Archives for Recreation and Leisure Studies

Baseball, Race and Religion: Exploring a Bumpy Playing Field

For LeQuez Spearman, assistant professor of recreation and leisure studies and newest member of that department, his scholarship is often about the uneven playing field of America’s greatest game: baseball. During the Popular/American Culture Association in the South’s national conference in Savannah, GA, in early October, Spearman chaired a session entitled, “Lessons Learned from ‘42’: Examining the Intersection of Race, Read full article »

Gordon Tradition: Moving into the Best Year Yet

 Gordon begins each new academic year with a matriculation chapel and hears from last spring's distinguished professor. In her talk, "The Best Shape of Your Life," Valerie Gin, professor /chair of recreation & leisure studies and 2013 Distinguished Senior Faculty,  challenged students to consider how trust and regiments could translate into their best efforts for the new year. Her speech Read full article »

Six Faculty + Summer Grants = Interesting Scholarship, Part II

Each summer at Gordon, the Provost's Office invites applications for small grants that Faculty can use toward ongoing research and scholarship in between academic years. This summer, six were awarded stipends, ranging in projects from screenwriting and data reviews to humanitarian logistics and fiction writing. Here are two more recipients, with others to follow: Mike Veatch, chair and professor of mathematics Read full article »

Distinguished Faculty Awards, 2012-13

On Saturday, May 18, at Gordon’s 121st Commencement ceremony, provost Janel Curry recognized professor of recreation and leisure studies Valerie Gin and assistant professor of philosophy Brian Glenney as this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Awards. The Distinguished Faculty Awards are given annually to one senior and one junior full-time faculty member in recognition of excellence in teaching, substantial Read full article »

Honored: Gin Recognized for Global Sport Contributions

She might teach recreation and leisure studies, but Professor Valerie Gin takes her work seriously. As a result, colleagues from across the country honored her last month for her international contributions to the field. During the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS) conference held June 7-9 at Indiana Wesleyan University, Gin, who is also the chair of Gordon's Recreation and Read full article »

Moral Reasoning in Sport

Aren't athletics supposed to build character? The answer might be a bit more complex than most would assume. This past summer Valerie Gin, professor of recreation and leisure studies, presented her work on moral reasoning in sport at a conference hosted by Neumann University's Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. In line with other studies on the topic, Gin Read full article »

Archives Receives Generous Collection for Recreation and Leisure Studies

Dr. Gerald Fain of Boston University, a leading scholar in the field of recreation and leisure studies, chose Gordon as the recipient of his personal collection, in large part because of his relationship with Peggy Hothem, professor of leisure studies who also initiated the program at Gordon in 1990. Fain—who was Hothem’s dissertation advisor in graduate school—said he believed the study Read full article »