December 18, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU's Bruce Boliver earns RCRA Lifetime Achievement Award
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bruce Boliver, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of parks, recreation/environmental education, has been recognized by the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association with the 2009 Howard Uibel Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to exceptional leadership, foresight and character.
Boliver, who served as president of the RCRA in 2007 and 2009, was cited for his "career of extraordinary achievement providing inspiration, integrity and dedication to our association, our members and the entire industry." The honor recognizes significant contributions to the association and the profession through dedicated service.
Last year, Boliver received the Outstanding Professor Award from the association and in 2006 received the Debbie Regone Service Award.
To quality for the Uibel award, named for the former department of physical education, health and recreation at Eastern Washington University who served as president of RCRA and dedicated years of service and leadership to the organization, the recipient must be a member of the organization for at least five years, have shown fine moral character, served in an elective RCRA office, chaired a national committee and been active in speaking, writing and researching in the field of commercial recreation.
Boliver, a member of the SRU faculty since 1977, has been a member of the RCRA for 24 years. He has served as member of its board of directors for the past five years, including two terms as president. In addition, his volunteer work includes serving on the internship site approval, conference program and conference site selection committees.
He is now the organization's meeting planner and has laid groundwork for the national conference at Grand Harbor Resort in Iowa, Atlantis Resort in the Bahama Islands, Mohonk Mountain House in New York and Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina.
Each year between 35 and 50 resort, recreation management/tourism students attend the RCRA national conference to participate in education sessions, job fairs, network and interview for practicums and internships.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.