Professor, son, and alumnus support Great Smoky Mountains National Park Event

Tholkes GSMNPBen Tholkes, associate professor of parks and recreation management, along with his son Landon, assisted with traffic control for the annual Women’s Work Festival at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They were joined by Ranger Will Butler, an alumnus of the PRM program.

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Menickelli wins innovation grant; disc golf book announced

Justin_Menickelli_headshotJustin Menickelli, health and physical education, received a mini-grant of $500 from the Professional Disc Golf Association on July 2, and has accepted an offer from Triumph Books in Chicago, Illinois, to publish his work, “The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf.” For more information, see the article in The Reporter.

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EdD Alumnae named Associate Dean of Students at Virginia College

EdDMargaret “Meg” Dutnell, a 2014 graduate of the EdD program, has been named the associate dean of students at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. For more information, see the original press release.

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Winter Selected for State-wide BRIDGES Program

Kim WinterKim Winter, associate dean of the college, was selected as one of 36 women state-wide to participate in the BRIDGES program out of UNC’s Friday Center. BRIDGES is an intensive professional development program for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women identify, understand, and move into leadership roles in the academy.

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Rocket to Creativity Inspires Local Kids

Rocket to CreativityThe 13th annual Rocket to Creativity, a camp for rising 2nd through rising 9th graders, was held in the Killian building from June 22-26. Students exercised their creativity on problems from fashion to Lego animation to building contraptions. The camp serves as the field experience component of the AIG add-on license program.

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Program Changes Name to Higher Education Student Affairs

MED HESAThe College Student Personnel (M.Ed.) program recently completed an external review in which one of many recommendations was to change the program name.  With the help of Drs. Perry and Hilton and the support of the college administration, the program is now termed the Higher Education Student Affairs (M.Ed.) program. This is in line with current academic programs in the field throughout the country.

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