At 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, an audience of students and faculty packed into one of the larger lecture halls at SNC in anticipation for the Outdoor Adventure Leadership presentation.
The Powerpoint focused on ODAL 380: Extended Field Expedition, which placed 10 students in the rugged Utah desert for 21 days to gain perspective on the vast landscape and hands-on experience in outdoor skills.
Hoover set the pace for the hour-long peek into the course’s group dynamics, experiential learning, and future possibilities within the outdoor adventure world.
Daubner spoke from the heart about the expedition’s communication skills, Leave No Trace Principles and the course’s affect on her personal outlook.
The juxtaposition of these two speakers created a presentation filled with knowledge, passion and an obvious love for the wild that seemed to resonate with everyone in the room.
“Escape while your mind can still wonder wildly,” quoted Hoover from the personal journal she kept during the trip.
“If we aren’t challenging ourselves everyday then we aren’t growing,” said Daubner.
Their presentation was followed by a question and answer between the audience and the presenters. President Lynn Gillette joked that he has about 15 questions to ask.
Among several other questions, Gillette asked of each presenters, “What did you most learn about yourself that you had to come to grips with?”
Hoover replied, “I believe my weakness is trying to always be fair to everyone. There were a few times when I had to be very real with our group and tell them what they were doing wrong. If we weren’t communicating properly, we had to bring our feelings to the table.”
Answering the same question Daubner said, “So two things for me. One, being a leader has always been really hard for me. It’s hard for me to sit down with somebody and say ‘when you do this it makes me feel bad’, so constructive criticism, I can take it but giving it I just would rather preserve the relationship between the person and I. Another thing it has done for me is given me the motivation to take on anything.”
Prior to the presentation Outdoor Adventure Leadership Director Rosie Hackett had said, “More challenge and thus more growth,” which was one of the
“I thought Kat and Savannah presented themselves very professionally in a manner where they were also able to portray their passion for this trip,” said Senior Richard Cooch. “As a participant of the trip and as a viewer in the audience of their presentation they were only able to capture so much of what actually happened out there, not in terms of content, but context. Yet, overall, they touched on a good chunk of the trip.”