Tag Archives: Recreation Management

Brad Harris BYU July 11

Service: A Career and a Calling

Recreation management professor Brad Harris doesn’t want to be one of those people who go through the motions every day. He’s never been the kind of person to just daydream about making a difference—he actually does something about it. This mentality has inspired Harris to work in nonprofits throughout his life. Nonprofit work may seem […]

May 05

RECM Team Doesn’t Let Opportunity Escape

Time was running out as a team of BYU recreation management students rushed to diffuse a bomb in the office of a Russian spy. Though the stakes felt high, the students were in no danger; this was just an intense escape room game. In escape rooms, players work together within a certain timeframe to solve […]

March 21

Building Good Habits, Changing Lives in NZ

Heather Del Nero and Abbey Pugmire sat with twenty kiwi teens on a bus in New Zealand, on their way to a camp for at-risk youth. Searching for a way to break the ice, the two BYU students drew on lessons they’d learned in recreation management classes and turned to music games. “Before you know […]

March 16

Proactive Approach Nets Alum Dream Job

Elizabeth Smith loves her job. As an executive assistant for Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment (LHMSE), the 2014 recreation management grad works with the senior vice president over tickets, suites, and clubs as well as with the vice president of finance. She manages special projects, attends meetings with executives, analyzes financial statements, and prepares […]

February 06

When Olympic Dreams Become Reality

Giuseppe Vinci could hardly sit still, eyes glued to the TV in his humble home of Milan, Italy. It was the 1996 Olympic opening ceremonies and Muhammad Ali was lighting the torch, sending goosebumps all down Vinci’s neck. Right then Vinci knew he had to be in the Olympics some day. A few years later, […]

December 19

Creating Extraordinary Experiences

Clad in an array of costumes—goblins, knights, and even the pope—participants at the 2016 conference of the College of Extraordinary Experiences gathered at the Czocha Castle in Poland to interact with interdisciplinary leaders and learn how to design better experiences. Among the attendees of the November conference were Lord of the Rings executive producer Mark […]

November 14

When Rugby Meets Business

Last summer, recreation management senior Rebekah Boaz Hebdon took junior core classes and toured the country with the women’s collegiate All-American rugby team, which is comprised of the top players in the nation. This semester, Hebdon is working even harder; she is finishing her final year of school, starting on BYU’s women’s rugby team, and […]

November 01

Peter Ward: Teaching Across Borders

The summer after high school was transformative for BYU recreation management associate professor Peter Ward. He set off on a six-week European trip—a graduation gift from his grandmother—and learned about himself, others, and problem-solving. “So you’ve graduated from high school,” his grandmother had told him. “Now go get a real education.” Despite his tour guide’s […]

July 21

Making General Ed Cool Again

Oh, general education classes. You know, those mandatory non-major courses everyone begrudgingly signs up for as freshmen and sometimes—okay, usually—puts off until the last semester? While many may view these classes as a tedious check-list, Patti Freeman, former chair of the Department of Recreational Management and newly appointed associate dean for Undergraduate Studies, hopes to […]

March 09

Professor Climbing to New Heights

Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, there are still some who hope for ice instead of an early spring. “When most people are complaining that it’s very cold outside, I love that, because we know the ice is solidifying,” says recreation management professor Stacy Taniguchi, who makes a hobby of scaling frozen cliffs. […]

February 17

Alum Revives Happy Memories with Music

The residential staff could hear the soft crying of Mrs. C. from down the hall. A victim of dementia, the woman would sit alone by her door at Wisteria Place in Abilene, Texas, weeping and longing for her home and her daughter. She remained distant behind her tears­—until Leticia Stucki, the resident recreational therapist and […]

November 24

Experience Industry: A Play-By-Play

They say business is all work and no play. But those studying experience industry management might beg to differ. After all, a career outlook in this field could involve anything from working in an amusement park to a sports arena. The experience industry provides people with recreation opportunities—think ski resorts, public parks, zoos, and hotel […]

September 30

Speaking the Language of the Heart

As the secretary at a California middle school, Paula Moore played classical music at her desk. Nearby, an unruly little boy was often waiting to meet with school administrators for discipline issues. One day Moore leaned over and asked him why he was always getting into trouble. “He told me he liked to sit next […]

August 20

Marriott School News Roundup

The Marriott School didn’t take a vacation this summer. The accolades, competition wins, and prestigious invites kept stacking up. Here’s what you missed.   School News The Dean Goes to Washington: Dean Lee Perry joined fellow business school leaders from across the country at the White House to discuss opportunities for women in business. BYU Companies […]

July 16

In the Atrium with Madison Zylstra

Growing up in La Verne, California, Madison Zylstra always looked forward to watching her brothers play sports. So when they shipped off to play on different BYU teams, she knew she didn’t want to miss a game. Now a few years down the road, Zylstra is getting ready to graduate from BYU’s recreation management program and […]

April 10

In the Atrium with Noemi Morales

Noemi Morales, a native of Roswell, Georgia, started out as a photography major at BYU-Idaho. Although it took her a few years in Rexburg, an LDS mission to St. George, Utah; and lots of decisions, Morales has finally found her calling in the Marriott School’s recreation management program. She’s even landed an internship with a […]

March 09

Passion for skiing turns into career

Slicing through fresh powder with the wind whipping at you and sunshine on your face—what could be better? For Marriott School professor Neil Lundberg, the only thing greater than skiing itself is helping others get out on the slopes. “It all started when a supervisor at the National Ability Center in Park City invited me to come […]

August 27

Mat Duerden: Wilderness Classroom

When undergraduate Mat Duerden couldn’t pin down a career path, an interesting opportunity came his way: hosting a wilderness camp. For Duerden, who is now a recreation management professor at the Marriott School, the rest is history. The wilderness camp project was offered to him by recreation management professor Mark Widmer since Duerden was a […]