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Why did Kurt Thurmaier climb the mountain? Certainly not solely because it was there.
Earlier this year, Thurmaier and 11 other climbing volunteers, including NIU alumni Ben Peterson and Mark Biernacki, reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. To be sure, it was an exhilarating experience.
But as you’ll discover in the accompanying video, Thurmaier, who leads an NIU study abroad program to Tanzania and founded a non-profit organization there, had a higher purpose.
Thurmaier serves as chair of NIU’s highly ranked Department of Public Administration within the School of Public and Global Affairs. This was actually his second trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak.