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October 11th, 2022

GC offers free lecture and movie

Events are part of ASI/OLA 30th anniversary celebration

Garrett College is offering two free public events as part of its Adventure Sports Institute (ASI)/Outdoor Leadership and Adventure (OLA) Education program’s 30th anniversary celebration. Both events will take place in the recently opened Performing Arts Center at Garrett College this Saturday, October 15th.

West Virginia University Assistant Vice President Greg Corio will present Leveraging Outdoor Recreation to Change a State at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC recital hall. That lecture is being jointly sponsored by OLA and the Joan Crawford Lecture Series.

A viewing of The River Runner will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Daniel E. Offutt III Theatre.

Garrett College became the first community college in the nation to offer an adventure sports management degree in 1992. The program, renamed Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education last year, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a full slate of reunion activities for graduates.

Corio’s presentation and The River Runner viewing were added to provide free public activities to the anniversary celebration.

Corio, a graduate of Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Management program, currently serves as assistant vice president for outdoor youth advocacy and initiatives at West Virginia University. Corio will be discussing his role in facilitating a $25 million gift to WVU and utilization of those funds to initiate positive change in West Virginia through outdoor recreation.

Corio, who has spent 18 years at WVU, is the founder of Adventure WV, an outdoor orientation program for incoming freshmen. Under his leadership, the program has grown to be the nation’s largest outdoor orientation program.

The River Runner is the story of Scott Lindgren’s 20-year quest to be the first person to paddle the four great rivers that originate from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash. It is also a chronicle of an emotionally stunted athlete who’s having a breakthrough after a life crisis. It takes a life-changing diagnosis, followed by a dark night of the soul, for him to finally learn how to show up with an open heart.