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Recreation University supported by Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation

Recreation University supported by Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation

 Export to Your Calendar 1/7/2020 to 4/28/2020
When: Various Dates January - April 2020
10:00 AM
Where: United States
Contact: Chuck Montrie

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Recreation University


supported by Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation


Recreation University is a six-week program providing new employees or seasonal staff with the foundational knowledge of the Parks & Recreation Management field. This program is designed for professionals without a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. 


Course work has been selected by professionals in the field and will be taught by experts in the Parks & Recreation industry. Throughout the program, participants will share and apply their knowledge to real life scenarios. Recreation University will meet approximately every three weeks (please note the break due to the MRPA Annual Conference in Ocean City) at various locations throughout central Maryland.


Specialized introductory classes will occur after each class. Topics will include aquatics, ADA and access, facilities management and operations, and more. Specific schedule TBD.


Participation is limited to 25 professionals. Participants do NOT need to be members of MRPA to apply. Attendance is required at all sessions. CEU’s will be awarded for some sessions. 


Cost $395 – Fee includes facility, speaker fees and meals.

Time: 10AM-4PM


Dates for Recreation University are as follows. Under "availability" on the application (below), please confirm your availability for these dates.  Attendance at all sessions is required.


1/7/2020            History of Parks & Recreation & Leisure               Roger Carter Comm. Ctr (Ellicott City, MD)          

Dr. Maureen Dougherty, Let’s Go with Dr. Mo                                     

Our first course in the series will focus on getting to know your cohort through a variety of engaging ice-breakers and team building activities.  The instructional portion will explore the brief history and philosophical foundations of the recreation and parks movement, the evolution of the field and benefits to society, and some of the key challenges of the past, present, and future.

1/28/2020           Parks & Recreation Basics, Part 1                              North Laurel Comm. Ctr (Laurel, MD)

             Stephanie Dalton, Prince George's Community College Adjunct Instructor 

Discuss the steps of program planning and tips on how to effectively lead a program.


                          Specialized Course: Intro to Access and the ADA              

                          Dan Vigus, Inclusion Specialist Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation


2/18/2020            2/18/2020            Parks & Recreation Basics, Part 2                            North Laurel Comm. Ctr (Laurel, MD) 

Stephanie Dalton, Prince George's Community College Adjunct Instructor

Participants will have an opportunity to practice leading an activity. Topics will also include a brief overview of the types of facilities and various settings for recreation.


3/10/2020            Evaluation & Analytics                                                  Roger Carter Community Center

Dr. Natalia Buta, Associate Professor,  Frostburg State University 

Topics will cover the rationale behind a quality program evaluation and the procedures and tools available for use. Get hands-on experience developing a useful survey and learn how it will impact your programs going forward. Participants will also understand the importance of obtaining and utilizing program statistics and demographics to guide decision making.


Specialized Course: Intro to Aquatics

Jenn Mogus, Recreation Supervisor City of Frederick


3/31/2020          Special Event Planning                                          Robinson Nature Center, (Columbia, MD) 

Laura Wetherald, Bureau Chief, Howard County Recreation & Parks 

Topics will cover the fundamentals of event planning from community center special events to large festivals including timelines, budget considerations and marketing techniques.


                          Specialized Course: Intro to Nature Interpretation

                          Meagan Downey, Program Manager 


4/28/2020         Transitioning from Staff to Supervisor                                    Belmont Manor (Elkridge, MD)

Darryl Wyles, Learning and Development Facilitator, Association for Talent Development 

Transitioning to becoming a supervisor may be one of the most challenging components of your career – learn techniques for managing your most important asset---your staff. Course will cover leadership styles, group dynamics, recruitment and supervision.



Please register by December 20. You MUST be available to attend all sessions.


We are sorry, but refunds are not available for this program.


MRPA thanks the Mary Jean & Oliver Travers Foundation, Inc. for their generous donation to this program.


The Foundation was established appoximately 40 years ago, funded modestly by the Schenuit Tire Company to help qualifying community events. Schenuit Tire was founded by Mary Jean's dad, Frank Schenuit. over the years, as other family members moved on and Schenuit Tire was sold, the name of the foundation was changed to the Mary Jean and Oliver Travers Foundation, Inc. In recent years, the family has continued to grow the foundation's assets and provide to their children a means to express philanthropy. The foundation has stayed true to its roots and continues, as it did over 40 years ago, to express the family's desire to help organizations with annual gifts. This gift will provide a quality educational opportunity for the Recreation University.



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