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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.


The “Putt, Chip and Dip” event at the Penn State Golf Course was the result of a collaboration between hospitality management and PGA golf management programs to provide students with an opportunity to try out the skills they learned in the classroom. The goal was to prepare students for upcoming internships and jobs in their fields of study.


It’s not everyday that college students stand in front of corporate executives and pitch a detailed plan to improve an aspect of an already successful business. However, Penn State students often have such real-world opportunities, including those enrolled in Resort Recreation Practicum in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management.


Penn State students recently showcased their event-planning skills at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, a large event in Washington, D.C., where multiple presidential candidates and other high-profile political figures offered remarks. In all, 15 students studying hospitality management and recreation, park, and tourism management, attended the conference, which featured 20,000 attendees.


Penn State students recently showcased their event-planning skills at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, a large event in Washington, D.C., where multiple presidential candidates and other high-profile political figures offered remarks. In all, 15 students studying hospitality management and recreation, park, and tourism management, attended the conference, which featured 20,000 attendees.


During the Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast while learning about the maple sugaring process from tree to table. The festival will be held at Shaver’s Creek on March 19 and 20 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


In the midst of the 2016 presidential election season, headlines often tell the story of a polarized political climate in America. However, a recent national survey conducted by Penn State researchers found overwhelming bipartisan support for parks and recreation.


Memoirs can be insightful and compelling, but often they can also lead to unanswered questions. Rarely do readers get the chance to discover what happened next in the author’s life. But Penn State PGA Golf Management (PGM) students had a unique opportunity to do just that when the author of an assigned reading paid a visit to their class on Feb. 18. Oliver “Ollie” Horovitz, author of “An American Caddie in St. Andrews,” visited RPTM 497G Golf Operations Management, where he offered personal insights about his book, growing up, golfing advice, and even a little celebrity gossip.


A lot has changed in America since the 1990s, so when Penn State researchers set out in 2015 to study Americans’ use and perceptions of local parks and recreation services — as a follow up to an earlier 1991 Penn State study — they weren’t sure what to expect. What they found, however, is that Americans’ use and perceptions of local government parks and recreation remain as strong as ever.