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Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

  • Student organizations

    The Department Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation hosts two student organizations.  Details of the two clubs are:

    The R.E.C. Club

    (Recreational Opportunity, Experiential Education & Development, and Community Among Students & Professionals Club)


    The R.E.C. Club is a group of Recreation Management students, and students interested in recreation who gather in a regular basis to offer opportunities for professional development, service, fundraising and to create a community among students, faculty, and professionals involved with recreation management.  Each year we engage in a variety of activities.

    In 2014, for example, our first two gatherings focused on developing our club members professionally by supporting their attendance at the Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Society Annual Conference in The Dells.  10 members attended superb presentations, but more importantly, connected with an incredible number of professionals!  What a great way to become active in the profession while doing some excellent professional networking.

    Our next activity was a bit more local - we took a group hike in the Hixon Forest area near the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  Beautiful weather and an enthusiastic group made this a fun and relaxing way to remind ourselves of the importance outdoor recreation has in our daily lives.

    Upcoming events for Fall 2014 include:  participating in the Annual Turkey Trot, Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, and a rousing game of Dodgeball.

    If you're interested in getting involved or would just like a little more information on our club, please feel free to contact either of the following individuals:

    President, Kincaid Hodkiewicz(
    Faculty Advisor, Dr. Laurie Harmon (

     Therapeutic Recreation Club

    Since its inception, members of the UWL Therapeutic Recreation Club have been dedicated to enhancing their experience as majors in TR at UWL.

    Members of the TR Club have consistently:


    • Volunteered their time to community organizations providing services to people with disabilities, e.g., caroling with residents in long term care facilities; making holiday cards for residents in long term care facilities; participating in fundraising events such as the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, the Down Syndrome Awareness Walk; the Race for the Cure; and the La Crosse Scarecrow Fest.
    • Created a forum to present programming ideas such as rubber stamping, laughter yoga, and animal assisted therapy at meetings.
    • Invited guest speakers from the field to talk about trends and issues.


    Most importantly, members of the TR Club support each other. Whether a new TR major needs help negotiating through courses or an older TR major needs advice on selecting an internship, the TR Club is here for YOU!

    Please contact these officers for more information:

    President Elect: Megan Baker,

    Vice President: Mikaela Sullivan,

    Vice President: Hannah Kippes,

    And “Friend” us on the UWL TR Facebook page!