Jim Petrick and his former students Matt Stone and Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen. Statistics compiled by the Journal of Travel Research place a paper by Drs. Stone an Petrick as the # 1 most downloaded (1176 times) and Drs. Chen and Petrick as the # 8 most downloaded (813 times) for the first five months of 2017.
Melyssa-Anne Stricklin whose MS thesis was recently selected to receive the 2017 American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration Best Paper Award! This quite an honor. Melyssa-Anne will be on hand to receive her award at this year’s meeting of the Academy during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress in New Orleans.
Congratulations to Dr. Petrick who had the article below published with his former student Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen and other colleagues. Antecedents and Consequences of Work-Related Smartphone Use on Vacation: An Exploratory Study of Taiwanese Tourists Chun-Chu Chen, Wei-Jue Huang, Jie Gao, James F. Petrick http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0047287517714907 Abstract: Given the proliferation of smartphone use, more and more people feel obligated to stay connected to work during evening hours, weekends, or vacations. Therefore, building on work–family border theory (Clark 2000), which suggests the blending of work and nonwork domains can… Read More →
Congratulations to current PhD student SJ (Sukjoon) Yoon, Dr. Jim Petrick (and former student Dr. Sheila Backman) for their recent publication, Twitter Power and Sport-Fan Loyalty: The Moderating Effects of Twitter in the International Journal of Sport Communication. http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/IJSC.2017-0010
Dr. Lou Hodges was one of nine supporting experts who answered questions related to parks and recreation. The WalletHub piece ranked the 100 largest US cities for recreation. To view the article on WalletHub please click here. To read Dr. Hodges’ section, please read below: Louis Hodges Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs at Texas A&M University What are some cost effective ways for local authorities to improve parks and recreation facilities? Effectively using volunteers (Master Gardeners,… Read More →
Congratulations to Dr. Tazim Jamal who, with coauthor Brian Smith, recently had the article described below published in the journal Sustainability. Tourism Pedagogy and Visitor Responsibilities in Destinations of Local-Global Significance: Climate Change and Social-Political Action Authors: Tazim Jamal and Brian Smith Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1082; doi:10.3390/su9061082 Abstract This paper examines the issue of climate change pedagogy and social action in tourism, with particular interest in globally-significant destinations under threat from climate change. Little is understood of the role and responsibility of visitors as key stakeholders in climate change-related action… Read More →
Congratulation to Jim Gramann as we look back on over 34 years of his service to our department and the profession. The photograph below is a fun reminder of the past and present. Taken in Francis Hall circa 1989 the photograph is part of an Association of Former Students production called, Aggies: The True Story of Texas A&M. The photo includes Jim and his doctoral students at the time: Ed Ruddell (Ph.D., 1989, now at University of Utah), Myron Floyd (Ph.D. 1991, now at North Carolina State University),… Read More →
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Petrick who has a recent publication in Journal of Travel Research co-authored with colleagues in China. An Integrated Model of Pop Culture Fans’ Travel Decision-Making Processes SoJung Lee, HakJun Song, Choong-Ki Lee, James F. Petrick http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0047287517708619 Abstract – This study integrated the Model of Goal-directed Behavior (MGB) and the Attention, Interest, Desire, and Actions (AIDA) model into a conceptual framework to examine how pop culture influences decisions to visit a pop culture–featured destination. Findings revealed that visit intentions were significantly influenced by variables in… Read More →
Congratulations to Dr. Ramer – Her recent TEDx talk was released online through YouTube. Space Might be Our Last Frontier, but Diversity is Our Last Horizon | Svitlana Ramer | TEDxTAMU
What is your area of study? Andrew Lacanienta is an RPTS graduate student pursuing his PhD in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M. He has concentrated his area of study on experience design. This area of study has led him to explore recreation and leisure experiences and focuses on creating more memorable experiences in a broad variety of fields. In the past, he has studied experiences as they related to work settings, as well as experience in relation to families and youth development. He is currently… Read More →