About Nanook Recreation
It is our mission to provide the university community with opportunities and facilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles through sport and recreation on campus and out in the beautiful wilderness of Alaska.
Mark is responsible for supervision of the entire department; SRC, Outdoor Adventures, Patty Pool, Patty Ice and Outdoor Ed Center.
Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Climbing Programs
Christian is in charge of climbing programs at Outdoor Adventures. He started out volunteering for OA in 2012, and has worked his way up through the program to Assistant Coordinator. Born and raised in the flat country of Denmark, Christian now loves spending time in the mountains and is passionate about all types of climbing. In addition to working at OA, he's also a master's student in the Northern and Arctic Studies program at UAF.
Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Education
Frank worked as a staff member for Outdoor Adventures from 2010-2017 and after 8 months as a stay at home dad is back with the program. Frank has lived in and played in Alaska for 25 years, and loves exploring the mountains on foot or on skis. Climbing and skiing are his main passions when he is not hanging out with his kids. Frank also enjoys exploring Alaska rivers in a kayak, raft and packraft as well as doing bike tours around the world.
Ice arena supervisors
The Ice Arena Supervisors are in charge of general day to day operations at the Patty Ice Arena. This includes monitoring all the public skating session, checking out locker rooms and answering questions for all the various hockey organizations during games, practices and private rentals, sharpening skates and driving the Zamboni to maintain the best ice in town.
Luke is the Ice Arena Manager. He has been playing hockey since he was five and he played collegiate hockey. He is now a coach passionate about the development of his players becoming not only good hockey players but good people off the ice too!
Teresa is in charge of the Learn to Skate Program, as well as other various graphic design tasks.
Marketing and Trips Manager
Coming from Florida, Danielle brings a passion for all things outdoors and hopes to cultivate excitement and student growth in the Outdoor Adventures Program. She finished her graduate degree in communications while working as the Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures. She now handles the Nanook Recreation marketing and is the Outdoor Adventures Trips Manager. Feel free to stop by the office with any questions about our trips or activities!
About Outdoor Adventures and staff
It is the mission of Outdoor Adventures to foster personal growth and a spirit of adventure for the UAF community through education, experience and accessibility in the wilderness of Alaska and right here on campus.
Inside the Student Recreation Center
Outdoor Adventures Staff
Assistant coordinator of climbing programs
Christian has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the spring of 2013. Hailing from Denmark, Christian has been living in Alaska since January 2012. He is a graduate student in the Northern and Arctic Studies program and is conducting research on optimal experience (Flow) in outdoor recreation activities. Christian loves spending time with his family, and spending time outside rock and ice climbing and mountaineering.
Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-L, Swift Water Rescue Technician, ACA Canoeing Level 1&2, USA Climbing Level 1 route setter, Avi 1
Assistant Coordinator for Education
Frank has worked as a staff member for Outdoor Adventures since 2010 (with a short break as a stay at home dad) Frank has lived in and played in Alaska for over 25 years, and loves exploring the mountains on skis or on foot. Climbing and skiing are his main passions when he is not hanging out with his kids. Frank also enjoys exploring Alaska's rivers in a kayak, raft and packraft as well as doing bike tours around the world.
Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, AAA Pro 1 Avalanche, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, AK Avalanche School Avy 1 and Avy 2, PCIA CWI-L, USSA Alpine Coach, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, USA Climbing Level 1 Route Setter, ACA Level 1-3 Canoe, AMGA SPI and CWI-L (expired 11/17)
Danielle is the current Trips Manager at Outdoor Adventures. She moved to Alaska from Florida in June of 2017 and now calls Fairbanks home. She is passionate about student growth and development through the endless classroom that is the wilderness! She coordinates the tripping program, our Wilderness Welcome program, and assists with some of our academic classes.
Saoirse (it's pronounced Sear-sha) started working at Outdoor Adventures in fall 2019. Originally from Washington State, Saoirse moved to Alaska to study wildlife biology. Favorite things: snow, mountains, dogs.