President Curran and I went Kayaking!

Hello, all! I have sooooo many awesome things to update every body about! I have been travelling a lot in the last month, so I have not had the chance to blog about all of my latest adventures. I will hopefully be able to update you on those adventures eventually, but first I would like to tell you all about my kayak trip with the President and his council!

This past Friday, the Rivers Institute had the great pleasure of taking the President and members of his council out for their first ever kayak trip in Dayton! Just fyi, the president's council consisted of various deans and many others. We had scheduled this trip for earlier this summer, but it was oh so very sadly cancelled. Luckily, we were able to reschedule the paddle, and it was awesome! I am not kidding you when I say that this trip was literally the highlight of my college career. We took the council for a very short trip from White Water Warehouse down to Riverscape, which is about a 20 minute trip. By the grace of God, we paddled up to Riverscape just as the fountains started going off, so we all kayaked through these massive fountains. I have always loved getting to kayak through the fountains but this time it was special; I had the privilege of leading Dr. Dan around all five fountains ensuring that he had a great time and was thoroughly soaked. After playing in the fountains, we all rafted up (made a circle with our boats and held onto each other) and discussed the future of the city of Dayton and the potential for UD to have a river-front campus.

In my years here at UD, we have been dramatically expanding our campus, so we now have property all the way out to the Great Miami River. We also own Old River Park, which has a lagoon that was formerly part of the river. Obviously, the Rivers Institute would love to have access to the river right from our own campus, but we also think it would be hugely popular among the students. There are many pieces of this puzzle coming into play, but we are hoping to make UD a school that prides itself on its connection to nature and recreation. We recently gained new employees at the RecPlex who are working on creating an outdoor recreation program that will give students the opportunity to try backpacking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, etc.

Anyways, I could go on and on about the future of Dayton and this campus, but I will refrain from going into too much detail. All I can say is stay tuned for more details! Have a fantastic evening!