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Upcoming Events and Noteworthy Accomplishments

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Upcoming Events



Noteworthy Accomplishments

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


Departmental Accomplishments

  • The Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation recently became re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation and Tourism (COAPRT). UW-La Crosse has the only COAPRT-accredited program in the state of Wisconsin. 
  • RM/TR has added 3 new faculty members starting 2016-2017. We welcome Brian Kumm-Schaley, Ph.D. teaching in RM, Kari Kensinger, Ph.D. teaching in TR, and Lindsey Kirschbaum, M.S. teaching in TR.

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. Laurie Harmon has been promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Laurie Harmon had a book chapter on "Place Connections" published in Demystifying Theories in Tourism Research


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.