Campus Recreation

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    Ole Miss Outdoors

    Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) is a multifaceted program offered through the Department of Campus Recreation that exposes participants to the great outdoors. OMOD emphasizes adventure, environmental awareness, challenge, education, personal development, safety and fun with a variety of exciting outdoor activities and opportunities.  Join us for our weekly adventures, kayak water polo and smores with outdoors – both activities are free and will help you learn more about the outdoor program!  Click here for the latest article written about OMOD in the Daily Mississippian!

    Ole Miss Outdoors Office Hours:

    Summer 2016 (May 16-August 19)
    Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Ole Miss Outdoors Office Location:

    Turner Center 110 (bottom floor, near the locker rooms)

    Visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office to:

    • Register for trips and clinics
    • Rent outdoor gear
    • Peruse the Resource Library
    • Inquire about outdoor adventure/recreation opportunities
    • Register for challenge & development sessions
    • Reserve the Rebel Challenge Course
    • Obtain information about the South Campus Trails
    • Register for the Rebel Trail Challenge Adventure Race


    Meet the Ole Miss Outdoors Staff


    ShannonShannon Richardson, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director of Campus Recreation

    Shannon was born in South Carolina, raised in Georgia, then moved west in 2004 – and she has called Oxford, Mississippi her home ever since.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Shannon began working for her alma mater in the recreational sports program, and soon realized her passion for health promotion and working with university students.  She holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from North Georgia College (Now North Georgia University), an M.P.A. in Public Administration and Finance from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi.  Shannon loves the great outdoors and helping others “get out and live.” Shannon’s professional focuses are programming, assessment, and student professional development. Outside of work, she is involved with several ministries at her church, and she enjoys trail running and spending time with family and friends. Shannon is married to Hunter and they have two active children who keep them on their toes!

    Francis LiawFrancis Liaw

    Graduate Assistant: Outdoors

    Francis peaked at birth; weighing in at 13 lbs, he shattered the hospital record and entered the world with the title of being the largest baby born in Ponce, Puerto Rico – yes, his poor mother. From there it has been a windy road with various detours to Ole Miss, which includes growing up and frolicking in the swamps of New Jersey, working at a Hedge Fund in New York City for over a decade, one time 80’s dance competition winner, and returning back to school to earn a B.A. in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. Here at Ole Miss, Francis looks to complete a Masters in Higher Education while at the same time soaking up the culture and experience of Southern living. Besides long walks on the beach and picking wild flowers in high alpine meadows, he can be found exploring the outdoors in some capacity or celebrating the end of an adventure with friends and family.

    Alison WalkerAlison Walker

    Graduate Assistant: Outdoors

    Alison hails from the Peach State (aka the Goober State) and joined Ole Miss Outdoors as a graduate assistant in May 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University in 2016. Alison is currently pursuing a Masters in Parks and Recreation Administration. Her love for the outdoors has led her to be involved in everything from teaching environmental education to leading adventure trips to facilitating challenge course experiences. Alison plans on finding ways to allow everyone to enjoy being outside, especially at the South Campus Rail Trail and the Rebel Challenge Course. One of her favorite quotes is “living la vida local” and you are most likely to spot Alison flat water kayaking or playing with her Australian Shepherd, Kyzer.

    Student Trip Leaders, Rebel Challenge Course Facilitators, &  Office Staff

    Brandon Belke
    William Buchanan
    William Buchanan
    Walker Burrow
    Sarah Butt
    Rachel Dennis
    Quentin Dornan
    Alison El-Feraly
    Sydney Flatt
    Eli Gafford
    Eli Gafford
    James Gledhill
    James Gledhill
    Emily Lado
    Francis Liaw
    Adam Livingston
    Michelle Miller
    Michelle Miller
    Sailer Perkins
    Madison Rawson
    Shannon Richardson
    Vinny Udeshi
    Alison Walker
    Emma Wandell
    Mary Evelyn Webb
    Mary Amelia Williamson

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    Our student leaders gain valuable experience leading adventure trips, facilitating sessions at the Rebel Challenge Course, and assisting outdoor enthusiasts in the gear rental office.  For more information about becoming a member of our team, please click here or visit the Ole Miss Outdoors office in Turner Center 110.  Also, check out this short promo video about our staff, produced by one of our former trip leaders, Hill Martin: