Andrew Bobilya, Parks and Recreation Management, gave three presentations at the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education conference in Atlanta, GA on November 18-20. He presented a research paper titled “A Qualitative Analysis of Participant Learning and Growth Using a New Outward Bound Outcomes Instrument.” He also presented two educational sessions titled “Nurturing the Spirit in Our Staff and Participants: Spirituality and Outdoor Adventure Programming” and “Should wilderness program staff always accompany their participants? Three views.”
Annabell Plush (Parks and Recreation Management, ’14), published an article on Canoe & Kayak titled “Five Reasons to Get Kids in Kayaks.” The article describes benefits observed from teaching kids to kayak and unplug from electronic technology.
Patrons of the Waynesville center of LifeSpan Services, a disabilities assistance nonprofit group serving North Carolina, came to campus to take part in fun and fulfillment by participating in games and activities created by 45 students taking a class taught by Ellen Sigler, professor of psychology. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.
Chena Flood, director of the Office of Field Experiences, received a scholarship to attend the Higher Education Leadership Institute at Livingstone College on December 13 – 16, 2015. The Institute and scholarship are sponsored by The Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.). H.E.L.F. strives to develop leaders by exposing them to innovative ideas, experienced and successful leaders, and expert administrators from across the country.
Debby Singleton, and Andrew Bobilya, faculty in parks and recreation management, presented at the 23rd Annual Adventure Education Conference held at Southwestern CC on November 13. Singleton presented “What’s SUP,” a workshop on how to start a stand up paddling program. Bobilya co-presented a workshop titled “Should Wilderness Program Staff Always Accompany Their Students: Three Views.”