Welcome to the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at UW-L 


We offer degrees in both Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the Bachelors and Masters level. Recreation Management students are trained to eventually assume middle management positions in government recreation/parks, for-profit enterprises, tourism businesses, or non-profit recreation organizations. Therapeutic Recreation students become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who are trained to help individuals with physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral disabilities. They assume positions in hospitals, geriatric centers, drug rehabilitation centers, correctional institutions, and community centers.

The department’s undergraduate degree programs have been nationally accredited since 1988 and have received high marks for not only achieving, but also exceeding many accreditation standards set by the Council on Accreditation (National Recreation and Park Association). The department’s core philosophy is to provide a student-centered, learning-by-doing educational program that instills both knowledge and enthusiasm. More specifically, graduates are to be instilled with not only educational knowledge, but also the enthusiasm to become an innovator and creator who truly understands the ever-changing recreational needs of the public.

A quick tour of our program web pages within this website will help you better understand our degree programs and career opportunities in recreation. For specific questions related to the major, entrance requirements or specific courses, contact the appropriate program director listed below. For questions about acceptance into the major or information on how to transfer courses from another university, contact the college advisor listed below. For any other questions, please contact the department chair listed below. 


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Dan Widuch
Dan Widuch
Recreation Management Undergraduate Program Director
Phone: (608) 785-8208
E-mail: dwiduch@uwlax.edu
Patricia Ardovino
Dr. Stephen Lewis
Therapeutic Recreation Undergraduate Program Director
Phone: (608) 785-8202
E-mail: slewis@uwlax.edu
Jearold Holland
Dr. Jearold Holland
Graduate Program Director
Phone: (608) 785-8214
E-mail: holland.jear@uwlax.edu
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Dr. Steve Simpson
Department Chair
Phone: 608.785.8216
E-mail: ssimpson@uwlax.edu
Guy Herling
Mr. Guy Herling
College Advisor, College of Science and Health
Phone: (608) 785-8653
E-mail: gherling@uwlax.edu
Department Address:
Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation
2036 Health Science Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Phone: (608) 785-8207
Fax: (608) 785-8206

Our friendly knowledgeable staff will give you the individualized attention you need to successfully complete your degree. Please contact us and learn more about our nationally accredited degree programs.