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.
Registration for the Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom has opened. The course will be open Friday afternoon, September 9th for practice runs. The slalom events will be held Saturday, September 10th. Register for the canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard classes through Base Camp Cullowhee.
Andrew Bobilya, associate professor of parks and recreation management, led a group of WCU students on a 15 day mountaineering course (PRM 427) in the Wind River Range of Wyoming in June. During the course, the group reached the peak of Downs Mountain (13,350 ft). All students in the course received the Outdoor Leadership Certificate through the Wilderness Education Association.