Dr. Robert Kauffman of Frostburg State University's Recreation Department has received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Citation and the Governor's Citation at a recent conference in Ocean City, for his “significant contributions and leadership roles in the field of recreation.”
According to the citation, Kauffman almost single-handedly turned the Recreation Department of FSU from barely existing to one of the most prominent programs in the Mid-Atlantic. The award is the Recreation and Parks Association's most prestigious.
Kauffman has been at FSU since 1992. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland. Among Kauffman's many professional accomplishments are a book on boating safety and a role as project director and co-writer of script for an award-winning instructional film on hypothermia, "Cold, Wet and Alive."
FSU's Recreation and Parks Management program, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, is a premiere recreation and parks management program within Maryland. Since Kauffman has taken over leadership roles at FSU, the number of recreation students has risen from 12 to 138.
“It’s a team effort. It takes cooperation of administrators, other faculty, as well as students to make projects happen,” said Kauffman.
The program is accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation, one of approximately 100 programs in the country that meets the standards. Upon graduation, students from accredited programs can take the certifying examination for Certified Park and Recreation Specialist.
FSU's recreation program also collaborates with programs at regional institutions, including Garrett College's Adventure Sports program and Allegany College of Maryland's Hospitality Management and Tourism program. Frostburg's recreation program can also be completed at Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus. Kauffman had a leading role in building that collaboration.
For more information about FSU's Recreation and Parks Management program, call (301) 687-4474 or visit the FSU Web site at www.frostburg.edu.