The 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.
Parks 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.
The 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.
Debby 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.
Debby Singleton presented a workshop on “Work-Life-Leisure Balance” at the NC Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) Conference in Charlotte, NC October 24-26, 2016. Also attending was PRM senior, Hana Miller, who completed her capstone internship with NCRPA this past summer. Hana assisted with the organization of the conference.
Maurice Phipps, professor of parks and recreation management professor, and his wife Cindy Phipps, a school psychologist in Sylva, co-authored a book on Cooperative Learning. The book, titled “The Group Book: Effective Skills for Cooperative Groups,” is designed to help other instructors use collaborative learning methods in their courses. See The Reporter for more information.