Meet Kellie Gerbers
Campus Recreation alumni take their experiences across the world and into a variety of fields. We talked with Dr. Kellie Gerbers, who got her start as a Challenge Course Facilitator and went on to get involved in the Marketing and Outdoor Pursuits program areas at FSU Campus Recreation. Today, Kellie is teaching leadership and outdoors skills as an assistant professor at Westminster College.
Program Area: Challenge Course, Outdoor Pursuits and Marketing
Education: University of Georgia | Bachelor’s Degree in History and Spanish, Class of 2008
Florida State University | Graduate Degree in Higher Education, Class of 2010
Florida State University | Doctoral Degree in Higher Education, Class of 2017
Job: Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership
Current City: Salt Lake City, UT
What is a day in the life at your current position?
I just got back from an 8-day desert backpacking trip in the Dirty Devil River Wilderness Study Area of Southern Utah, where students and I scrambled in and out of canyons, waded through muddy water, and bushwhacked through dense brush. It was awesome. Maybe not a “typical” day, but certainly reflective of things I get to do pretty regularly in the context of my work.
How did you get your start in Campus Recreation?
I participated in a challenge course with my graduate cohort in 2008 and knew I wanted to become a challenge course facilitator.
How did your time at Campus Rec contribute to your life and/or career goals?
I owe nearly all of my professional success to the mentorship and growth I experienced (and continue to experience) as a result of being a part of the FSU Campus Rec family. FSU’s waterfront facility is still among my top 3 favorite places on the planet and I am deeply grateful for my Campus Rec friendships.
What is your favorite memory from your time at Campus Rec?
Too many to count. My first alumni tailgate (~2014?) is up there. OP staff training trips. Cooking pizzas (Tombstone Tuesdays) in the office. Prank wars.
What advice would you give yourself in college?
Quit trying so hard to be cool. You’re never going to be cool. Settle for being competent, trustworthy, reliable, and kind.
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