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Michael Dinan

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Michael Dinan received his B.S. in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a M.S. Ed and a C.A.S. in Counseling from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Upon completion of his M.S. he worked in adventure/wilderness therapy programs as counselor, guide and program coordinator and as a K-8 school counselor before joining Clarkson in September of ’11. His work as a therapeutic counselor involved leading extended wilderness trips with adjudicated youth in Utah and New York. A licensed New York state guide since 1998, Michael has lead hundreds of people on white-water rafting trips on the Hudson River, canoeing, backpacking and skiing trips throughout the Adirondack State park. Before moving to the St. Lawrence Valley he lived and worked as a guide and carpenter in Keene Valley, NY.
 
Michael is currently the Program Coordinator for the Adirondack Semester. He teaches the first class attended by Adirondack Semester students during the Adirondack Semester, familiarizing them with the demographics and policies of the Adirondack Park’s towns, agencies and organizations. Throughout this course and throughout the semester, Michael leads students on white-water rafting trips, mountain expeditions and canoe outings designed to build rapport and help them better realize how recreation and tourism fit into the grand scheme of things in the Adirondack Park.

Courses Taught:
Therapeutic Recreation
Adirondack Orientation: A Sense of Place
Michael Dinan

Quick Facts:
 
Hometown:
Suffern, New York
 
Education:
M.S. Ed. And C.A.S. SUNY Plattsburgh
B.S. SUNY New Paltz
 
Hobbies/joys:
Backpacking, skiing of every variety, softball, racquetball, cycling, motorcycling, playing drums, guiding in the Adirondacks, and spending time with his sons.