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Academy of Leisure Sciences

Academy of Leisure Sciences Newsletter

Dedicated to the Advancement of Leisure Sciences

Volume 3 • Issue #1 • March 2015

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

In looking back over the past year, many

exciting things have happened in the Academy

of Leisure Sciences (ALS).

• We had a successful ALS Teaching

Institute last February in Asilomar,

California. ALS members learned an

array of new teaching strategies.

• Our membership grew to more than

400 individual members; a portion

of which are the 20 universities 1

that have signed on as institutional

members! Thanks to the university/

college online membership option,

joining ALS has become easier than ever to do, and includes

free memberships for students (http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/membership#group).

• ALSnet, formerly SPREnet, has become a reliable communication

channel for our members and for our colleagues around

the globe. Appreciation is extended to Diane Samdahl and

Michael Bradley for leading this transition.

• Our initial fund-raising campaign (i.e., the ALA-ALS Challenge)

for the Future Scholars Endowment Fund 2 raised $3,680. This

amount was matched by the American Leisure Academy for a

grand total of $7,360.

Finally, at the NRPA Congress in Charlotte, our annual meeting

was preceded the night before by a well-attended ALS-

LRS social.

We continue to accept donations to the ALA-ALS Challenge.

Since our annual meeting in October, we have raised an additional

$2,365! You can easily make a donation online at http://www.alsa.

org/donate/ or when your membership renewal is due. Thank you

so much to those who have donated.

From the Editor

We would like to hear from you! Please feel free

to send me ideas, text, and information about

upcoming events. The ALS Newsletter will continue

to grow as the organization grows.

Contact me at:

Deb Kerstetter

Penn State University

debk@psu.edu

814-863-8988

Announcing the 2015 Butler

Lecture Keynote Speaker

Jon Jarvis

Director of the National Park Service

NRPA Annual Congress

Las Vegas, NV

September 15, 2015

Mr. Jarvis has broad experience in park management,

working his way through the ranks

from protection ranger to Regional Director

of the Pacific West Region prior to Director. In

2011, Director Jarvis led the charge in establishing

the Healthy Parks Healthy People U.S.

program to encourage a focus on parks as venues

for physical, mental, and emotional health

of individuals and communities.

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Appalachian State University, Brigham Young University, Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo,

California State University Fresno, Dalhousie University, East Carolina University, Illinois State University, Indiana

University, Lindenwood University, Middle Tennessee State University, North Carolina State University, Texas

A&M, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, University of St.

Francis, University of Utah, Western Illinois University, and Western Kentucky University.

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The ALS Future Scholars Program helps fund deserving graduate students who are interested in pursuing a

doctorate in recreation, leisure studies, or a related field to attend the NRPA Congress each year.

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Other exciting developments in ALS include the creation of an operations manual, which will greatly assist

committee members as they complete their assignments. Efforts are also underway to create an ALS Strategic

Plan, which will help us set goals and determine the actions needed to achieve those goals.

The activities and successes cited above could not have happened without the help of many volunteer

leaders. The ALS Executive Committee has transitioned into the new ALS Board of Directors (BoD) structure

as outlined in our recently approved Constitution. The BoD meet (through conference calls) on a periodic

basis to conduct ALS business related to event planning, membership recruitment, research or teaching institutes,

and many other initiatives. Your current ALS BoD is as follows:

Past President, Alan Ewert

President, Barbara Schlatter

President-Elect, Mary Parr

Secretary, Maridith Janssen

Treasurer, Bill Stewart

Historian, Karla Henderson

Fellows Representative, Linda Caldwell

Director-at-Large, Carla Barbieri

Director-at-Large, Brian Greenwood

Director-at-Large, Ben Hickerson

ACADEMY ELECTS NEW FELLOWS

Laurence Chalip, Cory Johnson, and Gerard Kyle were elected as fellows to the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

They were inducted into to the Academy at a luncheon during the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte,

North Carolina.

Dr. Laurence Chalip (PhD, University of Chicago), Professor and Head of Recreation,

Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a nationally

and internationally recognized scholar in the area of sport management and policy.

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in the highest ranked journals

in the field, and over 30 book chapters and monographs. He examines the uses of

sport for policy issues specific to the sport industry, youth development, health promotion,

and community-based tourism. His research on sport fandom and ego involvement

in leisure contexts has profoundly influenced fellow scholars for the better

part of two decades. His groundbreaking work in the mid-1990s with Christine

Green, for example, made significant strides in understanding ego involvement with

sport, and they were among the first to trace developmental and interpersonal nuances in those spheres.

Dr. Corey Johnson (PhD, University of Georgia), Professor of Education at the University

of Georgia, has made numerous contributions to scholarship and practice

in recreation and leisure, particularly with respect to theoretical and content foci

around LGBTQ issues in leisure and recreation and qualitative methodological approaches.

As such, Dr. Johnson has emerged as one of the world’s foremost experts

with respect to feminist masculinities. His research on men and lived experiences of

people in sexual minority groups is noteworthy for its substantive insight and for the

range of methodologies he has employed to illuminate understanding of complex

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Director-at-Large, Tyler Tapps

Director-at-Large, Stephanie West

Director-at-Large, Ramon Zabriskie

Sagamore partners: Peter Bannon and

Joe Bannon

As our organization continues to grow, the need is greater than ever for you to step up and volunteer your

time and talents. When you see the call for nominations for the BoD on ALSnet, consider nominating yourself

or a colleague for a position. By doing so, you will help advance our Academy as well as the understanding

of our profession.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about ALS-related events at the NRPA Congress in Las Vegas, including

the annual meeting, the ALS-LRS Social, the Butler Lecture, and the Quiz Bowl; Rho Phi Lambda; the 2016

ALS Teaching Institute; and much more.

Thank you for your involvement in and support of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

BARBARA SCHLATTER, President

Academy of Leisure Sciences


social phenomena. His work has been innovative, creative, practical, and rigorous while creating spaces for

people often overlooked or excluded. Recently, ongoing autoethnographic work of other scholars into family

vacations and male social sport worlds has relied heavily on his insightful academic papers and book chapters.

His publication and presentation history testify to his expertise and ability to communicate his message

to diverse audiences.

Dr. Gerard Kyle (PhD Penn State), Professor of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

at Texas A & M University, is a prolific researcher who has more than 60

peer-reviewed journal publications in Leisure Sciences, Journal of Leisure Research,

Environment and Behavior, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Environmental

Management, and more. He is at the forefront of advancing theoretical understanding

of leisure behavior in natural resource contexts. His work on place attachment

and enduring leisure involvement demonstrates tremendous discipline in maintaining

focus on understanding these constructs across varied natural resource settings

and diverse types of leisure participants. The fact that Dr. Kyle’s contributions appear

regularly in a broad range of academic journals is a clear indication of the impact of his work beyond

leisure studies and the extension of applications of leisure theory into other social science fields.

FUTURE SCHOLARS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

Troy Carlton and Eric Layland were recognized as ALS Future Scholars during the Butler Lecture and at

subsequent Academy functions at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina. Troy’s mentor at

the Congress was Heather Gibson from the University of Florida. Eric’s mentor was Linda Caldwell from Penn

State University.

QUICK QUERY

Troy, who is interested in

promoting physical activity and

community health through

sport and recreation, specifically

as it relates to children

and adolescents, is a master’s

student at North Carolina State

University.

His goals are to stay involved

in Active Living Research initiatives

and to work with entities

impacting youth recreation in a

positive way.

Name the mystery editor of the Journal of Leisure

Research whose name was not listed on page vi of the 40th

anniversary issue 2009, 41(3).

Send your answer to Rabel Burdge (a senior fellow of

the Academy) at burdge@comcast.net. He will reveal

the name of the mystery editor and the number who

answered correctly in the fall 2015 newsletter.

Eric, a graduate of Brigham

Young University, wants to focus

his research interest on leisure

forms and their impact on

individual (e.g., wounded veterans,

adolescents), social, and

psychological development as

well as male gender stigma in

sport and pasttimes.

His goals are to make research

contributions and to provide meaningful outreach to

working professionals and local communities.

2014 Future Scholars Committee

Brent Beggs (Illinois State University), Mike Edwards

(North Carolina State University), Deborah Kerstetter—Chair

(Penn State University), Lee Parfitt (University

of North Carolina at Greensboro), Katherine

Soule (University of California at San Luis Obispo),

and Tyler Tapps (Northwest Missouri State University)

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MORE NEWS FROM THE NRPA CONGRESS

IN CHARLOTTE

The recipient of the 2014 ALS Best Student Abstract

Award was given to Christine Wegner, a PhD candidate

at Temple University. She and her coauthors,

Brianna Clark and Deborah Blair, were recognized

for their paper, “Constraint Negotiation Through a

Running Group for Black Women.”

2014 ALS Best Student Abstract Award Committee

Kevin Fink (Oklahoma State University), Kevin Fink (Oklahoma

State University), Edwin Gomez (Old Dominion University),

Laura Payne (University of Illinois), Jim Sibthorp (University

of Utah), and Tyler Tapps (Oklahoma State University).

Godbey named NRPA’s 2014

Distinguished Professional

Geoffrey C. Godbey,

professor emeritus of

recreation, park and

tourism management

(RPTM) at Penn State,

was awarded the

National Recreation

and Park Association

(NRPA) Distinguished

Professional Award.

Past president of the

Academy of Leisure

Sciences, Godbey obtained

his doctorate

from Penn State. He

has authored 10 books and more than 100 articles

concerning leisure, work, time use, aging, recreation

and parks, tourism, health, and the future. “I can

think of no other academic who is more deserving

of this award consideration,” said Karla Henderson,

professor emeritus of parks, recreation, and tourism

management at North Carolina State University.

While he is retired from Penn State, “…he remains

highly connected to the parks and recreation field.

Geof was the co-founder and is currently the editor

of Venture Publishing Inc., which has been a critical

publisher for leisure, recreation, and park literature

for classroom use…” Godbey has undertaken research

for the American Association of Retired Persons, the

U.S. Forest Service, the National Recreation Foundation

and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He

has been a consultant to the National Science Foundation;

State Government of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and

the U.S. Department of the Interior; as well as many

advertising agencies and public and private recreation,

park and tourism organizations. Godbey has

testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and

the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors.

A frequent public speaker to diverse groups, he has

given invited presentations in 24 countries. Recently,

Godbey has conducted research on the impact of

ethnic change on outdoor recreation, relations between

health and use of leisure, and the impact of

changing demographics on the tourism function of

the National Park Service. (See here http://news.psu.

edu/story/322931/2014/08/15/academics/nationalrecreation-and-park-association-honors-professoremeritus)

THOUGHTS, PRONOUNCEMENTS, AND MORE

With the introduction of this new section, we hope

to provide members with an opportunity to provoke

thinking about issues that impact our profession.

Responses should be directed to the Newsletter

Editor, Deb Kerstetter at debk@psu.edu.

The Death of Leisure in Academia?

I am thrilled that the visibility of studying leisure

remains alive and well through the reincarnation of

the Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) into an open

membership organization. I believe this organization

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can unify what has resulted in the specialization silos

of our field especially in higher education. I am, however,

feeling like a salmon trying to swim upstream

in waters that have now been dammed (damned?)

when I continue to advocate that leisure is the basis

for the curricula that we teach in our field. I have no

answers for the dilemma I believe our field now faces.

Further, I realize that many people do not believe

a dilemma exists. I am, however, not yet ready to let

leisure die in professional education or in practice. In

this essay I try to lay out some of my concerns.


I do believe the study of leisure remains somewhat

robust with the popularity of journals such as Journal

of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Leisure Studies,

Leisure/Loisir, World Leisure Journal, Annals of Leisure

Research, and other new journals coming mainly

from Asia (e.g., Journal of Leisure and Recreation

Studies (Korean), Journal of Zhejiang University, Leisure

International Journal). Unfortunately, not every

article in these leisure journals always uses leisure as

the lens for analysis. I lament that the connections of

leisure with areas such as recreation, parks, tourism,

therapeutic recreation, and sport management are

pretty much gone.

The connection of leisure to parks and recreation

has been advocated as well as contended over the

years. Charles Brightbill, a prominent leader in the

parks and recreation movement, was also the author

of The Challenge of Leisure (1960), which I interpreted

as a call to action for parks and recreation

academics and practitioners to do something about

the “problem” of leisure. This call to action was evidenced

in the creation by NRPA of the Journal of

Leisure Research in 1969 and further by creating the

Leisure Research Symposium (LRS) in 1978.

Based on Brightbill’s work as well as the growing

literature about leisure (e.g., DeGrazia’s (1962) Of

Time, Work, and Leisure, Peiper’s (1952) Leisure: The

Basis of Culture), the 1970s–1980s saw a number of

communities adding leisure services into their name

as well as many universities using leisure associated

with parks and recreation. However, by the 1990s,

many academics and practitioners realized how misunderstood

leisure was. Very few communities or

universities today have leisure remaining in their

names. Instead of trying to help people understand

the value of leisure as a social good, most professionals

chose to divorce themselves from the word, just

as NRPA has now done.

Today, it appears that NRPA wants nothing to do

with the idea of leisure. Leisure appears nowhere in

current NRPA documents. After over 37 years, the

LRS has now become the NRPA Research Sessions.

If NRPA wants to divorce itself from leisure, then the

renaming of LRS makes sense. Fortunately, NRPA as

well as other human services organizations, recognizes

that research (of some sort) is important. Some

leisure researchers have questioned the marriage to

NRPA for some time, especially when we look around

the world and see that Canada, the UK, and Australia/New

Zealand leisure research organizations have

never been connected formally to recreation practitioners.

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The changes occurring in NRPA leading up to 2014

further reflect what Rabel Burdge argued for in 1985

with his JLR article on “The coming separation of leisure

studies from parks and recreation education.” At

that time, Geof Godbey and Doug Sessoms, among

others, argued that leisure studies was the foundation

for professional work. Burdge, however, saw the

theories of leisure and the application to practice as

poor fits. Burdge’s analysis 30 years ago has come to

fruition.

I concluded several years ago that using leisure

in names of organizations or departments was not

working because we, as a field, were not willing to

defend it. I also came to believe that professional

practice was largely about recreation activities and

recreation was a better term associated with professional

preparation and practice. Leisure is about

personal behavior and recreation is about activities

of all kinds. Agencies and businesses can offer and

promote recreation activities but cannot make people

experience leisure. Nevertheless, to know how to

facilitate opportunities requires that we know something

about leisure behavior.

Unfortunately, recreation also is no longer a term

that resonates with many academics especially as

specialization in specific areas has grown. Not only is

leisure out of favor but so is recreation. My own department

at NCSU in discussing a new name for our

graduate degree program last year eschewed recreation

as any part of the degree name. My argument

with my colleagues then, which continues today, is

that recreation is what gives us identity, cohesion,

and purpose.

If our broad field is not about leisure or about recreation,

then we have no unique identity in pulling

together our specializations. We are headed back to

where our field came from decades ago when recreation

and parks could be found in other academic

disciplines and not as a defined curriculum and area

of research. If both leisure and recreation are dead,

we are now defining a new field, which in my opinion

has nothing to adhere to as its core. Of course we are

about “quality of life” and “well-being” and “health”

and “justice” and “environmental sustainability” but

so are many other professions.

I am hopeful that the new ALS can revive the focus

on leisure regardless of the disparate specialties

that exist in our broad field. I believe we need specialties

in various areas of recreation, but I am also

concerned that unless we can identify what holds

these specialties together, then we should let this


The evening of the 8th, Jeff Bradybough,

Superintendent of Zion National

Park welcomed everyone to

Utah. He spoke about the National

Park Service’s new Public Engagement

Campaign inclusive of the “Find Your

Park” program (See here http://www.

nationalparks.org/connect/npf-news/

national-park-service-announcespublic-engagement-campaign-cen-

broad field divide into disciplines that better fit the

specialty. For example, parks are closely aligned with

forestry and environmental sciences, public recreation

with public administration, sport management

with business, therapeutic recreation with allied

health, tourism with business or economics. Perhaps

we should head in these directions and let academic

programs dissolve and merge with other more closely

aligned curricula.

The challenge is to find ways that ALS can serve to

unite our academic interests. Perhaps ALS can help

to show how leisure isn’t a dirty word, and that its

foundation related to human behavior is the basis

for all related specialties. Perhaps it can help us take

pride in how leisure is necessary as a foundation

for specialties. I hope ALS gives us the chance to revision

leisure and its importance in everyone’s life,

and how our specialties facilitate human growth and

social equity through recreation activities and leisure

research.

KARLA HENDERSON,

Professor Emeritus (and Leisurist)

North Carolina State University

INCREDIBLE SCENERY, WONDERFUL FOOD, AND SUPERB

COMPANIONSHIP LEAD TO MORE THAN A GOOD TIME!

On February 8,

30 faculty from

universities across

the country arrived

at Zion Ponderosa

Resort, a

magnificent setting

adjacent to

Zion National Park

in southern Utah.

Anticipating cramped quarters, long days, and subpar

food, all were impressed by what was to become

three days of interactive and valuable exchanges of

information.

“It was a great experience for me on many

levels. The location was amazing and I do think

it contributed to the success of the conference.

The opportunity to interact with other faculty

and administrator was very helpful

and informative. I gained knowledge

and insights I can bring back to

my college and programs.”

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terpiece-2016). The latter program is designed “to

encourage people to find a connection to a place or

story that provides inspiration and enjoyment.” Albeit

in a different context, a similar sentiment was

expressed the following morning by Dr. Bob Cipriano.

Bob, who wrote Facilitating a Collegial Department

in Higher Education: Strategies for Success (published

by Jossey-Bass), challenged all in attendance to consider

how they connect to and inspire their own faculty.

He effectively used storytelling, case studies,

even play acting to facilitate conversation about effective

leadership in recreation, park and tourism departments.

The conversation Bob started continued

into late afternoon with the aide of

Denise Anderson (Clemson University)

and Fran Daly (Kean University).

Denise and her discussants (Garry Ellis,

Texas A & M; Deb Kerstetter, Penn

State; Laurence Chalip, University of Illinois;

Kelly Bricker, University of Utah,

and Heather Gibson, University of Florida)

focused on issues facing graduate

degree granting institutions while Fran

and her discussants David Vaught of

Missouri State University, addressed

issues more common to programs

primarily focused on providing undergraduate

degrees. The results of both


discussions were shared

later that evening after

all were treated to a social

hour and a wonderful

meal!

“It was great meeting

people from all

different types of

department and

programs. I think this

type of experience is

valuable as you get

an appreciation for

the issues of the field as a whole. For example,

knowing what the teaching intensive programs

need from our PhDs was very valuable.”

Recognizing the many issues facing higher education

today, Dean David Perrin, College of Health at

the University of Utah and Dean Mark Searle, Deputy

Provost and Chief of Staff, School of Community Resources

and Development in the College of Public Programs

at Arizona State University were invited by the

organizing committee (i.e., Kelly Bricker, University of

Utah; Kathy Andereck, Arizona State University; Patti

Freeman, Brigham Young University) to share their

thoughts with attendees. Both Deans challenged everyone

to: pay attention to “local” politics; align their

department’s strategic mission with that of their college

or school; create new pedagogical models that

will attract students who started university degrees

but never finished (see Lumina Foundation initiative);

create innovative strategies with students and

alumni to recruit and retain students, particularly

freshmen; develop new revenue streams; promote

their successes to internal and external constituents;

the value of an education, especially the parks, recreation,

and tourism sector (see here http://www.

newyorkfed.org/research/current_issues/ci20-3.

pdf), and much more.

“I always look forward to this event. It provides

the opportunity to step away from the

demands of the office, share challenges and

success with other leaders and expand one’s

perspective on the management of our departments.

Highly recommended!”

Provided with a bag lunch and transportation, the

last day ended with a hike through Zion National Park

and dinner in Springdale, UT.

“It was a great experience for me on many

levels. The location was amazing and I do think

it contributed to the success of the conference.

The opportunity to interact with other faculty

and administrator was very helpful and informative.

I gained knowledge and insights I can bring

back to my college and programs.”

“I always leave the academic leadership conference

feeling energized from what I learn and

getting to interact with peers…”

Look for an announcement about next year’s meeting

on ALSnet and in the September newsletter.

Please plan to attend!

DEB KERSTETTER

Editor, ALS Newsletter

MEMBER MILESTONES

Dave White, associate professor in the School of

Community Resources and Development, has been

elected to the International Association for Society

and Natural Resources, the largest interdisciplinary

society for resource management professionals in

the world. He will serve on its council through 2018.

(See here https://copp-community.asu.edu/content/

white-elected-iasnr-council)

Wendy Hultsman, an associate professor and director

of undergraduate programs in the School of

Community Resources and Development, part of the

College of Public Service and Community Solutions

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at Arizona State University, pledged $50,000 to endow

a scholarship for students interested in pursuing

a certificate in special events. “My biggest impact on

the community is the events we produce,” she says,

adding that she hopes the scholarship recipients

“understand the importance of events in impacting

others’ quality of life. That is what events do.”

(See here https://asunews.asu.edu/20150203-professor-scholarship-fund)


Corey Johnson, a professor of Education at the

University of Georgia, continues to work with the

organization he co-founded in 2009, the Georgia

Safe Schools Coalition (GSSC). The organization has

distributed more than 1,000 resource manuals to

schools in Georgia and has helped 54% of the state

adopt enumerated bullying policies for sexual identity

and 40% for gender identity/expression. That

equates to over 800,000 students in Georgia going to

school with this explicit protection. More about the

documentaries, the organization and its progress can

be viewed at www.georgiasafeschoolscoaliton.org.

As a result of Dr. Johnson’s contributions, the Atlanta

UPLIFTING UPDATES

This new section of the newsletter will focus on the

successes of departments around the country. Use

this platform to let your colleagues know about innovative

initiatives that have raised the profile of your

department, your colleagues, your students, and/or

the profession.

The price of nature: ASU students

research county parks, visitor fees

Milo Neild (UG student) and Eric Steffey (PhD

candidate) and undergraduate students from ASU’s

parks and recreation management department will

be using a grant from the Central Arizona Conservation

Alliance to gain insight into park visitors’ level of

acceptance of fees at three Maricopa County Regional

Parks. “It’s an amazing opportunity on so many

levels, not only with Milo being an undergraduate

student … but also myself as a PhD student, having

the opportunity to mentor somebody through the

whole process of conducting research,” says Steffey.

(See here https://asunews.asu.edu/20141124-parkresearch-grant)

Pride Committee selected him as one of the top 40

educators in Georgia working for social justice. Dr.

Johnson and the GSSC were the Grand Marshalls of

the 2014 Atlanta Pride Parade.

The Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies faculty

and students at Old Dominion University (ODU)

were recently recognized with the ODU Community

Service Award for their community-based service and

research with afterschool programs, special events,

the local tourism bureau, state parks, and more.

The Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration

(JPRA), the official publication of the American

Academy for Park and Recreation Administration,

has named “Public Park and Recreation Managers’

Experiences with Health Partnerships,” (See here

http://js.sagamorepub.com/jpra/article/view/5723)

as Best Paper for 2014. Toni Liechty (University of Illinois

at Urbana-Champaign), Andrew Mowen (Penn

State), Laura Payne (University of Illinois at Urbana-

Champaign), Karla Henderson (North Carolina State

University), Jason Bocarro (North Carolina State

University), Candice Bruton (UNC Greensboro) and

Geoffrey Godbey (Penn State) are the authors of the

paper.

Documenting how to reach diverse

urban youth through key messaging

and various media forums

Faculty from San Francisco State University’s department

of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, Broadcast

and Electronic and Communication Arts, and Child

& Adolescent Development are collaborating with a

local nonprofit organization—Bayview Hunters Point

Center for Art and Technology—to understand what

messages and media channels work best in awakening

and strengthening urban youth’s connection to

the land. A final report of their findings will be completed

later this spring. For more information, please

contact Nina Roberts at nroberts@sfsu.edu.

Helping Kentuckians generate an

outdoor recreation-based economy

Dr. Michael Bradley and Dr. Ryan Sharp have codirected

projects to help local communities attain

designation as a Kentucky Trail Town.

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(See here http://www.kentuckytourism.

com/!userfiles/Industry/Adventure/4%20-%20

Trail%20Town%20How%20to%20Guide.pdf). Their

most recent effort, with the help of undergraduate

and graduate students as well as adjunct instructor

Julie Sharp and Steve Chen from Morehead State

University, has involved surveying visitors and

residents, working with city leaders to identify

potential outdoor recreation opportunities and

develop a community interpretation plan. The data

collected will be used to assist local businesses with

customer service training and completing the trail

town application process. (See here http://www.

eku.edu/news/students-faculty-helping-paintsvilleobtain-trail-town-designation)

Sport and Event Management major

sequence approved at High Point

University

A new Sport and Event Management (SEM) major

sequence has been added to the B.A in Communication

at High Point University in North Carolina, beginning

in the fall of 2015. This major is unusually located

in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication

as there are no current leisure, recreation, hospitality,

or tourism departments at the liberal arts university.

The sequence will consist of two tracks, one

in Sport Management (SMG) and another in Event

Management (EMG); minors in both disciplines, currently

with 90 and 60 students, respectfully, will continue.

While the two tracks represent distinct academic

disciplines, the sequence unites them through

the inclusion of a common communication core and

cross-over electives designed to position graduates

with highly desired communication skills as they enter

the workforce. Dr. Vern Biaett, assistant professor

of Events Management, directs the EMG track.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute

February 24-26, 2016

Greenville, NC

Hosted by East Carolina University

Greenville serves as the gateway to a variety of natural resource areas throughout the North Carolina

coastal plain to explore and enjoy. Ranked among the best performing small metros in the United States by

the Milken Institute, Greenville is home to East Carolina University, many arts and science expositions, and

to the Brody School of Medicine.

Nominations for ALS Awards

Nominations for four Academy of Leisure Sciences 2015 Awards: a) Leadership for the future; b) Innovation

in Teaching; c) Excellence in Teaching; and d) Distinguished Colleague have been announced and are due

May 1, 2015 to the respective award committee chair whose contact information is listed on the nomination

forms (see here http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/news/2015-als-nomination-forms). Given that

we are on an “off year” of the Teaching Institute, the award winners will be honored at the Academy of Leisure

Sciences yearly meeting, this year in conjunction with the annual gathering of NRPA in Las Vegas, NV.

More details on the scheduling of those events will be forthcoming.

Awards programs are vital to academic careers and therefore, ALS has made it a priority to be sure our colleagues

and their important work continue to be recognized. Please do take some time to think about worthy

students or colleagues who might be deserving of these honors and take the time from your busy schedules

to consider putting together a nomination. Rich applicant pools are vital to successful of awards programs.

COREY JOHNSON

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The Academy of

Academy of Leisure Sciences

Leisure Sciences

TO:

FROM:

Members of the Academy

Lowell Caneday, Linda Caldwell, Heather Gibson, Walter Kuentzel

ALS Fellows Committee

DATE: January 16, 2015

RE: Call for Nominations of Prospective Fellows

You are cordially invited to make up to two nominations for prospective fellows in the Academy

of Leisure Sciences. The following criteria should be considered as you propose candidates

for membership:

1. The individual should have demonstrated competence in professional activities over a

considerable period of time (10-15 years). Included in this consideration of eligibility

are such factors as:

(a) quality as well as quantity of contributions to the literature in the field; (b) recognition

of leadership and extensive participation in professional associations or

organizations; and

(c) acknowledged outstanding performance as a teacher, leader, administrator, practitioner,

or researcher in the field of leisure sciences.

2. A willingness to further the goals of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and participate

actively (broadly defined) in its affairs.

Please submit one Biographical Data form, one letter of nomination, and one letter of support for the

nominee by email to the person and address noted (access the forms here http://www.academyofleisuresciences.com/news/call-nominations-prospective-fellows).

The Biographical Data form is in lieu of a vita; it is

a computer-fillable form to assure that we get comparable information on all prospective fellows. Please create/collect

materials and send all documents by email. We are utilizing a paperless process for nominations

and balloting. The Nominations Committee will compile all documents into one pdf document and distribute

it to the membership for voting.

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