Education Center is dedicated
The new Outdoor
Education Center, complete with "ropes course" and 50-foot
climbing wall, was dedicated March 12 in a wooded area on the campus
of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The center's program
also got a new logo and name - "Higher Ground" - following
a campus-wide contest.
Allen C. Meadors praised the program for adding a unique attraction
to the university and for the hard work of the individuals and groups
who worked to make it happen.
facilities - particularly ropes courses and climbing walls - are becoming
an integral part of university campuses nationwide. And for good reasons,"
Chancellor Meadors said. "These facilities -- coupled with a variety
of programming approaches -- have the ability to address educational,
recreational, therapeutic, community and staff developmental needs.
These outdoor education facilities and programs are experiential in
programs operate by a philosophy of cooperation and support that appears
to be lacking in many areas of society," he said. "This facility
is not only a great educational and recreational tool for UNCP students,
faculty and staff, it is a potential tool for bridging the university
to the community by offering programs that can positively impact everyone
Scott Haith, coordinator
of the new Higher Ground Program, said the challenges of this course
are useful in developing individuals and groups.
will help develop self-esteem, teamwork, leadership and problem solving
skill for those up for the challenge," Haith said.
press themselves to step outside their comfort zone when they climb
the 50 feet wall," Haith said. "Hopefully, that initial step
outside of the comfort zone will transfer to other parts of the person's
The site is located
in a large wooded site on UNCP's north campus and lends itself to further
development. Planners are hoping to add a 12-feet "bouldering"
wall this summer to instruct young climbers and individuals who are
afraid of heights.
Student groups like
the Student Government Association, which helped fund the project, will
make use of the program as will off-campus groups from around the state.
Funding for the
project was a collaboration of UNCP's Physical Education Department,
Sponsored Research and Programs and the Regional Center for Economic,
Community and Professional Development and the Lumber River Council
Senior art major
Bridgette Canon won both the naming contest and logo design contest.
For questions about
the Higher Ground Program, contact Scott Haith at 910.522.8410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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