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Outdoor Education Professors to Receive Awards at International Conference

October 16, 2013

Professor Ken Kalisch and Dr. Andrew Bobilya, outdoor education professors at Montreat College, will be honored at the 41st annual International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education that will take place from October 31 to November 3, 2013 in Denver, CO. 

The Association for Experiential Education is a “nonprofit, professional membership association dedicated to experiential education and the students, educators and practitioners who utilize its philosophy.” The association focuses on experiential education and works to connect educators to the latest knowledge in the experiential education field.

This year’s AEE Conference theme is “Explore, Discover, Innovate.” The conference will bring over 700 experiential students, professionals and educators together to participate in a variety of professional development activities, presentations and workshops.

Professor Kalisch will be receiving the Michael Stratton Practitioner Award, which is instrumental in “recognizing and honoring an experiential practitioner who has demonstrated consistently high levels of performance in working directly with students or clients. This person’s work ‘in the trenches’ demonstrates that an individual practitioner can bring about significant change and impact the lives of students, participants or clients.” Professor Kalisch has more than 35 years of experience in outdoor and wilderness programming as a professor, field instructor, program manager, author and researcher.  He serves as an associate professor of outdoor education and also directs the outdoor ministry program at Montreat College.

The Servant Leader Award, “recognizing individuals for their active, excellent servant leadership to AEE and its members. These leaders exemplify that the ‘how and why’ of doing something is as important as the ‘what will be done,’” will be presented to Dr. Andrew Bobilya.  Dr. Bobilya has served as an instructor, trainer and program coordinator for a variety of adventure and outdoor education programs before stepping into his current role at Montreat College as associate professor of outdoor education and department co-chair. In addition, he served on the Association for Experiential Education board of directors for seven years and in a variety of other roles over the past thirteen years including the association’s Heartland Region Chair and Treasurer, Journal of Experiential Education contributor and reviewer, Council of Regional Chairs Treasurer and Southeast Region Conference host committee member.

Dr. Brad Daniel, outdoor education co-chair and professor of biology, environmental studies and outdoor education at Montreat College, will provide an introduction for Professor Kalisch and Dr. Bobilya at the upcoming AEE Conference. 

For more information about the 41st annual International Conference of the Association for Experiential Education, visit www.aee.org

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