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    Upcoming Events and Noteworthy Accomplishments

    In addition to information on this page, we invite you to go to "UWL Recreation Management" on Facebook and Linkedin for other departmental information. 

    Upcoming Events

    In collaboration with the UW Philosophy Department, the Myrick Hixon EcoPark, and the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation is hosting the very first symposium of the Midwest Consortium for Philosophy and Outdoor Education September 19-21 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  For details, go to  /conted/mcpoe/registration.html.

    The Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation will be the featured department in the Winter 2015 UWL College of Science and Health NewsletterWatch for it this December.

    Noteworthy Accomplishments

    The following are just a few accomplishments in Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation over the past year. 

     Departmental Accomplishments

    •  UWL has completed an articulation agreement with the two-year recreation program at the Madison Area Technical College. If students graduating from that program select their MATC courses carefully, over 50 credits will apply to the recreation management program at UWL.
    • The therapeutic recreation program hosted its first workshop specifically for TR professionals. Sixty-three Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRSs) received CEUs for attending an on-campus program about strength-based approaches to therapeutic recreation. Many of the participants supervise UWL interns, so it was also an excellent way to thank TR professionals for their service to UWL.
    • The Department had three successful hires.  Nancy Richeson (TR), Kate Evans (RM), and Dan Plunkett (RM) join the Department August 2014.

    Student Accomplishments

    • Over the past three years, 91% of UWL students passed the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification Examination.  This compares to a national average passage rate of 67%.
    • Graduate student Tommy Means was named a 2013 Academy of Leisure Sciences Future Scholar. This award goes to two students in the country who show potential as a Ph.D. student in the field of recreation.
    • During the 2013-2014 academic year, nine undergraduates completed undergraduate research projects, and seven graduate students completed theses or graduate projects.
    • UWL Career Services Employment Statistics for 2012-2013 graduates
          Recreation Management     100% of graduates reporting had jobs in the field
          Therapeutic Recreation         80% of graduates reporting had jobs in the field, 7% were attending graduate school, 13% were employed outside the field
    • UWL Career Services Employment Statistics for 2011-2012 graduates
            Recreation Management     77% of graduates reporting had jobs in the field, 11% were attending graduate school, 12% were employed outside the field
            Therapeutic Recreation       70% of graduates reporting had jobs in the field, 30% were attending graduate school

    Faculty Accomplishments

    • Dr. Jearold Holland published his book, Cultural Competence in Recreational Therapy, with Idyll Arbor Press.
    • Dr. Gretchen Newhouse was promoted to associate professor.
    • Dr. Jearold Holland has been promoted to professor.

    Recent Student Successes

    Bria Halama, UWL TR major, won her second consecutive national title in the triple jump at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, NC. She is the seventh student-athlete in DIII history to win at least two consecutive titles and the only student-athlete in UWL history to win the triple jump title. 


    Elsa Spitzmueller, UWL TR major, is a member of the 2015 UWL Gymnastic Team which won the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship in March.