Maureen Harter, a senior interdisciplinary studies major at Miami University, received the Bill March Student Achievement Award at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education conference held in Boise, Idaho, Nov. 4.
The national award is presented annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to an outdoor recreation and education program while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Bill March served as the coordinator and assistant professor in outdoor pursuits at the University of Calgary. He was a renowned instructor and mountaineer who led the successful 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition. His book Modern Rope Techniques remains essential reading for climbers.
Harter is a student employee at Miami's Outdoor Pursuit Center and has been the student manager for both the youth climbing team and challenge course programs for the past three years. She plans to attend graduate school after completing a challenge course internship next year and would like to eventually work with youth in the outdoors.