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first_img Tags Email Address* DevelopmentReal Estate Lawsuitstribeca Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Full Name* 465 Washington Street, Arthur Becker, and Valerie Dillon (Photos via Getty Images and 465 Washington Street)In 2012, gallery owner Valerie Dillon received an offer for her stake in a Tribeca apartment building she couldn’t pass up.Developer Arthur Becker needed Dillon’s stake in the building in order to convert it into a boutique condo project.In exchange, Dillon didn’t just want money; she wanted the right to buy back her apartment in the converted building for $50,000.But now, seven years after Dillon moved out of her apartment, Becker — a tech mogul-turned-developer, and the former husband of designer Vera Wang — still hasn’t finished the condo project at 465 Washington Street.The developer and former resident have been locked in a heated, years-long legal battle over her option to acquire the apartment at the long-delayed project. In the most recent twist, Dillon filed a lawsuit this week in New York State Supreme Court alleging that Becker and his firm, Madison 465 W, have “deliberately delayed satisfying their obligations” of the agreement.Dillon’s lawyers further claim that the developer has made “strategic delays” to the project, and allege that an offering plan filed with the New York Attorney General’s office last October eliminates Dillon’s option to buy and would make the unit available to the public.Becker’s attorney, Kevin Fritz of Meister Seelig & Fein, disputed Dillon’s claims.“Her allegation that Mr. Becker ‘strategically delayed’ renovating the building is belied by the record and defies common sense,” said Fritz.Fritz said similar claims in a previous lawsuit brought by Dillon were dismissed. He says that in that lawsuit, Dillon submitted an affidavit “acknowledging that any exercise of the option could be rejected by Mr. Becker, and thus we are unclear why she now alleges otherwise.”According to the new lawsuit, Dillon initially bought the entire third floor of the Washington Street building from developer Peter Moore in 2007 for $1.5 million, and invested another $300,000 into renovating the space. Two years later, Dillon secured a 20 percent interest in 465 Project LLC, the entity that owned the building, from Moore.But Moore struggled to make his loan payments and ultimately forfeited his interests in that entity to Dillon and another tenant, giving them control of the building.Dillon later sold her 50 percent stake in the building to Becker, after securing an option agreement to buy back her old apartment.Becker was a silent backer of JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group’s Billionaires’ Row supertall at 111 West 57th Street.But for the Tribeca development, he struck out on his own, seeking to build an eight-unit condo with a projected sellout of $52.5 million.It was set to be completed in 2015, but things did not progress smoothly, according to the complaint. Becker reportedly told Dillon construction would begin in 2013, but by 2019, it was still stalled. Dillon alleges Becker also sought to find another buyer for the building rather than attempt to complete the project. By not finishing it within a certain time frame, Dillon alleges he violated their agreement.Dillon also alleges that in October 2020, Becker submitted an amended offering plan to the attorney general that, if approved, would allow the developer to sell Dillon’s apartment. Becker allegedly said that he’s expecting approval of the amendment in February 2021.Dillon is now seeking to obtain the right and title to the apartment.“The complaint speaks for itself,” said Michael Hanin, an attorney of Kasowitz Benson Torres, who represents Dillon. “Our client is legally entitled to the third floor apartment at 465 Washington Street, and looks forward to her day in court.”Contact the author Message*last_img read more

first_imgPalynological analyses of the Marambio Group sediments of Humps Island (Santa Marta and López de Bertodano formations) indicates that there is minor displacement across a prominent NW–SE trending normal fault which passes beneath the southern bluff. No major compositional differences were perceived between the palynomorph assemblages either side of the fault. A late Campanian age is suggested for both sequences, based on comparison with Australasian dinoflagellate cyst zonations. A new species of the dinoflagellate cyst Bourkidinium has been recorded from strata on either side of the fault. A significant number of recycled Permian and Early Cretaceous palynomorphs were recorded. Most are miospores and exhibit significant variation in preservational states, implying derivation from several sources. More thermally mature Permian gymnosperm pollen is most likely derived from the nearby Trinity Peninsula Group, exposed on the Antarctic Peninsula. The source of the relatively well preserved Permian pollen is problematic.last_img read more

first_img Associated Press February 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local Dixie State splits WAC matchup with Seattle FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah (AP)– Jarod Greene had 16 points to lead five Dixie St. players in double figures as the Trailblazers edged past Seattle 77-76 Friday in WAC action.Jacob Nicolds added 12 points for the Trailblazers. Frank Staine chipped in 11, Isaiah Pope scored 10 and Hunter Schofield had 10.Darrion Trammell led the Redhawks with 30 points.In the final game of the two game series Trammell had 30 points as Seattle routed Dixie St. 77-56 Saturday.Cameron Gooden led the Trailblazers with 17 points. Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers Basketball/WAC Written bylast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Viewings furore in Somerset rumbles on as agent involved continues to deny crossing ‘red line’ previous nextRegulation & LawViewings furore in Somerset rumbles on as agent involved continues to deny crossing ‘red line’Agent says it is conducting property viewings but only for empty properties, although a member of public has contacted The Negotiator to claim otherwise.Nigel Lewis5th May 202003,109 Views The estate agent at the centre of a Coronavirus property viewings furore in Somerset has told The Negotiator that he has not been taking potential buyers to homes that are occupied.Last week we reported that agent Ashley Leahy had been accused of offering accompanied viewings at occupied properties, and promoting multiple properties that had been sold recently despite the lockdown.Leahy has claimed that like other agents in the area he has been visiting empty properties to complete photography, and has shown The Negotiator Rightmove data that reveals 128 properties have been added to Rightmove’s listings over the past 14 days by multiple agents in the area. He says that many of these properties appear to have been visited by a professional photographer.“I would just love to know what my boundaries are. I am not interested in pointing the finger at any particular agents,” he says. “Another grey area – if a house is empty – can I photograph that – can I let somebody in to see it if I stay in the car?”.The Negotiator has been contacted by a member of the public who lives opposite a vendor who has a home listed with Ashley Leahy on Southside Crescent in Kewstoke (pictured). Retired policeman  Steven Edwards says he saw potential buyers being shown around the property which, although it may have been vacated at the time, is usually occupied by a family.We put Edwards’ comment to Leahy, who said Stevens’ recollection of the viewing were inaccurate, although in more colourful language.GuidanceAs our original story highlighted last week, there are several holes in the government’s Coronavirus guidance that are large enough to enable agents to offer a limited viewings service should they wish. But in many areas this is angering local competitors who have decided to follow government guidance to the letter and protect the NHS.Steven Edwards says his property is on the books of another agent in the town which is ‘quite rightly’ not allowing any viewings at the moment, and that he’s angered by Leahy’s approach.     Ashley Leahy property viewings Weston-Super-Mare May 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgPurplebricks has signed up a new public relations firm to help promote the company’s estate agency service to consumers.The PR Network (PRN) won a competitive brief to represent the ‘disruptive’ hybrid estate agency including all consumer PR campaign work for the company covering brand PR, media relations and sponsorship support.This brief is to help Purplebricks “build consideration and engagement with consumers in the competitive UK property market”,” PRN says.The new PR firm appointment comes just 12 months after it signed up another big-name spin doctor outfit, Weber Shandwick, to do the same job.This appears to have been short-lived – after a few interactions with journalists writing about the industry including The Negotiator, the PR firm’s representatives then disappeared down a PR rabbit hole, failing to answer email enquiries.Hopefully, PRN can do better. As well as consumer PR and press relations, it will also be looking after the estate agency’s multi-million pound sponsorship of the GB Olympic team, which is linked to its ongoing TV advertising campaign (pictured, above).CollectivePRN describes itself as a “a global collective of creative and dynamic public relations specialists.“We are dedicated to providing high-level consultancy and quality national support for worldwide PR campaigns.”It has affiliate PR agencies based across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas to “provide smoothly-run, effective, and individualised campaigns around the world. Our goal is the success of your brand in our regions.”Purplebricks already works with Buchanan for its investor relations and corporate PR activity.Weber Shandwick The PR Network Purplebricks July 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks appoints new spin doctor to promote its estate agency service previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks appoints new spin doctor to promote its estate agency serviceFolllowing a competitive pitch, London firm the PR Network has been appointed to handle many aspects of the estate agency’s public relations.Nigel Lewis27th July 20200606 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgSurfers from all over South Jersey came out in droves to compete in the first sanctioned contest on the East Coast since the coronavirus pandemic. There were over 100 entries for the June 13 contest held at the 7th Street beach in Ocean City.The contest started at 8 a.m. and ran all day with over 30 heats of fun, competitive surfing at all levels of competition.There were longboard divisions, shortboard divisions, a bodyboard division and one of the the day’s highlights was the debut of a new division called the “mini-groms,” which is a 10-and-under age group that was allowed a “push-in” assist by a parent.Pro surfer, Rob Kelly, who served as a judge for the competition said, “It was great to see the SNJ-ESA step up and bring surf competition back to life after everything that has been going on.”He continued, “From start to finish the event adhered to all the social distancing guidelines. Proving that is possible to run a safe contest will hopefully inspire other organizations to follow the ESA’s lead and provide more platforms for surfers to start to compete again.”Local Ocean City surf mom and area yoga instructor, Michelle Whelan said, “The whole contest was so mellow, so fun and just beautifully run.”Her daughter, Sophia, won both the shortboard and longboard divisions for U18 junior women events and her son, Cullen, won the Boys U12 division and the bodyboard division.Mini-grom competitors with ESA Directors Mike Collins, left, and Chad Gallagher. (Photo courtesy ESA)Other area winners were as follows:Eamon McDermott won the Open Longboard, Cooper Jewell won the Boys U14, Ethan Dunn won the Junior Mens U18 division, Brynn Gallagher won the Girls U14 division, and Mia Gallagher won the Girls U16 division.From Cape May, Kaiden Cameron won the Jr Longboard, Otter Donohue won the Menehune Longboard and Tucker Collins brought home the win for the Boys U16 division as well as the coveted Open Shortboard division.All contest results can be found via this link: The ESA (Eastern Surfing Association) is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. They promote a family oriented surf culture with a focus on a healthy and active lifestyle.They are a 501c3 non-profit devoted to spreading the love of surfing and to caring for the people and the environment in the communities they serve. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the organization that they helped to form over 50 years ago.Local surf legends and NJ Surf Hall of Fame Inductees, Joe Grottola and Lisa Roselli, have also been at the helm of shaping this organization for nearly 40 years.Currently the ESA is organized into 25 districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline from Maine to the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama and even the Great Lakes. Each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff, led locally now in South Jersey by Chad Gallagher of Ocean City, who surfed in the SNJ District when he was a young grom, and Mike Collins of West Cape May.Maryann McAfee of Upper Township has two sons, James and Jude, who surfed for the first time in the ESA last weekend. She said their experience was great, noting “they just loved the energy of the whole day and they are excited to be a part of our local surf community.”McAfee added, “They can’t wait for more.”The next contest will be held on July 11 at 7th Street beach in Ocean City. Surfers can sign up at and look for the ESA-SNJ contest line up.Surfer Keira Linthicum, of Ocean City, smiles after a victorious day. (Photo courtesy ESA) First heat of the day at the ESA competition in Ocean City on June 13. (Photo credit Tony Jewell)last_img read more

first_imgEvery spring semester, students at Saint Mary’s are encouraged to provide feedback about their professors from the previous semester through spring course evaluations. The purpose of the evaluations is for professors to receive feedback on their performance, with the aim of helping them grow professionally. However, Terri Russ, associate professor of communication studies, said gendered bias often presents itself in these evaluations. “I have studied this with colleagues at Notre Dame,” Russ said. “We’ve discovered that the further you are from the straight, white male norm, the more negative reviews you will receive.” Russ said she has had her own experiences with gendered bias in the courses she has taught. “I’m a feminist and I teach critical theory,” she said. “We talk about a lot of heavy subjects like oppression, racism and sexism. I also teach a rhetoric class. There is a lot of writing involved and I force students to look at both sides of the story. I’ve had students say that I’m mean because I don’t smile enough or that I’m unprofessional.” Russ added her experiences with gender biased evaluations are not limited to her own evaluations.“I have never met a female professor who didn’t have her appearance critiqued,” she said. “No matter what they wear, it’s wrong. You could wear a suit and it wouldn’t be right.”Bill Svelmoe, a history professor, said he has a very different experience. Svelmoe wears Hawaiian shirts to class and in the winter, and he often doesn’t wear shoes inside. Yet, he has never had a negative comment about his appearance. The comments on his appearance are often complimentary. In an email, Svelmoe said he often receives comments like, “He looks like Val Kilmer,” “His socks don’t always match his outfits,” “Love the Hawaiian shirts.” “I’ve never had a cruel comment,” he said. “Doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I’ve just never had one.”Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychology and gender studies at the College, said she has done her own research on bias in these evaluations. “This is pretty well-documented across the country,” Spencer said. “ … The comments section gets very personal for women, while they’re kept vague for men. There are often complaints about things women can’t change like the sound of their voice.” Spencer said this trend is indicative of a double standard for male and female professors at the College.“Women are expected to always be both likable and competent,” she said. “For men, it’s enough that they be competent. Likability is just a bonus for male professors. It’s a cool extra thing, but it’s not necessary for men the way it is for women.” This double standard is especially visible in reviews of women of color, Spencer said.“If women of color aren’t seen as warm and friendly, they’ll be called rude and dismissive. However, if they’re too warm or friendly, they get called unprofessional,” Spencer said. “It’s a line between professional or friendly and it’s a line nobody can walk. You get dinged either way.” Spencer said non-tenured professors tend to take reviews more personally.“When you’re first starting off, it’s hard to know what’s bias and to discard, and what you should actually keep,” she said. “I try to focus on what’s actually about my class. I can’t change my voice and I’m going to wear what’s comfortable. However, I know that I’m privileged in that matter. I have tenure. It’s harder for junior faculty members to know which critiques are valid and which are a result of bias.” In terms of the effectiveness of student evaluations, Svelmoe and Russ agree evaluations can be helpful for professors. “I think what evaluations are better at measuring is simply, ‘Did students enjoy the class?’” Svelmoe said. “I think there is often a direct connection between ‘enjoyment’ of a class and real learning. It’s just that evaluations are less effective at measuring real learning, and more effective at measuring student enjoyment. Did students look forward to coming to class? Did they like the prof? Did they stay interested once class started? Those are important things to know, whether or not they directly correlate to student learning.”Russ emphasized the importance of continuous evaluation in order to keep students involved and to help prevent gendered evaluations. “When students give their final course evaluations, they’re anonymous,” she said. “It’s like online trolling. I think it’s important for professors to seek feedback throughout the course. That way, they still have time to correct the course if something doesn’t work.” Russ said she tries to give students information about the evaluation process. “I take some time to call out and talk about the evaluation process,” she said. “It’s important for students to know how [evaluations] can benefit students.” The most important thing for Russ is that students try to be civil in their evaluations. “Students should remember that professors are people and that we have feelings too,” she said.  Spencer said Saint Mary’s has been trying to combat gender bias in evaluations. “We redesigned the evaluations a few years ago to try and remove space for the biases,” Spencer said. “We want to make the evaluations more effective and less open ended. When the questions were open ended [comments] were just about the person, not the class.” Spencer said at Saint Mary’s, specifically, the bias is about the same as around the country — however, that can change over four years at the college.“There is so much sexism inherent with women in high-status positions,” Spencer said. “However, we have done studies and we know that by the fourth year, women at Saint Mary’s tend to have reduced gender stereotypes. There is a perspective shift over four years towards women leaders.”Tags: biased evaluations, gender bias, Saint Mary’s College, spring course evaluationslast_img read more

first_imgJ.M. Barrie, Finding Neverland The Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera George, Sunday in the Park with George Joseph, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music Javert, Les Miserables Everyone wants Josh Groban to come to Broadway…including Josh Groban. After all, the Grammy-nominated singer has been saying that he loves Broadway for ages, and his latest album (the show tune-filled Stages) proves it. This made us go on a massive dreamcasting mission to find the perfect part for the crooner. We asked you to name your top 10 Broadway roles for Groban on super-fun ranking site Culturalist. Here are the results! Billy Bigelow, Carouselcenter_img View Comments Anatoly, Chess The Baker, Into the Woods Josh Groban Star Files Jean Valjean, Les Miserableslast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a top-notch education with adventure opportunities and an outdoorsy setting, we’ve lined up the best-situated schools in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for those times when you simply need to ditch the books and #gooutsideandplay.Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, N.C.Student Body: 893Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): Outdoor Leadership (BA and minor)Tuition: $33,260Academics, work, and service. Those are the pillars, or the Triad, of Warren Wilson College, a small private school nestled in the forested mountains outside of Asheville, N.C. While the Triad largely dictates each student’s time at Warren Wilson, so, too, does the college’s environmental ethos and pledge of sustainability. Students here are encouraged to connect with the natural world. There’s a 275-acre working farm, a 625-acre forest with over 25 miles of trails, and the quiet banks of the Swannanoa River, all of which is open and accessible to the school. The campus itself hosts nearly 10,000 trees, making it one of only 254 college campuses across the country recognized as a “Tree Campus USA” by The Arbor Day Foundation.Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 2.06.01 PM“The campus has all that western North Carolina has to offer,” adds Dr. Marty O’Keefe, Chair of the Outdoor Leadership Department at Warren Wilson. “Mountains, rivers, hiking, paddling, and biking opportunities, and a multitude of organizations that use the outdoors for educational, therapeutic, and recreational means.”Warren Wilson also has its own climbing wall and challenge course. Within a 15-minute drive, students can be on the nearby Kitsuma and Heartbreak Ridge trails for classic western North Carolina riding. Another 15 minutes farther grants them access to Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the French Broad River in Asheville. Expand that radius to 90 miles and you have Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Linville Gorge Wilderness, and the ski hills at Beech, Sugar, Wolf Laurel, and Cataloochee. It’s the perfect setting, and the perfect recipe, for getting your weekend (and weekday) adventure fix.Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.Student Body: 17,932Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS/BA), Recreation Management (BS and minor) with a concentration in Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management, Outdoor Experiential Education, or Recreation and Park ManagementTuition: $7,416 (in-state) $21,932 (out-of-state)Most students who come to App State know what they’re signing up for. Surrounded by rolling ridgelines and densely wooded forests, App State’s campus is at the heart of North Carolina’s High Country. Grandfather Mountain towers in the distance. The Blue Ridge Parkway weaves along the horizon. Rivers like the Watauga and New spring to life from their forested wombs. Interest in the outdoors, even if you’re just an artist drawing on the mountains for inspiration, is mandatory if you want to be a Mountaineer.“Boone is nestled in a unique area of North Carolina where summers are cool and winters cold, therefore providing students the opportunities to embrace four seasons and their specific adventures,” says Outdoor Programs Coordinator Andrew Hawley.OP Trip Staff Training 2014 090_FIXWith three ski resorts (Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, and Appalachian Ski Mountain), Rocky Knob Bike Park, and thousands of acres of protected land less than an hour’s drive away, (including, but not limited to, Linville Gorge Wilderness and Pisgah National Forest) students certainly have the resources to take advantage of those four seasons. And with for-credit opportunities to journey beyond the Blue Ridge to the Grand Tetons, Canadian Rockies, and this winter, the headwaters of the Amazon River, App State can satisfy just about any appetite for adventure. But according to Hawley, the allure of this Blue Ridge university is more than just the destinations—it’s the people, too.“The campus also draws highly respected professors in geology, environmental science, sustainability, recreation management, and other disciplines that inspire our students to seek out and explore our wilderness areas,” he says. “App State’s campus is unique in that it naturally radiates its own outdoor identity through the students, staff, and mission.”Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.Student Body: 2,264Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $47,280Cradled between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests to the east and the Central Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, the city of Lexington, Va., hosts a wealth of natural beauty and history. Established in 1778, the town has long held a reputation for its dedication to education—Washington and Lee (W&L) was founded in 1790 and its neighbor campus the Virginia Military Institute enrolled its first students in 1893—but according to W&L Director of Student Activities and Outdoor Education James Dick, the city should be more widely regarded as an outdoor destination.“No one else is out there,” he says. “It is empty and is accessible 12 months of the year.”Within a half-hour’s drive of Lexington’s business corridor, there are caves and natural bridges, steep creeks and placid rivers, warm and cold water streams. With regional icons like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve, the area’s diversity is an ideal setting for adventure outings. The W&L campus itself has its own eight-mile trail system, complete with a Henry David Thoreau-style timber-framed cabin for students wanting to disconnect and seek solace with nature’s simplicity.“It’s meant to encourage current students to tune out,” Dick says. “No running water…no electronics allowed, it’s single person use. [The cabin] is an ideal mental break and recharge space.”Among the W&L Outing Club’s offerings are a five-night backpacking pre-orientation trip on the Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Adventures, a sea kayaking trip to Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and a student-led and self-supported bike tour on the 185-mile C&O Canal.Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va.Student Body: 1,500Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): Recreation Leadership (BS and minor), Outdoor Recreation (minor), Ecotourism (minor)Tuition: $29,680Ferrum College’s rural setting in southwestern Virginia inevitably lends itself to an abundance of natural and recreational resources. The 600-acre campus houses three miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, with plans in the works for more, as well as an 18-hole disc golf course, a climbing tower, a lake, and a low and high ropes course. Not far from campus is the DeHart Botanical Gardens, a nature preserve gifted to the college where students can explore four miles of trails, soak in the expansive mountain views, and learn more about the preserve’s diverse population of plant and animal species. Not bad for a small school, says Aaron Conover, Director of Ferrum Outdoors, and the going only gets better the more you delve beyond Ferrum.Salkantay Trail Peru E-term_FIX“Just a short distance from campus, Philpott Lake and Fairy Stone State Park offer canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and camping, as well as some of the best fishing and hunting in the state,” Conover says. “Close by, the Franklin County Blueway system has eight access points between the Blackwater and Pigg Rivers.”And the list keeps growing. The Appalachian Trail, Roanoke, James, Smith, and New Rivers, Blue Ridge Parkway, Jefferson National Forest, Carvins Cove Nature Reserve, and Smith Mountain Lake are less than 100 miles away from Ferrum’s classrooms. Recreation Leadership majors at Ferrum can even intern with Virginia State Parks as part of the Park Ranger Skills Development Program or with a Santiago-based university to study ecotourism in the Patagonia region.West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.Student Body: 31,514Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources (BS, minor, and MS)Tuition: $6,384 (in-state) $20,184 (out-of-state)Positioned at the heart of Morgantown, the fourth-largest city in West Virginia, the West Virginia University (WVU) campus maintains a surprisingly natural feel. The Monongahela River runs right through downtown with the greenery of public lands like Coopers Rock State Forest and Little Indian Creek Wildlife Management Area making their mark on an otherwise urban canvas. Through WVU’s Adventure WV, the university is striving to showcase the outdoor amenities that are more than just easily accessible—they are world-class.“There are 790 navigable rivers in the state,” says Matthew Shreve, Multimedia Specialist and Communications/Marketing Manager for Adventure WV. “Because of that, it’s made West Virginia a whitewater mecca.”Coopers Climbing-8_FIXWithin an hour’s drive, students can be on the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, Penn., largely considered the birthplace of whitewater in the country, or on the Cheat River in northern West Virginia, an environmental and recreational pearl in the Mid-Atlantic. There’s Tygart Lake, Cheat Lake, Summersville Lake, Deep Creek Lake, all within a similar driving radius, and all with stellar creeks and rivers as tributaries.A little farther south puts you in Fayetteville, W.Va., home to the New River Gorge and nearby Gauley River National Recreation Area. An internationally respected destination for climbers and paddlers alike, the New River Gorge is conveniently located near West Virginia University’s new Institute of Technology campus in Beckley, W.Va., set to have its first students this fall.“The big point is we’re close to a lot of outdoor resources but they’re not just nice resources—they’re resources that are international destinations,” says Shreve. “West Virginia has been an energy hub for the U.S., and that’s where a lot of its identity and reputation has come from, but people forget just how rich we are in outdoor resources.”Adventure WV Outdoor Experiences seeks to show upcoming freshmen, in-state and out-of-state alike, just that. From two to seven days, upwards of 1,100 freshmen join Adventure WV’s staff every fall on outdoor excursions throughout the state. From the New River Gorge to Seneca Rocks, Shreve says the goal is to give these students a sense of place.Berry College, Rome, Ga.Student Body: 2,245Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $33,330In the northwestern corner of Georgia, the city of Rome is nurturing a vibrant outdoor scene. Brick buildings climb amid a backdrop of Appalachian ridges, its downtown sector made partial by the confluence of three rivers—Coosa, Oostanaula, and Etowah. The coliseum of Rome, Berry College encompasses nearly 27,000 acres of the city, making it the world’s largest contiguous college campus. Even better? That 27,000-acre spread is mostly woodlands, streams, and meadows.If you’ve ever seen the movies Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans, you’ll likely recognize the campus’ English Gothic architecture with its sweeping archways and manicured lawns. Berry College has consistently ranked high on top 10 lists of the country’s most beautiful colleges by Travel+Leisure, Buzzfeed, and Southern Living, but the campus offers more than a pretty setting in which to study.“Our many hiking, biking, and horseback trails offer easy to moderate terrain, isolated nature experiences, and beautiful vistas,” says Assistant Director of Recreation at Berry College Amanda Highfield. “Many students choose Berry because of the pristine campus and opportunity for outdoor recreation.”Included in those 27,000 acres is the 16,000-acre Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where students can bike, run, ride horses, play disc golf on two designated courses, overnight camp at the on-campus campsite, and even hunt. The college even has its own bald eagle population, a testament to the unspoiled wilderness students have access to while still being only an hour’s drive from metropolitan hubs like Atlanta and Chattanooga.Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.Student Body: 31,242Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $13,130 (in-state) $32,287 (out-of-state)At first glance, Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) city setting might deter some nature lovers from even considering this nationally recognized school in the heart of Richmond. But look closer, and you’ll see salty raft guides, gritty climbers, and lean road cyclists, indicative of a resident outdoor species amid the city bustle.140614_147_aj_ar_t_FIX“Being in an urban environment might be a disadvantage for some outdoor programs, but that doesn’t limit the OAP [Outdoor Adventure Programs],” says Joey Parent, VCU’s Assistant Director for Outdoor Adventure Programs. “The James River Park System is our backyard. We have over 20 miles of singletrack trails, class IV whitewater, and [an] outdoor climbing all within a half-mile of campus.”Combine that with close proximity to Wintergreen Resort, Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and any number of beaches along the eastern Virginia seaboard, and you’ve got year round access to any type of adventure, whatever the weather.And while students can join OAP on weekly afternoon trips and clinics or rent gear and venture into the urban wilds on their own, one of the most popular flagship programs of OAP is Footprints on the James, a collaborative, four-week trip along the James River that gives students a biological, historical, and real-world educational experience.Brevard College, Brevard, N.C.Student Body: 705Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (BA and minor)Tuition: $27,550For a quaint town of 7,500, the residents of Brevard, N.C., most certainly know how to harness their natural assets. More than 50 percent of the land in Transylvania County, of which Brevard is the seat, is covered in public forest. There’s an in-city trail system that connects to Pisgah National Forest, the confluence of the French Broad and Davidson Rivers, and 250 waterfalls right out the front door.In effect, Brevard serves as the gateway to a world of adventure, from down-the-road destinations like DuPont State Forest and Gorges State Park to Caesar’s Head and Table Rock State Parks in South Carolina. This, says Dr. Jennifer Kafsky, Brevard College (BC) Professor of Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education (WLEE) and Experiential Education Division Chair, makes Brevard College the epitome of a basecamp for adventure in the Southeast.“Many college [and] university outdoor programs must travel long distances to their outdoor classrooms,” says Kafsky. “Brevard College is fortunate to be located in Transylvania County which provides a wealth of outdoor opportunities in our own backyard.”The college has active cycling and climbing teams for those with that competitive edge, while the BC Outing Club and Voice of the Rivers 21-day academic expedition cater to even the most beginner of students. Yet for those who are seriously considering a future career in the outdoors, Brevard’s WLEE program should seriously be considered. Its reputation is well known for providing students with a thorough, hands-on foundation on topics ranging from risk management to recreational therapy. The pinnacle of the WLEE program, the Immersion Semester, requires 10 students to work together on the planning and execution of a 21-day expedition.“With dedication and commitment both in and outside of our classes, we have had students come in the door with little to no experience and leave as competent instructors in various outdoor adventures,” Kafsky says. “Living and working together in the field for the [Immersion Semester] 21-day trip is a powerful experience. There are learning adventures daily, both planned and unexpected.”Garrett College, McHenry, Md.Student Body: 900Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): Adventure Sports Management (B.S., 2+2 program with Frostburg State University)Tuition: $2,744 (in-state and in-county) $6,160 (in-state and out-of-county) $7,280 (out-of-state)For a small, two-year Mid-Atlantic school, the reputation of Garrett College and its surrounding outdoor resources is highly regarded not just domestically, but internationally as well. The Savage River in Garrett County served as the site for the 1989 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Whitewater Canoe and Kayak World Championships as well as the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Whitewater Slalom Canoe and Kayak. In 2014, the Adventure Sports Center International, a manmade whitewater course also in Garrett County, was the setting for the ICF Whitewater Canoe and Kayak Slalom World Championships.Elite-level athletes, especially paddlers, have been coming out of this corner of Maryland for decades, and this, says Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Management Executive Director Michael Logsdon, is just the icing on the cake. Situated within a 200-mile radius of 32 million people yet just minutes away from wild places like Garrett State Forest, Swallow Falls State Park, and the Youghiogheny River, Garrett College’s campus is prime for four-season adventurers.Less than a mile away is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake, and the state’s only alpine ski and snowboard area, Wisp Resort. For a recently launched four-year program in Adventure Sports Management (completed in collaboration with Frostburg State University), the setting is picture-perfect.“Our ability to program on weekdays and avoid crowded weekends and [access] a variety of challenge levels accommodating absolute beginners through highly accomplished participants, helps us greatly in introducing students to a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities,” Logsdon says.Students in the Adventure Sports Management program are in the classroom some, but the foundation of the major is built upon experiences in the field and lessons that can’t be absorbed from a textbook. During the week, students are often mountain biking or cross-country and telemark skiing in West Virginia’s Canaan Valley, whitewater kayaking on the upper and lower stretches of the Youghiogheny River, or preparing for upcoming trips to destinations like the Catskill Mountains for ice climbing, the Adirondacks for mountaineering, or Cumberland Island for sea kayaking.New for 2016-2017? Stand-up paddleboarding and a college-wide wilderness orientation program for incoming freshmen. Students interested in the competition side of adventure can also participate in the Adventuresports Institute Competition Team, which placed first at the United States Adventure Racing Association National Championships in 2007 and 2014.Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.Student Body: 1,793Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $35,200Perched atop the Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee’s campus is mostly known by students and staff as the “Domain.” Its 13,000 acres are crisscrossed by trails, the topography studded with jewel-like lakes. Only 1,000 acres of the property are developed—take a look at Sewanee’s 50-mile mapped trail system and you will likely mistake this university campus for a Tennessee state park.Sewanee October 2008Tracing the property’s boundary is the aptly named Perimeter Trial, a 20-mile multipurpose trail where students, and even the public, can ride bikes and horses, hike or run, and even camp (the latter reserved for school-affiliated students, staff, and alumni). The trail traverses massive sandstone bluff lines, leads to stunning overlooks of the surrounding plateau and lakes, and accesses the campus caving system and climbing crag.That’s right. Sewanee has its own caves, 10 of them, to be exact. Thanks to the campus’ proximity to the cave-laden Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia (TAG) region, hundreds more are just a short drive away. For climbers, the Domain houses 15 miles of cliff line with mostly top-rope routes, though there are several sport and trad lines amongst Sewanee’s 50+ established routes. After learning the basics of climbing, students can then take their skills to the impressive Obed, Foster Falls, and Stone Fort climbing areas nearby.Cyclists can ride straight from the dorm onto the trail system or around the area’s well-graded paved roads. The school’s biking opportunities, both in competition and adventure, have long rivaled other schools’ in scope. For nearly a decade straight, Sewanee has annually hosted a 150-mile, two-day ride to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Additionally, students can take part in the annual 444-mile, five-day Tour de Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez, Miss., or a weeklong spring break in the singletrack paradises of Fruita, Colo., and Moab, Utah.Though the school doesn’t offer any formal outdoor degree, the Sewanee Outing Program’s student trip leaders leave the school well versed in the way of safe, competent backcountry living and leadership.BRACKET CHAMPSThese schools ranked among the best in this year’s Top Adventure College Contest. See what makes these outdoor schools the best in the region from the students and staff.#1. Western Carolina University (WCU), Cullowhee, N.C.Student Body: 10,340Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): Parks and Recreation Management (BS and minor), Recreational Therapy (BS and minor)Tuition: $4,624.50 (in-state) $9,821 (out-of-state)Search Western Carolina University on any map and you’ll immediately see why this mid-size school has won our Top Adventure College Contest three years in a row. Public lands engulf the rural campus—there’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the north, Pisgah National Forest to the east, the Nantahala National Forest a bit farther to the south. The Tuckasegee River bisects the quiet town of Cullowhee, just a few steps from WCU’s doors. On campus, WCU manages a seven-mile multi-use trail system, a series of “fix-it” stands for bike repair, a climbing wall, and gear rental shop.But location aside, WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee and Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) departments are top-notch. For students with little to no prior outdoor experience, Base Camp Cullowhee provides the opportunities and supportive environment necessary to have fun and stay safe in the woods.“We have staff that work for us [who] are world class paddlers sponsored by Jackson and students that are travelling all over the country competing, and then we get students who are totally new,” says Jeremiah Haas, Associate Director of Outdoor Programs, of his Base Camp student staff. “That’s where I think Base Camp really excels and we pride ourselves on that, that we meet the needs of those novice level students. We’re taking that student and shaping them into the next generation of outdoor leaders.”Likely one of the college’s strongest, and most unique, outdoor offerings is the collaborative semester with WCU and Landmark Learning, an outdoor education center that provides trainings and certifications on a wide range of topics. PRM students who enroll in the “Landmark Semester” receive 12 credit hours in addition to a portfolio’s worth of certifications like Wilderness EMT, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and American Canoe Association Canoe and Kayak Instructor.“We live in an environment where we are surrounded by outdoor opportunities,” Haas says. “We definitely pride ourselves on the fact that you can get outside and actually experience these things instead of just sitting in a classroom and talking about it.”#2. Emory & Henry College (EHC), Emory, Va.Student Body: 1,012Public/Private: PrivateOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $33,500What started as little more than a weekend hiking group in 1998, the Emory & Henry Outdoor Program is now a full-fledged adventure program with spring and fall break expeditions, a Summer Adventure Program, a women’s specific outing club (Girls Outside), and for-credit classes in everything from whitewater kayaking to climbing, disc golf, and even thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.You heard me. Students from Emory & Henry can take an entire semester away from the books and hike the entire Appalachian Trail for school credit. New this year? Students from other colleges can transfer in and receive that same credit at their original institution. For Outdoor Program Director and former thru-hiker Jim Harrison, the goal here is to instill students with a sense of belonging and to teach them the importance of the outdoors without beating them over the head with the facts.“I am an environmentalist, but I do not preach,” Harrison says. “Through the adventure sports, I try to create meaningful relationships between people and rivers, mountains, and wild places.”That approach has certainly worked for 20-year-old Charles Wygal, a rising senior and Outdoor Program trip and Summer Adventure Program leader. Wygal’s outdoor adventures didn’t start until coming to Emory & Henry, but since then, he’s acquired a number of high-level certifications including Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Level 3 Kayak Instructor, and Swiftwater Rescue. In the spring of 2015, he and another student co-led the first-ever, student-led spring break sea kayaking expedition to Florida’s 10,000 Islands, a huge responsibility for anyone, let alone a 19-year-old.Situated at the base of Virginia’s highest peak, Mount Rogers, and surrounded by Grayson Highlands State Park, Jefferson National Forest, and Cherokee National Forest, Emory & Henry’s campus is a Shangri-La of southern Appalachian adventure. Iconic rivers in the region like the Watauga, Nolichucky, New, and French Broad are less than two hours away and the Appalachian Trail might as well run through campus, it’s that close.#3 University of North Carolina – Asheville (UNCA), Asheville, N.C.Student Body: 3,900Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $19,387 (in-state) $36,882 (out-of-state)In the uniquely diverse city of Asheville, adventure and culture are one in the same. In a single afternoon, you can be floating on the French Broad River, mountain biking on the trails at Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and back in time for a locally sourced, farm-to-table meal and a night of live music at the Orange Peel. For college students, that ability to have a night on the town Friday and get lost in the woods Saturday makes Asheville a millennial’s paradise.Just ask Lauren Shell, 19, of Bryson City, N.C. Shell’s a third year at UNCA, and says that balance between adventure and culture was extremely appealing to someone raised in small-town-Appalachia.“I liked that half-and-half experience here,” she says. “We have the city with the art and the food and the culture, and then you can drive 15 minutes and go ride your bike or paddle or hike.”UNCA students can, like Shell, learn to be a trip leader through the campus Outdoor Leadership Training Program or train to become a mechanic at the bike shop. “I have seen a huge growth in my decision making skills through working with [Outdoor Programs],” says Shell. “Ivery thoroughly assess the pros and cons of my actions and risk versus reward. I’m learning the importance of clear and concise information and how to effectively relay that information toa diverse audience.”#4 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Chattanooga, Tenn.Student Body: 11,670Public/Private: PublicOutdoor-related degree(s): N/ATuition: $22,456 (in-state) $38,574 (out-of-state)With the Tennessee River flowing through it and the sandstone cliffs of Lookout, Signal, and Raccoon Mountains towering above, Chattanooga has become a destination for outdoor recreationists of every type. For climber and UTC student Alaina Krakowiak (’18), that accessibility to adventure is precisely what drew her to UTC.From day one, Krakowiak took advantage of the school’s and city’s offerings—there’s a climbing wall on campus with a separate freestanding boulder, a nearby dock on the Tennessee River where the school hosts standup paddleboarding clinics, a 13-mile out-and-back paved path along the Tennessee River, not to mention a host of weekly outings with UTC Outdoors.Now, Krakowiak is a trip leader for UTC Outdoors and regularly guides groups of students to the nearby crags at Foster Falls and Little Rock City. She says were it not for the leadership opportunities available through UTC Outdoors, she might not have progressed into the poised climber she is.“I used to be an incredibly shy person. “[Climbing] has given me confidence and helped me discover a part of me I never knew existed.”Related Content:last_img read more

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