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W&L Junior Selected as Merrell College Ambassador

Lenny Enkhbold, a junior at Washington and Lee University, from Fairfax, Virginia, who leads pre-orientation Appalachian Adventure trips and organizes climbing, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and other campus Outing Club trips, has been selected one of 13 founding members of the Merrell College Ambassadors program from colleges around the country.

Sponsored by Merrell, an outdoor apparel and footwear company, and Outdoor Nation, a non-profit organization “dedicated to reconnecting millennials with the outdoors,” the ambassadors will develop and implement a semester-long strategy to engage their campuses and communities in outdoor recreation. Each ambassador is asked to motivate, mobilize and engage at least 200 peers, especially those new to outdoor activities, in regular outdoor recreation experiences.

“Nature does not and will not slow down or speed up for anyone, nature simply just is,” Enkhbold said when asked about his goal as a Merrell College Ambassador. “It is then our prerogative that we match the pace of nature and experience it as such.”

A member of the Outing Club Key Staff, Enkhbold reports that his favorite outdoor activities include kayaking, rafting and fire-jumping, and he belongs to W&L’s CRUX climbing team. A German and computer science major and philosophy minor, Enkhbold serves as treasurer of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and as co-president of the German Club. A Quest Scholar, he received the German Department Award as a first-year.