December Staff Spotlight

Keith Crawford Sets a Course for Adventure!

Who wouldn’t love a job where you can plan outdoor adventure trips by day and attend them by night? Keith Crawford, staff member in Associated Students’ popular Adventure Outings (AO) department, does just that. For the last three years as assistant coordinator for AO, Keith has managed the day-to-day office operations, the backcountry yurt program, trip marketing and public relations, vehicles and trailers, special events, permits, and the Wildcat Wilderness Orientation program. In addition to all of that, he works with up to 40 student staff and interns. 


So, does he actually have time to go on any of the amazing trips he plans? Sometimes, though AO prefers most trips to be led by student staff since a key program goal is leadership development.  So far, Keith said, his favorite trip has been the Yosemite backpacking trip in summer 2013.  In the future, Keith is looking forward to joining in on the popular Lost Coast backpack trip.  The next trip is scheduled for spring break 2015, with people already asking for registration availability.


Born and raised in North Carolina until accepting his Adventure Outings position and moving to Chico, Keith completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University before earning his master’s degree at Appalachian State University. During that time, Keith worked for both the North Carolina Outward Bound School and the National Outdoor Leadership School. 


Besides the pleasure of being able to ride his bike to work every day, for Keith, the best part of working at Chico State is watching the students “find their place” on campus, adding that he “remembers finding his own place” and how “important it was for his development.” 


Keith’s Favorite Quote 
“It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions—indoctrination is of the devil—but it is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences.”  –Kurt Hahn