In Botswana, Texas A&M researchers are helping people and elephants coexist

In April, a helicopter carrying a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researcher and her collaborators hovered over an elephant herd in northern Botswana. A veterinarian tranquilized an elephant from the air. The team descended, checked that the animal was sleeping comfortably, and placed a collar the size of a hula-hoop around its neck. The collar will transmit the elephant’s GPS coordinates every hour for the next four years…Click here to read more

Tier One Program grant for $300,000 Awarded

Congratulations to Dr. Stronza and her colleagues, who been awarded a Tier One Program grant for $300,000 ($100,000/year over the next three years)! This is the second TOP grant for Dr. Stronza’s team. Their project provides support needed to continue all core ABS activities while having flexibility to initiate new ones.  The grant also affords new opportunities for undergraduate researchers, support for graduate students to attend the Amazon Field School, and funds to continue key collaborations. Congratulations, Amanda!

6 year $1.2 million contract with a private foundation to establish the Long Acres Ranch Nature Center as an Extension nature tourism research and demonstration center secured

A big congratulations to Miles Phillips, who secured a 6 year $1.2 million contract with a private foundation to establish the Long Acres Ranch Nature Center as an Extension nature tourism research and demonstration center. The facility is located in Richmond, Texas, which is 90 minutes from College Station, southwest of Houston. The property consists of 750+ acres along three miles of the Brazos River. The program will offer recreation activities for youth and adults in addition to education and training programs. Mr. Phillips will be Director of… Read More →

2014-2015 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Brandy Kelly-Pryor, who has been selected to be a 2014-2015 Service-Learning Faculty Fellow!  In her letter informing Dr. Kelly-Pryor of the appointment, Associate Provost Kenimer points out that Dr. Kelly was “selected from a highly competitive candidate pool because of your clear commitment to the university’s focus on High-Impact Learning Experiences and integrative learning.”   The fellowship includes a $3,000 professional development stipend to support Dr. Kelly-Pryor’s work. Dr. Kelly-Pryor’s work will be part of a showcase event in the Spring.   Congratulations, Brandy!!

2014 RPTS Career & Internship Fair

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On behalf of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS) at Texas A&M University and the RPTS Aggie Representatives, we would like to invite everyone to participate in the 2014 RPTS Career & InternshipFair. This fair will be held on Wednesday, February 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the AgriLife Center, located on the Texas A&M University Campus, across from Reed Arena. The RPTS Department has two undergraduate degrees: Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and Community Development. RPTS undergraduate students focus their studies on one of… Read More →

Professional Speaker Series

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The REPS Aggie REPS are organizing a professional speaker series! The first speaker will be Mr. James Franks, GM-Hilton College Station. Date: November 6, 2013 Time: 6:30 pm Location: AGLS 116 (Mr. Franks will also bring additional members of his staff)

10 questions with Ben Malena

10 questions with Ben Malena

10 questions with Ben Malena Read the interview of Ben Malena, who is an RPTS senior! http://www.myaggienation.com/aggie_sports/football/article_f3341a0e-4645-5aa4-a1ab-c29ad63c4c31.html?mode=image&photo=0

Field Trip to Habitat for Humanity

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Field Trip to Habitat for Humanity Students from  RPTS 408, Community Development and Supporting Institutions volunteered to help build houses! They worked in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This international organization promotes decent, affordable housing for all, and support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right.

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Congratulations to the RPTS Quiz Bowl team

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Congratulations to the RPTS Quiz Bowl team, who became national champions by winning “Quiz Bowl IV” during National Recreation and Park Association Annual Congress (NRPA) in Houston this week! Each year, students from school across the country gather to participate in the NRPA Quiz Bowl. This popular, fast path event challenges student as they compete on stage in a Jeopardy-style format. The RPTS Quiz Bowl team included undergrad students Charles “Sonny” Burns, Telisa Koros, and Marcie Murfield. Their coaches were PhD students Katy Campbell and Anna Pechenik. After… Read More →