Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Associate Professor of Parks and Recreation Management, and colleagues, have published an article, “Spending time alone in nature is good for your mental and emotional health,” in Conversation US. The full article can be viewed here: https://theconversation.com/spending-time-alone-in-nature-is-good-for-your-mental-and-emotional-health-92652
Students in Parks and Recreation Management 255, Active Recreation & Leisure, volunteered at the Jackson County Healthy Living Festival on March 24, 2018. Students worked in groups to organize, instruct, and lead festival participants in a variety of family friendly games. Activities included Corn Hole, Twister, Horse Shoes, Spike Ball, Kan Jam, Disc Golf, Toss Across, and Waterfall Safety Awareness.
Dr. Andrew Bobilya, Parks and Recreation Management faculty member, recently published a paper titled “Exploring Course Outcomes Utilizing a New Outward Bound Outcomes Instrument” in Research in Outdoor Education (ROE) volume 15. This paper is the second to be published in ROE in the last two years as a 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-author Dr. Brad Faircloth.
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.
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.