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
Kyle Anderson - Adventure Trips
kanderson6@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Taylor Hartman - Gear Rentals
thartman3@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Nathan Tripp - Team Building
ntripp1@niu.edu
815-753-9422

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Staff

Meet the Outdoor Adventures Staff 

Christine Lagattolla
Assistant Director

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

Taylor Hartman
Student Manager Rentals & Team Facilitator

Graduation: May 2014 
Major:  M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling

OutdoorActivities/Interests: Camping, high & low ropes, climbing,  swimming, hiking and biking

Inspiring Quote: "We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are." J.K. Rowling

                                                                        Taylor                  

Nathan Tripp

Student Manager Team building & 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.” Unknown

Nathan

Kyle Anderson
Student Manager Trips & Rental Attendant


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

Allison Dunnington
Trip Leader, Team Facilitator, Rental Attendant

Graduation Date: May 2015
Major: Environmental Geoscience Minor: Chemistry

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Hiking, distance running, and climbing. I enjoy applying my scientific knowledge to the natural environment, and I'm always willing to learn new things!

Inspiring Quote: "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now." Chinese Proverb

Allison

Danny Dolan
Trip Leader & Rental Attendant

Graduation: December 2015
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Outdoor Interests/Activities: Rock climbing, camping, mathematics, corduroy, hammock-ing, 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