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Volume 85, Issue 12 Web Edition SERVING BREVARD COLLEGE SINCE 1935
Brevard College hosts 27th annual
Adventure Education Conference
By Chloe McGee
Arts & Life Editor
Brevard College’s Wilderness Leadership and
Experiential Education (WLEE) program hosted
the twenty-seventh annual Adventure Education
Conference last Friday in the Porter Center.
BC student Abi Fuesler took on the
responsibility of being the AEC’s head
coordinator in fulfilling her senior project
requirement to graduate this Fall. As a double
major in WLEE and Business, Fuesler believes
that the conference was a perfect opportunity to
integrate both of her academic focuses.
“It was stressful, but a lot of fun,” Fuelser
said with a grin.
With help from Brevard College faculty
members and a team of student volunteers,
Fuesler spent nearly ten months planning for
the AEC. In the early months of preparation,
they “discussed broader logistics like choosing
a theme, a place, a date,” Fuesler said. “As it
progressed, planning became more detailed
and in depth.”
Fuesler first learned about the AEC when
wilderness leadership professor Jenny Kafsky
asked Fuesler and fellow student Shannon Kerr
to present at the 2018 conference following their
Voice of the Rivers experience.
Brevard College was later chosen to host the
2019 AEC. So in the Spring of 2019, Fuesler
took a course titled Outdoor Program Admin
with Kafsky to begin planning alongside her
Roughly 233 people attended the AEC
including representatives from schools in
North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
UNC Asheville, Montreat, Warren Wilson,
Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Clemson
and UGA Athens were among the groups to
Photo by Chloe McGee
Crowd engages as Jenny Kafsky leads presentation titled ‘Growth ad Change Under the Microscope
outside of the Porter Center.
After check-in, participants flooded Scott Hall
to observe a keynote presentation led by John
Burton on the principles of leadership.
Burton is a former president of the Nantahala
Outdoor Center, but has since co-founded
Moonshadow Leadership Solutions, a company
dedicated to partnering with organizations to
improve leadership dynamics.
Burton spoke on the fundamentals of
teamwork and success: courage, compassion,
honesty, social-consciousness, curiosity, grit and
humility. He also explained several universally
applicable models that he uses in mentoring
clients of MLS.
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The Brevard College Office of Public
Information released a statement on
Friday, Nov. 8 announcing that an internal
investigation has been opened regarding the
school’s intercollegiate volleyball team.
News of the investigation emerged following
the publication of a letter to the editor in last
week’s edition of The Clarion, titled “How far
is too far?” The letter, published anonymously,
alleges that coaches have neglected the
mental and physical health of players on the
“The college hopes to maintain transparency
following the results of the investigation,
and plans to release a statement after the
investigation is completed,” Brevard College
Director of Public Information Christie Cauble
wrote in an email on Tuesday, Nov. 12.