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OUTDOORS- White Water Rafting

This retreat theme is for students seeking a challenging adventure! Students in this Outdoors retreat will participate in a variety of activities, including a high ropes teambuilind course and a day-trip White Water Rafting down the Youghiogheny River ( This retreat is sure to provide a good time and allow you to become more in touch with the beauty of our natural surroundings. . "What to Wear"

Each retreat will also have the opportunity to mingle with other retreats and participate in larger group activities and programs.

Meet your Peer Leaders:

Morgan Knepp

*Morgan's bio is on its way!*

Taylor Clark

Hometown: Fawn Grove, PA

POE: Environmental Science

My name is Taylor, and I'm super excited to be a Whitewater Rafting Peer Leader this year! I'm a sophomore Environmental Science POE and I play on the women's rugby team. I work as a student assistant in the Dean of Students Office and as a tour guide for Admissions, and I'm a member of the Environmental Coalition, Nourish International, Eagle Ambassadors, Laughing Bush Outdoor Club, and the Ski Club. I also was highly involved in the drama club and horseback riding in high school, and I worked for a dog kennel in the summertime. I also have a conservation education internship with a wildlife park in Washington this summer. I'm into anything outdoors and/or with animals, food is my life, I sing all the time, rugby is the bomb, and my friends say I speak and act like a Disney princess but I run and dance like a dinosaur. That's basically me in a nutshell. My favorite Inbound memory has to be from whitewater rafting last year, when I didn't fall out of the raft until we were in the calmest part of the river and my butt slipped and I went upside down into the water... That was a fun time. My friends laughed really hard and then helped me back up. My favorite Juniata tradition would have to be Tenting. Tenting is this amazingly messed up concept that someone came up with a long time ago in preparation for Madrigal, our winter formal. In trying to get the best tickets related to the tables in the room that sing the best lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas, students spend an entire week, including overnights, in freezing conditions on the quad in tents. Teams compete at all hours in competitions chosen by Head Tent, the team which manages to get their tent up first. It's a maniacal event, and it was the most entertaining and hilarious thing I've done at Juniata so far. My favorite thing about Juniata as a whole is the community, a kind that you can only find at a small liberal arts college. You are not just a number here--your professors really care about your well-being and your future, and the friends you make are absolutely unlike any other. Juniata is a place I can call home.

Michael Roth

*Michael's bio is on its way!*

Olivia Hayden-Pless

Hometown: Upperville, VA

POE: International Development

One of my favorite memories at Juniata was as an incoming freshman during Inbound with the backpacking group. The original plan was to hike nine miles, and instead we ended up hiking 27 miles in two days. As horrible as that sounds, that group of people are now some of my closes friends at Juniata. The backpacking adventure was the first of many adventures with them! When I'm not hiking, I love playing basketball and going for a run around town. I also love to travel! I have been to The Gambia, Africa, with Dr. Nagengast (AWESOME trip!), Haiti, and next spring I will be spending a semester in Quito, Ecuador. One of my life goals is to visit every country!

Amber Evans

Hometown:  Bellwood, PA

POE:  Wildlife Conservation

I love to go hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and pretty much anything else that involves the outdoors.  I also enjoy archery, horseback riding, and spending time on our boat at Lake Raystown.  My favorite thing about Juniata is that we are all one big family, and there is always someone you can go to with any problems you might have.  I was in the Wilderness Adventure Inbound my freshman year. My two favorite activities were white water rafting and high ropes course.  In my opinion, the best Juniata tradition is tenting, where students camp outside in tents for a week in order to get the best seats for the Madrigal dinner.  It’s a crazy week involving very little sleep and tons of random challenges, but it is fun and worth it in the end.

Cody Shifflett

*Cody's bio is on its way!*

Ashlynn Cobb

Hometown: Montrose, PA

POE: Russian & International Studies

Lobsterfest is my favorite Juniata tradition. I love seeing all of the clubs that Juniata has, and getting to eat lobster is an added bonus. I'm the president and founder of Juniata College Car Club, the treasurer of Russian Club and Equestrian Club, and a member of French Club and Ski Club.  In addition to riding horses and snowboarding, I enjoy snowmobiling.

Mark Feiler

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

POE: Information Technology

Hey what's going on, my name is Mark Feiler, a rising senior here at Juniata. I've loved my time here so far and look forward to having a blast in my senior year. I'm passionate about fitness, volleyball, and nutrition, and I play for the Men's Volleyball team. I'd say my favorite thing about Juniata is the sense of community and trust between fellow students, it makes for a very welcoming environment. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the incoming freshman class and share some of my experiences with them.

Stevie Kitching

Hometown: York, PA

POE: Environmental Science

I am a Junior here at Juniata and I'm studying environmental sciences in the hopes to make a difference in the world. I love the outdoors and am devoted to helping keep our environment clean, in my hometown and here on campus. I am a nerd at heart and I love music and Batman, among other things.  I will be the president of the Juniata Environmental Coalition or JEC. I played basketball and volleyball in high school and I am a member of the schools women's rugby team, the Juniata Hellbenders!! (We are awesome) Inbound was such a positive experience for me and I am so excited to be a peer leader this year. I made so many amazing friends through this program that I don't think I would have talked to otherwise. I can't wait to meet all of you wonderful people, don't be afraid to say hi!

Tommy Imbrogno

Hometown: Johnsonburg, PA

POE: Wildlife Conservation/Pre-Naturopathic Medicine

I love the outdoors, photography and Juniata of course! It's hard to pick just one favorite thing about Juniata but if I had to choose it would be the way the entire campus acts like a family. My favorite Inbound memory was watching my inbound group go from being very awkward in the beginning to becoming very close friends. My favorite Juniata tradition would have to be Pig Roast because of all of the alumni that return to campus.

Samantha Steinberg

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

POE: Exploratory

My favorite thing to do in the summer is to swim. I'm interested in accounting. I'm going to be a sophomore next year and I'm super excited to be an a Inbound leader.

Ashley Hardy

Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA

POE: Health Communications and Marketing

This year, I will be President of the JC Downhill Ski Club, winter is my favorite season because I love to ski.  My favorite thing about Juniata is the close community and the size of classes. Because I didn't get to do inbound my freshmen year, I am very excited to be apart of it now, especially in a leader position. Because I am close to the area, I am excited to meet a lot of incoming freshmen from all over, and tell them about the things to do at Juniata, Huntingdon, State College, and Altoona. I look forward to meeting everyone soon!

Ronnie Gurbal

*Ronnie's bio is on its way!*

Katherine Mei

Hometown: New York, NY

POE: Biology/Pre-Med

I'm Katherine and I'm a sophomore at Juniata. I could go on and on about what I like about Juniata but my favorite thing is the sense of community Juniata gives off. Coming from a big city and a high school of over 4000 students, I didn't exactly have all the opportunities Juniata has to offer and speaking of opportunities I'm glad I have I the opportunity to be part of inbound again. Last year for inbound, I was part of the dance retreat and it was a really great experience. I made some of my closest friends there. During the spring semester, I joined the rugby team. I would've never imagined myself playing rugby but I'm happy I joined because my teammates are some of the greatest people I've ever met. I can't wait to meet all of you during inbound! Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!

Maria Nachbor

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

POE: Peace and Conflict Studies with a secondary emphasis in Spanish

Originally from Minnesota, I am someone who loves the outdoors. I am a runner, Nordic skier (where you ski up hills not just down), and a water sports lover. Additionally, I enjoy reading, making snow families, and spending time with my friends, and my family both in the U.S. and in Ecuador. In the 2014- 2015 school year I will be the Spanish Club President, and consistently attend AWOL meetings because I am an Ally and advocate of equality and understanding. My favorite JC tradition is Mountain Day, and my goal is to know what day it is next year. When I was a freshman I was in the Outdoors Inbound, and my best memory was going White Water Rafting and going from the worst boat, that tipped over first, to the best boat that navigated every difficult section perfectly.