Erin Toal

Toal is New Head of Hartwick Challenge Ed, Pine Lake Residency

June 12, 2012

Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute and Environmental Campus is pleased to welcome Erin Toal as Coordinator of Challenge Education and Pine Lake Residency. Toal will coordinate challenge education activities, supervise student leaders, organize programs, and manage the high and low ropes course at Pine Lake. She will direct the Awakening program--Hartwick College's signature outdoor orientation program--and serve as the residential director for students who live at Pine Lake. She will also manage Pine Lake's summer cabin rentals, scheduling, and programming.

Toal comes to Hartwick from East Stroudsburg University, where she received bachelor's degrees in Physical Education, Health Education, and Outdoor Recreation and Leisure Services Management. For the past eight years, Toal has worked as a high and low ropes challenge course instructor and caretaker at Stony Acres, East Stroudsburg University's outdoor education center. Additionally, she is a certified K-12 school teacher.

Hartwick's focus on experiential learning was attractive to Toal, as was the opportunity to engage students in environmental stewardship and sustainable living at Pine Lake.

"I appreciate the environmental focus of the College; sustainability provides a foundation for life-long living and learning that connects both the human and natural world," she said. "Hartwick students are passionate about Pine Lake and I look forward to working with them to model sustainable living and learning."

"Hartwick's Challenge Education and Awakening programs provide a vehicle for both individuals and groups to enhance their personal awareness, use their strengths to benefit others, and accomplish their goals," Toal added. "It's an exciting opportunity to help students as they get started on their college experience, undertake new challenges and adventures, and learn to co-exist with the natural world."

"Erin's passion for the environment and ability to engage students in experiential and outdoor learning activities are strengths she brings to Hartwick College and Pine Lake," said Dr. Brian Hagenbuch, Director of the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. "Under her guidance, Hartwick will continue to offer quality experiential learning opportunities, facilitate leadership development in our students, and involve them in efforts to create sustainable living communities."

Toal will assume residency at Pine Lake on June 1 and will also have an office in Dewar Student Union. She replaces current coordinator, Seth Lucas '10, who departs Hartwick to pursue graduate studies in Arizona. In addition to the appointment of Toal, the Challenge Education and Awakening programs have been placed under the administrative umbrella of Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Previously, these programs were part of Student Affairs.

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