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50th Anniversary - WKU Recreation Administration

50th Anniversary

WKU Recreation Administration


The WKU Recreation Administration program is celebrating their 50th anniversary! To commemorate this WKU milestone, the Recreation Administration program will facilitate interaction opportunities throughout the year for alumni, fam­ily, friends, faculty, and students. Our grand celebration will occur during homecoming weekend 2017 – we hope you will plan now to attend.

This Year's Events

There are several ways to stay informed about this year’s activities and program updates:

  • 50th Anniversary website: bit.ly/50rec
  • Facebook: WKU Recreation Major Alumni
  • Twitter and Instagram: username @RecMajorWKU
  • Recreation Administration website: wku.edu/recreation
Brief History

The major, started in 1967, is housed within the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport and the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Fred Kirchner developed and coordinated the undergraduate program as the first full-time faculty member. Several part-time teaching professionals from the field of recreation and parks supported his efforts over the years. Eventually, more full-time faculty members were added to the program and five of these individuals taught full-time at WKU for over 20 years

  • Dr. Charles “Chuck” Crume (24 years)
  • Joann Verner (25 years)
  • Dr. William “Biff” Kummer (25 years)
  • Dr. Alton Little (31 years)
  • Dr. Steve Spencer (27 Years)

Accredited since 1980 by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, the Recreation Administration program has continually evolved and now offers five major concentrations, five minors, and several innovative initiatives. Major Concentrations include:

  • Recreation Services
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Commercial Recreation & Tourism
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Facility & Event Management
Contact Us

Phone: (270) 745-2498

E-mail: recreation@wku.edu

Twitter & Instagram: Follow us @RecMajorWKU  #WKURecAdmin

Facebook Group: WKU Recreation Major Alumni

Share Your Contact Information

To make it easier to provide updates, please share your contact information with us. Thank you.

First Name

Last Name (Current)

Last Name at Time of Graduation from WKU

Graduation Year

E-Mail Address

We hope you will journey with us this year as we rediscover the past, examine the present, and set course for the future.

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Events with WKU Recreation Administration Faculty

 (to be updated as information becomes available)

March 29 - Louisville - IF4 International Fly Fishing Film Festival

April 11 - Bowling Green - IF4 International Fly Fishing Film Festival

April - Earth Day stream clean-up (Dugas Community Park)

Oct 13 - Canoeing & River Clean-Up

Oct 14 - 50th Anniversary Golden Celebration - Breakfast - Homecoming Weekend


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 Last Modified 12/3/18