News from the Department Head

It is hard to believe that it is already May. Spring has sprung in recent months, and we take this opportunity to share the news. There continue to be many exciting happenings in
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. The department will see more than 80 students graduating with their Bachelor of Science degree this May and 8 graduating with Masters or Doctoral degrees.

Shortly after graduation we have Maymester field courses in Camp Administration and Destination Management starting, and our South Pacific Study Abroad Program in Fiji and Australia will also be getting underway. We have a number of courses regularly taught in the summer, and many of our students will be engaged in internships around the state and nation. Graduate students will be far flung, pursuing research activities for thesis and dissertation work. An exciting activity coming in September is our Former Student Tailgate. We hope that former students from around the state, nation, and world will come back to Aggieland for the weekend of September 30th, 2017 to enjoy each other’s company, catch up on our department, and enjoy Texas A&M football.

That was news as we look ahead to summer and fall, but this newsletter mostly looks at what has been happening this spring. You will read about recent accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff. You will read about events that we have been involved in and get an in depth look at two of our students who exemplify what it means to be a part of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences family. Some have even offered words of wisdom for graduating seniors and all of our students to ponder.

In a few places on these pages we ask for your support. This is a great department with many wonderful student opportunities and we want to do even more. Your financial support helps students travel to conferences, pay tuition and participate in field courses, service learning projects and research opportunities to name a few. There are also ways to support the department by providing internship opportunities, serving on advisory committees, hosting field trips, and other options.

We hope you enjoy reading a bit about the department and those who make it a great place to work and learn. May you all have a chance to practice some of what we preach. Enjoy some time for travel, relaxation, exercise, family, friends, exploration, education, culture, art, solitude, reflection, and a myriad of other joys in life. Have a wonderful summer, and take some time to re-create!

Scott Shafer ‘80
Department Head
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences


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