Two USM alumni and a professor in USM’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies were recently honored by the New England Therapeutic Recreation Association (NETRA) at its annual conference held in Sturbridge, Mass.
Amy Fish, CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) from Windham and a 2003 USM graduate, received the Up and Coming New Professional Award. She currently serves as the director of therapeutic recreation at RiverRidge Center in Kennebunk. It was noted in the presentation ceremony that, “Amy has mentored students, developed innovative programs, advocated for the profession, written for professional journals, and provided presentations all on behalf of therapeutic recreation.”
Ryan Francis, CTRS, of Old Town and a 2009 USM graduate, received the Outstanding Student Award. Ryan currently serves as a therapeutic recreation specialist at Sedgewood Commons, a long-term care facility in Falmouth. The presenter recognized that Ryan “has already developed innovative interventions, presented information, written for professional journals and newspapers, and gained valuable hand-on experiences while pursuing his education.”
Dr. David Jones, EdD, CTRS, a faculty member in USM’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, received the NETRA Award for Outstanding Educator. Jones, a resident of Yarmouth, was cited for his “dedication to innovative teaching” and “his commitment to provide play opportunities for children in countries torn by war and extreme poverty.” Jones is active in the International Childhood Enrichment Program, which provides safe playground environments for children in Afghanistan and Haiti.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) offers its 10,000 plus students more than 115 areas of undergraduate and graduate study. USM’s location in southern Maine, a region cited as one of the most liveable in the country, offers a range of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.