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|Recognition Committee Update (4/15): Members in Motion|
Celebrate Committee Volunteer Dr. Robyn Ceurvorst and learn about Hammock Grove, a mental health initiative from Texas A&M Commerce Outdoor Adventure.
With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22, the Recognition Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of AORE volunteers and members that go above and beyond to make a difference for our precious planet. Like nature, our connections make us stronger, more resilient, and able to adapt and respond no matter what the opportunity or challenge.
We hope that you are just as inspired by the programs and people we've chosen to feature this month as a part of AORE's "Members in Motion" series. It is the sort of hard work and innovative ideas showcased right here in this article that will help increase awareness around the positive impacts of nature and advance the field of outdoor recreation and education overall.
MEMBER ORGANIZATION SPOTLIGHT
Texas A&M Commerce Outdoor Adventure
Texas A&M Commerce Outdoor Adventure collaborated with their Student Government Association to build the Hammock Grove on campus. As part of an initiative for student mental health, the Hammock Grove was built to help provide an environment where students can relax or study outside. With tarp roofs and pre-set clip-in points, the Hammock Grove offers the perfect, relaxing hammock experience to the students. Check out their website to learn more!
Volunteer Highlight: Dr. Robyn Ceurvorst
Located at Minnesota State University––Mankato, Dr. Robyn Ceurvorst is our next highlighted volunteer! Having served on the JOREL Advisory Committee as a primary investigator on numerous research projects, Dr. Ceurvorst has been involved with AORE since first joining back in 2000. Falling in love with nature when playing in the woods as a child, Dr. Ceurvorst currently works as an assistant professor of Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services. As a volunteer, Dr. Ceurvorst has been able to network, gain more knowledge in research publishing, and show a commitment to our field. She recommends that all AORE members consider taking time to volunteer because it is a great way to get more connected and engage in professional development. Thank you for volunteering Dr. Ceurvorst!
Head online and visit AORE's website to discover the many ways in which you can get more involved with the association––from volunteering at the annual conference to joining a committee or becoming a board member.