College of Communication & Education

MA in Recreation Administration

Program Highlights

Graduate Students Create Opportunities for Chico Undergrads

Three graduate students are expanding opportunities for undergrads by leading or coordinating service learning opportunities open to any CSU, Chico student.

  • Ben Chang is the lead Teaching Associate and coordinator for Field School, a suite of nature-themed service learning opportunities that includes Redwood Rescue and Career Camp. Nearly 500 students participate in Field School excursions and activities each year.
  • Gary Day is working as a Land Steward at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and Teaching Associate for two parks and natural resources courses to connect Chico students to the campus reserve system. Jon Aull, department alum, is the Ecological Reserves Research and Education Coordinator.
  • Jason Morgan is the site coordinator for Camp Adventure, a summer camp program for youth in military families serving around the world. Camp Adventure if offered to CSU, Chico students in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa.

Ben Chang building boardwalk:

Ben Chang building boardwalk

Fab Four earn PhDs and Careers in Higher Education

This circa [year] candid of four students in our MA program brought a smile. All four have earned doctoral degrees and secured academic positions. L-R: Lin, Luvass, Jostad, and Barnett. Lisa Jorgensen-Easterla (not included in the photo) is on the faculty at CSU, Sacramento.

  • Susan Barnett – SUNY, Cortland
  • Jeremy Jostad – Eastern Washington University
  • Kevin Lin – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Eric Luvass – CSU, Sacramento (anticipated fall 2018)

Chico MA students and Alumni Lecturers Share Research at State Conference

Current graduate students and department lecturers shared their research at the 2017 California Parks and Recreation Society Research Symposium in Sacramento.

  • Jaimee Rizzo (MA, 2016) presented finding from her thesis entitled “Importance Performance Analysis of Therapeutic and Community Based Recreation Programs for Military Service Members and Their Supporters.”
  • Cassandra “Cassie” Faith (MA, 1995) presented her research entitled “Updating Internships: Determining the Added Value of Capstone Internships in Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management
  • Megan Kurtz (MA, 2012, EDCI) and Emilyn Sheffield also presented research about Camping at the Presidio and Redwood Rescue, two popular Field School programs for CSU, Chico undergraduates.

Importance Performance Analysis of Therapeutic and Community Based Recreation Programs for Military Service Members and Their Supporters (PDF)