The Parks and Recreation Management program was recently represented at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Biennial Research Symposium by Andrew Bobilya and Glenn Middleton. Dr. Bobilya co-presented papers on Semester Boarding School Student’s Biophilic Expressions, Parent Motivations for Sending Their Children to Summer Camp, and Closing the Loop: A Multi-Year Study of How to Best Measure Change Following Participation in an Outward Bound Course. The symposium is hosted by Indiana University at their Bradford Woods conference center.
The Parks and Recreation Management faculty held an all day retreat at the US Forest Service Oconaluftee Job Corps. They met with the center director, residential living and recreation staff to strategize ways in which WCU students can integrate class projects and internships at their site. WCU signed an articulation agreement with the job corps last year to formalize this partnership.
Dr. Phyllis Robertson and WCU Counseling alumni Laura Lindsey and Beth Lindsey published an manuscript titled “Expressive Arts and Mindfulness: Aiding Adolescents in Understanding and Managing Their Stress” in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health describing the outcomes of group work with sixth grade students. The study found that expressive arts and mindfulness practice reduced stress and anxiety an levels after 6 group meetings.
HESA students attended the NCCPA/NCHO Joint Conference in Asheville, North Carolina in November. The conference theme was “changing seasons, changing lives” and focused on racial and social justice. NCCPA has developed a strategic imperative for decolonization and racial justice fellowship as a way to operationalize and actualize the intent of the international imperative and involve faculty, staff, and students in the comprehensive progression towards social justice. WCU/HESA had more representation than any other institution/program.
Lee Nickles, director of assessment and technology, has published a journal article on themes in the literature for starting a new distance program in higher education. The article titled, “Initializing an online program: Ten themes from the literature,” was published in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. The article can be viewed online: http://itdl.org/Journal/Jul_17/Jul17.pdf
Dr. Kelly Kelley, Associate Professor of Inclusive and Special Education in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning and co-director of the University’s University Participant Program, is the recipient of the Leadership in Higher Education Award at the 2017 State of the Art in Postsecondary Education Conference. The award recognizes Kelley’s national leadership in the area of postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was presented at the conference held in Syracuse, New York, on Nov. 15, with the suggestion that Kelley’s “unyielding emphasis on experience as a pathway to knowledge and inclusion” should be celebrated.