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Recreation Program Coordinator Comments 2016-17
Greetings to all of you Recreation Program graduates out there doing amazing things in the world. I hope this letter finds you all happy, healthy, and thriving. If there is one thing that is constant, it’s change! So many things have changed in the program over the last few years it’s hard to know where to start, but at the core, we are still the same in our pursuit of service to others and our communities through recreation and leisure.
I have just finished my 13th year in the Recreation Program, and the last two years have seen unprecedented change. As we speak, the Carver Academic Facility renovation is wrapping up its two-year construction at an amazing pace. We have gotten to watch our old offices and homeroom, Carver 110, begin the transformation into the new homes they will become. In just a few months, we will be moving back into Carver, a new suite of offices, and a new homeroom. While we will miss our old spaces, we welcome the modernization of our buildings and appreciate the recognition of the need for adequate academic facilities for our majors.
Our newest faculty member, Dr. Melissa D’Eloia, has completed another successful year in the area of Therapeutic Recreation. She has been a wonderful addition to the program! As a researcher, much of her work is focused on the development and evaluation of therapeutic outdoor recreation programs for youth and adults with disabilities. Her publications have focused on establishing and testing program models that link specific characteristics of camps to developing a sense of belonging as an outcome for youth with disabilities. She enjoys conducting field-based research attuned to the needs of different organizations, while simultaneously investigating the connection between recreation and health for people with disabilities. She has also kept the traditions of Camp TEAM and Adapted Sports Day alive and well!
Dr. Keith Russell has taken over as the Chair for the Department of Health and Human Development. As always, he has done an amazing job chairing one of the largest departments on campus, while still teaching classes in the Recreation Program. As Keith moved into the Chair position, I assumed the responsibility of Program Coordinator. Over the coming year, with the help of the rest of the faculty, we will be working through the important task of our re -accreditation through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Related Professions. WWU’s Recreation Program has been accredited by COAPRT since 1986 and most recently received re-accreditation status in 2012. This important accreditation process allows our students to take both the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional exam, and the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist exam.
As you will see from the individual updates from Jasmine Goodnow, Melissa D’Eloia, Keith Russell, and Lindsay Poynter, we are all doing our best to stay actively engaged in the profession, in our various fields of research, and in our service to our students. We all want to thank you, as always, for the amazing work you’re doing out there in Phase V…a Phase you never outgrow!
Dr. Randall T. Burtz, Recreation Program Coordinator Recreation