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The Great Outdoors

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S: AmeriCorps NCCC Volume 1

BC: Teri Jacobs Sun Four AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region Class XVII 2010-2011 Volume 1


1: AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region Class 17 | Teri's Team Jobs Service Learning Initiator Yearbook Representative

2: 1. Denver, Colorado 2. Boulder, Colorado 3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 4. Marble Canyon, Arizona 5. Joplin, Missouri | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

3: Sun 4 | Shuffle Sun 1 | My closest friends on campus | CTI: Denver, CO | Round 1: Open Space Mountain Parks, Boulder, CO | Round 2: Rebuilding Together, Oklahoma City, OK | Round 3: Grand Canyon Trust, Marble Canyon, AZ | Round 4: Marycrest Assisted Living, Denver, CO | Disaster: Joplin, MO | 1. | 2. | 3. | 4. | 1. | 5.

6: Snow covered Rocky Mountains | Sun Unit trip to Boulder | Sarah, Me, Angie and Na in Rocky Mountain National Park | Rocky Mountain National Park

7: RMNT | Exploring the beauty surrounding Denver | Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado | Hanging out on the streets of Boulder

8: University of Colorado Football Game | Teri and Ana | Chris, Scott and David

9: Coors Brewery Tour | Lauren, Mary and Chris, Me, Molly and David sample Coors Beers after the tour

10: Claire O'Neil, Teri, Pat and Kate Robbins | Danielle Wohlenberg, Stephen, Teri and Ken Mullins

11: Lotus Fillmore Auditorium | Tea Leaf Green \ | Bluebird Theater | With my good friend Pat Sanady | With my roommate, Ali

12: Ken, Danielle, Mario, Vinny Fiorentino, Claire, Stephen and I, walked down the street and went bowling at Crown Lanes Bowling Center

13: My Great Roommate Ali Trovillion | Unfortunately Ali left the NCCC after only one week. It just wasn't for her. But, the one week we had together was great. Our New Jersey upbringing bonded us together and we couldn't have gotten along better! Above is the bracelet Ali gave me before she left. I wore it for over a year.

14: Butterfly Pavilion | Denver Parks and Recreation | Independent Service Projects (ISP) in Denver | AmeriCorps NCCC members must complete eighty ISP hours with different non-profit organizations in order to graduate

15: Denver Zoo | Free Entry Day at the | Stephen and I explored the zoo together

18: CTI Corps Training Institute

19: HALLOWEEN | Stephen, Emily Vinny and Me at Club Vinyl | After the NCCC Party in the Cafeteria, Pat, Margaret, Me, Claire, Mary and Dom behind celebrate Halloween at our favorite bar, 4G's | Carly Anderson is a Bee and I am a Zebra | Club Vinyl Costume Contest

20: SUN 4 | Finding Out Permanent Teams | Team Leader: TK Keith Christina 'Na' Bierdeman Precious Cooley Clinton Cox David Hecht Scott Held Teri Jacobs Jade Knapke Ana Ledesma Chris McIndoo Mary Shaefer | Sun Unit We were blind folded and the team leaders shuffled us around for twenty minutes before putting us into a van, driving around aimlessly and then finally, revealing our team and team leader

21: Our first day together as a team, Sun 4 went for a hike at Golden Gate Park

22: Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks | Round 1 | November 15 to December 16, 2010 | Sponsor: Kristin Weinberger | Ana and I trying on the extra extra large Carhartt Snow Overalls the NCCC sent us. It was hysterical how huge every pair was. Trying them on for fun was the only time they left the box. | Our spike housing: The 'AmeriMansion'

23: Building a rock wall with OSMP Hydrologist, Bob Crifasi | Dragging branches to the wood chipper | Trimming the trees that hang over into the ditch with Emily from OSMP

24: Friday Night at Absinthe Bar

25: Adventures in Boulder, Colorado | We toured the Redstone Meadery | Celebrating Hanukkah on Pearl Street | Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art

27: Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour | Service Learning

28: "Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz

29: Lauren DeBlasi cooked a terrific Thanksgiving Feast for Sun One and Sun Four | Thanksgiving in Jamestown, CO with Sun One at their home and work place, Cal-Wood Education Center | Playing some Thanksgiving Blackjack | The table set for everyone

30: OSMP Lunch Breaks

31: When we got off the ski lift we were above the tree line! | Skiing at Loveland Ski Area in the Colorado Rockies with Lauren DeBlasi from Sun One

32: Sun One with Kristin and the FEMP Crew after a long day dragging Ponderosa Pine Trees to the wood-chipper


34: During Sun Four's time with Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, sponsor, Kristin set up many Service Learning opportunities where we learned about the extensive ditch systems in Boulder, the ecology of the region, and went on countless beautiful hikes. Since I was the teams Service Learning Initiator (SLI), she made my job very easy!


36: Home for the Holidays | At home in New Jersey for the Holidays | Philadelphia EAGLES | ny GIANTS | vs. | ny | GIANTS

37: The Giants were winning 31-10 with 8:23 to go. But the Eagles and Michael Vick (above) came out of nowhere to win the game 38-31. What an upset!

38: Tyler Visits Me in New Jersey | Tyler's flight from Wisconsin to NJ was canceled along with all flights in and out of all north east airports, because of a huge snow storm. The photo above shows the height of the snow, the day Tyler was scheduled to fly in. So, he boarded a Greyhound in Chicago and spent seventeen hours on the bus to NJ. | Tyler enjoys a real bagel on the train into the city. | The Holiday Windows at Lord and Taylor's

39: While in the city we went to Rockefeller Center and saw the big Christmas Tree and we saw a Broadway Musical with my parents. Back in NJ, we saw the Devils loose to the Rangers at the Prudential Center.

40: Stowe, Vermont

41: Annual ski trip New Years weekend with Anne, Katie, Laura, Leslie and this year, Tyler. We stayed at Leslie's Grandma Jane's summerhouse

42: New Years Eve 2011 Stowe, Vermont | Anne, Leslie, Tyler, Me, Katie Jill and Laura

43: The Rusty Nail NYE 2011 | Pre-gaming in the van in the Rusty Nail parking lot. Classy.

44: Back in Denver for Transition Week #2...

45: DENVER AVALANCHE | Stephen, Patrick, and I went to the Pepsi Center and watched the Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres. Mary was also there, cheering for the Sabres

46: SPIKE TRAVEL | Sun Four on route to Oklahoma City | Sun 4 stopped in Kansas to see the Giant Easel before staying the night in Salina, Kansas

47: Rebuilding lives and neighborhoods...making homes safe, warm, and dry, for low-income senior citizens in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. | January 10 - March 4, 2011 Sponsor: Jonathan Merrick | ROUND 2 Rebuilding Together OKC | In the RBTOKC warehouse painting signs

48: Ms.Shannon's House | Ms. Frances Shannon 123 Main Street Oklahoma City, OK 73102

49: Blower Door Test | To test the airflow............... inside the house. When ............ the Blower Door fan is turned.......... on, we walk around the house......... and look for area's that we .......... feel air coming in. These places are exposed to the outdoors and it is our job to patch them up to prevent the air from getting in the house.

51: Before | After | The Holland's House | Jonathan teaches Sun 4 how to install drywall | Before | After

52: Building a new wall for Ms. Jones | Original Wall | We knocked it down and rebuilt the foundation | Installed plywood, insulation and drywall on the inside. Then, installed a window and finished the outside with vinyl siding. | Precious | Na and Mary | Teri | Jonathan

53: Putting drywall up on the ceiling, cleaning the bathroom and replacing the door at The Terry's | Mary Caulking | TK relaxing while Na and I install the new door

54: Sun 4 helped build a 100-foot ramp for a local church with other RBTOKC volunteers

55: ISP's | Child Share Oklahoma City | Regional Food Bank OKC | Multiple Sclerosis Society | Teen EmPower

56: Met the OKC Barons Hockey Team at Bricktown Brewery. Posing with new friends Glenna and Amanda and Baron's players, Alexandre Giroux and Matt Marquardt | Mary and I saw bluegrass band Cherry Creek with the Oklahoma Philharmonic | Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Store | On Friday, January 13th, the first night we went out in Oklahoma City, all the girls from Sun Four went to the Plaza District’s, ‘Second Friday’ arts event. Valerie, the Executive Director of RBTOKC, told us about it and mentioned that Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of The Flaming Lips, lives in the Plaza and is often there. While eating chili at a realtor’s office in the Plaza District, I asked the girls if they thought we would see Wayne while in OKC. As I finished asking, I looked out the window and sure enough, I saw someone with big hair who looked a lot like Wayne Coyne walk by! | Na, who had been shopping alone, recognized the guy who walked past the window because she had seen him earlier in the night. She was in a store shopping when he walked in and everyone else in the shop welcomed him and wished him a happy birthday. She didn’t know who he was but she presumed that he was someone important. When we got home, | we looked online and sure enough, Wayne Coyne was born on January 13th! It was super cool that we got to see one of Oklahoma City’s most famous residents! | Local Norman 'jamtronica' band MONTU at Kamp's Deli and Market

57: Matt Stell Band and me | Two-stepping! | Me, Lauren and Joel (from Sun 1) | Ana and I sitting at the bar on Wormy Dogs' saddle bar stools | Mary and I playing dress up in the funky shops in the Plaza | Wormy Dogs in Bricktown | 'Second Friday' in the Plaza District

58: MLK Day 2011 | Mr. Cochran's House | Before | After

59: University of Oklahoma | Woman's Basketball

60: Scott and I show off our wall that we made. We put up drywall and framed the opening with wood boards. | Jade and Ana install drywall on the ceiling. | Clinton, Precious and Mary install drywall

61: The Higgins House | Getting it ready for the OKC Thunder basketball team to work on | Chris and Clinton mix the compound which is used to level the ground before installing vinyl flooring

62: Valentines Day

63: Party in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Sun 7 and Fire 2's Community Center Home with Sun 4 and Sun 1

64: Mr. Bookout's House | Jonathan teaching us how to replace a broken window pain | Before | After

65: OKC THUNDER | Thunder Superstar, Kevin Durant #35

66: National Cowboy & Western | Heritage Museum | Sun Four with Museum Tour Guide and RBTOKC AmeriCorps Member, Shawn James

67: Oklahoma National Stockyards


69: Ms. Blewitt's House

70: EPA Lead Renovator Certification Class | Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

71: POPS | With over 600 different soda pops to choose from!

73: Dinner at Nonna's in Bricktown | Tyler's Visit to Oklahoma City | We found Wayne Coyne's house in the Plaza District

74: Ms. Dorothy Ellis' AKA Ms. Blues | After working on her house for over a week, rebuilding walls, tearing up the kitchen | Sun Four posed in front of Hilda, Jonathan's truck, with full time volunteer Pete and RBTOKC employee, Jean.

75: floor and replacing windows, we got to see her perform at Nonna's Bar downtown. | her band. After working on her house for a week, Sun Four went to Nonna's to meet Ms. Ellis and see her perform. Mary and I pose with Ms. Ellis after her set. | Ms.Blues started her night in her hotel room that she was staying at while RBTOKC renovated her house. She was surprised with a limo and camera crew and the opportunity to perform at Nonna's Restaurant with

76: Sun Four met in the RBTOKC office every morning before starting work

78: Back to Denver... | Spike Travel | Goodbye OKC I'll miss you!


81: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing

82: Shuffle Sun One | Round 3 Grand Canyon Trust Sponsor: Emily Thompson March 14 - May 13, 2011 | TL: Cody Bauman

83: Spike Travel | We stopped at Arches National Park on the way to Marble Canyon, Arizona

84: Two-Mile

85: Ranch

86: Joshua teaches us how to navigate a map with a GPS

87: GCT: Orientation and Skills Training | Lead by Volunteer Coordinators: Joshua Porter Emily Thompson | Steven discusses the trail with Kate (a GCT's volunteer leader) | Kate helps us out at the Maze trail for a few days. | Emily listens and learns with us as Joshua explains how to build a barbed wire fence | in the morning snow.

88: Two Mile Ranch Headquarters | Buckskin Gulch Trailhead | Stateline Campground | Condor Viewing Site | Lee's Ferry | Town of Marble Canyon | Kane Ranch | Navajo Bridge | Town of Cliff Dwellers

89: Kane | Marble Canyon, Arizona | Ranch | Population: 663 | Elevation: 3,573 feet

90: Sun 1 Built the Maze | We worked in all sorts of weather conditions. Including heat, snow and even hail!

91: TRAIL To Ancient Petroglyphs | A few of the rock steps that I built on the Maze Trail

92: Stateline Campground | Maze Trail | Paria Plateau | Cooking Dinner

93: “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~Rosalia de Castro | While making the Maze Trail, Shuffle Sun One lived at the Stateline Campground | Playing Hacky Sack | After getting snowed, rained and hailed on while working on the Maze Trail, we hung our wet clothing on the Gazebo, our only permanent structure | Spending evenings playing games and hanging out around the fire

94: Lake | Some of our kites got a bit tangled and refused to separate from each other

95: Shuffle Sun 1 flies our kites proudly. Thanks Cody for buying us all kites! | Powell

96: Fencing Work at Kane Ranch | With the Vermillion Cliffs as the backdrop | Adjusting the bottom wire so the Pronghorn Antelope can crawl underneath unharmed

97: AGGIDY AGGIDY! | Kane Ranch Cowboy Justin Jones

98: Shuffle Sun One: Nick Connoley, Steven Delsuc, Amanda Smith, Scott Busby, Molly Dever, David Hecht, Jake Lucas, Elise Bucher, Team Leader Cody Bauman and Me at the top of Angels Landing Trail

99: Zion | March 20, 2011 | National | Park

100: Cody and Elise went to check-in to the Rodeway Inn at 3:00pm but it took until 6:00pm to get a clean room with two beds. The woman at the desk was adamant about only allowing four guests to sleep in the room. She eventually left us alone and we were able to shower. Only four people slept in the room but eight of us showered. At 8:00pm she called up to the room and I answered. She accused me of allowing two people to shower who were not spending the night. She told me that the two people who showered needed to go to the office and pay $10 each for the showers. | If she did not get $20 in ten minutes, she threatened to call the police. In an attempt to avoid the police, Scott and I went downstairs with money in hand. As soon as we walked in to the office this lady started yelling at us and threatening to call the police. I asked as calmly as possible if I could see in writing, the $10 per shower policy. She responded in broken English, shouting, “that's my policy, you give me the money, you're trespassing, I’m telling you to pay for the shower, I’m calling the police.” As she went to the phone I threw the $20 bill at her so she wouldn't call the police. Instead of | accepting it and thanking me, she continued to rant and then called the police anyway. Scott called her a bitch and I walked out furious. The police came and went, with only four people in the room when they arrived, we were doing nothing wrong. The officers offered there apologizes for the situation we were in. Realizing I never got a receipt, Cody and I went back to get a receipt. Cody spent twenty minutes asking to see the shower policy. She was calm and never raised her voice. The lady responded to Cody’s calm nature by screaming in her face, never giving us close to a response to the question I could | not take this woman any longer. As I walked out of the office I stuck my middle finger up and yelled, “Fuck you!” to her! What a crazy bitch! Steven, Cody, Scott, Molly and I slept in the van in the Wal-Mart parking lot.



103: Helping Andy Clean Up the Ranch at Two-Mile

104: Shuffle Sun 1 built barbed wire fences and gates on the Paria Plateau to prevent recreators from off-roading

105: Kane Ranch Cowboy Justin Jones taught us the ropes

106: Tyler and I on the Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River, with the Vermilion Cliffs in the background | Tyler drove from Las Vegas to visit me

107: Our Night in KENAB, UTAH | Tyler sleeping on the beach at Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River | At Little Hollywood Movie Museum at Frontier Movie Town. We saw Western movie sets that were filmed in Kenab.

108: Since there was always cell phone service, talking on the phone occurred anywhere and everywhere in civilization | How Homeless People Function in Society | The Wal-Mart parking lot acted as our formal dining room while we enjoyed eating lunch under a tree | We rarely did laundry in the Marble Canyon Laundromat | Elise charging her computer in the McDonalds closet | An outlet and Internet was what we all wanted. The Marble Canyon Laundromat suited our needs, that is, when the Internet was working.

110: The Barn at the AmeriMansion

111: 4G's- Mexican Bar and Restaurant conveniently located across the street from CHU. A popular hang out for Corps Members AmeriMansion - Name given to refer to the huge house we lived in while working for OSMP. With over six bedrooms and three bathrooms, it was very luxurious NCCC living ATD - Assistant to the driver BDU - Battle Dress Uniform (pants) BLM - Bureau of Land management CC - Conservation Corps CHU- Colorado Heights University CTI - Corps Training Institute EPA - Environmental Protection Agency FEMP Crew - Forest Ecosystem Management Plan Crew GCT - Grand Canyon Trust Govie - Government fifteen passenger van and also name used when referring to team leader's government issued cell phones GPS - Global Positioning System ISP - Independent Service Project MRE - Meal Ready to Eat MSSU - Missouri Southern State University NCCC - National Civilian Community Corps | N-Trips - Nickname for NCCC OKC - Oklahoma City OSMP - City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Paria Plateau - Pronounce Pareea (/p ' ri: /) PPE - Personal Protective Equipment RBTOKC - Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City RMNP - Rocky Mountain National Park Re-Vegging - taking plants from one area and replanting in new location to camouflage road SLI - Service Learning Initiator Spike - Project that requires temporary housing because it is too far from campus to commute. Spike housing includes camping, schools, community centers, apartments etc. Spike Travel - Allotted time for team to drive to and from project location TL - Team Leader Unit - The Southwest Region of the NCCC is broken down into four units, Earth, Fire, Sun and Water. VRC - Volunteer Reception Center | e | GLOSSARY | of common NCCC terms | e | e

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