AORE Annual Report 2015 - Page 19

Program directors, staff, and students from Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State

University, Georgia State University, and The University of Georgia as well as

other outdoor professionals from additional Georgia universities joined

together to host one of the largest conferences in AORE’s history tipping the

scale at over 600 attendees.

#AORE2015 was held at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel in downtown Atlanta near

numerous restaurants and entertainment venues including the famous Aviva by

Kameel restaurant. Attendees also enjoyed sightseeing in downtown Atlanta

venturing to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and

College Football Hall of Fame.

The conference ramped up with several pre-conference sessions and on Tuesday night

the Student Social with Adidas sponsored climber and Ninja Warrior, Ian Dory. The

Student Social was held at Georgia State University Recreation Center allowing for a great

space to have students compete against Dory in a Ninja Warrior style obstacle course


The conference keynote speaker, former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott, kicked off the

conference the next morning with fascinating and inspiring stories of her adventures in space.

Also during the opening of the conference, AORE founding member, Tim Moore, warmly

remembered fellow AORE founder, Patsy Kott, and made a big announcement to generously

match every dollar raised that day for the newly established fund for the Patsy Kott Service Award.

In total, the Patsy Kott fund raised more than $15,000 in 2015--$10,000 of that from Patsy herself

as a donation included in her will.

The next few days consisted of 55+ education sessions, employer presentations sponsored by the

National Park Service and facilitated by the Student Development Committee, as well as great socials

and time spent networking with vendors in the exhibitor hall. The well-received Summit Series again

upped the ante for serving mid-level professionals with advanced topics and insights.

This year also marked the 11th annual Research Symposium which included a special keynote address by

Dr. Ed Gomez, 12 presentations as well as a dozen poster presentations that were well attended in the pre-

function area of the conference.

The Silent and Live Auctions as well as the massive National Outdoor Book Awards auction helped raise funds

to advance AORE’s mission.

The closing banquet saw the presentation of dozens of awards, a slideshow of #AORE2015 photos, and an

invitation for all to attend the 2016 AORE Annual Conference in Minneapolis from November 9-11, 2016.

2015 AORE Annual Conference

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