CORE is a leadership development program offered through Outdoor Recreation. CORE benefits students in the following ways:

  • Expanded capacity to lead
  • Experience managing a campus organization
  • Connections – both interpersonal and professional
  • Exciting experiences-- Rafting, biking, caving, paddling, traveling!

CORE Structure

  • Between October & May, you'll attend one meeting per week.
    • Sessions led by faculty, staff and alumni
  • Each month, you'll be expected to attend a one to two day adventure.
    • Outdoor adventures provide real challenges and real problem-solving. They are true opportunities to test yourself and learn from other leaders.
  • Three times during the year, you'll engage in a hands-on project that might require 2-3 hours.
  • Final challenge: We'll provide resources for you and your peers to mount a multi-day expedition with help from ORGT trip leaders.
  • Adventures are led by ORGT trip leaders -- students, staff, & alumni qualified to lead technical adventures. While it could be said that leading outdoor adventures is not "rocket science", we just happen to have rocket scientists leading our outdoor adventures!

Please Note: CORE members will not be allowed to participate in an ORGT sport during their first semester. It is more important that the CORE class develops as a community of leaders than begin working through the staff progression.

CORE Leaders

Elise Sims:

Elise is a fourth year Psychology major who has been involved in ORGT since 2014. Since her graduation from CORE 3.0, she has served on the ORGT Executive Board, led Tech Treks expeditions, and is an active Trip Leader in the sport of backpacking. Outside of ORGT, Elise serves as a Peer Coach in the GT Counseling Center's Peer Coaching Program and as an undergraduate Research Assistant in a lab on campus.

Liz Horton:

Liz is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major who has been involved in ORGT since 2014. She started off her ORGT experience as a participant on Tech Treks Alaska. Since then she has become a trip leader in sea kayaking, and has served on the ORGT Executive Board as both a member at large and as VP of sea kayaking. Apart from ORGT Liz has a co-op at Chart Industries in Canton Georgia, and worked as a canoe guide in northern Minnesota.

Please Note: The CORE leaders positions are appointed by a committee comprised of ORGT students, leaders, and full-time staff.