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    October 18, 2004  
    Contact: Dr. Rocky Rohwedder, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, (707) 664-2249.


Outdoor Leadership Conference Offers Look at Unique Career Field, Oct. 22

"More and more people are looking for outdoor opportunities that provide a safe yet thrilling experience, " says Rocky Rohwedder of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University. The answer these days is the unique career field of "outdoor leadership" which can be found everywhere from ecotourism to corporate training to programs for "troubled youth," An introduction to this field is slated at an Outdoor Leadership Symposium from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 in the Environmental Technology Center at SSU.

The symposium consists of short student presentations on a wide variety of topics as well as a panel of outdoor leaders from around the Bay Area. Students in SSU's Outdoor Leadership course will cover how the outdoor leadership field is impacting professions such as counseling, first aid, recreational clothing and equipment, ecotourism here and abroad, and popular as well as instructional media (including television, film
and video). The panel will feature current outdoor leaders in the region, including the directors of local organizations providing leadership training as well as expeditionary learning programs.

They include Harrison Hood , Hood Mountain Adventures; Mark Abbruzzese, manager, Santa Rosa REI; Ninna and Martin Muller, Polaris Leadership Consultants; and Brenda Lear, Outdoor Pursuits, SSU.

The symposium is open to the public and is free of charge. Maps and directions to the Environmental Technology Center can be found at

For more information, contact Dr. Rocky Rohwedder, professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, at (707) 664-2249.


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