Top Navigation

Side Navigation


Download Print-Quality Image
Outstanding Graduate Student Jessica Dawson, right, is pictured with RPTA Professor Katharine Pawelko.


Download Print-Quality Image
Graduate of the Last Decade Undergraduate (GOLD) Krisilee Murphy, left, is pictured with RPTA Associate Professor Minsun Doh.


Download Print-Quality Image
Outstanding Alum Lauri Anderson, center, is pictured with COEHS Associate Dean Dale Adkins and RPTA Associate Faculty Rachel Smith.


Download Print-Quality Image
Outstanding Senior Molly Rupert, left, is pictured with RPTA Assistant Professor Michael Lukkarinen.


Download Print-Quality Image
Developing Scholar Jillian Ross, left, is pictured with RPTA Academic Advisor Keri Allison.


Download Print-Quality Image
Graduate Student of the Last Decade - Graduate (GOLD) Michael Bradley, right, is pictured with RPTA Professor Rob Porter.


Download Print-Quality Image
Nikki Ellis, left, winner of the Anita H. Magafas Nontraditional Student Award, is pictured with RPTA Professor Katharine Pawelko.


Download Print-Quality Image
Distinguished Service Award winner Pat Sullivan, left, is pictured with RPTA Interim Chair Daniel Yoder.

RPTA Professional Development Conference Awards

May 12, 2014


Share |
Printer friendly version

MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration (RPTA) students and alumni received awards during the RPTA Professional Development Conference (PDC) held April 10-11.

This year, the annual RPTA PDC was open to students of all majors at Western. In addition to the conference program, the event featured alumni sharing their professional success stories and offered students opportunities to network with alumni.

Students and alumni honored include:

Department Scholar
Fall 2013—Cody Collins (Kankakee, IL), senior, RPTA
Spring 2014—Molly Rupert (Galesburg, IL), senior, RPTA

College Scholar Nominees
Spring 2014—Molly Rupert (Galesburg, IL), senior, RPTA

RPTA Book Scholarship
Jenna Savoia (Macomb, IL), sophomore, RPTA; and Sarah Cuthbert (Tinley Park, IL), sophomore, RPTA

William Lakie Scholarship

Cheng Lun Chu Tarantola (Macomb, IL), graduate student, RPTA

RPTA Students of the Month
September 2013—Robyn Smalley (Burlington, IA), senior, RPTA
October 2013—Alexis Burks (Calumet City, IL), senior, RPTA
November 2013—Clifford Bolt (Illinois City, IL), senior, RPTA
February 2014—Hannah Cecil (Maquon, IL), junior, RPTA
March 2014—Amanda Kester (Byron, IL), junior, RPTA

Alumni Association Jim Berousek Distinguished Alumni Award
Cody Kamp, RPTA alumnus, 2000, from Fox Valley Park District

Gil Belles Book Review
Wilson Roegge (Quincy, IL), senior, exercise science; and Robyn Smalley (Burlington, IA), senior, RPTA

Department Awards
Developing Scholar

Jillian Ross, sophomore, RPTA, Cedar Falls, IA

Arthur F. Clayton Award
Deanna Beachy (Cedar Falls, IA), sophomore, RPTA

Outstanding Senior
Molly Rupert (Galesburg, IL), senior, RPTA

Anita H. Magafas Nontraditional Student Award
Nicki Ellis (Davenport, IA), senior RPTA

Outstanding Graduate Student
Jessica Dawson (Macomb, IL), graduate student, RPTA

Distinguished Service
Pat Sullivan from Peace of Earth Lodge, Rushville, IL

Graduate of the Last Decade Undergraduate (GOLD)
Krisilee Murphy, RPTA alumna, 2009

Graduate of the Last Decade Graduate (GOLD)
Michael Bradley, RPTA master's program alumnus, 2008

Excellence in Education
Michael McGowan, professor, RPTA

Outstanding Alumni
Laurie Anderson, RPTA alumnus, 1991

Learn more about the RTPA department at Western at www.wiu.edu/coehs/rpta/.

Posted By: Kolette Herndon (EK-Herndon@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations