Redhawks Explore the Great Outdoors

Eight Southeast students took their lessons to the great outdoors, all the way to Buena Vista, Colorado. It was all part of a 12-day adventure trip to explore interpersonal skills and self-discipline while rock climbing, white water rafting, backpacking, and mountaineering.

And, best of all, they earned academic credit. It’s all part of the outdoor adventure education course under Dr. Thomas Holman, professor of recreation and park administration in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation. Holman has been taking Southeast students on similar trips for the last 15 years.

“I think it makes students better people,” Holman says. “They learn how to overcome their fears and work together as a group. It’s a tough trip. You have to develop some grit, and some students really struggle, but the character growth and development that comes from taking this course applies to all of life in any field of study.”

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