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" Students enjoy the friendly culture
and enjoy having opportunities to get
to know one another better. The club
helps a lot of our transfers and new
majors feel like they have a home. "
Dr. Michael Bradley, an assistant
professor at Eastern Kentucky University, agreed, sharing that, " Recreation Club helps develop a sense
of community among the students.
They are a family, so to speak. I think
the students enjoy seeing the faculty
outside of the typical faculty roles. I
played on the intramural basketball
team with the majors, and they really
thought that was the coolest thing. "
Interaction with instructors in an
alternative setting is seen as beneficial
at multiple academic programs. Dr.
Kyle Woosnam, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, also

considers " time with faculty outside
of the classroom " as one of the major
benefits for students. These alternate
settings can be exciting places. Dr.
Burk reports that the SUNY-Cortland
Recreation Association supports its
active members by sending them to
conferences all over the United States.
Zack Breeding, president of the University of Mississippi's Park and Recreation Management Association
(PRMA), attends the state conference
each year with his fellow undergraduate students. He says, " By utilizing
the Mississippi Recreation and Park
Association and other sources, we are
working to create a fun atmosphere of
learning where the students build off
of each other's connections. "
Meeting professionals at the state
convention is a great advantage to

the employment search process. Dr.
Jasmine Townsend, a graduate of
the Ph.D. program at Indiana University, explains, " The Therapeutic
Recreation club usually got to be
involved in the annual TR conference, RTI (Recreation Therapists
of Indiana). They got to meet some
well-known people in our profession, see how a conference comes
together, attend the conference
(first-time conference attendees
for many) and, most importantly,
network with professionals in our
field. Being involved in the conference was a great opportunity to see
a lot of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in one place and
even talk to many of them about
internship or employment opportunities. "

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