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Engagement in accessible and regular leisure pursuits can contribute to the health and well being of combat veterans, according to a Penn State study. Penn State researchers are studying leisure in the lives of married Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans as a first step to ultimately designing an intervention program for veterans returning home after deployment.


Pete Allison, associate professor for the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and Shaver’s Creek at Penn State, recently discussed the concept of experiential learning at the annual Czech Philosophy of Sport Conference at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. In the conference keynote, Allison discussed the importance of educating for the “grande passion,” a powerful, internal motivation to learn and pursue one’s interests.


Researchers in the College of Health and Human Development are focusing on behavior change as a way to improve the health of people and the environment.


Students enrolled in Programming in Recreation Services are planning several community events as a way to gain practical experience while serving the public.


Maria Jose Ramirez, a graduate student at Penn State, spent one week at Hofstra University and the U.N. headquarters in New York City, where she and 59 other young people from around the globe – selected from a pool of more than 3,600 entrants – tackled some of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Parks and People: Conservation of Nature and Community is a six-week interdisciplinary study abroad summer program offered through the College of Arts and Architecture and College of Health and Human Development. The goal of the program is to give students an opportunity to confront local environmental conservation and human development challenges through applied research and design projects that correspond to their programs of study at Penn State.


The public has given a cautious yellow light to park sponsorships, according to a recently published Penn State study.


A pair of All-Americans from Penn State’s two NCAA championship teams this year — wrestler Zain Retherford and women's soccer standout Raquel Rodriguez — have been selected as the Nittany Lions’ Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year for 2015-16.


The Penn State University Libraries recently announced the results of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The annual competition, sponsored by the University Libraries in partnership with the Schreyer Honors College, includes a review of the submitted theses by a faculty jury and a public oral presentation by the students chosen as finalists, and provides an opportunity to fully appreciate the academic quality of Penn State students and the depth of their undergraduate research.


Susan Spear, director of the U.S. Forest Service's Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers programs in Washington, D.C., recently spoke to Penn State students and faculty members about the 110-year-old agency’s history and future.