Outdoor Insider Fall 2015 - Page 10

AORE 2014 Award Winners: Where Are They Now? Florida State University David J. Webb Program Excellence Award The David J. Webb Program Excellence Award honors an outstanding nonprofit outdoor program that has provided dynamic and innovative services to its participants, demonstrated professionalism and high standards of conduct, and contributed to the outdoor community at large by sharing information and assisting other programs. Florida State University received the 2014 award. “Students don’t necessarily think of outdoors when they think of Florida,” said Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Travis Johnson, but FSU’s outdoor program is working to make more people aware of the outdoor opportunities they have. Students can hike, bike, and kayak within a half hour of the Tallahassee campus. “Sometimes you don’t really know what’s in your backyard,” he said. “Some people miss out on what’s right next to them.” outdoors,” Johnson said. He also said that, because some potential participants are intimidated by more traditional backpacking or hiking activities, FSU has been offering more introductory trips that appeal to people without experience. The outdoor program has also integrated bikes into some of its activities. Johnson takes staff development seriously. The program has 16 people on staff, and Johnson noted that four or five of them will be attending this year’s AORE conference, and he is happy that staff are recognizing the conference as a valuable professional opportunity. Attendees will see that “it’s not just campus rec doing outdoor pursuits—it’s the world doing outdoor pursuits,” he said. Jason Gosch Bill March Student Achievement Award The Bill X\