Ascent leadership program initiates new students to Gettysburg College

From backpacking on the Appalachian Trail to tackling poverty in Adams County, the Ascent pre-orientation program gives first-year students an early taste of the leadership opportunities at Gettysburg College.

The program, co-sponsored by the Office of Experiential Education and the Center for Public Service (CPS), kicked off Friday, Aug. 21, and consists of eight different trips for the Class of 2013. Each trip combines both activity and action to showcase important issues that impact both people and place. Ascent is a great way for students to learn about the unique ways the College integrates learning beyond the classroom.

Becky Brown '10, Ascent's student coordinator, was responsible for the planning, logistics, and details of the program. Office of Experiential Education Director John Regentin described Brown as "exemplifying the ideals of this institution." Brown is a member of the Experiential Education team and has traveled across the country and the world with the program. Regentin went on to say, "She doesn't sit back she goes forward. She has taken full advantage of all the leadership opportunities available at Gettysburg."



Ascent trips are led by students from CPS and the Office of Experiential Education/Gettysburg Recreational Adventure Board (GRAB). These students undergo more than 350 hours annually in training and refine their skills while leading programs throughout the year from Alaska to Nicaragua.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,600, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Kendra Martin, director of media relations, 717.337.6801

Posted: Mon, 24 Aug 2009




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