Mo Kappes

Position title: ALPs Advisor / Experiential Education Specialist


Phone: 608-262-1666

Areas of Specialty:


Academic background:

BA Psychology, College of William and Mary; Master’s in Education with a focus in Experiential Education, Ferris State University

Areas of interest:

Outdoor activities (canoeing, camping, backpacking); team sports (ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer); outdoor education (challenge courses, wilderness tripping); spoken word/slam poetry; just about any sporting event on TV; dancing; good friends

Personal biography:

I was born in Milwaukee, WI and moved to Virginia at the age of 9 when my parents purchased a campground in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I went to William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA for 4 years and upon graduation, moved to CO to work at Keystone ski resort and went skiing as much as I could.  Between winter seasons, I worked for the US Forest Service and was trained as a wild land firefighter.  I was introduced to outdoor education and the profound effect it can have on people when I worked as a counselor and trip leader one summer at Camp Manito-wish YMCA in Boulder Junction, WI.  This experience propelled me into the world of outdoor education and I spent the next 15 years working for various outdoor organizations in the Northeast and Wisconsin.  I landed back in Madison when I got a job with the SPRITE program, an adventure-based early release program for adjudicated males in Oregon, WI.  During my tenure there, I returned to school at Ferris State University to get my Masters in Education.  After a brief stint at Rutabaga, the paddlesport shop, I am so excited to join the wonderful group of students that are ALPs and the staff at CfLI.

Favorite quotes:

“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for.”            John A. Shedd

“A leader is best when people barely know that he exists.  Not so good when people obey and acclaim him; worse when they despise him.  ‘Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.’  But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say ‘We did this ourselves.’”            Lao-Tzu

“So why do we do it?
What good is it?
Does it teach you anything?
Like determination? Invention? Improvisation? Foresight? Hindsight? Love? Art? Music? Religion?
Strength or patience or accuracy or quickness or tolerance or which wood will burn and how long is a day and how far is a mile
And how delicious is water and smoky green pea soup?
And how to rely
On your
Self?”           Terry and Renny Russell

What every student should know about the UW-Madison campus?

There are so many opportunities and ways to get involved on campus.  There is truly something for everyone and, if for some reason there isn’t, you have the opportunity to create it.  And the campus is beautiful—you can’t beat being on the lake!