Loyola University Chicago

Campus Recreation

Division of Student Development

Staff

Paul Miller - Director, Outdoor Experiential Education

Contact: pmiller2@luc.edu 773-508-2158 

Paul is an educator at heart—one who uses the outdoors as a context for instruction.  He is excited to serve as the founding director of Ramble Outdoors and to lead the Loyola University community towards connecting urban students with the wilderness in meaningful ways.  Paul most recently comes from Baylor University where he completed his Masters of Educational Administration in Student Affairs and Higher Education.  He is originally from the east coast where he began his career in experiential education as a university challenge course facilitator.  His other full-time job is being the father of three. In his "free" time, he enjoys running, cycling, adventure races, playing with his giant dog Moses, mountaineering, and reading great books.

Certifications, Trainings, and Organizational Memberships:

  • SOLO, Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness Education Association, Certified Outdoor Leader
  • Association for Challenge Course Technology, Challenge Course Manager 
  • American Canoe Association, Swift Water Rescue
  • American Canoe Association, L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor 
  • American Canoe Association, L3 River Canoe Instructor 
  • Core Communication Training
  • Member of WEA, ACCT, LNT, AORE, and NASPA

Rachel Murray - Coordinator, Outdoor Experiential Education

Contact: rmurray3@luc.edu 773-508-2366

Rachel is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Loyola groups on the LUREC Challenge Course, training, supervising and supporting the student facilitation team, and supporting the growth of on-campus team building partnerships. Rachel has a wealth of professional experiences on a variety of Challenge Courses serving a variety of populations. Make sure to ask her about Space Camp! Rachel hails from Davenport, IA.  She received a B.M.E. in Music Education from Wartburg College. Rachel obtained her M.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.  Rachel has held various positions in the areas of parks and recreation, corporate team building, wellness, indoor climbing and challenge course management.  Rachel is passionate about student development and designing challenge course programs that meet partner needs. Rachel is very excited to use her skills and experience to enhance the Loyola student experience by expanding the partnerships of Outdoor Experiential Education.

Certifications, Trainings, and Organizational Memberships:

  • Association for Challenge Course Technology, Challenge Course Manager
  • Member of ACCT

Patrick Croke - Coordinator, Outdoor Experiential Education

Contact: pcroke@luc.edu 773-508-2604

Patrick Croke joins the team as the Coordinator for the Rock Wall and Outdoor Experience Trips program. In this role, Pat will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Halas Rock Wall and supporting the Outdoor Experience student facilitation team. Patrick, originally from Des Plaines, IL, received his B.S. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University with a concentration in Adventure Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. During his studies, Pat spent a semester living outdoors as part of the Environmental Conservation and Outdoor Education Expedition program. After spending a year working in the for-profit guide world, Pat returned to Western IL to pursue a M.S. in Recreation. While there, he served as the Graduate Assistant for the Horne Field Challenge Course. Pat holds certifications in Wilderness Medicine and with the American Canoe Association. In his spare time, Pat enjoys taking his dog for runs and pursuing his new passion of mountain biking.

Certifications, Trainings, and Organizational Memberships:

  • WMA, Wilderness First Responder
  • Professional Climbing Instructors' Association, Climbing Wall Instructor
  • American Canoe Association, L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor
  • Member of ACA, PCIA

Departmental Email: outdoors@luc.edu