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Upcoming events and noteworthy accomplishments

UW-La Crosse announced it's opening a new Tourism Research Institute, which will serve as a resource for tourism-related research needs. Recreation Management Assistant Professor and Institute Director, Dan Plunkett, founded the Institute as a direct result of a tourism boom in the La Crosse area. For more details, check out the Tourism Research Institute website or contact Dan Plunkett at 608.785.8204 or via email dplunkett@uwlax.edu. 

Tourism Research Institute in the News:

UWL opens new Tourism Research Institute 

New tourism program launched at UW-La Crosse

UW-La Crosse opens Tourism Research Institute


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

Several members of our department came together as a team to play in a wheelchair basketball tournament held on campus. We had an outstanding showing of support from our colleagues and their families as they cheered us on, all the way to the semi-finals. It was an exciting day of recreating together, and we even had the chance to play a team of our therapeutic recreation students! This event was enjoyed by many, and we are looking forward to playing together in the next tournament.

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
  •  Dr. Nancy Richeson along with Angie Sardina had an article titled Recreational Therapy Comptencies for Working with Older Adults published in the American Journal of Recreation Therapy.
  • Dr. Nancy Richeson along with Ellen Rozak did a brief review of loneliness: Correlates, consequences, and considerations for recreational therapists. The review was published in The American Journal of Recreation Therapy.