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Faculty, students, alumni present at American Therapeutic Recreation Association Conference

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Fifteen undergraduate recreation and tourism management students with the School of Human Ecology along with associate professor Brent Wolfe, Ph.D., attended the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, from Sept. 10-13.

In addition to the faculty and students, eight Georgia Southern alumni from the Recreation and Tourism Management Program were present at the conference. Not only did the faculty, students and alumni attend the conference but they were active participants.

Alumni Erica Teilhaber (’16) and Madison Monk (’16) presented their honors research thesis titled, “Examining the myth of the clinical vs. community discussion in recreational therapy,” at the research symposium and were co-presenters with Wolfe on another presentation titled “Quality of life and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities: A qualitative examination of a camp experience implementing recreational therapy services.”

Teilhaber and Monk were the only undergraduate students selected through the blind review process to have their work presented and they were the only non-Ph.D. students to present their research at the Annual Conference.

During the four-day event, students Marvin Beecher, Richard Spector, Anna Battestello and Roger Currier participated in both a team and individual trivia competition where recreational therapy content questions were asked. Georgia Southern students placed first in the team event in addition to Spector placing first and Currier placing second in the individual competition.

Georgia Southern University’s Recreation and Tourism Management Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT). For more information on the Recreation and Tourism Management program please visit the website chhs.GeorgiaSouthern.edu/she/undergraduate/recr/.

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