Congratulations to Joey Parent, Assistant Director of VCU Outdoor Adventure Programs and instructor of ENVS 260 Outdoor Leadership, on his appointment to the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Board of Directors. AORE is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. Through AORE, members have a mechanism to interact with and affect decisions made by public land managers and the human-powered outdoor recreation industry. AORE is committed to promoting ecologically sound stewardship of the natural environment and serves as a collective voice for its members regarding topics of regional and national concern. In addition to teaching ENVS 260, Joey has also been instrumental in the development of flagship field courses Footprints on the James and Expedition down the River of No Return, as well as our new ENVS freshman orientation weekend field trip. Joey’s appointment will further strengthen VCU’s ability to “Make it REAL!” by providing cutting edge training in the field!