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Two Outdoor Education Instructors Honored With Prestigious National Awards

By Beth Potier, Media Relations
October 6, 2010

Pam McPhee
Laurie Gullion

Laurie Gullion and Pam McPhee, both clinical assistant professors in the outdoor education option of the kinesiology department, received national awards for their work recently. Gullion will collect the Excellence in Instruction award from the American Canoe Association at that organization’s annual meeting in Asheville, N.C. in November. Also in November, the Association for Experiential Education will present McPhee with the Michael Stratton Practitioner’s award at its international conference in Las Vegas.

Duringr her 30-year career, Gullion has established herself as one of the finest instructors of water sports in the field, authoring the text used by the ACA in its canoeing and kayaking certification programs. At UNH, she teaches courses in outdoor leadership, water-based adventure programming, whitewater canoeing, and sea kayaking. Gullion has completed 11 whitewater canoeing expeditions to Arctic and sub-Arctic rivers in the U.S., Canada, Norway, and Finland--paddling almost 10,000 miles in remote regions since 1980.

“Laurie advances water sports in our academic program and our students are recognized for their high level of competence and abilities to instruct others. We feel incredibly fortunate to have Laurie on our faculty and part of our program,” says professor Michael Gass, coordinator of the outdoor education option.

McPhee is the Browne Center's first and only executive director. There, she oversees work with approximately 9000 clients a year from diverse populations, including people from corporations, non-profits, school administrations and governmental agencies who are looking to improve the human side of their work. In addition, she teaches in the outdoor education program. McPhee is also one of the world's leading experts in equine-assisted learning. She runs and organizes equine assisted learning programs at Prescott College in Arizona, and in 2009, she and colleague Paul Smith led a class of undergraduate and graduate students on an 800-mile journey class through Arizona.

"I have known Pam as colleague for the last 28 years. She is certainly one of the most dedicated, intelligent, and "high quality" individuals I have ever seen work in this field," says Gass.


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