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NOLS 37th Anniversary Awards

Reprinted from The Leader, Fall 2002, Vol. 18, No. 1

  Jim Culver
  NOLS Instructor Jim Culver (left) receives an Instructor of the Year award from Executive Director John Gans.
Photo: Brad Christensen
NOLS celebrated its 37th anniversary the weekend of October 12, 2002 in Lander, Wyo. Along with its annual board of trustees events and meetings, the NOLS community gathered for its annual awards ceremony to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements among staff and alumni in the past year.

Alumni Awards
Given to alumni who take what they've learned at NOLS and achieve a great deal in the outdoor recreation, education or conservation industry.

Tori Murden SAK 6/1/85; SAF-B 6/9/86; Alumni Achievement Award
Tori's many achievements include becoming the first woman, and the first American, to row across the Atlantic Ocean from east to west, and completing a 50-day, 750-mile cross-country ski expedition across Antarctica to the geographic South Pole.

Mike Bagley WMT 6/3/85; Alumni Service Award
Mike operates the seventy-six foot Schooner Imagine…! that provides charters and multi-day experiential voyages to a variety of clients. Since 1998 Mike has hosted six NOLS alumni seminars and reunions on his boat and works continuously to instill in his clients leadership skills and wilderness ethics.

Instructor Award
Recognizes outstanding contributions to the school as a field staff instructor.

James Kagambi
Willie Williams
Jim Culver
Iris Saxer

In-town Awards
Given to NOLS staff around the world who contribute to the NOLS mission through their work at in-town facilities.

Jon Kempsey, NOLS Mexico Assistant Director
Molly Doran, former Associate Operations Director
Matt Herr, Information Systems Database Specialist
Jennifer Reed, Accounts Receivable Bookkeeper
Linda Lindsey, Human Resources Director

  Tamara Naumann
NOLS Board of Trustees Chair Frank Pisch (left) and Vice Chair Peter Roy (right) award Tamara Naumann with a NOLS Stewardship award.
Photo: Brad Christensen
Stewardship Awards
Each year NOLS honors exemplary land managers for their dedication to wilderness education and management. Tamara Naumann, Botanist for Dinosaur National Monument, and Kelly Hartsell, Education Program Manager for Shenandoah National Park, were recognized at this year's awards ceremony.

Ms. Naumann's efforts to create hands-on service projects for NOLS students who visit the Monument have greatly enhanced the quality of the NOLS environmental curriculum, while making a positive impact on park resources.

Mr. Hartsell was instrumental in starting the Shenandoah National Park Wilderness Education Program, which has reached more than 350 Park Service staff and thousands of park visitors and local school children. In his role as national Leave No Trace (LNT) coordinator for the Park Service, Mr. Hartsell has produced a National Park Service (NPS) LNT video, hosted four LNT masters courses in two years, and authorized funding for NPS employees to become certified LNT instructors.




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