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Classmates Hone Collaboration, Communication in Purposeful Outdoor Exercise

Students literally learn the ropes under the ever-watchful eye of their faculty "spotter, an assistant professor of human services/social science who is retiring in August after more than 25 years of teaching.
Students literally learn the ropes under the ever-watchful eye of their faculty “spotter, an assistant professor of human services/social science who is retiring in August after more than 25 years of teaching.
Traversing the low ropes in a trust- and team-building challenge.
Traversing the low ropes in a trust- and team-building challenge.
Sure-footed sneakers
Sure-footed sneakers
A "family tree?" Mother Nature provides convenient support for twins Kelcie L. (left) and Kaitlyn A. Murray, applied human services majors from Scranton.
A “family tree?” Mother Nature provides convenient support for twins Kelcie L. (left) and Kaitlyn A. Murray, applied human services majors from Scranton.
A grateful grasp of a helping hand
A grateful grasp of a helping hand

In a summer class that began as many of their friends were leaving campus for a breather, 11 students in LaRue R. Reese’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool class – a mix of applied human services and occupational therapy assistant majors – traveled to Montoursville’s Indian Park on Thursday. Reese, wrapping up more than a quarter-century as a faculty member, terms it a “toolbox course – they gain a whole bunch of tools they can employ in their career.” Among the activities was the Mohawk Walk, in which the students rely on one another to navigate taut ropes suspended just above the ground.

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