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.

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, Bachelors and Masters 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

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.

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