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Vol 40  No 7
December 13, 2007


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Loeffler captures international award and begins her next trek

Dr. TA Loeffler, seen here during her trek up Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere last December, is on another worldly climb this month. (Photo submitted)

A well-known Memorial professor was honoured last month with a special award at an international conference in Little Rock, Ark.

And, the honour came just as she was gearing up for another chapter in her worldwide adventures.

Dr. TA Loeffler is the 2007 recipient of the Karl Rohnke Creativity Award from the Association of Experiential Education. That group held a series of meetings in the U.S. from Nov. 8-12.

The award is presented to an individual for outstanding commitment to experiential education principles through the design, creation and/or production of experiential education resources.

Dr. Loeffler, an award-winning member of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, said she’s humbled by the award, particularly since it comes from peer educators.

A colleague of hers, Karen Warren from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., said Dr. Loeffler was an obvious choice for the award.

“I have been witness to TA’s creativity and inspired practice when she has guest instructed in my courses,” Ms. Warren said. “TA understands that students’ engagement is dependent on resonating with a variety of learning styles and with the range of multiple intelligences. For example, her use of visual media and technology in her teaching is exemplary. As an educator I have learned many new methods in this area from her that I currently use in my own courses.”

The award came just two weeks before Dr. Loeffler packed her bags to tackle another adventure. The outdoor enthusiast is also an experienced mountaineer who has trekked some of the world’s highest peaks.

On Nov. 25, she headed back to South America to take on Chile’s highest mountain and the world’s highest volcano, Ojos de Salado, a massive peak in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border. It’s a whopping 22,608 feet (6,891 metres) high.

This latest trek was dubbed From the World’s Highest Peak to the World’s Highest Volcano. Earlier this year, Dr. Loeffler attempted to summit Mount Everest but was forced to turn back due to sickness. She has no regrets about her attempt, though, and is proud of the fact she inspired thousands of school children to get more active as she prepared her for climb. She continues to speak to schools and community groups to inspire youth to become more physically active.

Dr. Loeffler is in the middle of her expedition up Ojos de Salado. To read about her travels, see www.taclimbsdenali.com.

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