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How the US military thinks about conservation
The US military is thinking differently about protecting wildlife and nature on and off its bases while still allowing for proper training. The Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program is a blueprint to combat encroachment and avoid land-use conflicts. Parks & Recreation magazine (11/2015)

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Public Communication and Outreach

N.C. county’s master plan development to include the public
Rowan County, N.C., plans to update the city’s master plan and has numerous organizations bidding to provide the service. Most bidders included an avenue for gathering public comment, such as meetings or a website. Salisbury Post (N.C.) (10/30)

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Parks department uses app to organize marathon volunteers
The Little Rock Parks and Recreation department in Arkansas is using VolunteerLocal, a mobile app, to manage the volunteers for next year’s Little Rock Marathon. The app allows individuals to sign up and pick a shift, with a confirmation e-mail response detailing the volunteer’s assignment. Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville) (11/2)

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Social Media and Marketing

Twitter adds heart to denote likes, gets rid of “favorite” star
Twitter has replaced its “favorite” star with a heart icon for users to click to endorse a post. Twitter said the change was a simplification, since some users misunderstood the use of the word “favorite.” “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” Twitter’s Akarshan Kumar wrote in a blog post. The Verge (11/3)

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Mich. city sees success from social push
The city of Sterling Heights, Mich., has improved its social media presence during the past six months over a number of networks. Communications have included highlighting individuals and businesses, holding contests and offering city news. The Macomb Daily (Mount Clemens, Mich.) (11/3)

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Aurora, Ill., reaches beyond its populace with Facebook
The city of Aurora, Ill., has significantly grown its social media presence, with its best Facebook posts having a reach twice the size of the city’s population. The page offers emergency alerts and other news, as well as interactions with the public. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/2)

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Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) Future Scholars Program

The purpose of the Future Scholars Program is to provide master’s degree students who are interested (in the next few years) in pursuing a doctorate in an area related to recreation and leisure studies the opportunity to meet some of the outstanding researchers and scholars in the field. Selected applicants will be invited to attend the NRPA Annual Congress as guests of the ALS and the NRPA Education Network. The Future Scholars will receive $1,000 to cover transportation, lodging, and meal expenses. Future Scholars are expected to register for the NRPA conference at the student rate.

Future Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in the Academy of Leisure Sciences (ALS) Future Scholars Program sponsored by the ALS with support from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Education Network. This packet includes information that you will need to complete your application.

This year’s conference will be held from October 14 to 16, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the conference, Future Scholars will be paired with a mentor and have an opportunity to interact with scholars in the field. In addition, Future Scholars will attend meetings hosted by the Academy of Leisure Sciences, the Leisure Research Symposium, and the NRPA Education Network; go to NRPA educational sessions; and participate in social functions. This will be an excellent opportunity for Future Scholars to ask questions about the field and inquire about doctoral program opportunities.

Applications should be submitted to Dr. Deb Kerstetter (debk@psu.edu) as an email attachment (.docx or .pdf formatted) by midnight April 18, 2014.

Best wishes and thank you for your interest in the Future Scholars program!

The 2014 ALS Future Scholars Program Committee Members

FUTURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The purpose of the ALS Future Scholars Program is to provide graduate students who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in an area related to recreation and leisure studies the opportunity to meet some of the outstanding scholars in the field by attending the NRPA National Congress.

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

             currently enrolled in, or have completed a master’s degree in the leisure field;

             have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during both undergraduate and graduate studies;

             Is not committed to, nor enrolled in, doctoral study at a particular university at the time of application and conference attendance;

             has plans to initiate doctoral studies within the next three years;

             is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in recreation and parks, leisure studies, tourism, or related discipline;

             has the written support of a faculty sponsor; and

             can attend the 2014 NRPA National Congress.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Members of the 2014 ALS Future Scholars Program Committee will review all applicants using the following criteria:

             academic ability (based on GPA and Faculty Sponsor letter);

             indications of scholarly potential in the field (based on publications, presentations, research experience, applicant’s cover letter, and/or Faculty Sponsor letter);

             strength of intention to pursue doctoral studies in a leisure-related subject (based on applicant’s cover letter and Faculty Sponsor letter); and

             general level of professionalism (based on format and depth of application materials, presentation of written materials, and professional involvement).

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Therapeutic Recreation Journal has issued a Call for Editor

The Therapeutic Recreation Journal has issued a Call for Editor. Information about this position can be found below or in the attached PDF. Please

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forward this information to those who might be interested in this great opportunity.

Thank you and have a great weekend.

William Anderson

Director of Sales and Marketing

Sagamore Publishing LLC

C A L L  F O R  E D I T O R

TERM: Jan. 1, 2014-Dec. 31, 2016

Therapeutic Recreation Journal

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), with the

English: Official Logo of NRPA[1].

assistance of Sagamore Publishing, LLC, is currently seeking candidates

for the position of editor for the Therapeutic Recreation Journal (TRJ).

The Therapeutic Recreation Journal is a renowned, peer-reviewed, quarterly

publication devoted to publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts

in the field of therapeutic recreation. The Journal provides a national

forum for research and discussion on the needs of persons with

disabilities, problems confronting the profession, new vistas of services,

and receiving therapeutic recreation services. The Journal seeks materials

that are theoretically, empirically, or practically based and substantive in

the sense of proposing, discovering, or replicating knowledge in the field

of therapeutic recreation.

The information provided below outlines qualifications and responsibilities for the position. The

editor of TRJ has a tremendous opportunity to significantly impact the therapeutic recreation

field.

TRJ Editor Qualifications and Responsibilities

Qualifications

1. Recognized, scholarly contributions to the field of leisure, recreation, and therapeutic recreation

2. Awareness and understanding of the theory and methods of multidisciplinary approaches to the

study of recreation, and therapeutic recreation

3. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) preferred

Duties

1. Be responsible for receiving, reviewing, and selecting the material that will make up the Therapeutic

Recreation Journal using the Manuscript Management System provided by Sagamore Publishing.

2. Be responsible for maintaining the office of the Editor of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal and its

attendant requirements and duties.

3. Supervise the work of the Associate Editors and reviewers.

4. Be responsible for conducting the search for and selection of new Associate Editors.

5. Be responsible for organizing and conducting the meeting of the Associate Editors held annually

during the NRPA Congress.

6. Maintain close communication with Sagamore Publishing, LLC, who will serve as the Managing

Editor.

7. Be responsible for implementing editorial policies and procedures as determined by the Editor,

NRPA, Sagamore Publishing, and the Associate Editors.

Required Institutional Support

The host institution needs to certify that the following support is available for the Editor:

1. Sufficient release time for the Editor to enable the successful fulfillment of the responsibilities.

2. Necessary administrative support for the Editor and necessary clerical support equipment.

3. Adequate office space.

4. Travel expenses for the Editor to attend the annual meeting of the editorial staff at NRPA Congress.

5. Ability to assume partial costs of institutional overhead expenses for mailing, printing, forms, phone

calls, and miscellaneous supplies. A stipend of $4,000.00 will be paid for this position.

Information to be Submitted with the Nomination or Application

1. A cover letter stating the candidate’s desire to be editor including comments regarding philosophy or

approach to the position of Editor, as well as any appropriate changes that might be made in the

Journal.

2. An up-to-date personal resume or academic vitae.

3. A statement from the supervisor indicating that the institution is willing to provide necessary

support requested in the preceding section.

4. Other materials that the applicant deems appropriate.

Deadline

Application materials must be received by October 15, 2013. NRPA and Sagamore Publishing, LLC will

review the nominations and officially appoint the new Editor by November 30, 2013, who will be

responsible for the first issue of the Therapeutic Recreation Journal in 2014.

Direct Applications and Questions to:

Peter Bannon

President

Sagamore Publishing, LLC

pbannon

1807 N Federal Drive

Urbana, IL 61801

www.sagamorepub.com

800-327-5557

TRJ Call for Editors.pdf


NRPA Looking for a Co-Chair for the Leisure Research Symposium

On behalf of the NRPA Education Network (group formerly known as SPRE), I’m pleased to announce this “Call for Co-Chair” for the NRPA Leisure Research Symposium. The LRS is one of the largest annual leisure research symposiums in North America. We seek a junior Co-Chair to work with the incoming (this fall) senior Co-Chair Jim Sibthorp (University of Utah).

Also, we seek a LRS Poster Session Coordinator who will work with the LRS Co-Chairs (both position descriptions/announcements are below and attached).

Please feel free to contact me by email at lpayne or phone at 217-244-7038 with any questions about this important volunteer position.

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CALL FOR NATIONAL RECREATION & PARK ASSOCIATION (NRPA)

LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (LRS)

CO-CHAIR for 2013 – 2015

The Education Network (formerly known as SPRE) of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of the junior LRS Co-Chair Position for a 2-year term (beginning in October 2013 for the 2014 and 2015 Leisure Research Symposiums). This is a volunteer position appointed by the Education Network Leadership in collaboration with the current senior LRS Co-Chair (Jason Bocarro, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University) and current junior LRS Co-Chair (Jim Sibthorp, Associate Professor at University of Utah). The junior LRS Co-Chair will learn the LRS process during the 1st year and assume the role of senior LRS Co-Chair during the second year of the position. Details of this important position are provided below.

Responsibilities of LRS Co-Chairs:

• Organize and distribute the “Call for Abstracts” to the field through a variety of communication channels including Sprenet and other listserves

• Coordinate the submission and review process for all submitted abstracts

• Recruit and appoint review coordinators for topical/themed sessions for the LRS

• Oversee and coordinate the entire review process working with review coordinators

• Organize the George Butler Lecture

• Coordinate with NRPA Congress staff the development and organization of the final LRS program (i.e., scheduling of LRS paper presentation sessions, organization of the LRS Poster session, organization of the George Butler Lecture)

• Work with the ALS appointed members to judge the Best Student Abstract Award

• Work with the JLR Editor to recommend abstracts for full paper submissions to the JLR special issue

Qualifications of LRS Co-Chairs:

• Experience as a reviewer and/or review coordinator for the LRS

• Involvement as a presenter at the LRS in past year(s)

• Active research program in the field with a record of scholarship

• Research focus area that complements (rather than overlaps) the content/specialty area of the incoming senior LRS Co-Chair (will be Jim Sibthorp as of October, 2013)

• Institutional diversity (i.e., person works at a different college/university than the senior Co-Chair)

• Well-organized, detail oriented, and excellent time management skills

• Available throughout the year (including Summer) to meet program deadlines

• Attend the NRPA Conference each year during the 2-year term (2013, 2014, 2015)

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CALL FOR NATIONAL RECREATION & PARK ASSOCIATION (NRPA)

LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM (LRS)

POSTER COORDINATOR for 2013 – 2014

The Education Network (formerly known as SPRE) of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is pleased to announce the availability of the Poster Coordinator Volunteer Position for a 1-year term (beginning in October 2013 for the 2014 Leisure Research Symposium). This is a volunteer position appointed by the Education Network Leadership in collaboration with the current senior LRS Co-Chair (Jason Bocarro, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University) and current junior LRS Co-Chair (Jim Sibthorp, Associate Professor at University of Utah). Details of this important position are provided below.

Responsibilities of LRS Poster Coordinator:

• In conjunction with LRS Co-chairs make recommendations on which abstracts should be included in the Leisure Research Symposium

• Review and assist with judging the Best Student Abstract Award

• Coordinate logistics of set-up and break-down of the poster session with NRPA Staff

• Communicate logistics of the poster session with the poster presenters

Qualifications of Poster Coordinator:

• Experience as a reviewer and/or review coordinator for the LRS is desired

• Involvement as a presenter at the LRS in past year(s)

• Active research program in the field with a record of scholarship

• Well-organized, detail oriented, and excellent time management skills

• Available throughout the year (including Summer) to meet program deadlines

• Attend the NRPA Conference each year during the 1-year term (2014)

If you are interested in either the LRS Co-Chair position or LRS Poster Coordinator Position, please submit by email or fax your current Curriculum Vita (CV) and a one page letter of application by Friday, May 3rd, 2013 to:

Laura Payne, Chair

NRPA Education Network

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: lpayne

Phone: 217-244-7038 Fax: 217-244-1935

LRS Co Chair Position Announcement 2014-2015.pdf

LRS Poster Coordinator Position Announcement.pdf


Call for Contributing Columnists & Student Research Article Submissions

Call for Contributing Columnists & Student Research Article Submissions

The Young Professional is a quarterly publication aimed at providing information specifically for young professionals and students in the parks, recreation, and leisure field. Articles may be testimonials, interviews, opinion, research, best practices highlights or simply informational in nature. The Young Professional will be distributed digitally to all young professionals and students in NRPA’s Young Professional Network, through NRPA Connect, as well as through other social media platforms.

The Young Professional Network seeks students (undergraduate and graduate) to contribute professional columns and research briefs for publication in The Young Professional. Columns may be diverse in style and content, but must be beneficial for young professionals and students in the parks and recreation field. Research briefs are usually slightly longer than columns and are overviews of the research. Research briefs must be beneficial for young professionals and students in the parks and recreation field.

Potential contributors are encouraged to send inquiries to Michael J. Bradley (michael.bradley).

Michael J. Bradley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department of Recreation & Park Administration
College of Health Sciences
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue, Begley 403
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
T: 859.622.1834
E: michael.bradley

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