Outdoor Adventures

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Adventure Center 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
Closed

* The Adventure Center is closed during University closures and closures of the Student Recreation Center

Contact Information

The Adventure Center
815-753-9423

Assistant Director
Christine Lagattolla
clagattolla@niu.edu
815-753-9422

Student Managers 

Daria Porter- Gear Rentals 

dporter5@niu.edu

815-753-9423

Sarah Honda - Team Building
shonda1@niu.edu
815-753-9423

oa staff

Staff

Meet the Outdoor Adventures Staff 

Christine Lagattolla
Assistant Director

M.S. Educational Psychology
B.S. Physical Education

Outdoor Activities & Interests: Scuba diving, backpacking, sea kayaking, canoeing, cross country skiing, rock climbing. I love everything outdoors!

Inspiring Quote: “The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost

Christine

Melissa Anderson
Trip Manager

M,S. Recreation Administration, Aurora University - George Williams College

B.A. Music Education, Illinois Wesleyan University 

Interests: Rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, sailing, downhill skiing, experiential education philosophy

Favorite quote: "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" - Minor Myers Jr. 

 

Melissa

Nathan TrippDirectors Award

Team Facilitator & Trip Leader

Graduation: May 2014
Major: Sociology

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing

Inspiring Quote: “When you drink from the well, always pause and remember those who built the well.” UnknownRookie of the Year

Nathan

Kyle Anderson

Trip Leader & Rental Attendant Employee of the Year


Graduation: May 2015
Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology

Outdoor Activities & Interests: hiking, canoeing, and archery

Inspiring Quote: "Some guys just can’t handle Vegas.”

Kyle Anderson

Ben Mommer
Trip Leader & Team Facilitator 

Graduation: December 2014
Major: Communications

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Fishing, adventure racing, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, slacklining, rock climbing, bouldering, trail running, triathlon training.

Inspiring Quote: “For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." Martin Luther 

Ben

Danny DolanRookie of the Year
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant

Graduation: December 2015
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Rock climbing, camping, mathematics, corduroy, hammocking, and coffee.

Inspiring Quote: "The powers of a man's mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks."

James Mackintosh


Danny Dolan

Kamila Krupiarz
Trip Leader, Team Facilitator & Rental Attendant

Graduation: May 2016

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Outdoor Activities/Interests: Biking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, climbing, camping, horseback riding, water skiing, snorkeling

Inspiring Quote: "Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures." Lovelle Drachman

 
Kamila

Kourtney Madison
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant

Graduation: May 2017
Major: Public Health/Community Leadership and Civic Engineer

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Snowboarding and rock climbing

Inspiring Quote: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” Winston Churchill 

Kourtney

Jessica Wind
Trip Leader, Team Facilitator & Rental Attendant

Graduation: May 2017
Major: Health Sciences with emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Biking, hiking, swimming, running, and camping

Inspiring Quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain

JEssica