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The NOLS Alumni Relations Department's goal is simple–we cultivate connections throughout the NOLS community–including graduates, staff and families from over 40 years of NOLS expeditions and 15 years of WMI training.

Our work includes publication of the thrice-yearly Leader, numerous electronic and web-based networks, alumni reunions around the US, the NOLS Alumni Jobsnetwork service, short and relaxed alumni trips for grads, friends and families, and one-day skill seminars.

NOLS Alumni programs don't happen by themselves— there are real people based in Lander who work everyday to keep you connected to NOLS and to provide services you value.

So, below is some information on the hard-working NOLS Alumni Relations posse. Next time you call or email, it's likely one of these friendly folks will say hello and chase your details.

Diane Shoutis, NOLS Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Diane Shoutis says: "The best part of my job is connecting with enthusiastic NOLS grads around the country."

Diane Newbury Shoutis came to NOLS as a student in 1968 on a Wind River Wilderness course. She instructed on numerous courses and was the NOLS' Rations Manager in '70- '75.

After years in the Postal Service, Diane returned to NOLS in 1998 as Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Diane says her best times are outdoor adventures spent with her family, all of whom are NOLS grads.

Rich Brame, NOLS fly fishing Instructor.

"What was Wyoming like before Paul Petzoldt built the Wind Rivers?" - Rich Brame

Instructor Rich Brame came to NOLS in 1981 as a Fall Semester in the Rockies student and worked his first course at Wind Cave National Park in 1984.

Since then, he's worked varied NOLS trips and courses on five continents— with a few more on the way...

Rich does some in-town shenanigans for NOLS too, he's headed up NOLS' public policy, research, LNT, Yukon programs and most recently in the Lander Alumni Relations Department.

Chris Brauneis is a senior field instructor for NOLS and has workded for the school in various capacities since 1996. Chris divides his time between leading backcountry expeditions in the mountains of Wyoming and the canyoncountry of southeastern Utah and coordinating alumni trips for the NOLS Alumni Department in Lander, WY, which he calls home.

Chris' front-country pursuits include running, road biking, and trying to tucker out his two young dogs. He became a WMI instructor in 2005 and has been a WEMT since 2010.

Other Alumni Links:

Alumni Chapters

The Leader
FAQs for NOLS Parents
FAQs for NOLS Graduates
Email List Services
NOLS Wildlands - sign up for email updates on wilderness issues.
Expedition Planning

Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Updates



Busy Day in the Yukon - NOLS Alumni Trips are a great way to reconnect with wilderness, and your favorite (or new) outdoor skills. Trips are open to grads and accompanying friends and family. C'mon back to NOLS on a relaxed Alumni Trip in some of the Globe's most spectacular wild places. Photo: Rich Brame

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