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Outdoor Adventures prepares to host the Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference

Conference focuses on the ever changing environment

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, January 18, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2013 15:01

ASU’s Outdoor Adventures program will host the annual Texas Outdoor Leadership Conference (TOLC) Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

Friday will open with registration at 1 p.m. at the ASU Lake House, followed by a 4 p.m. tour of the ASU campus facilities. Friday evening will feature dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by live entertainment and other activities at 8:30 p.m.

Education sessions are scheduled for Saturday and will include topics from risk management procedures to research into the effects of rock climbing on bone mineral density, according to a TOLC press release.

Sessions will take place at the ASU Lake House, the Center for Human Performance and the Houston Harte University Center, according to the press release.

Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures, Aaron Kentner, will be presenting one of the educational sessions on the effects of rock climbing on bone mineral density, a six- week study he did during the fall semester.

The conference will end with a practicum-based clinic and skills sessions at the Lake House from 8 a.m. to noon.

Other activities will include an adventure race, Dutch oven cooking with food preparation and competition, entertainment will feature Manny Campos and Joshua Heimbecker, and Laurence Parent will be the Keynote speaker. Parent will be discussing the book he wrote, “Death in Big Bend”.

The event rotates to different Texas universities and colleges each year. Majority of attendees come from Texas universities, but the conference is also open to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma schools, according to a TOLC press release.

“We’re expecting 75 to 100 professionals and students to participate in the conference,” Kentner said.

Ian Brown, Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventures, said the conference is an opportunity for the student staff involved in the program to get an opportunity to develop themselves a little bit more.

“They’re the ones that are actually putting the conference on. They manage the logistics, room reservations, the catering, and the educational sessions,” Brown said, “In doing so it’s providing them an experience so when they get on a career path, they already have prior experience of event management.”

Student Supervisor for Outdoor Adventures, John Zafereo, will be working on the logistics aspect of the conference, such as setting staff schedules.

“This event definitely gives you a better look at the responsibilities that go into planning a conference like this,” Zafereo said. “There is a lot more that goes into it than I thought there was, and it’s a good way to learn,”

For more information or to register for the conference, go online to or call ASU Outdoor Adventures at (325)486-6918.

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