Emmaline Heckmann

Emmaline Heckmann

Hometown: Austin, TX

Bio: My name is Emmaline and I am a Biology major with a Psychology minor. I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, rock climbing, playing with my black lab, Kaiva, and things of that nature. I am originally from Austin, I love art, and my favorite color is yellow.

James Franklin

James Franklin

Hometown: Colorado

Bio: My Name is James and I'm a Business major in my junior year. I've lived most of my life in Texas, but I was born in Colorado. I love climbing, camping and pretty much anything else outdoors. I recently discovered slacklining and hope to start a campus organization for it in the near future. If you see me on campus feel free to say what's up.

Jordan Kincheloe

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Bio: Salutations! My name is Jordan. I am currently working towards my BFA in Photography. I am very involved in the Outdoors, with interests in backpacking, climbing, and anything involving a campfire or grill. I am also part of many intramural teams here on campus, since I’ve played sports all of my life. I am a member of the Club Baseball team at Sam as well. In my spare time I enjoy browsing the interwebz and jelly-fishing. I also enjoy eating lots of food. Thank you for your time and farewell.

Juan Bonilla
Rockwall Manager

Hometown: Houston, TX

Bio: My name is Juan and I’m a junior majoring in Kinesiology with a double minor in Health and Chemistry. I enjoy down time with my dog, climbing, the occasional video game, long walks on the beach and just having a good time with good peeps. I’m the Rockwall Manager for Outdoors. I plan on getting a career in the Outdoors Industry and staying in the collegiate setting in hopes of exposing more people to the Outdoors. A little more about myself, I would rather be Godzilla than King Kong because I could lay eggs and have dinosaur babies. :D And thanks for stopping by.

Kristyn Olsen

Hometown: Atascocita, TX

Bio: Hey! My name is Kristyn and I'm from Atascocita, TX. I am currently a sophomore here at SHSU majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. My passion is tumbling and I was a cheerleader for 9 years but have since changed my dreams to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon. In my spare time I love to go out to the cable park at Betsy Creek in Riverside and wakeboard with the rest of the SHSU wakeboard club. I love to play beach volleyball poolside and hangout with friends. I'm obsessed with mermaids and smurfs and I would trade my life to be a mermaid any day because they're just awesome! Come up and say hey if you ever see me around!


Kyle Kubeczka

Hometown: Brenham, TX

Bio: Hi, my name is Kyle. I am from Brenham, Texas. I am majoring in Biology. I like to spend my down time outdoors whether it be at the skate park or playing with my dog. I enjoy things that make you think outside of the box.

Mairead O'Hara
Outdoors Marketing Manager

Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX

Bio: My name is Mairead, but you can call me Molly! I am a Criminal Justice and Spanish major with a minor in Psychology. I’m the Outdoors Marketing Manager, and working for Outdoors has been my most rewarding experience since coming to Sam. Working for this program, I get to watch people become passionate about the world around us and help people become involved on campus. I like two-stepping, and really anything outdoorsy. I also volunteer at St. Thomas Catholic Church and help teach CCE classes. Please feel free to say “hey” to me if you see me on campus, or just anywhere!

Nick Reed

Nick Reed

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Bio: My name is Nicholas and I am a Political Science major in my junior year. I’m from Dallas, Texas. Growing up, I did a lot of camping and was a part of Boy Scouts. I have always enjoyed the outdoors. I’m involved with Young Life and Hapkido on campus.


Seth Fry

Hometown: Bryan, TX

Bio: Howdy, Seth Fry's the name! I'm from Bryan, TX and I am a Senior Communication Studies student. Outside of school I spend the year in a migratory pattern from wakeboarding and fishing on lakes across Texas during the Summer, to hunting in the Fall, and finding my way up to the Rockies for some snowboarding in the winter. I dream to one day live on a houseboat or near a mountain so every day can be an adventure. At the moment I also spend a lot of my time at the BSM where I am on the leadership team. Let's go get totally tubular or track down some animals sometime. Climb on!

Tayler Boisen

Hometown: Sugarland, TX

Bio: My name is Tayler, and I’m from Sugarland, Texas. I’m a junior at Sam majoring in History with a minor in Art History and Arabic. I’m an artist and a black belt in Taekwondo. I skim board, whether it’s on the beach or the intramural fields when it floods, and I love to climb and read. I have an awesome one year old Australian Shepherd puppy named Töla, that I play with in my free time. Now you stay classy, Sam Houston.


Veronica Salazar

Hometown: N/A

Bio: My name is Veronica, but friends call me Vero. I am a sophomore majoring in History with a minor in English and Education. I like swimming and hanging out at the beach. Basically anything that involves me being in the water makes me happy. I also like climbing and going on outdoor trips. I love turtles and my favorite color is red.

Kat Kuczaj
Traditions Camp and Outdoor Coordinator

Hometown: Waxahachie, TX

Bio: Hello. My name is Kat, and I am the Traditions Camp and Outdoor Coordinator here at Sam. I recently graduated with my Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from SHSU, and received my Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Science, with a minor in Photography, from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I love my job, and enjoy spending time outside with friends and loved ones. I especially enjoy cooking and coming up with new and delicious recipes to take out into the backcountry. A majority of the time you will find me with a good cup of coffee in hand, or behind the lens of a camera.


Patrick Spencer
University Camp Supervisor

Hometown: Abilene, TX

Bio: Patrick was a Horticulture major here at Sam. He is a person who is genuinely interested in the outdoors, and loves to get out as much as he can. He's raced mountain bikes, paddled Texas whitewater (he nailed a 10 foot drop once), and has climbed the pink granite of central Texas. He has also climbed and backpacked extensively in Southern Arizona where he lived before returning to Sam. He lives on site at University Camp along the Trinity River.


Chris Mahlen
Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation

Hometown: Ft. Worth, TX

Bio: Chris joined SHSU Outdoors in the summer of 2008. He earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Baylor University and a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Julie have lived in Huntsville with their two boys Drew and Cade since 1997. Chris is a Wilderness First Responder and has been leading outdoor trips since 1998. He was also a traditional three event collegiate waterski competitor while at Baylor. He enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, canoeing, snow skiing, camping and fly fishing.


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