providing the framework and then letting students get that expertise by going out and working in the field.”Katherine RichardsHometown: Greensboro, N.C.Class of: 2011Major: Outdoor Experiential Education, Master’s in College Student Development, concentration in Outdoor Programs AdministrationOccupation: Program Director, Outdoor Pursuits, University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeeOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Family backpacking and canoeing tripsWith two parents who were graduates of Outward Bound courses and all-around avid outdoorsmen, Katherine Richards always knew her life would revolve around adventure. “I enrolled in the Recreation Management program and that, combined with Outdoor Programs, really gave me the opportunity to utilize the theory that I was learning in the classroom and practice it weekly with the groups I was leading,” Richards says. “Today, I rely heavily upon what I’ve learned from App State.”Richards now runs her own outdoor program, one that did not exist at the University of Wisconsin previously. She says that had it not been for her comprehensive academic studies and in-the-field experiences she gained at ASU, she would not have known how to build an outdoor program from the ground up.Clemson UniversityLocation: Clemson, S.C.Size: 20,768Degree: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism ManagementIn the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina sits the campus of Clemson University. A school known primarily as being science- and engineering-oriented, the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (PRTM) degree is also of equal renown. The department’s website sums it up perfectly: “students study fun.” Students in PRTM can choose their focus and hone their skill sets in community recreation, camp management, park and conservation area management, therapeutic recreation, and travel and tourism management. PRTM’s EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) Semester allows students an immersive experience where they work closely with faculty & staff while receiving real-world, experiential education opportunities like working with local communities and collaborating at workshops.Emily NiehausHometown: Cincinnati, OhioClass of: 2002Major: Sociology, double minor in Religion and Parks and Recreation Tourism MangementOccupation: Founder and director, Community Rebuild, Moab, UtahOutdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneEmily Niehaus received her first exposure to the outdoors after spending two years at Prescott College in Arizona. Niehaus wasn’t happy out west, though, so she decided to transfer back east to Clemson, a school she had never visited but one that looked to be, on paper, a perfect fit.“Clemson ended up exceeding my expectations,” Niehaus says. “Not only did I get a really super awesome education, but I was also able to plug right into a cohort where we were all learning about environmental issues and recreation.”The staff at Clemson encouraged Niehaus to interweave her passion for sociology with her love of the outdoors. That collaborative approach eventually paved the way for Niehaus to create Community Rebuild, a company that designs passive solar straw bale homes for low-income families.Adam BeecoHometown: Easley, S.C.Class of: 2007Major: Psychology, Master’s and Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism ManagementOccupation: Outdoor Recreation Planner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneFor Adam Beeco, the opportunity to gain experience in psychological research was his number one reason for coming to Clemson. After his first year in school, however, something else began to compete with that priority: kayaking. Beeco finished his undergraduate psychology degree after four years but, thanks in part to his time on the water, he decided to stay at Clemson until 2013 to obtain both his Master’s and Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.“The opportunity to apply that psychology into the outdoor setting just seemed like a perfect fit,” Beeco says.Beeco now works as part of a multidisciplinary team that assesses both the power and non-power resource benefits of hydroelectric projects. His main duty is to consider the projects’ effects on recreation, land use, and aesthetic resources as a means of determining the most appropriate balance between the need for power and the protection of our waterways.Roanoke CollegeLocation: Salem, Va.Size: 1,869Degree: None currently offeredAlthough Roanoke College does not offer a formal outdoor recreation degree of any sort, the students who take the initiative to get involved with the college’s Outdoor Adventures program can walk away with an impressive résumé of outdoor leadership experience. One of the program’s flagship activities is Journey, a pre-orientation trip for incoming freshman that not only helps newcomers create a sense of community prior to coming to college but also introduces them to Roanoke’s outdoor recreation scene. Through the school, students can receive training in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and other related leadership workshops, which will in turn allow them to lead outings as student guides. From mountain biking at nearby Carvins Cove to bouldering on McAfees Knob, the mountains of central Virginia are ripe with adventure and Roanoke College is situated smack dab in the middle of it all.Scott SegerstromHometown: Wilmington, Del.Class of: 2002Major: EnglishOccupation: Executive Director, Colorado Youth Corps Association, Denver, Colo.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneOriginally hailing from “Suburbia, U.S.A.,” Scott Segerstrom never knew much about the outdoors. He didn’t know what a tent was or how to cook in the backcountry. He was a typical city boy, but one with an insatiable curiosity. When he came to Roanoke, he immediately dialed into the opportunities available with Outdoor Adventure and made a 180-degree reversal in his lifestyle and career ambitions.“Getting into the outdoors is one of the rare instances where you can get a visual sense of just how big the world really is,” Segerstrom says. “It’s really an eye-opening experience to see the depth and breadth of what natural land resources can offer you.”From leading youth corps in Colorado to working with the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and wildland firefighter, Segerstrom says there is not a single job he’s had where he has not called upon the skills and values instilled in him during his time at Roanoke. He now helps organize youth corps in Colorado to execute projects ranging from replacing light bulbs to two-week trail building sessions on Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.Hailey DossHometown: Rocky Mount, Va.Class of: 2012Major: Art, minor in Art HistoryOccupation: Outdoor Adventure Center Coordinator, Ohio State University, Columbus, OhioOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Car campingWhen Hailey Doss signed up for Roanoke’s Outdoor Adventure spring break trip during her freshman year, she never envisioned the path that solitary experience would take her. Although Doss finished her undergraduate years as an art major, she found her true passion out on the water and would later move on elsewhere to get her master’s in Leisure Studies.“As I came up through the Outdoor Adventure program I started taking on more responsibility,” Doss says. “I was the student director of OA which is where I organized all of the trips and programs and facilitated staff training and did the marketing.”Now, Doss’ current position mirrors practically every facet of the time she worked as OA’s student director. She credits the “phenomenal teachers and experience” she had at Roanoke for helping build such a strong and thorough foundation.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityLocation: Blacksburg, Va.Size: 31,205Degree: None currently offeredVirginia Tech is another example of a school that, although lacking a legitimate outdoor recreation degree, offers students a platform for gaining backcountry skills and experiences through Venture Out. The extracurricular program is designed for participants of any skill level to partake in any number of outings, from beginner caving to climbing at the nearby cliffs of Bozoo. For those looking to gain more than just a cool experience, the Trip Leaders program gives students the opportunity to take the reins and execute peer-led trips. Virginia Tech does offer an academic degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a concentration in Conservation and Recreation Management, and students involved with Venture Out are often enrolled in this major. The coursework for this degree, however, focuses more on how to manage and protect natural areas specifically for recreation and conservation purposes.Darr SoliHometown: Bridgewater, Va.Class of: 2011Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, minors in Environmental Science and Natural Resource RecreationOccupation: Raft Guide, River Expeditions, Fayetteville, W.Va.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: BackpackingFor Darr Soli, the idea of going to college and sitting behind a desk for four years had little appeal. A restless spirit, Soli decided to take off on a NOLS semester in the Rockies in 2009, a trip that ultimately changed his life and helped him make the most out of college. From working as a commercial raft guide on the nearby New River Gorge and Gauley Rivers to big wall sport climbing in Hildago, Mexico, Soli began utilizing the recreational resources in and around campus to help him prepare for even bigger adventures.“Through being outside, I’ve learned what’s really important to me,” Soli says. “I’ve learned to appreciate the benefits of having a strong connection to nature and what that does for the human brain. People have a pretty substantial disconnection with nature and having them out there on the river for four to five hours is a pretty awesome way to educate them on how Earth’s systems work.”Colleen O’ConnellHometown: Poolesville, Md.Class of: 2012Major: Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation Management, minor in ForestryOccupation: Naturalist, Allen Marine Tours, Juneau, Ala.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Summer campGrowing up, Colleen O’Connell always envisioned she would become a veterinarian. She loved the outdoors, loved animals, loved nature in every sense of the word. But when she found herself reviewing the courses required for the Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation Management degree, she realized that she would rather incorporate her interest in science with the world of outdoor adventure.“Our labs were always taking us outside,” O’Connell says. “When we could find time in between classes, we’d be out on the water.”Through Venture Out and the community of outdoorsman at Tech, O’Connell learned to whitewater kayak. In addition to her outdoor adventure résumé, O’Connell’s studies in conservation helped her land a job as a naturalist in Alaska where she regularly guides tourists on the water and educates them on the area’s natural surroundings.Brevard CollegeLocation: Brevard, N.C.Size: 700Degree: Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE)At Brevard College, everyone recreates outside. Whether it’s the college president David Joyce out with his wife for an evening bike ride or the admissions staff taking a backpacking trip on the weekend, it’s not just the professors and students of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program who like to go outside and play. Of the roughly 700 students at Brevard, about 10% of those are WLEE majors which explains why the college is considered such an adventure hot spot. Nestled at the base of Pisgah National Forest and a quick 15-minute drive from Gorges State Park, DuPont State Park, and a host of other natural attractions, the college campus and surrounding town of Brevard serves as a convenient hub for elite mountain bikers, paddlers, and even climbers.Corey MeyerHometown: Little Falls, Minn.Class of: 2011Major: Integrated Studies, emphasis on WLEE and Environmental Design-Based ArchitectureOccupation: Trip guide, Austin Adventures, Billings, Mont.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: SkiingCorey Meyer is a man of the mountains. Having grown up on a 300-acre farm with the Mississippi River flowing through his backyard, Meyer found it impossible not to develop a fondness for the outdoors. After studying in Bozeman at Montana State University for two years, Meyer found himself craving a change of pace and, more importantly, a legitimate collegiate biking team. Enter Brevard College.“I came from a small town so I was really excited about going to Brevard,” Meyer says. “I don’t know if I would have finished college if it wasn’t for the home-y vibe there.”Although Meyer came in with a strong skill set, he says the WLEE program helped him dive headfirst into logistical matters like trail routes, food planning, risk management, and establishing group expectations. “The foundation that Brevard set up for handling tough situations in the backcountry is probably one of the most powerful things I took away,” he says in reference to his current line of work leading backcountry trips around the world.Kelsey BracewellHometown: Atlanta, Ga.Class of: 2009Major: WLEE, minor in PsychologyOccupation: Safety Education & Instruction Coordinator, American Canoe Association, Fredericksburg, Va.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Family campingWhen Kelsey Bracewell first started her WLEE studies, she had never so much as sat in a kayak. What’s more, she was absolutely terrified of it. That, however, changed during her first year at Brevard. Under the guidance of the WLEE staff and student leaders, Bracewell quickly transformed into a competent and confident kayaker and now works for American Canoe Association (ACA), the national certifying body for training paddlesports instructors.“I really appreciated the concentrated approach that Brevard College’s WLEE program gave me,” she says. “There’s more to outdoor adventure than being a good climber or paddler or biker. If I can’t figure out how to share that passion in a constructive way with people, then it doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me.”University of North Carolina – AshevilleLocation: Asheville, N.C.Size: 3,595Degree: None currently offered“Built on human-powered adventure since the 1980s,” UNC-Asheville’s Outdoor Programs is one of the more popular extracurricular activities on campus. From a team building challenge course to a rental shop that helps gear students for their own adventures, Outdoor Programs is all about helping students facilitate and engage in outdoor adventure on every level. The program offers students a number of opportunities to get hands-on, skill-building experience like training to become a bike mechanic, leading roll sessions for beginner kayakers, and managing trips and trip leaders. With the French Broad river in the backyard and iconic destinations like Mt. Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway just a short drive away, UNC’s Asheville campus is a mecca for outdoor adventure.Leah McDowellHometown: Glennside, Penn.Class of: 2006Major: Environmental Studies, concentration in Ecology and Environmental BiologyOccupation: Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs Coordinator, UNC AshevilleOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Car camping“Before college, I couldn’t teach anyone how to set up a tent or start a fire or do anything like that,” McDowell remembers. “The outdoor program [at UNC-Asheville] gave me the community and support to believe in myself and challenge myself.”McDowell now runs the same program that opened her eyes to the world of outdoor adventure. Although her experiences with Outdoor Programs ultimately prepared her for her current occupation, she says her degree in environmental studies helps her offer a well-rounded adventure for students. “My job isn’t exactly science-based, but I still enjoy being able to educate folks on what they’re seeing. It builds a sense of place and a sense of respect for strong outdoor ethics so that they feel a sense of stewardship.”Sarah PelalaHometown: Greenville, N.C.Class of: 2005Major: Environmental StudiesOccupation: Director of Day Camps and School Programs, Avid4 Adventure, Boulder, COOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Skiing, National Outdoor Leadership School courseFor UNC-A graduate Sarah Pekala, adventure was as important to her college experience as academics.“My time in college culminated during my senior year when I trained other trip leaders and put them through a semester-long training process,” Pekala says.“ Being 20 and managing your peers, that was incredibly valuable.”Since her time with Outdoor Programs, Pekala has morphed from a shy, introverted high school graduate to a confident young woman who now works as a camp director planning multiday backcountry trips and managing large groups of people. “My mentors in college definitely pressed on me that I needed to have a job that didn’t feel like work and that I was excited to go to every day,” Pekala says. “I love being outdoors and passing that passion along to others.” Adventure 101The low-down on the other colleges and universities highlighted in our Best Outdoor School bracket.Warren Wilson CollegeWhether you’ve signed up for one of the outdoor program’s trips or you’re renting gear to help facilitate your own adventure, the crew at Warren Wilson is more than happy to get you outside and educate you on how to be safe.Furman UniversityFrom the highlands to the islands, Furman’s Paladin Outdoor Program offers students a chance to take a break from the books and have some fun in the natural wonders of South Carolina.Liberty UniversityDo you ski or ride? Do you wish you could hit the slopes and train year-round? At Liberty Mountain’s Snowflex Centre, you can shred while you study.Georgia CollegeIf you’re considering a career as an outdoor educator, check out Georgia College’s Outdoor Education program, one of only five programs in the country recognized by the Association for Experiential Education.Lees-McRae CollegeSerious about climbing? So is LMC. Check out their competitive rock climbing team and the annual Reel Rock Film Tour that Outdoor Programs hosts.Sewanee – The University of the SouthMost universities have on-campus trails, but Sewanee’s campus knocks them all out of the water, boasting over 50 miles of trails that are open to students for hiking, biking, horseback riding and even overnight camping.Emory & Henry CollegeHave you ever wanted to get school credit for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail? Through Emory & Henry’s Semester-a-Trail program, you can do just that and more.Davidson CollegeCanoeing in the Everglades and on the Rio Grande, sailing off the Gulf Coast of Florida, hang gliding at the Outer Banks, sea kayaking off the Georgia coast…sound too good to be true? At Davidson, it’s not.Maryville CollegeLearn to teach and guide through Maryville’s outdoor recreation degree or get involved with the college’s Mountain Challenge program, which introduces students to activities such as navigation, outdoor service projects, rope courses, and caving.Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityJoin Lenoir-Rhyne’s Outdoor Adventure Club and get ready for lots of s’mores, stories around the campfire, and adventures galore in the mountains of North Carolina.Wake Forest UniversityWhen you’re not in class, enroll in a different type of school – kayaking school. Learn to be a class III kayaker in weeks or, if the water thing is not for you, hit up the CRUX climbing gym and send some routes.Washington and Lee UniversityThe W&L campus location is prime for outdoor adventures. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, the Outing Club can help guide everything from fly-fishing on the Maury River to caving in one of Virginia’s 3,650 known caves.West Virginia UniversityMeet new people, explore new places, gain skills and have fun. Whether it’s climbing at Seneca or cross-country skiing in Canaan Valley, the Outdoor Rec Center is always down to play outside.University of GeorgiaIf you thought you couldn’t kayak for school credit, think again. UGA offers PE credit for its fall and spring semester courses as well as its two-week adventure trip to Costa Rica.University of PittsburghDespite its urban location, the University of Pittsburgh is within close proximity to a host of city greenways, national parks, and mountaintop ski resorts. The ‘burg is your oyster – make the best of it by joining the Department of Intramurals and Recreation.James Madison UniversityJMU is situated in the mountains surrounding Harrisonburg, Va., so it’s only natural that outdoor adventure should rank high among the students’ list of priorities. The biking community is very active here, as the nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer some of the best singletrack in the region.Pennsylvania State UniversityStudy by day, dive by night. Yes, it is possible to learn to SCUBA dive at school. Just ask PSU’s Paul Rentschler, SCUBA Diving Supervisor and underwater guru.University of VirginiaWhether you’re an amateur or an experienced skier or snowboarder, the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team offers powder lovers a chance to get the adrenaline pumping and the competitive edge on at least twice a week at the nearby Wintergreen Ski Resort.University of KentuckyRafting on the Chattanooga, climbing in the Red River Gorge, dog sledding in Michigan? You name it, UKY’s Outdoor Pursuit team can make it happen.University of Tennessee – ChattanoogaUTC Outdoors offers incoming students the chance to be a part of WILD, the Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development, which takes its members into the wilderness once a month to recreate in a variety of settings and learn how to be an effective leader.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityWith such a diverse array of adventure destinations close to VCU’s location in Richmond, Va., students can join the campus Outdoor Adventure Program and learn to do everything from whitewater paddling to stand up paddleboarding and mountain biking.Emory UniversityOutdoor Emory is the university’s largest student organization on campus and is entirely student-run. The club provides students a wide range of outdoor opportunities like skydiving and skiing and offers the Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR) to incoming freshman.University of Tennessee – KnoxvilleGet studious about adventure and enroll in UTK’s Recreation and Leisure Studies major or ditch the textbooks for the afternoon and hit the trails with the UT Outdoor Program (UTOP). Paddling the Pigeon and hiking in the Smoky Mountains are a couple of the go-to trips near campus.University of North Carolina – Chapel HillThe Carolina Outdoor Education Center (COEC) on campus houses two programs, a challenge course and an expedition program, both of which “promote greater understanding and appreciation of self, others & the natural world.”last_img read more

Japan: A Deep Sea Record

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2012 The research drilling ship Chikyu has reached the fault that set off the monster earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, the journal Nature reported in May 2012. At 6.9 kilometers below sea level and 860 meters beyond that into the Earth’s crust, the drilling project set a record for depth, the journal reported. The previous record, 7.05 kilometers total, was set in 1978 by a U.S. vessel.last_img read more

Over half a million overnight stays were realized during the Easter holidays

first_imgCompared to the Easter holidays in 2018, which took place from March 30 to April 2, this year’s later Easter date resulted in 80% more arrivals and 90% more tourist nights. Of the cities, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in Dubrovnik (53.978), followed by Poreč (34.155), Rovinj (33.499), Zagreb (27.276) and Split (23.361). 288.810 overnight stays were realized in hotels, which represents 51% of the total overnight stays, followed by household facilities with 115 thousand overnight stays or 20% share and camps with 89 thousand overnight stays, which is 16% share. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), during the Easter holidays, ie in the period from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019, 179.513 arrivals and 566.687 overnight stays. The largest number of overnight stays during the extended Easter weekend was realized in the tourist cluster Istra, 196 thousand (35% share), followed by Kvarner with 99 thousand overnight stays (18% share) and Dalmatia-Dubrovnik with 74 thousand overnight stays (13% share). “This year’s extended Easter weekend fell later in the calendar, which was in favor of the increased tourist traffic that we expect by the end of April. Due to the quality, content and diverse destination offer that attracts guests to Croatia, holidays in our nearest emitting markets, but also due to the May Day that follows, we expect additional retention of guests in our country and the growth trend of tourist traffic”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Easter holidays have encouraged excellent results so far in April, which compared to the same period last year recorded a 32% increase in arrivals and overnight stays.  Looking at the markets, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was realized by guests from Germany (124.229), Italy (58.205), Austria (48.975) and Slovenia (33.136). Source: Croatian National Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Valamar is announcing a competition for student scholarships

first_imgIn addition, Valamar provides accommodation and meals to its scholarship holders coming from other destinations at the expense of the employer. For the first time, students of electrical engineering schools can also apply for the competition.  Valamar offers students throughout Croatia an attractive scholarship program worth 1.200 kuna per month during the school year, lasting 10 months until the end of schooling, and these days is organizing a presentation of the program in Croatian schools. RELATED NEWS: Valamar provides scholarships for students through a partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, and it is the obligation of all scholarship holders to regularly attend classes, enroll in the school year and graduate properly during the scholarship. In one of Valamar’s destinations from Istria and Krk to Dubrovnik, students have the opportunity to do a quality internship, and after graduation they are provided with their first job with a leading employer in tourism in Croatia.  All students interested in a scholarship at Valamar apply HERE until October 20th. This year, Valamar employed over 7.000 employees in its hotels and resorts from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik. RABAC / POREČ OPEN AIR AS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW DESTINATIONS SHOULD BE DEVELOPED “The advantages of working at Valamar are, among other things, personal and professional development in the profession, involvement in professional training and reward programs. Long-term connection with the employer can be achieved first through the status of a permanent seasonal worker with year-round income and regular service. The company offers Valamar scholarship holders the opportunity to develop their careers through a series of top educational programs, such as the Valamar Academy, which prepares employees for specialist and managerial positions. “, points out Nevena Tolanov, head of human resources development at Valamar.  With the scholarship program, Valamar wants to encourage and support young people in Croatia in their decision to enroll and complete educational programs for hospitality and tourism professions, and for the first time this year Valamar is announcing a competition for five scholarships for which students can apply. electrical engineering schools.  UNILINE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS ALL OVER CROATIA Valamar Riviera is once again announcing a competition for student scholarships for the 2019/2020 school year. for tourist and catering professions chef, waiter, pastry chef, tourist-hotel commercialist and electrician. last_img read more

Convicted murderer John Kei arrested for alleged attacks, murder after months released on parole

first_img“John Kei’s group, consisting of five to seven people, allegedly attacked Nus Kei’s group in Kosambi, West Jakarta. One person, identified as ER, died from stab wounds to several parts of the body,” Nana said.On the same day, the group also allegedly attacked an area in Green Lake City in Tangerang, where two people were reportedly injured. Some members of the group were allegedly involved in a shooting incident at the Australian cluster at the residential complex.Kompas.com reported that during the raid at John’s house, police confiscated 28 spears, 24 sharp weapons, two arrows, two baseball bats and 17 mobile phones.John was released in December 2019 on parole after completing two-thirds of his 12-year sentence after being found guilty by the Central Jakarta District Court in 2012 for the murder of former PT Sanex Steel director Tan Harry Tantono, also known as Ayung. The victim was found dead in a room at the Swiss-Belhotel in Sawah Besar district, Central Jakarta on Jan. 26, 2012.John Kei was said to have violated Article 340 in conjunction with Article 55 of the Criminal Code. He once filed an appeal but the Supreme Court increased his sentence to 16 years.After being granted remission, he was expected to be released in 2025, but has reportedly been qualified for parole since December last year.Responding to the incident, Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General confirmed that John Kei had been released on parole since December, during which he was supervised under the guidance of the ministry’s correctional facility department.The ministry will coordinate with the police regarding the case. She said a hearing would be conducted afterward.“From the hearing, [we] will decide what kind of measure [we] will apply to John Kei,” Rika said in a statement on Monday. (asp)Topics : The Jakarta Police have arrested infamous thug John Kei for allegedly masterminding attacks in two places that claimed a life and injured two others, months after he was released on parole for murder.John Kei, or John Refra, was arrested on Sunday along with 24 of his men in his house on Jl. Tytyan Indah Utama X at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said as quoted by tempo.co.The men were accused of being involved in two separate attacks in Tangerang, Banten and West Jakarta. Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Nana Sudjana said John allegedly ordered his men to murder Nus Kei and a member of his gang, identified only as ER, over discrepancies from land sales.The order was revealed when investigators checked the mobile phone of one of his men. John also allegedly sent a threatening message prior to the attack.“Upon checking the cell phone of the perpetrator, we found an order from John Kei to his men. There is indication of a plan to murder Nus Kei and ER,” Nana said in a press conference on Monday as reported by kompas.com.ER died after being stabbed by a sharp weapon in an attack in Kosambi, Cengkareng district in West Jakarta on Sunday.last_img read more

Geneva’s €11.2bn pension fund pleads for ‘double Yes’ in funding vote

first_imgThe CHF12.6bn (€11.2bn) public pension fund for the Swiss canton of Geneva has called for the public to help it secure crucial funding by voting in favour of two competing proposals in a regional referendum next month. CPEG is the public pension fund with the weakest funding in Switzerland. At the end of December its coverage ratio stood at 58%, compared with 75% on average for Swiss public pension funds.Unlike most of its peers, when CPEG was established in 2014 it did not receive enough financing from the canton. Under federal law, it must have a coverage ratio of 80% by 2052, but it faces falling foul of its legal obligations. Cantonal law specifies the trajectory to the 2052 target, setting targets for 2020 (coverage ratio of 60%), 2030 (66%), 2040 (72%), and beyond.  Over the years CPEG’s liabilities have increased by CHF2bn as a result of cuts in the discount rate it uses. According to Michèle Devaud, deputy director general of CPEG, the need to recapitalise the fund by a substantial amount – the figures given ranging between CHF4.4bn and CHF5.4bn – was recognised by all the political parties in Geneva.“The problem is what system to put in place,” she added.Competing solutionsIn December the regional parliament passed two “contradictory” laws in the same session, Devaud said. Both targeted a coverage ratio of 75%, largely via recapitalisation in 2020 via a loan, but disagreed about potential structural reform of the pension fund.According to Devaud, the cantonal government’s proposal was for CPEG to switch to a defined contribution system, which would lead to benefits falling by a maximum of 5%. The proposal also foresaw a shift in the distribution of contributions, with members to contribute a greater share and employers a smaller share.The current contribution rate is 27%, two-thirds of which comes from employers and one-third from employees.  The funding proposals will go to a ballot next monthThe second proposal, on the other hand, involved sticking with the current defined benefit system without any changes to benefit or contribution levels. There were some differences relating to the repayment of the loan used to provide the financing.According to Devaud, the second option involved the loan mainly being repaid in the form of land being transferred to CPEG, on which it could build accommodation for the local population. CPEG allocates around 30% of its assets to real estate and owns 10,000 housing units, making it the canton’s biggest landlord.The cantonal government’s plan, meanwhile, allows for the transfer of land but does not prioritise it in the same way as the second proposal.‘Vote for both’Both options are the subject of a referendum to be held on 19 May, after the respective camps collected sufficient signatures against the other’s proposal.CPEG wants to avert an outcome in which both proposals end up being rejected by voters. It has therefore issued a statement calling for them to vote in favour of both, regardless of the preference they then indicate in follow-up questions on the ballot.“The board of CPEG isn’t taking a position on the proposals but we’re saying that the pension fund has to be recapitalised. That’s the main message,” Devaud told IPE.“It would be catastrophic if there were a double ‘No’ because then we would have to cut benefits substantially.”CPEG also emphasised that such an outcome would mean that the pension fund’s “financial balance” would remain very fragile and that recapitalisation at a later date would probably be necessary, with this costing more than the measures linked to the proposals scheduled for the May referendum. Since CPEG’s creation, active members’ future benefits have been cut by 17%. The pension fund said that if the measures it had already announced came into effect in January next year, the total reduction of benefits could go up to 27% depending on the type of member.last_img read more

​NBIM brings Rio Tinto, Walmart back into sovereign fund’s universe

first_imgRio Tinto’s exclusion, made in 2008, was based on an assessment of the risk of severe environmental damage related to the company’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia, but the company has now agreed to sell its interest in the mine, NBIM said.Mexican company Grupo Carso was blacklisted for tobacco production in 2011, but has since made it clear to the council that it is no longer involved with this activityGeneral Dynamics was excluded from the GPFG’s investment universe in 2005 because of its production of cluster munitions, which, NBIM said, has since been terminated.The Canadian fertiliser company Nutrien, formerly named the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, was added to the blacklist in 2011 following an assessment of the risk of violations of fundamental ethical norms linked to the company’s operations in Western Sahara. These activities had now ceased, NBIM said.NBIM said the revocation of these exclusions meant that the GPFG was now allowed to invest in the companies, and the Ministry of Finance would decide when the securities would be re-introduced into the fund’s benchmark index. However, it was up to the fund manager to decide if and when to purchase shares in the companies, NBIM said. The manager of Norway’s NOK9.1trn (€938bn) sovereign wealth fund has brought a number of blacklisted companies back into its investment universe.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), revoked exclusions applied to a range of companies including US retailer Walmart, mining company Rio Tinto, aerospace firm General Dynamics and Canadian fertiliser specialist Nutrien.NBIM said in a statement: “The executive board’s decisions to revoke the exclusions were made on the basis of recommendations from the Council on Ethics, which regularly shall assess whether the basis for observation or exclusion still exists.”The sovereign wealth fund said Walmart and its Mexican subsidiary Walmart de Mexico were originally blacklisted in 2006 based on an assessment finding serious or systematic violations of human rights. However, the grounds for this exclusion no longer existed, according to NBIM.last_img read more

Lady Trojans And Lady Tigers Battle Out In EIAC Volleyball Battle

first_imgEC Volleyball faced Lawrecenburg tonight. JV won in two, but varsity lost in four with the scores of 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, and 25-22.EC Volleyball vs Lawrenceburg (9-21)‘It was a great game by both teams. Neither team would give up and it showed in the scores. They just outplayed us because we struggled to execute some critical game plans.  Overall, we did a lot right tonight. We got down early in several games but managed to bounce back. It just turned out that it wasn’t enough to get the win.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.EC JV won in two 25 – 15 and 25 – 15.‘The girls showed up in every aspect of the game tonight. Every single player was focused, effective, and communicative. I am extremely proud of them.’  Trojans Coach Bernice Rosemeyer.JV record 13 – 0.Next up is Harrison Wednesday at Harrison with freshman starting at 4:30.last_img read more

Pogba returns to action for Man Utd against opposite team to midfield rival

first_imgManchester United returned to the Old Trafford pitch as they played in an intra-squad friendly ahead of the Premier League’s return. Pogba has only made eight appearances all season due to his persistent injury that required surgery, with the France midfielder last playing for United on Boxing Day. Despite missing out on the chance to play alongside Pogba, Fernandes has had a major impact on United since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January. Another noticeable return was Marcus Rashford, who had been sidelined since January due to a back fracture. Before his enforced break, the England striker was enjoying his best season to date, with 14 goals and five assists from 22 Premier League matches. Aaron Wan Bissaka, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard were also among those pictured fighting hard as they aim to regain full match fitness. United will return to action with an away game against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on June 19 in a crunch clash in the race for the top four. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his team can continue their 10-game unbeaten streak from before the football hiatus, in which they won seven of those, scoring 28 times and conceding just twice along the way. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Paul Pogba was present as the United stars returned to their stadium for the first time in three months wearing opposing home and away kits for their match. The match was the first to take place at Old Trafford since their Manchester derby victory over City, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side became familiar again with their surroundings. The match marked the first time Pogba and Fernandes have been on the pitch at the same time this season – albeit against each other. read also:Fernandes: I can’t wait to play with Pogba Pogba and Fernandes are yet to play together because the Portuguese star’s arrival at the club coincided with the World Cup winner’s ankle injury.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Factslast_img read more