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.
Parks and Recreation Management faculty, Glenn Middleton and Andrew Bobilya represented WCU at the Association for Experiential Education Annual International Conference in Montreal, Quebec November 8-12. They co-presented on Spirituality and Experiential Education and Bobilya also facilitated a workshop titled, “21st Century Participants: Can We Achieve the Same Outcomes with Different Levels of Risk?” Middleton and Bobilya also presented individual papers at the Symposium on Experiential Education Research. Dr. Bobilya began a three-year term co-chairing the research symposium.
Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Associate Professor and Program Director in Parks and Recreation Management recently published a paper titled “The North Carolina Outward Bound School Course Impression Survey: A Psychometric Investigation” in Research in Outdoor Education volume 14. This publication is part of a multi-year project with the North Carolina Outward Bound School investigating the most effective way to measure change following program participation. Dr. Bobilya is joined by co-authors Dr. Brad Faircloth of Montreat College and Dr. Alan Ewert of Indiana University.