“Ten students. Three weeks. One Adventure,” was the theme of the evening for Sierra Nevada College Seniors Savannah Hoover and Kat Daubner’s extended field expedition presentation.
The Geology 101 class along with other science students took a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park to learn more about the geologic wonder of the area.
I want to tell you about an extraordinary leadership course that Rosie Hackett, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Adventure Leadership, designed. Before I describe the course, stop and ponder how you would design a course to teach leadership. In fact, many people believe that leaders are born, not developed. I, along with highly acclaimed author Jim Collins, strongly disagree with that proposition. But one thing does seem clear: one learns to lead by leading. Reading, thinking, and studying about leadership are important, but leadership development must also incorporate hands-on experience guided by a mentor.
Pushing yourself to your physical limits, coming face-to-face with your personal weaknesses, and finding out what you are truly made of are just a few of the highlights students mentioned during the Extended Field Course presentation that took place at noon March 7 in Prim Library 302.
The classroom was transformed into a pseudo-campsite for the hour-long presentation, where 11 students shared their experiences last summer from the first Extended Field Course in the Canyonlands National Park of Utah. In one corner of the room were a tent and a backpack full of the typical gear one might bring on the trip. On the other side of the room a tarp, strewn across the floor, displayed the types of foods students ate during the trip, personal journals from the trip and some of the required reading materials including “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey. The audience lounged on the floor in the middle of the campsite.