Bobilya to Present at Wilderness Risk Management Conference

WRMC AdDr. Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of PRM, will co-present a workshop titled, “Should Wilderness Program Staff Always Accompany Their Group? Three Views” at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference held Oct. 1-3, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The conference trains professionals to mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places.

PRM and HPE Students Try SUPing

SUP GroupOn Sept 17, students in PRM 254 and HPE 305 spent the afternoon on Cedar Cliff Lake learning the basics of stand up paddle boarding (SUP) with instructors Debby Singleton (HPE-PRM) and Andrew Bobilya (PRM). The SUPs are new to the PRM program this year.

PRM Program Hosts Association Conference

CEAP Conceptual FrameworkParks and Recreation Management students planned and co-hosted a conference for Region 9 of the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association on September 12. About 30 students and PRM professionals gathered to hear speakers from Asheville Parks and Recreation, Henderson County Parks and Recreation, the North Carolina Arboretum and Jackson County Recreation and Parks.

Faculty help clean trails, campsite during service project

Faculty teamFaculty members with WCU’s Health and Physical Education Program and Parks and Recreation Management Program recently participated in a team-building service project at the Deep Creek Trail and campsites in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, see the article in The Reporter.

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.