Faculty help clean trails, campsite during service project

Singleton Earns Paddleboard Instruction Certification

Debby SingletonDebby Singleton, instructor of PRM and HPE, earned certification for Level 1 and 2 Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instruction from the American Canoe Association.  This will allow the college to offer SUP activity courses and include it in PRM outdoor activity courses.  The program already has 12 SUP’s to support instruction.

Phipps and Murdock co-author journal article about snow climbing, mountaineering technique

The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership recently published an article by Maurice Phipps, professor of parks and recreation management, and Todd Murdock, director of Project Discovery, titled “Paul Petzoldt’s Sliding Middleman Snow Technique.” For more information, see The Reporter.

Faculty, staff members help host regional training event

More than 60 National Ski Patrol instructors from across the Southeast came to WCU this fall for the organization’s daylong annual Outdoor Emergency Care Instructors training. Ben Tholkes, associate professor of parks and recreation management assisted in setting up the training. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.

Faculty member co-chairs national conference held in WNC

Sam Fowlkes, an adjunct parks and recreation management instructor at WCU for 15 years and chair of the American Canoe Association’s safety and rescue committee, served as co-chair of the ACA’s 2013 Swiftwater Rescue Conference, which was held Oct. 24-26 in Western North Carolina. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.

PRM Club Raises Funds for Cullowhee River Park