December 2020

Dr. Carolyn Golz graduated from our MS in Experiential Education program some years ago and has been busy doing amazing things ever since. She is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of New Orleans where she provides "vision and leadership for the student affairs units that include career services, counseling services, disability services, student health services, student leadership, testing services, and TRIO programs" (UNO, Dec. 2020). Whew! Carolyn has received outstanding service awards from various agencies and was recently recognized as "One to Watch in Education" by New Orleans City Business. Way to go, Dr. Golz! 

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The successes of our MS in ExEd graduates just keep shining! Alum Ryan Penneau, has been inspiring hundreds of corporate and college groups in leadership and team development for over 12 years through his company, The Penneau Training Group, and its sister program, Take College Back. Their curriculum focuses on developing the HEART of a Leader (Humility, Energy & Execution, Awareness, Relationships, and Trust). Penneau Training Group is committed to "pull[ing] the very best we can out of individuals by maintaining a standard of curriculum that engages each individual to get out of their head and into their heart, to give their all to their goals, and to leave interactions better than how they found them" ( Watch an engaging 4 min. video from Take College Back here. We are proud to have you in our ExEd family, Ryan!  

Elliott Floyd Commencement Speech PULSE Spring 2020June 2020

Elliott Floyd is a May 2020 graduate from our MS in Experiential Education program and was selected early in the semester to deliver a speech for the graduate hooding ceremony for our College of Allied Health & Nursing. The Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies had to be canceled due to the pandemic, and so Elliott's speech has been published in the College's PULSE magazine this month. You can read his uplifting message below. Your words are a great reflection on our program, Elliott! We are proud of all that you've accomplished and excited about what is yet to come for you. Congratulations!


Jason LuthyApril 2020

Jason Luthy, WEMT, FAWM, is one of our stellar graduates from the MS in Experiential Education program and is the owner and founder of Longleaf Wilderness Medicine in Idaho. He recently published this timely article about adhering to healthy outdoor distancing during COVID-19 for the Spokesman-Review, March 19, 2020. Your expertise is helpful and needed, Jason!  

Responsible Outdoor Recreation During a Pandemic

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TEDx is coming to Minnesota State, Mankato, for the first time on April 17, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CST. The list of selected presenters just got announced and two of our current MS in Experiential Education students have been chosen as TEDx speakers! Our student presenters will be Abigayle Oxborough speaking on Re-evaluating Customer Service, and Elliott Floyd speaking on Nature in our Digital Age. Once again, we are blown away by the talents and leadership of our students. Congratulations Abby and Elliott!

January 2020

The MS in Experiential Education program acknowledges and embraces multiple ways of knowing and learning that extend into a wide spectrum of formal and non-formal educational settings. Still, we have roots in and continuing connections to adventure outdoor learning and many of our students have been employed over the years with NOLS. The Fall 2019 issue of its alumni publication, The Leader, showcases two of our alum who are also NOLS instructors, Graham Prather and Dr. Andrew Bobilya. Graham received the 2019 Wilderness Medicine Instructor Award, having taught over 62 courses for NOLS. Andrew was featured in an article titled Alumni in Action: Taking the Classroom Outdoors. Way to go, Graham and Andrew! We are proud of your accomplishments!

December 2019

The MS in Experiential Education program continued its tradition of hosting an exhibit booth at the Association for Experiential Education Conference held in Spokane, WA, Nov. 13-15, 2019, partnered this year with the Association for Outdoor Recreation & Education. There were a large number of our current students and graduates in attendance and as presenters. Among them, Mary Breunig delivered a meaningful, serious and playful Kurt Hahn Address, and Karen Warren shared an inspirational story about her journey as a woman confronting meta-narratives about gender as an ActivatEE speaker. Our amazing graduates continue to illuminate the world!

November 2019

Daniel Cape is a graduate extraordinare from our MS in ExEd program, author of the book, From Experience to Creativity, creator of EPIC cards, and now presenter of this TEDxAsheville Talk on “A Deeper Understanding of Creativity” that you will greatly benefit from watching.

We're proud to have you on our list of alum, Dan!