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Congratulations to Dr. Gerard Kyle for being selected as the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Researcher award by the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

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Congratulations to Dr. David Scott for being selected as the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award by the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

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Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Suess-Raeisinafchi for a couple of recent publications: Dogru, D., Mody, M., & Suess, C. (2019) Addressing the hotel industry’s soliloquy: Using disruptive innovation theory to quantify Airbnb’s impact across 10 key hotel markets. Tourism Management (forthcoming) Mody, M., Suess, C., & Lehto, X. (2018) Going Back to its Roots: Can Hospitableness Provide Hotels Competitive Advantage Over the Sharing Economy? International Journal of Hospitality Management available online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.05.017

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Congratulations to Dr. Tazim Jamal. The Academy for the Study of Tourism (international membership) has made her an Invited Guest Scholar. The Academy only makes such invitations to established and highly regarded scholars who have made a significant contribution to tourism research. Invited Scholars participate in the Academy conference (May of 2019) and present their most exciting research to the Fellows of the Academy. It is an honor to be invited as a first step toward possible induction. Only Invited Scholars are eligible to become Fellows.

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Congratulations to Dr. John Crompton who was honored with the Grand Opening of Crompton’s at the Epic in Grand Prairie, Texas. Crompton’s is a pub in the new multimillion dollar Recreation Center. Dr. Crompton spoke to dignitaries before cutting the ribbon and posing with wife Liz. If you’re in Grand Prairie, stop in at Crompton’s at the Epic!

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Congratulations to Dr. John Crompton who has received his share of accolades over the years for excellent work in our profession. It is possible that Rick Herold (Director of Parks, Arts and Recreation) and others in Grand Prairie have come up with the ultimate way to honor John Crompton. On Friday, October 26th that department will officially open “Crompton’s at the Epic.” Crompton’s is THE PUB at the new multimillion dollar Epic Recreation Center in Grand Prairie!

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Congratulations to Dr. James Petrick and his students and colleagues for these recent journal publications. Lee, S. J., Song, H. J., Lee, C. K., & Petrick, J. F. (2018). An Integrated Model of Pop Culture Fans’ Travel Decision-Making Processes. Journal of Travel Research. 57(5), 687-701. Wang, F., Deng, Z., & Petrick, J. F. (2018). Exploring the formation mechanisms of urban residents’ travel behaviour in China: perceptions of travel benefits and travel constraints. Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing. 35(7), 909-921.

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Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Rae Walker who is the Principle Investigator on a $1 million plus CDC grant that was just awarded for the improvement of health by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables and physical activity in four Texas counties. This project starts in October and involves an interdisciplinary team from within in COALS, including others in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.

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Congratulations to Braydon Gaard for his new position with the BLM. A big part of his job is working with the annual Burning Man Festival. The photo below shows him engaged in his first. Any “burners” among us?

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Congratulations to former Student Mr. Jason Hairston who is the new Assistant Superintendent at Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City.