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Alison Hudson

Alison Hudson
Alison is the NOLS intranet manager and a NOLS instructor.

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Veterans return from wilderness with NOLS and the Sierra Club

By Alison Hudson on 5/23/12 2:46 AM

In early May, seven veterans and one Army wife embarked on a six-day leadership expedition in the Gila Wilderness. Organized by the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors and run by NOLS Professional Training, the course was open to—and free for—veterans. The goal of the course was to give veterans an opportunity to become outdoor leaders.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, NOLS Professional Training

Summit Addresses Environmental Issues

By Alison Hudson on 5/17/12 7:01 AM

After spending much of the first day of the Faculty Summit discussing leadership skills, teaching techniques, and ways to foster inclusion, the second day began with a reminder to faculty: you have an incredible opportunity to inspire a new generation to care about the environment.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Inspiring Alumna: Morgan Dixon opens Faculty Summit

By Alison Hudson on 5/16/12 7:07 AM

Yesterday morning was the start of the 2012 NOLS Faculty Summit. Scott Robertson and Executive Director John Gans kicked off the event with a brief welcome to the nearly 160 faculty members assembled at the Sinks Canyon Center. Over the three days of the Summit, faculty will participate in a variety of forums and workshops focused on professional development, community building, and inclusion. The highlight of the first day was Morgan Dixon’s opening address, which set the tone for the summit by inspiring attendees to spread lessons from NOLS to a greater audience.

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Topics: Alumni, Educators Notebook, instructors

Off-Campus Semester to Start with NOLS

By Alison Hudson on 5/9/12 6:51 AM

In August, a group of incoming freshmen at Elon University will embark on a 22-day NOLS course in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. While this may not be reminiscent of the typical freshman orientation, it is actually the start of Elon’s inaugural Gap Semester Program, during which students spend their entire first semester of college off campus. At the conclusion of their NOLS course, the group will travel back to North Carolina, stopping in four distinct locations to perform service projects. After that, the students will travel to Costa Rica, where they will live in home-stays.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Powerful Impact of Positivity

By Alison Hudson on 4/24/12 3:36 AM

Stephanie Calderon’s first two days in Alaska were not at all what she expected. A week prior, Calderon was laying on a beach in Mexico, enjoying the sun and reminiscing about her recent graduation from high school. Now she was standing in the cold rain, far from her cell phone and computer, trying to tie knots in a wet rope. Earlier in the year, when she signed up for the STEP Student Expedition with NOLS Professional Training, Alaska sounded like fun. Now she was miserable.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Allison Bergh on Astronauts and the Arctic

By Alison Hudson on 4/3/12 2:34 AM

Allison Bergh, a long-time instructor for NOLS and NOLS Professional Training, got her start in outdoor education as a river guide. While she loved the wilderness aspect the job, Bergh soon realized that she wanted to be an educator rather than a guide.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

Wharton, Wilderness, Wall Street

By Alison Hudson on 3/29/12 7:01 AM

Six years after completing a Wharton Leadership Venture Winter Expedition with NOLS Professional Training, Daniel DiBiasio still remembers every campsite. He also remembers, word-for-word, the feedback he received about his role as Leader of the Day. It was the honesty of the critique that resonates the most with DiBiasio, who frequently applies these skills at his job on Wall Street.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Chris Beeson on Leadership Lessons in the Wilderness

By Alison Hudson on 3/28/12 9:45 AM

As a sophomore in college, Chris Beeson went backpacking with his school’s outdoor program and fell in love with the type of education that occurs outside.

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Topics: Live the Dream

Lakeside Leadership Initiative

By Alison Hudson on 3/28/12 9:06 AM

Earlier this month, students in the Lakeside Leadership Initiative (LLI) at the Lakeside School in Seattle participated in the first of four leadership seminars, which are being run by NOLS Professional Training.

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Topics: Educators Notebook

Nate Ostis Talks Risk Management

By Alison Hudson on 3/14/12 9:50 AM

Only a few days into a NOLS Fall Semester in the Rockies in 1994, Nate Ostis knew he wanted to work for NOLS.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

Wildland Firefighters Learn Leadership in the Wilderness

By Alison Hudson on 3/7/12 6:54 AM

In early February, six courses from the Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program (WFAP) left the comfort of the classroom to learn leadership in the very environment in which they will work: the wilderness.

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Topics: Behind the Scenes

John Abel Reflects on NOLS Professional Training

By Alison Hudson on 3/5/12 2:23 AM

John Abel has been a NOLS instructor since 1991. When asked how he got started in outdoor education, Abel described two seemingly disparate camp counselor jobs.

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Topics: Educators Notebook, instructors, NOLS Professional Training

Veteran Discovers His Niche in the Outdoors

By Alison Hudson on 2/29/12 8:56 AM

Photo by Rainbow Weinstock
 

Climbing saved Stacy Bare’s life. He was finding life after two tours with the U.S. Army to be a rough, drawn-out transition when a friend offered to take him out for a day on the wall. The experience was exactly what he needed, putting his life and the world around him into perspective and, ultimately, giving him a mission.

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Topics: service, veterans, Live the Dream, leadership, military

Finding Followership

By Alison Hudson on 2/15/12 7:21 AM

As the founder of East African Children’s Education Foundation (EACEF), Andrew Sugrue held a number of leadership roles prior to his participation on a NOLS Professional Training course but had little experience as an active follower. When reflecting on his participation in a custom-course for the Robertson Scholars Program, Sugrue emphasized the necessity of active followership, despite the challenges of filling an active support role.

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Topics: Expedition Prep

Group Development with NOLS

By Alison Hudson on 2/10/12 7:32 AM

As a graduate student pursuing a master’s in education, Rose Hendricks was interested in how youth educators can further their personal development through leadership training. This academic pursuit led Hendricks to NOLS Professional Training, through which she observed a Leadership Navigation Challenge (LNC) for members of the National Park Service’s GOAL Academy.

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Topics: Educators Notebook