Welcome to Adventure Sports Institute

Welcome to the Adventure Sports Institute

Colloquium Speaker Series

The Adventuresports Institute sponsors 5 guest speakers each semester representing various outdoor industry leaders and professionals. These events are free and open to the public. Presentations begin at 7:00 PM in Room 1013 of the Center for Adventure and Outdoor Studies. The spring Speaker Series has not been determined yet. We will update the list as it comes to fruition.

Past Speakers

About the Programs


Executive Director

Mike Logsdon, M.S.E.E.
Rank: Professor and Executive Director, Adventuresports Institute
Degrees: West Virginia University 1975, B.S. and M.S. of Science degree in Electrical Engineering;
Expertise: Former American Canoe Association Rafting Instructor Trainer; National Ski Patrol Instructor - Mountain Travel & Rescue, Skiing, and paddle sports; 301-387-3333  


Therese Peterson, M.S.
Rank:  Associate Professor, Adventure Sports Program
Degrees: James Madison 1983 Bachelors in Science - Sports Management, Business Minor;  West Virginia University 2002 Masters - Recreation Resource Management, Educational Psychology
Expertise: American Canoe Association - Kayak Instructor Trainer, Paddlesports, Rafting & Swiftwater Rescue; Professional Ski Instructor Association - Telemark & Cross Country Skiing, Programming, Leadership
Courses:  Kayaking, Rafting, Oar Rigging, Sea Kayaking, Swiftwater Rescue, Telemark Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Low Ropes & Initiatives, Leadership and Group Dynamics, Guiding and Instructing in Adventuresports;  301-387-3327 

David Erbe, M.A.
Rank: Assistant Professor, Adventure Sports Program
Degrees:University of Maryland 2014, College Park, MD B.S. in Environmental Science and Technology, Concentration in Ecology Technology and Design, Minor in Sustainability Studies; Appalachian State University 2016 M.A. in College Student Development, Concentration in College Outdoor Program Administration
Expertise: American Mountain Guide Association - Single Pitch Instructor; American Canoe Association - Whitewater Kayak Instructor, Mountain Biking, Group Facilitation, Program Management, Experiential Education, Outdoor Leadership, International Expedition Planning
Courses: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Leave No Trace, Wilderness Survival, Search & Rescue, Practicum Preparation & Internship, Intro to Adventuresports, Parks & Recreation, Program Planning & Management. 301-387-3324


Sharon Elsey, A.A.S.
Title: Administrative Associate
Degrees: A.A.S., Secretarial Science, Garrett College;
Expertise: Administrative Associate, former Office Manager for the 1989 World Whitewater Championships; 301-387-3330

Scott Richardson, M.S.
Title: Rental Center Manager & Transition Age Youth Coordinator
Degrees: A.A.S., Adventure Sports Management, Garrett College; B.S. Sociology, Shepherd College: M.S., Gerontology, University of North Texas
Expertise: Coordinator of Transition Age Youth Program, Coordinator of ASI Auxiliary, Adjunct Instructor Mt. Biking & Cross Country Skiing 301-387-3323

Auxiliary Programming

The Adventuresports Institute of Garrett College is a Permit Holder of the Monongahela National Forest, maintains a Special use Permit with the State of Pennsylvania for instructions on sections of the Youghiogheny River, is a licensed West Virginia Whitewater Outfitter, and enjoys an inter-governmental Agreement with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for use state lands in Garrett and Allegany counties.

— Garrett College is an equal opportunity provider and employer —

Forest Service - Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania DNR
West Virginia DNR
Maryland DNR