Banquet Program

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The Department of

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences

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April 19, 2018

Hildebrand Equine Center


Evening Program

Welcome..............................................................Mr. Cory Dentler

Introduction..........................................................Dr. Scott Shafer

Invocation.............................................................Dr. Lou Hodges

Dinner

Awards and Recognition

Undergraduate Introduction......................Ms. Madison Elliott

Undergraduate Scholarships.........................Mrs. Susan Scott

Graduate Introduction...........................Ms. Alexandra Skrocki

Graduate Scholarships......................................Dr. Jim Petrick

Induction of Rho Phi Lambda..................Dr. Jamie Rae Walker

Young Professional Award...........................Dr. Corliss Outley

Terry Hershey Award............................Dr. Jamie Rae Walker

Leslie M. Reid Award.......................................Dr. David Scott

Performance by the Lil' and Elite Wranglers

Closing Remarks.................................................Dr. Scott Shafer

Aggie War Hymn................................................RPTS 321 Team


About The Department

The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism

Sciences was established in 1966, as a priority of

President James Earl Rudder. President Rudder

recruited Dr. Leslie M. Reid to serve as the founding

Department Head. In the years following, the

department has become recognized as one of the

top programs in Recreation, Park and Tourism

Sciences internationally.

The department offers baccalaureate, masters, and

doctoral degrees. It maintains innovative research

programs and provides leading extension programs

that meet research, training and consultation needs

throughout Texas and beyond. Academic programs

prepare students through study in six specialization

areas: tourism management, recreation and

park administration, youth development, parks and

conservation, event management, and hospitality

management. At present, approximately 400

students are studying in our undergraduate

programs and approximately 70 are studying for

graduate degrees.


2018 Undergraduate

Scholarship Recipients

Carlton Van Doren Scholarship

Andrea Wendling

Clara Wuest Heidemann Scholarship

Ashlyn McDaniel

Kathryn Moore

Heidemann Wuest Scholarship

Brian Rubin

Jana Wisenbaker Scholarship

Elliot Galey

Joyce Nies & Peter Witt Scholarship

Grace Donovan

Leslie M. Reid Scholarship

Jessica Hazel

Casandra Owens

Lon and Inger Garrison Scholarship

Alexandra Skrocki

Louis Hodges Scholarship

Hannah Bordovsky

Sarah Beth Clark


2018 Undergraduate

Scholarship Recipients

Sue Wittens ’72 Memorial Scholarship

Linda Co

Jordyn Cowan

Reya Martinez

Lacie Weilbacher

Royce Wisenbaker, Jr. Scholarship

Hans Brechbuhl

Madison Elliott

Branaun Galentine

Brandie Guice

Katie Markham

Carly Pappert

Sydney Pennington

David Pham

Emili Quintero

Christopher Richardson

Jameson Tischler

Kaylee Vogl


2018 Graduate

Scholarship Recipients

Bradberry Scholarship

Andrew Lacanienta

Maria Leon

Elizabeth B. Crompton Scholarship

Aurelia Gracia

Seobgyu “Aiden” Song

Gene Phillips Memorial Scholarship

Clark Connor

Amit Ghoshal

Julie Kircher

Lauren Redmore

Jake Hershey Scholarship

Jieun Song

John L. Crompton Scholarship

Songyi Kim

Trang Le

Quinn Lindford

Hyunmin “Tom” Yang

Joyce Nies and Peter Witt Scholarship

Robert Carlisle

Chad Nelson


2018 Graduate

Scholarship Recipients

Korean RPTS Alum Marguerite Van Dyke Scholarship

Sukjoon Yoon

Marguerite Van Dyke Graduate Scholarship

Seunghoon Lee

Robert B. Ditton Endowed Scholarship

John Friebele

Sequor Youth Development Scholarship

Rowan Cooper

Ji Won Nam

Chad Nelson

Hannah Sensenbrenner

Alex Sullins


2018 Rho Phi Lambda Inductees

Rho Phi Lambda is a national organization that recognizes

students and honorary professionals in our field for their

excellence in academics, co-curricular and volunteer

activities, and contributions to our field.

For membership in Rho Phi Lambda, a student must show

evidence of academic excellence in scholarship,

leadership, and service to campus or community.

Undergraduate Students

Hannah Bordovsky

Linda Co

Kelsey Coats

Cory Dentler

Ethan Dujay

Madison Elliott

Emily Gunderson

Rebekah James

Paige Keller

Jaejun Lee

Katie Markham

Mary Austin Morgan

Tory Newbold

David Pham

Alexandra Skrocki

Lacie Weilbacher

Graduate Students

Johanna Galloway

Kristianna Bowles

Rowan Cooper

Ariel Marlowe

Hannah Sensenbrenner

Evgenia Spears

Alex Sullins

Jeffrey Wahl


The Young Professional Award

This award recognizes an individual who has graduated

from our program in the past 10 years, has excelled in the

profession and exhibits a deep commitment to the field of

recreation, parks and tourism. The recipient is recognized

as having made a significant impact in the field in a

relatively short time as a professional.


The Young Professional Award Recipient

Ms. Lauren Reichstein

An unlikely outdoor lover, Lauren spent her childhood convinced that

everything outdoors would kill her and that life was best spent inside,

nose buried in a good book. Yet, after one fateful summer as a camp

counselor and a semester-long internship at Walt Disney World, she was

hooked. She switched her major to RPTS, completed several internships

and immediately after graduation applied to the Master’s program. As a

youth development graduate student, she studied with Dr. Corliss

Outley, focusing on bullying and the influence of recreational sex on

teenagers. During this time, she also worked with the Girl Scouts of San

Jacinto Council and was inducted as a member of Rho Phi Lambda.

Since graduating, Lauren has broadened her experience internationally

as a teacher with Disney English in China, worked with Keystone

Adventures as a guide in southern China and with Our Chalet as a

volunteer program assistant in Switzerland. Currently, Lauren is the

Camp Director at Camp Holloway at Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee in

Nashville. Camper sessions focus on desired outcomes of the Girl Scout

movement through innovative programming. Since accepting the position

in 2015, camper enrollment has increased by 30%, an accomplishment

Lauren credits to the skills she learned at Texas A&M.

Lauren continues to be inspired to grow her career in the camping

industry so that she can continue to mentor young women and

encourage her campers to take risks, be adventurous and gain

confidence. She believes that her unique position working with both staff

and Scouts allows her to focus on youth development at all levels and

that there is no better feeling than hearing a success story from a former

staff member, camper or student.


The Terry Hershey Award For

Excellence

Terry Hershey was a Texas lightning rod for parks and the

cause of conservation. Her list of achievements was

extraordinary. Beyond her commitment to funding student

scholarships in support of those studying for a

professional career in parks and conservation, she

provided numerous additional forms of support for our

students and faculty. She made sure our department and

students were engaged in the vital conservation activities

to which she was strongly committed. We benefitted

because of what she did for the Texas environment, and

we are deeply honored that Terry Hershey was our

friend.This award is given to a professional who has

dedicated a career to the values she embraced.


The Terry Hershey Award for

Excellence Recipient

Dr. Michal Anne Lord

Dr. Michal Anne Lord is the Executive Director of the Texas

Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). She is a Certified Parks

and Recreation Professional and a state certified Therapeutic

Recreation Professional. Prior to becoming the Executive

Director of TRAPS, she taught for thirteen years at Texas State

University in the Department of Health, Physical Education,

Recreation and Dance. Dr. Lord is a past member of the National

Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) Board of Trustees, is past

president of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the

Therapeutic Recreation Branch of TRAPS. She has served on

the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Texas; and has

chaired the National Advisory Council of Very Special Arts, an

educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the

Performing Arts. Michal Anne has received the Fellow Award

from the Texas Recreation & Park Society and the TR

Professional of the Year Award from the TRAPS’ TR Branch; the

Fellow Award from the NRPA Southwest Regional Council, the

National Therapeutic Recreation Society’s, Distinguish Service

Award and is a member of the American Academy of Park and

Recreation Administration. For more than 30 years Dr. Lord has

worked to make recreation and parks accessible and meaningful

to all types of people.


The Leslie M. Reid Outstanding

Alumni Award

Dr. Leslie M. Reid was recruited to Texas A&M in 1966 by

President Earl Rudder to create our department. Dr. Reid

served as Department Head for 20 years elevating it from

a small unit with no visibility to one of the premier higher

education programs in recreation, parks and tourism in the

country. Based on his keen understanding of the value of

interdisciplinary perspectives he recruited faculty from

diverse disciplines. He actively promoted the department

at state and national levels, and built a strong financial

base for his successors. His impact on the quality of life of

people in all corners of the globe through his visionary

administrative leadership, commitment to excellence in

teaching, innovative research, and exemplary citizenship

is immense.


The Leslie M. Reid Outstanding

Alumni Recipient

Dr. Myron Floyd

Dr. Myron Floyd is Professor and Department Head in the

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at North

Carolina State University. He is widely acknowledged as a leading

scholar in the area of ethnicity and outdoor recreation behavior. His

most recent research examines how public parks and other built

environment features contribute to physical activity and health in low

income communities of color. Funding for his research comes from

public and private granting agencies including the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention, National Park Service, US Forest

Service, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research

appears widely in a variety of highly regarded scientific journals

including Leisure Sciences, American Journal of Preventive

Medicine, and Environment and Behavior. Dr. Floyd serves on the

Forestry Research Advisory Council which provides advice to the

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on research priorities for the US Forest

Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He is the

2008 recipient of the National Recreation and Park Association

Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in

Recreation and Park Research. He is an elected Fellow of the

Academy of Leisure Sciences.


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