Fran Lo (2002-2004)
In the spring of 2002 Dean Robin Rose began the process of stepping down as Director of the program she started 15 years earlier. However, she is still directly involved in the training, August trip, and fall program. At the time she turned over much of the responsibility to the new Director of BOLT and Leadership Coordinator Fran Lo ‘97 a former BOLT participant and leader.
Fran moved on in the summer of 2003 to work with the Pipeline Project at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. In 2003 the program found it’s current home in the Student Activities Office. Tommy Hayes ’98 was the next in line to have the honor of serving as BOLT’s Director and became the Interim Coordinator for Student Activities. Tommy, like Fran, was a BOLT participant and leader in his time as a student at Brown. After a year in the interim role and with the Appalachian and Continental Divide Trails, under his belt, he set out to finish the “triple crown” by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
In July of 2005, Shelley Adriance came on board for BOLT as part of her duties as the Coordinator for Student Activities and Leadership Programs. If you ask her, BOLT is what drew her to Brown. Over the years, her portfolio of work within the Student Activities Office changed. She served as the Associate Director for Leadership Programs while still directing BOLT. Shelley greatly contributed to the program by adding several new routes, growing the leader class, and raising funds for BOLT’s financial aid program. After 11 years, Shelley relocated with her family to Vermont in September of 2016.
Rachael Wise joined the team as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and BOLT in January of 2017. She bring years of experience working with both student activities and outdoor leadership programs. Upon her arrival Rachael said “So far, I have found BOLT to be an amazing program, and am beyond excited to see it continue to grow and develop.”
The BOLT community does not end with the students who participate and lead the program. The current and past BOLT Directors have a community of their own where the passion for the program and tips and tricks have been shared throughout the years. This community is one of the many reasons BOLT continues to not only survive but thrive and grow.
Letter from the Director
Since the first trip in 1988, the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training program has fostered the exploration and practice of leadership styles for students at Brown. The program strives to achieve growth in four areas – personal development, respect for others, group dynamics and experience in the wilderness – for each BOLTer. The cornerstone of the program is a five day backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A group of ten students – sophomore and transfer BOLTers combined with junior and senior leaders – take on the challenge of living and working together in the outdoors. The bond built within each group extends throughout the year as students build a diverse and supportive community on campus.
BOLT completed its third re-accreditation with the Association of Experiential Education (AEE), a national organization dedicated to professional development, theoretical advancement and the evaluation of experiential education programs. To achieve our accredited status, the program must be in compliance with hundreds of safety, risk management and educational standards established by the Accreditation Council of AEE as “the best practices the field.” Through a process of constantly reviewing our program, we have committed ourselves to providing a safe and meaningful experience for students.
BOLT currently involves 40 student leaders, 40 active mentors (past leaders) and 120 sophomore and new transfer students per year. These students apply the skills and values they learned and developed in BOLT to a wide variety of other student organizations and programs enabling them to have a positive impact on the quality of life on campus and in their communities.
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There have been hundreds of changes over the years: the relocation of our training trip from New Hampshire, to Western Massachusetts, to New Jersey-all in pursuit of warmer temperatures; the acquisition of equipment, the creation of an alumni newsletter and electronic network which enables us to stay in touch will almost all alumni leaders; the generous donations of former leaders to our budget which enables us to offer financial aid to participants; the refinement of our base camp and evacuation procedures; the inclusion of several specialty groups, and the evolution of BOLT on campus.
Associate Director for Leadership Development
Student Activities Office