The Students’ Point-of-ViewHow has the outdoor program at Montreat helped you grow over the course of your attendance? Daniel Harmon: The Outdoor Education (OE) program has helped me grow by forcing me to become the leader I knew I could be, but was afraid to turn into. Through the constant class content and required leading of small groups, I have found the courage to accept that I am a person that can not only handle leadership, but also make a difference in the lives of those I lead.Jamie Sullivan: Since being enrolled at Montreat College as an Outdoor Education and Outdoor Ministry major I have been particularly challenged to develop my teaching and leading skills. I have not only had the chance to learn the philosophies but also been able to go out into the community and practice them. Montreat College has many partnerships with local schools and camp programs in the area which provides us as students a chance to practice our newfound skills on others in a safe environment. This has been particularly helpful as me as I can receive feedback and adapt my skills and philosophy before I take on a full time role after graduation.Kara Smith: This program has helped me grow spiritually first and foremost. I’ve had the opportunity to grow in my faith drastically and it’s because my professors are great leaders in that aspect and always incorporate faith and learning. Second, my ability to be an effective teacher is where I’ve also grown a lot. From needs assessment to preparing and implementing lessons I feel confident in my teaching skills. Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Montreat College is at the base of some of the Southeast’s most iconic adventures. But location aside, the outdoor education curriculum at the college is top-notch. As one of the final two schools representing in the Championship round of our Top Adventure College Tournament, we spoke with Dr. Brad Daniel, Chair of the Outdoor Education Department at Montreat, and a few of his students to get a better idea about what the college has to offer the adventurous spirit.What makes Montreat an ideal school for adventurous students?BD: Montreat is a contraction of “mountain retreat” and it is aptly named. Located 13 miles east of Asheville, NC., we are close to four wilderness areas, four N.C. state parks, several rivers that provide great whitewater paddling opportunities, and numerous rockclimbing locations including Linville Gorge. Our campus sits at the beginning of a 14-mile trail/road that ascends to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only an hour away.How long has Montreat had an outdoor program?BD: The outdoor program started in the mid-70s at what was then a junior college known as Montreat-Anderson. The program started as a two year A.S. Degree in Outdoor Recreation and a 20-day Christian-oriented Outward Bound-type wilderness expedition called Discovery. The first Discovery expedition went out in 1976. In 2016 will celebrate our 40th year of wilderness programming, making it one of the longer college-sponsored extended wilderness programs in the United States.What outdoor-related degrees, majors, and minors does Montreat offer?BD: Currently, our students can major in Outdoor Education or Outdoor Ministry at the undergraduate level. Our minors include Outdoor Education, Outdoor Ministry, Leadership, and Adventure-Based Counseling. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science in Environmental Education. We also offer a certificate in Wilderness Leadership. Through the coursework students can move towards being certified through the Wilderness Education Association, the Association for Challenge Course Technology, and the state of North Carolina’s Environmental Education Certification Program.
Maybe it’s because I hit one of those depressing milestones the other day when the young lady whom I was buying tickets from at the Museum of Natural History coyly asked if there was anyone I was buying tickets for who was 60 or older? Considering that my twin brother wasn’t on line and my daughters were the only ones with me, I can only assume she was talking about me even though I don’t look a day over 49 ½.But as this article underscores issues surrounding the elderly and financial mismanagement are getting more and more attention. A suggestion by a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia is to authorize and encourage the sharing of information among financial institutions about potential financial exploitation in much the same way they have been encouraged to share information about potential money laundering and terrorist activity since passage of the Patriot Act in 2001. I want to be absolutely clear here. Currently sharing such information among financial institutions is illegal. This is a suggested policy which would require amendments to federal law in order to take effect. Would this be worth the risks?The first question we have to answer is what exactly we are seeking to prevent? If our goal is to prevent criminal financial exploitation then the existing framework may well be good enough. State laws either mandate reporting by or protect financial institutions that choose to report suspected abuse. And federal law keeps getting more and more robust more and more robust. Financial institutions can file Suspicious Activity Reports specifically dealing with elder financial exploitation and S.2155 included provisions that will soon start shielding institutions from lawsuits when they report suspected exploitation provided they comply certain training requirements. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game. “The whole squad is together and they want our fans to see them fighting and scrapping for everything. It’s the least they deserve.” Swansea are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of managerial candidates and hope to appoint Monk’s successor before their Premier League home game with West Ham on December 20. Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been linked with the post in what would mark a return to his homeland for the former Wales captain. “First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it’s true,” United manager Louis van Gaal said when asked about the reports at his press conference before the league visit to Bournemouth. “And (in that case), he’s coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it’s the truth. I’m sorry. “I cannot speak about ‘if’. The ‘if’ situations.” Former United manager David Moyes had earlier ruled himself out of the running after figuring heavily in the betting following Monk’s departure. Moyes said he was ready to return to management following his dismissal from Spanish top-flight club Real Sociedad in November, but insisted Swansea was not for him. “I’m not interested in the (Swansea) job,” Moyes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSport. “I’ve let that be known earlier in the week that it wasn’t for me.” Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who is currently at Greek club AEK Athens, is expected to be among the names discussed. The Uruguayan was close to landing the job when Brendan Rodgers was appointed in 2010 and is understood to be out of contract at the end of the season, so compensation would not be a huge issue. Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp, Chelsea’s former Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo and Rangers manager Mark Warburton are others who have been heavily linked with the Swansea vacancy. Press Association Curtis, who has been involved with Swansea for 40 years in various roles as player and coach, takes charge of team affairs at Manchester City on Saturday following a week of turmoil at the Liberty Stadium. Monk was sacked on Wednesday after a run of one win in 11 games, ending his 22-month tenure as manager and an association with Swansea stretching back to 2004 when he first joined as a player. “It’s been a difficult few days for everyone,” Curtis told the official Swansea website. “We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game. “But Garry’s departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with Kristian O’Leary. “We all feel – staff and players – that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday. “Some may say it’s too late because Garry’s already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters.” Swansea have slipped from a top-four place in late August to being a single point above the relegation zone after taking only six points from the last 33 on offer. But Curtis promises they will test third-placed City at the Etihad Stadium. “Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won’t be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in,” Curtis said. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits Garry Monk’s departure was more painful because he had been at the club for so long.