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Student Facilitation Team

About the Team 
At the core of Ramble Outdoors are the student facilitators.  This dedicated team of students is trained and equipped to deliver the program’s experiences (clinics, workshops, challenge course experiences, 1st year orientation trips, etc).  During their first year with the program, students must select either the Challenge Course or Outdoor Experiences track.  After the first year, students can serve on both teams. 

How to Get Involved 
No experience is necessary!  All that is required is the willingness to take a risk.  Most students come with little to no outdoor experience.  You can participate in our SF Outdoor Leadership Workshop or, if you have a significant amount of previous experience, email Paul Miller at pmiller2@luc.edu to request an application.

The Facilitation Workshop 
The workshop is an excellent way to acquire the skills, knowledge and abilities required to be hired as a student facilitator.  For more information and to apply, download the ‌‌SF Outdoor Leadership Workshop 2015 (PDF).

You might be interested in the workshop if you . . . 
• want to develop transferable leadership skills
• want to learn how to take care of yourself in the great outdoors and facilitate groups
• have the time and ability to manage a significant commitment
• are responsible, energetic, and committed to service
• are open to learning about themselves, others, and the nature of groups

 Student Facilitator Team


Laura MacMorland is a Finance and Management major with a minor in Psychology.  This Cincinati, Ohio native plans to graduate in 2014.  She is most excited about the potential, support, and interest of Ramble Outdoors from the broader, Loyola community.  She can’t wait to see where the program goes in 5 or 10 years from now.  Her dream trip to facilitate would be a scuba diving or rock climbing trip in Australia.  She joined the Student Facilitator Team because, "after going on the 2010 Fall Break Trip, I not only fell in love with the outdoors, but I saw how it could be used to teach people different skills and confidence that could translate easily to other parts of life." When she’s not enjoying the outdoors, Laura spends her time with friends and family, and especially loves playing with her dogs.  Laura’s outdoor interests include scuba diving, hiking, walks along the beach, horseback riding, and bike riding.

Favorite Quote: "Life takes courage." – Matthew Kelly


Anthony Minnick, also known as Tony, is an Environmental Science Major from St. Louis, Missouri.  He is set to graduate in 2014.  If he could lead any trip, it would be a backpacking trip through Paintbrush Canyon in the Grand Tetons.  Tony joined the Student Facilitator Team because it offered the opportunity to meet good people and facilitate "an outdoor escape from this concrete jungle of Chicago."  When he’s not trekking through the wilderness, Tony loves to see live music, play the guitar, running, cooking, and dance.  Tony’s vast outdoor interests include: running, slacklining, hiking, and backpacking. 

Favorite Quote: "We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we may as well dance." – Japanese Proverb


Gina DeMattei is a West Frankfort, Illinois native who is majoring in Anthropology and Sociology with minors in Women/Gender Studies and History.  She is planning on graduating in 2014.  Gina finds Ramble Outdoors exciting because she can meet people on campus who have the same interests as her, and share her love for the outdoors.   Gina would love to facilitate a trip in Costa Rica.  Joining the SFT grew out of Gina’s interest in "finding an opportunity in Chicago to explore the wilderness with people who are more experienced and those who have never left the city."  When Gina’s not busy being outdoorsy, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing the piano and guitar, and ukulele.  Gina’s favorite outdoor pastimes are backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, zip-lining, and horseback riding.

Favorite Quote: “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde


Rose Brickley is an Anthropology major with Environmental Science, Visual Communication, and Art History minors, hailing from Waterford, Michigan.  She will graduate in 2013.  Rose is excited about Ramble Outdoors because it is bringing the unique experience of outdoor adventure to the student body and helping them connect with nature.  If Rose were able to facilitate the trip of her dreams, it would be an extreme wilderness survival trip, because "it would be an exciting way to learn about the environment as well as an opportunity to live in a minimalist way and push my body to the extremes."  Rose joined the SFT after a spontaneous decision to join the O.O.E.E. on a backpacking trip over Fall Break.  She was enthralled with the outdoor experience and wanted to learn more about outdoor leadership and share these experiences with others.  When Rose isn’t out in the wild, she is gardening with Growers’ Guild, perfecting the art of nap-taking, exercising or doing yoga, involved with Advocate, drawing or Photoshopping, being a vegetarian, and re-reading Harry Potter books.  Rose’s favorite things to do outside include hiking, camping, and backpacking. 

Favorite Quote: "I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being" – Confucius


Tim Seed is from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and is pursuing a major in Environmental Science and a minor in History.  He will graduate in 2013.  Tim finds Ramble Outdoors to be an exciting program because of the amazing and new opportunities it presents to the Loyola community whether they are in the backcountry or close to home on Lake Michigan.  If he had the chance to lead any trip, Tim would lead a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.  After the inaugural information meeting hosted by Ramble Outdoors, Tim chose to join the SFT because he saw it as a unique opportunity to share with the Loyola community something that he enjoys very much. He is most interested in backpacking, kayaking, and looking at different types of trees. Tim’s interests outside of the outdoors include listening to music, anything Parks and Recreation, and photography. 

Favorite Quote: "That’s why they always put two blank pages at the back of the atlas.  They’re for new countries.  You’re meant to fill them in yourself." – Roald Dahl "BFG"


Alex Weber is a Pre-Med student majoring in Biology and Psychology, and minoring in Mathematics.  Her hometown is our very own, Chicago, Illinois, and she plans on graduating in 2014.  In regards to Ramble Outdoors, Alex is most excited about "the fact that it’s so new and I will have the chance to influence the future of the SFT and the O.O.E.E."  If Alex were able to facilitate any trip, she would lead either a kayaking trip, because she enjoys it immensely, or something snow-related because she has "always wanted to try it and it seems like fun."  She joined the SFT because of the amazing opportunities it offered.  Through the SFT, Alex is now able to do things outdoors that she wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do alone or otherwise.  When she isn’t enjoying the backcountry, Alex spends her time listening to music, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.   Her outdoor interests include kayaking, backpacking, and any new adventures that come her way! 

Favorite Quote: “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventure.” – L. Drachman


Mariah Althoff is a Visual Communications major graduating in 2014. She is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She is excited about Ramble Outdoors because she can’t wait to lead other students with similar interests on new and exhilarating adventures.  Mariah’s dream is to facilitate a zip-lining and kayaking trip through the Amazon, while "singing show tunes and Beyoncé the whole way."  When Mariah isn’t on another outdoor adventure, she likes to hang out with her pet cat, make friendship bracelets, and watch Grey’s Anatomy.  The things that she loves doing most in the outdoors are hiking, paddling, and especially singing campfire songs. 

Favorite Quote:  “I believe that everything happens for a reason.  People change so that you learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe

Kema Malki is a Biology Major from Sterling, IL. She intends to graduate in 2015. Kema joined the student facilitator team because of the "endless opportunities it provides in extraordinary places" and the space it gives her to spend time outdoors surrounded by friends.  If she could facilitate any trip, it would be a kayaking excursion circumnavigating a Caribbean Island.  The only location requirements: Clear water and white sandy beaches.  In her free time, Kema enjoys reading and painting beautiful works of art.

Favorite Quote: "The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."


Maria Marchione is from the far-off land of Seattle, Washington and is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She expects to graduate in 2015.  If she could facilitate any trip, Maria would lead others through the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, culminating in a beach party in Mexico.  When she isn’t outdoors, Maria also enjoys running, cooking terrible Pinterest recipes, kickboxing, and dancing in public.  Maria knew she could call the Student Facilitator Team her home away from home because she’d "never felt so comfortable in a room full of strangers, and [she] knew that had to be a good sign." Maria was also attracted to the food at the meetings. She believes Ramble Outdoors is an exciting program due to what she calls the trifecta: "amazing people, rugged nature, and life changing experiences."

Favorite quote: "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'" - Mary Ann Radmacher

Conrad Stasieluk

Conrad Stasieluk called Chicago, Illinois home before he came to Loyola.  He is a Biology Major who intends to graduate in 2015.  During his time at Loyola, Conrad hopes to facilitate a wilderness survival experience somewhere deep in the American woodlands.  Outside of Ramble Outdoors, Conrad loves spending time with family and friends, fishing, sports, reading, and "putting smiles on the faces that need it the most."  What excites Conrad the most about Ramble Outdoors is "its ability to incorporate nature into a means of producing team-building and self-development exercises."  He joined the Student Facilitator Team to immerse himself in nature and show others the many values nature has to offer.

Favorite Quote: "An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth."  The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."' - Cherokee Proverb

Brielle Seitelman

Brielle Seitelman is from the beautiful suburb Oak Park, Illinois and is majoring in Anthropology.  Brielle hopes to graduate in 2013.  If Brielle could facilitate any Dream Trip, it would be all sailing, all the time!  She wants to sail from Lake Michigan, down the East Coast and across the Atlantic Ocean.  In her free time, Brielle enjoys travelling, sailing, skiing, roasting marshmallows, reading, cooking and listening to podcasts. Brielle is excited about Ramble Outdoors because she "can't wait to push my limits and see other students testing themselves in the great outdoors." She joined the Student Facilitator Team to "surround herself with interesting people and exciting opportunities." 

Favorite quote: “Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.”  Madeleine L'Engle

Rogelio Realzola

Rogelio Realzola, also known as Ro, is from Dundee, Illinois and plans to graduate in 2015.  Ro is a Biology Major on the Pre-Med track with a minor in Music.  If Ro could facilitate any trip, he would like to skydive into the Amazon and then explore it.  When not studying or Rambling Outdoors, Ro likes listening to music, weightlifting, singing, and giving back to the community through service.  Ro is excited for Ramble Outdoors to "grow and reach out to a whole new brand of people and to become something truly awesome!" He joined the Student Facilitator Team because he wanted to do something new and exciting at Loyola.  He also enjoys having the opportunity to "help people grow and to push their skills and limits farther, as well as my own!"

Favorite Quote: "Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway." -John Wayne

Melaney Dunne

Melaney Dunne, also known as Mel, is from Elmhurst, Illinois.  She intends to graduate in 2015, majoring in Biology with an Ecology Emphasis.  Mel is excited about Ramble Outdoors because of "the many awesome experiences we have to offer at Loyola from multi-day trips to challenge course excursions!"  If she could facilitate any trip, Mel would go on "an adventure in New Zealand that includes backpacking, kayaking, zip- lining, and Lord of the Rings sightseeing of course!"  She enjoys running, eating scrumptious back country meals, reading, sustainability, playing the ukulele, taking care of her fish, Sir Elton.  Mel joined the Student Facilitator Team to "learn more about outdoor leadership" and to share her love of the outdoors with the Loyola community!

Favorite Quote: “Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the Earth are never alone or weary of life.” - Rachel Carson

Jackie Gorman

Jackie Gorman hails from Stoughton, Massachusetts and is majoring in Communications with a Minor in Environmental Action and Leadership.  Jackie hopes to graduate in 2015.  If Jackie could facilitate any experience it would be a "hike in Ireland from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic Ocean" to see breathtaking scenery and to spend some time in Ireland's "culturally rich areas."  Jackie loves laughing with friends, cooking all natural foods and spending time in cafes.  She is excited about Ramble Outdoors because it is something unique compared to the rest of campus activities.  It creates "moments that help students step away from their busy city lives and encourage relaxation and reflection, all in a serene setting with other students who enjoy spending time outdoors."  After Jackie went on her first backpacking trip with Ramble Outdoors she realized there was no better fit she had at Loyola than on outdoor trips.  She knew joining such a program would help her grow to be a well-rounded person when she graduates.

Favorite Quote: "Climb the mountain to see the world, not so the world can see you."  David McCullough Jr

 Questions?  outdoors@luc.edu 


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