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Congratulations to Ms. Andrea Wendling. Andrea will graduate December 14 with her degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. Andrea will also be the Student Commencement Speaker at our 2:00p ceremony on the 14th! She submitted to be chosen and was one of 4 selected to speak at a ceremony from the many who apply. I do not recall ever having one of our students fill this role. I look forward to hearing her address the thousands who will be in attendance along with her fellow graduates.
Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Rae Walker for a successful Dallas PARKing Day Program. Dr. Walker and assistants created a “park” in a car parking space on Main Street in downtown Dallas as a part of the city’s annual program to promote the importance of public space. Several RPTS students contributed ideas.
Congratulations to Dr. Darlene Locke who was presented with the Extraordinary Program Award for Texas at the States’ 4-H International Conference on Nov. 8th. She was also selected as Rookie of the Year.
Congratulations to Dr. John Jacob who will receive the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Extension and Program Specialist. The award will be presented at the 2019 AgriLife Conference on January 7th in College Station.
Congratulations to Mrs. Tina Vega who will receive the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Business and Operational Staff. The award will be presented at the 2019 AgriLife Conference on January 7th.
Congratulations to Mrs. Debe Shafer and her RPTS 321 class as they helped implement the annual Empty Bowls event in Bryan last night. The event raises funds for the local food bank. Class involvement in RPTS 320 and 321 helped to generate great attendance this year through planning and implementation that offered new ideas for promotion and organization. https://www.theeagle.com/news/local/annual-empty-bowls-event-raises-brazos-valley-food-bank-funds/article_1df603a0-259c-550a-8336-8239ed121f32.html
Congratulations to Dr. Angela Durko and her RPTS 302 class. They have been connecting with the Cologne Business School as they both study target markets. They made news in Germany in the piece at the link below. https://cbs.de/en/university/news/texas-calling-joint-project-between-cbs-and-texas-am-students/
Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Stronza and her colleagues at Ecoexist for: A feature article publication about Ecoexist in World Wildlife Fund’s magazine. The story and images capture the complex challenge of human-elephant conflict and the work Ecoexist is doing to help. https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/winter-2018/articles/living-with-elephants-in-botswana–2 Their recent publication in Biological Conservation, “Elephant space-use is not a good predictor of crop-damage” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006320718304385
Congratulations to Dr. Gerard Kyle for being selected as the 2018 recipient of the Shaw-Mannell award for career contributions to the study of leisure and influence on leisure scholarship. This award is presented by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo.
Congratulations to Andrew Lacanienta for having a publication based on his thesis accepted. Lacanienta, A., Duerden, M. D., Widmer, M., & Courtright, S. (2018). Leisure at work and employee flourishing. Journal of Leisure Research.