Community Retreat at Rocky Gap 2010

PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP is pleased to announce the
2010 Community Building Retreat

at the Rocky Gap Conference Center in Cumberland, Maryland. Please stay tuned to this site for all updates and announcements.

The dates for the retreat are FRIDAY: Feb. 26 - SUNDAY, Feb. 28, 2010

The retreat will be held at the Rocky Gap Conference Center in Cumberland Maryland. 
We will board buses at the Administration Building on UMBC's campus at 3 PM on Friday, 2/26
 and will return to the same place on Sunday, 2/28 by 3 PM.
All meals, transportation, and activities are included as part of the retreat.  Application information and materials can be found below.

About Rocky Gap:

Join the BLOG:

All participants in the Community Building Retreat will be asked to blog about your experiences. We will ask you to upload your thoughts, comments, photos, and videos.  While many students may upload photos on Facebook or on other online networks, we ask that you consider mirroring your photo logs on the blog.

Each PROMISE Retreat contains a Dissertation House Component. The application for the Dissertation House is included in the application below. For general information about the Dissertation House, see:
The Dissertation House originated at the 2005 PROMISE Community Building Retreat at the Coolfont Conference Center in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
Students who are approaching graduation within the next 6-8 months, who have participated in PROMISE or DH events in the past, or who have established meetings and office hours with the Dissertation Coach are provided with the opportunity to participate and have primary access to the available slots.

Our Outward Bound Professionally trained LEAD FACILITATOR will be Craig Imler. Craig works with Terra Trax Teambuilding out of Arizona.

About Craig Imler: (Lead Facilitator)

Former Marketing Director of Professional Development Programs for Outward Bound (14 years of experience)

Education & Training: Southern Illinois University (B.S.), Harvard University (Master's Degree - School Improvement and Organizational Development), Michigan State University (Doctoral work)

Developed professional training for:
The World Bank; U. of Maryland Executive Development Programs, Project Management College, and other training organizations;
Corporations: Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Black & Decker, State Farm, Xerox, AOL, Mobil, Wachovia, Vanguard, Securitas Capital, Wyeth, Martin Guitar, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and others.

Created the largest corporate training center for Outward Bound nationally.

Worked with:
- Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound
- Harvard-Outward Bound Project, Cambridge, Mass.
- Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

*Facilitated group effectiveness, communication skills, and taught sailing, seamanship, rock climbing,
ropes courses, and outdoor skills.

DIVEMASTER, Smithsonian Institution/Harbor Branch Marine Foundation; Supervised all research diving activities in blue holes and caverns to study deep-water marine algae in joint expedition to Belize.

Other members of the team include: Gary Tublin, Lynne Lindsey, Jodey Dance, Daryl Pollard, Eric Johnson, and Lisa Harper.
Many of these outdoor skills professionals have worked with PROMISE during past retreats. We are pleased that they are joining us again!

Important Background Information


The Application

Fill out the application in the attachment below.  Details will be updated using this site, the PROMISE Twitter Site:, and the PROMISE Facebook site:!/event.php?eid=306513740615&ref=mf.  If you are on Facebook, once you have completed the application, please let us know by noting your "RSVP" on the above Facebook site.

Please note that this year's application includes a request for your resume or CV. If you have both, we would prefer to have your complete CV.  If you are planning to apply for the Dissertation House, you must answer all questions including the additional six questions for the Dissertation House which can be found on page 4 of the application. 

You will receive responses regarding the retreat from  If your spam filter blocks gmail, please be sure to check for any emails related to the retreat from or related to posting on the promisecommunitybuilding blog.
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