CSU, Chico News

Students Win Awards From California Parks and Recreation Society

Date: 04-12-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Two California State University, Chico students have received prestigious awards from the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) for their scholarship and service to the field of parks and recreation resource management.

Sarah Burkhart, a parks and natural resources management major from Petaluma, received the Kuss-Korfhage Scholarship and the CPRS Parks Operation Section Scholarship – Dr. Fred A. Brooks Award and Scholarship.

The Kuss-Korfhage Scholarship is named for Jonathan Korfhage, past president of the California Park and Recreation Society and the National Recreation and Park Association, and Clair Kuss, the now-deceased former director of Riverside County parks.

The second award Burkhart received is in honor of CSU, Chico professor emeritus Fred Brooks, Department of Recreation and Parks Management. For 20 years, Brooks was chair of the CPRS Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors.

Burkhart’s awards were announced at CPRS’s annual conference held in March in Palm Springs.

Kyle Morgan, parks and natural resources management major from Chico, has received the D-2 Parks Scholarship as the outstanding parks and natural resources management student in CPRS District 2, which extends from the upper Central Valley to the Oregon border. Morgan received the award March 19 at the District 2 annual awards banquet held at CSU, Sacramento.

“These awards go to outstanding students that invariably become the future leaders in our profession,” said Brooks. “Sarah and Kyle are the ‘best of the best’ and will represent CSU, Chico very well after graduation.”

CPRS officials came to campus March 29 to meet with the student award winners as well as Brooks and Department of Recreation and Parks chair Jim Fletcher. Burkhart and Morgan met with Korfhage, who is also the former administrator of the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department; Scott Miller, acting parks and recreation director of the City of Roseville and president of the CPRS Development and Operations Section; and Monya Jameson, superintendent of recreation and community services of the Chico Area Recreation District and president of CPRS District 2.