Meet Kate, Our New Office Manager!
September 09, 2013
College Outdoors proudly welcomes Kate Daniel to the team. Get to know Kate a little bit by reading this Q&A session, and learn about her childhood aspirations, hidden talent, and what she’s most excited about joining the LC community!
What excites you about joining College Outdoors at LC?
I am excited to be joining Lewis & Clark College Outdoors because it combines my love for working with college students and my passion for the outdoors. I have taught whitewater kayaking and have been a raft guide seasonally since 2006. My graduate work is in collegiate administration, and I have had the opportunity to work with college students in varying capacities for the past several years coming most recently from working in Residence Life at Reed College. College Outdoors combines both my hobby and career, plus I get to work with some awesome CO students!
Where’s your favorite place to kayak?
The running joke in the paddling community is that the best Oregon whitewater is in Southern Washington, and I end up paddling on the Washington side of the Gorge quite often. My new favorite, though, is paddling in the desert doing multi-day canoe or oar-rig trips along stretches of the John Day or the Deschutes.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Randomly, I wanted to be a “bunny keeper.” I’m not really sure what my 5 year-old brain was hoping for other than I thinking bunnies were soft and fluffy, and it would be fun to have a bunny farm. At the time, my dad was also a veterinarian, which could have sparked the interest in the furry critters.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Yes, but they are so well-hidden that even I am unaware of them ;) I can also hand whistle…and if you have a good imagination and are a little tone-deaf, you can vaguely make out the sounds of a song or two from my whistles.
What’s your favorite dessert?
Ice Cream!…and Nutella…but nutella is more of a staple than a dessert.
If you had a year to travel anywhere in the world and do anything you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?
I just came off a summer of living out of and traveling around the country in a minivan. One of the highlights of my trip this summer was catching up with friends I had not seen in several years. Another highlight of driving was having all the important gear with me like my mountain bike and kayak, so stopping to play along the route was super easy. I would love to continue that odyssey venturing back across North America adding Canada and Mexico to the route and continuing on to explore South America for the first time all the while stopping in to see friends along the way.