Despite often being the underdog in terms of student population, E&H was victorious in the small school bracket defeating Warren Wilson College, Montreat College, Berry College and UNC-Asheville.
In a bonus “David vs. Goliath” match, Emory & Henry lost a tight battle to two-time defending champion Western North Carolina, the winner of the large school bracket, for the overall championship.
The E&H Outdoor Adventure Program is available to the entire campus community. The goal of the program is to responsibly introduce E&H students, faculty and staff to the wonders of silent sports: hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, cross-country skiing and biking.
With a central campus that is located just miles away from outdoor gems such as The Appalachian and Iron Mountain trails, The Virginia Creeper Trail, The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, The Jefferson and George Washington national forests, and the New, Holston, and Clinch rivers, students have the opportunity to explore lush forests, ascend mountains, and paddle creaks in just a moment’s notice.
“The Emory & Henry Outdoor Program offers an adventure spectrum that is truly far and wide, but we are a non-competitive and inclusive group that welcomes students of all types and skill levels,” said Jim Harrison, director of outdoor programs.
One of the unique programs offered by the outdoor program at the college is the Semester-A-Trail Program. This academic opportunity allows students who are seeking a learning experience that goes well beyond the classroom to earn at least 12 hours of college credit in a single semester while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, or completing an adventure of similar depth and scope.
This is the second honor over the past month for the college connected to the outdoors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently honored the college as the Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The college beat its conference rivals by using nearly 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Emory & Henry College is procuring a utility green power product from Collegiate Clean Energy. In addition, the college generates green power from an on-site renewable energy system using solar resources.
“You always want to win contests, but both the outdoors and environmental sustainability are two important areas of focus for the college and that makes these big accomplishments that more special,” said E&H president Jake Schrum.