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RPTM Newsletter — Spring 2011

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Alumni News

James Juran, '03 - Recipient of the 2011 Emerging Professional Undergraduate Degree Award. Congratulations!

Dr. Julie Son, '06 - Recipient of the 2011 Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award. Congratulations!

Dr. Geoffrey Godbey, '68, '72 - Recipient of the 2011 Alumni Recognition Award. Congratulations!

Mason Champion, '98 - Recipient of the 2011 Alumni Service Award. Congratulations!

Please visit the Brand New space & time website:, Read the full story.

Jon Troy, '10 - was recently hired at Chelsea Piers in New York City as a Birthday Party and Event Coordinator. Chelsea Piers is a well-known sports and entertainment complex. Congratulations, Jon.

Denise St. Pierre, '83 - reflects on where she was on September 11, 2001. Read the full story.

James M. Juran, '03 - formerly assistant park manager at the Laurel Hill State Park Complex, Somerset County, has been named manager of Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials announced today. Read the full story.

Greg Weitzel, '97 - Director of Parks and Recreation, Allentown, PA, and faculty member Dr. Andrew Mowen '92, '99 - co-authored an article for Parks & Recreation, a magazine published by the National Recreation and Park Association. The article titled, “Coping and Recovering from the Great Recession,” explains how today's agencies are facing levels of financial crisis not experienced since the Great Depression. Read the full story.

Rose Skiba, '10 - was recently hired as Activity Director at Edison Manor Nursing Home in New Castle, PA. Congratulations Rose!

Lisa Polakoff, '89 - has taken a position in Group Sales for the National Constitution Center in Historic Philadelphia, PA. Congratulations Lisa!

Lauren Richards, '10 - was recently hired as an Event Planner at Eddie Deen & Co. in Dallas, Texas. The company is famous for their BBQ Sauce and Ranch Country parties and plans all events for George W. Bush, The Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones and more. Congratulations to Lauren.

Sherry (Hopkins) Frick, ‘91- Baltimore Mom Selected to Participate in the National Park-A-Day KaBOOM! Summer Challenge

Sherry Frick to visit 50 Parks in Baltimore area with her children this summer. Read the full story.

Amy Smith, ‘09 - Featured in the Student Profile of the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Magazine (Fourth Quarter, page. 52). She is currently working as Director of Development at Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA.

Dr. Gerard Kyle, ‘01- Recipient of the 2010 College of Health and Human Development Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award. Read the full story.

Dr. Ralph Smith, ‘84 - Recipient of the 2010 College of Health and Human Development Alumni Recognition Award. Read the full story.

Joanne Finegan, ‘83 - Recipient of the 2010 College of Health and Human Development Alumni Service Award. Read the full story.

Jennifer Emigh Bean, ‘01- Recipient of the 2010 Emerging Professional Undergraduate Degree Award. Read the full story.

Department News

Jennifer Bean, ‘01 - Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is excited to welcome Jennifer Bean as the new Program Director for its Penn State freshmen orientation programs ORION and Urban Service Experience (USE). Read the full story. Read the full story.

Doors swing open on new Golf Teaching and Research Lab

Designed to advance golf research and instruction, the Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) opened its doors on November 11, 2009. The center provides a cutting-edge, high-quality learning environment for Penn State students in the Professional Golf Management (PGM) option of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate degree program. Read more about the Golf Teaching and Research Lab.

Faculty and Staff News

Stevie Lovell Please join me in congratulating Stevie for being the 2011 recipient of the Evelyn R. Saubel Faculty Award from the College of Health and Human Development. This award recognizes a faculty member's human service as a caring academic and career advisor.

Deb Kerstetter Recipient of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society, to receive the 2011 Faculty Appreciation Award. This award is to honor a member of the college who actively promotes positive relationships among students, faculty and alumni above and beyond the call of duty. Deb received her award on Thursday, March 25, 2011, at an awards dinner following a meeting of the Alumni Society Board.

John Dattilo (Research Update). Freedom to choose leisure activities benefits people with autism. Read more about this research.

Key to better health care may be a walk in the park

The payoff for investing in public parks and recreation sites may be
healthier, more physically fit residents and a less strained healthcare
system, according to Penn State researchers. Investments in parks and
recreational services have a dramatic effect on health and fitness, say Geof
Godbey, professor emeritus of leisure studies, and Andrew Mowen, associate
professor of recreation and parks management. Read the full story on Live:

John Dattilo (Research Update). Older Adults Enjoy Being Active by Walking Safely, and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders Benefit from Leisure Education. Read more about this research.

Tammy B. Smith received one-year of funding from the Department of Defense for $282, 822 to provide Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warrior Training on-site at 13 installations within the U.S. and abroad.

This funding will be managed by Tammy Smith (Co-PI) and School of Hospitality Management faculty member, Ruth Ann Jackson (Co-PI), for one year. The purpose of the grant is to train U.S. Marine recreation personnel on methods for including Wounded Warriors is Marine Corps Community Services.

Linda L. Caldwell, received an NIH Grant for $2,822,418 for five years (2010-15) to study HealthWise Diffusion: Translation to Multiple Schools from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Linda Caldwell, PI and Ed Smith Co-PI will be conducting a study to see which of three conditions best promotes teaching HealthWise with fidelity (i.e., covering all the curriculum using the methods we suggest or making appropriate modifications without changing content). They will be working in 56 schools in the Cape Town, South Africa, area.

Linda Caldwell, has been named the inaugural director of the HHD Global Leadership Initiative./gli/.

The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) is designed to prepare a select group of academically talented and highly motivated students for future leadership in areas related to global health and human development. Students will have a chance to enhance their leadership skills and global awareness through experiences abroad, in-class learning, communicating with an alumni mentor, and sharing international experiences with other students.

Professors' research informs state recreation plan

Several RPTM faculty members, led by Dr. Alan Graefe, associate professor of recreation, park and tourism management, were called upon by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to assess Pennsylvanians' views of state parks and recreation opportunities. Their research formed the basis of a federally mandated plan to increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the state: the 2009-2013 Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Student News

Please join us in congratulating Lindsay Usher, current student in the Recreation Park and Tourism Department, who was selected to receive the College of HHD's Ruth W. Ayres-Givens Scholarship for 2011-12. Lindsay Usher, also won the Best Illustrated Paper Award at the International Travel and Tourism Research Association Conference. Lindsay Usher's paper was titled, "Is surf tourism a factor in community well-being? A case study of Las Salinas, Nicaragua." She co-authored the paper with Garry Chick, Deb Kerstetter, Christine Buzinde and Duarte Morais. Because her paper was chosen from 41 entries, this is quite an honor!

Following is a list of additional papers that our students presented, please congratulate them.

Youngjoon Choi (co-author: Christine Buzinde) presented an illustrated paper titled, "The role of environmental attitude in a nature-based festival: The case of Boryeong Mud Festival."

Svitlana Iarmolenko (co-author: Paige Schneider) presented an illustrated paper titled, "Ukraine's destination image as perceived by U. S. college students."

Youngjoon Choi and Rick Gage also had papers accepted for the first TTRA Student Symposium. Congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating Jason Scott and Elizabeth Weybright, both of whom are on the list to receive pre-doc fellowships from an NIH T32 training grant (PAMT) at Penn State's Prevention Center. Their fellowships include tuition, a 12-month stipend, and travel funds. Their mentor is Linda Caldwell.

Allyson Knight, '11 - Recipient of the 2011 RPTM Commercial Recreation Student Award. Congratulations!

Shanna Servant, '11 - Recipient of the 2011 RPTM Therapeutic Recreation Student Award. Congratulations!

Matthew Bakowicz, '12 - Recipient of the 2011 RPTM PGA Golf Management Student Award. Congratulations!

Katelyn Belnome, '11 - Recipient of the 2011 RPTM Outdoor Recreation/Environmental Interpretation Student Award. Congratulations!

Elizabeth Weybright, - Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

Wolfgang Woods, '12 - Recipient of the 2011 Edith Pitt Chace Award from the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

Allyson Knight, current student in RPTM. Congratulations to Allyson for her selection as the 2011 PA Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) Student Honor Award winner. Read more about Allyson Knight.

In the summer of 2010, over 120 Penn State RPTM students enrolled in the PGA Golf Management option served professional internships at golf courses, associations, and resorts across America. From the mountains of the Vail Valley in Colorado to the farthest reaches of Long Island, PGA Golf Management (PGM) students took the skills that they have learned in the classroom and put them to use in the workplace. Read more about the "PGA Golf Management Interns Spread Across America".

Two undergraduate students, Shanna Servant, '10 - and Jason Forsythe, '10 - did independent studies with faculty member, Linda Caldwell. Using TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time program they modified it for use with Operation Military Kids (OMK). They called this Operation TimeWise and converted the manualized version into a DVD format to be placed in OMK heropacks for middle school youth.

Jennifer Pohl, current student in the Outdoor Recreation Option has been working during the summer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Read more about Jennifer's summer internship.

Golf management students visit golf's birthplace for spring break

Twenty-two Penn State students in the Professional Golf Management (PGM) option of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management degree program spent their spring break in St. Andrews, Scotland, where they had the chance to play on some of the oldest golf courses in the world, meet with head golf pros and see different operation styles, and learn about the golf's history. Read more about the PGM students' alternative spring break.

Joe Malizia, current student in the Community and Commercial Recreation Option spent his Spring Break in Haiti. Read more about Joe Malizia's Spring Break in Haiti.

Melissa Lennox, a recent graduate of the RPTM (Therapeutic Recreation) was honored as the 2010 Student Honor Award for the Pa. Therapeutic Recreation Society last evening in Hershey. Read the full story.

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