Singleton Presents Two Workshops

DebbyOn Thursday, October 5, 2017, Debby Singleton, Instructor with Parks & Recreation Management, was invited to present two workshops for the CREW (Collaborative Regional Education Workshop).  CREW is a day long professional development conference for regional P-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff.  Workshop #1 entitled, “What Happened to Biophila?” focused on the importance of nature and outdoor learning environments and featured the use of Cherokee Central School’s trails along the banks of the Raven Fork Creek.  Workshop #2 entitled, “Living for Snow Days…” explored life-work balance for educators through interactive discussion and activities.  

Dr. Bobilya publishes “An Investigation of the Connection Between Outdoor Orientation and Thriving”

Andrew BobilyaDr. Andrew Bobilya recently published a paper with Dr. Wally Rude from Ambrose University in Calgary and Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire.  The study explored the impact of first-year college student participation in an outdoor orientation program at three different colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada and was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL).

WCU graduate named Mount Mitchell superintendent

mcgrawThe N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation has named WCU graduate and veteran state park ranger Robert McGraw as the new superintendent of Mount Mitchell State Park in Yancey County. The superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection, community outreach and environmental education. McGraw graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. After working as a seasonal employee at Mount Mitchell State Park, he joined the division full time in 2009, serving as a ranger at Lake Norman, Mount Mitchell and Gorges state parks.

PRM Faculty Present at International Conference

2016 AEE ConferenceParks and Recreation Management faculty Dr. Andrew Bobilya and Glenn Middleton collectively presented three research papers and four workshops at the Association for Experiential Education’s 43rd Annual International Conference October 26-30, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. They were accompanied by PRM senior, Elizabeth Munns, who will attend graduate school in experiential education in Minnesota State University at Mankato in 2017.

Parks and Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy Students Attend Conference

2016 Adventure Education ConferenceThe Parks and Recreation Management and Recreation Therapy programs had a record attendance the 24th Annual Adventure Education Conference held at North Greenville University on November 4, 2016. WCU was well-represented with 44 students and 4 faculty from both programs. WCU will host the 25th Adventure Education conference in the fall of 2017.

PRM-HPE Colleagues Present at CREW 2016

Debby TomDebby Singleton (PRM) and Tom Watterson (HPE) co-presented two workshops at CREW 2016 (Collaborative Regional Education Workshop) held at Cherokee Central Schools on October 6, 2016.  The workshops were “Brain Breaks & Energizers” and ” DAP: Developmentally Appropriate Physical Activities”.  Over 1200 regional educators attended the professional development day with many HPE and PRM alumni in attendance.