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The state of the school: FY 2012

By Casey Adams on Oct 16, 2012

Staff, faculty , advisory council members, and NOLS Board of
Trustees gathered in Lander, Wyo.
last Friday for the annual board and
committee meetings. The weekend commenced with State of the School addresses by
new Board Chair Kate
Gunness Williams
, NOLS Executive Director John Gans, and the executive
director team.

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Topics: NOLS, Behind the Scenes, WyoFile, Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Board, Trustees, Lander, Kate Gunness Williams, educate, enroll, faculty, awards, wilderness education, National Outdoor Leadership School, Wyoming, Faculty Summit, County10, fundraising, strategic plan, WMI, advisory council, Nonprofit Times, Outside Magazine, State of the School, staff, student, Expedition goals, leader, wilderness, record, John Gans

Adventure Medical Kits Supports the NOLS Scholarship Fund

By Larkin Flora on Jan 31, 2012

Demonstrating their commitment to outdoor education and safety, Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) raised money for NOLS last month at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer (OR) Winter Market. During the first two days of OR, AMK sold their award-winning SOL Escape Bivvy with all proceeds going to the NOLS Scholarship Fund.

The bivvy is AMK’s new, heat reflective, highly water resistant, windproof, and, most importantly, breathable emergency shelter or primary sleep system for backcountry adventures. It weighs a trim 8.5 ounces, and at $50, it’s very affordable. Although it just began shipping this month, the SOL Escape Bivvy has already gleaned awards for 2011 Gear of the Year from both Gear Junkie and National Geographic Adventure.

So why did AMK decide to donate their proceeds to the NOLS Scholarship Fund?

“The question is more like, why didn’t we do this earlier?” explained AMK Chief Marketing Officer Frank Meyer, “I think the opportunity to learn outdoor and leadership skills should be afforded to as many people as possible regardless of income level.”

Each year, NOLS offers more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to applicants who demonstrate great potential to excel as NOLS students but lack the financial means to attend. Without the generous support of staff, alumni, the broader NOLS community, and organizations like Adventure Medical Kits, many students would not be able to experience an NOLS education.

“Adventure Medical Kits’ donation to the NOLS scholarship fund through the sales of Escape Bivvys at Outdoor Retailer was a great way to show our support to a core group of outdoor users,” concluded Meyer, “We look forward to continuing to support NOLS in the future.”


To learn more about the NOLS Scholarship Fund and Campaign NOLS: Endowing Our Core Values, click here.

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Topics: NOLS, Outdoor Industry Association, Behind the Scenes, awards, National Outdoor Leadership School, amk, scholarships, sol escape bivvy, fundraising, Adventure Medical Kits, Outdoor Retailer

2009 Employee Awards

By NOLS on Oct 14, 2009

At the annual State of the School celebration in Lander, Wyoming, NOLS Executive Director John Gans presented employee awards to John Hovey, John Stoddard, Jen Sall, Katie Baum, Clemente Diaz, Cindy Carey and Claudia Pearson. Copied below is John's presentation:

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Topics: Behind the Scenes, awards, employee