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Winter 2014 Newsletter Extended: Wooden Desk

Live It, Protect It, Explore It!

The Report, a newsletter for Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration, alumni, students and friends

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By: Dr. Bill Hendricks, Department Head

Dr. Hendricks poses after surfingThe “off-season” normally brings back fond memories of my park ranger days on Mt. Tamalpais when the winter rains would bring a startling halt to the flow of visitors and a chance to complete the numerous projects that had backlogged over the busy summer and fall seasons.  However, similar to recreation, parks, and tourism professionals statewide we are facing the realities of California’s 2014 “Endless Summer.”  In other words, we find ourselves in a constant flow of waves to conquer and customers to serve.

It just so happens that our customers are you – students, alumni, parents, advisory council, colleagues, industry professionals, and friends of RPTA.  We (current and past faculty included) have developed a department that is now firmly recognized as one of the top programs in the country. Faculty expertise continues to reach monumental levels, the quality of our students is beyond comprehension, and the achievements of our alumni and the program are evolving exponentially.

In this edition of The Report, be sure to check out the opportunity to send your agency or business to our Rho Phi Lambda Career Fair on March 14.  Don’t miss out on hiring the very best! Also, please join us on February 22 for the RPTA Annual Auction and Dinner Fundraiser “Around the World with RPTA.”  This will be an occasion when you can mingle with our new (and old) faculty, renew friendships with college friends, and meet some of the individuals highlighted below.

Even though just a young lad, I vividly remember seeing the movie Endless Summer when it came out in 1966.  I recall whom I was with, the theater, and the influence Bruce Brown’s movie had on my desire to ride, in our neighborhood, my little red, wooden skateboard with metal wheels.  Although that passion did not transfer to a surfboard until much later in life (and has never transferred to much skill), the thrill of “wanting more” after just one slightly successful wave remains.  Our students and faculty want more for RPTA.  We want to conquer Mavericks, but we need your help getting there.  So, reach out to a student to mentor, recruit the very best at our career fair, help us reach our fundraising goals, and give back to the major that contributes to healthy lifestyles, memorable places, and life enhancing experiences.  See you in the water.

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