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

Trip and Team Manager
Melissa Anderson
manderson24@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Rentals Student Manager
Daria Porter
dporter5@niu.edu
815-753-9423

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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

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

Austin Bailey
Trip Leader & Team Facilitator 

Graduation: May 2018
Major: Medical Laboratory Sciences

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Rock climbing, campings, canoeing, and hiking

Inspiring Quote: "Believe you can and you're half way there" - Theodore Roosevelt

Austin

Ryan Domino
Trip Leader & Team Facilitator 

Graduation: May 2018
Major: Psychology

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, snowboarding, and backpacking

Inspiring Quote: "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignments, and I told them they didn't understand life." John Lennon

Ryan

Tyler Martin
Trip Leader & Team Facilitator

Graduation: May 2016
Major: History

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Slacklining, camping, and hiking

Inspiring Quote: "Wow, look at the grass stains on my skin, I say if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously examine your life." Calvin and Hobbes

Tyler

Lucas Kuzmanic
Trip Leader, Team Facilitator & Rental Attendant

Graduation: December 2016
Major: Biology

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hockey, soccer, golf, basketball, and tennis

Inspiring Quote: "Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." 

Lucas

Ken Schumacher
Trip Leader, Team Facilitator & Rental Attendant

Graduation: May 2017
Major: Theatre Technology

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Hiking, camping, and canoeing

Inspiring Quote: "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up."

Ken

Fabiola Alvarez
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant

Graduation: May 2016
Major: Sociology and Family Child Studies

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Camping, biking, canoeing, and horseback riding

Inspiring Quote: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fabi

Daria Porter
Rental Manager

Graduation: May 2018
Major: Psychology

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking

Inspiring Quote: "For 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." 

Daria