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Welcome to the Department of Recreation Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR)

Consider an RTTR major if you are looking for a professional career where you work to help others enhance their personal growth and development. The RTTR department is part of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

We hope you will visit this site often. Our diverse and engaged RTTR faculty serves students, community, practitioners and alumni. Please feel free to contact any RTTR faculty member with program, internship, or other questions and ideas.

Roger Riley, RTTR Chairperson

Upcoming Events

SMRPA Scholarship Application - Deadline: April 30, 2014
SMRPA plans to award one $1,000 scholarship to a WSU Student, one $1,000 scholarship to a Mankato (MSU) student, and one $1,000 to the student who finishes third. This could be a WSU or MSU student.

Application Form
Scholarship Criteria

RTTR Spotlights

2014 Outstanding Students  in RTTR selected by the faculty for this honor. 

Theresa Pipek Outstanding Student majoring in Therapeutic Recreation.
Caitlin Courtney Outstanding Student majoring in Recreation and Tourism.

RTTR Student Association New Posts;

President: Mary Jane Chavez
VP: Sarah Thune
Treasurer: Brianna Bork

Dr. Roger Riley presented at Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference: "Issues in Higher Education for Recreation" (September 20, 2012)

Dr. James Reidy presented at the CLASP series: "A home and place perspective from one who lives in two worlds." (October 5, 2011)

Dr. Aybar Damali presented at the CLASP series: "Barriers to Wellness" (November 7, 2012)

RTTR held 1st internship poster session where 21 interns returned to campus to share their experience with the faculty and students, WSU Talbot Gymnasium (September, 2011)

RTTR held 2nd internship poster session where 17 interns returned to campus to share their experience with the faculty and student, WSU Integrated Wellness Center (September 13, 2012)

RTTR will hold the 3rd internship poster session in the WSU Integrated Wellness Center, May3, 2013 from (10:15-11:30)

RTTR Honors & Awards

10 RTTR students selected for an MRPA conference award: Jacob Stenberg, John Tews, Kristin Seifert, Autumn Rife, Theresa Pipek, Rebecca Olson, Andrea Gronlund, Tyler Buckley, Lindsey Blaskowski, Jennifer Andorfer

Winona State University Outstanding Student Award, 2012 RTTR recipients: Danielle Delmore (Therapeutic Recreation Major) & Allison Farnham (Recreation and Tourism Major)

Two RTTR students received a scholarship from the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Foundation (2011)

One RTTR student, Bailey Nissen (Therapeutic Recreation Major) received a scholarship from the Minnesota Therapeutic Recreation Association (2013)

Caitlin Courtney, an RTTR alum, received August 2014 Volunteer of the Month from Live Well Winona.