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 SRU Parks-Rec Professor Gets $205,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract 

 

SPOTLIGHT

7/15/2003

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU PROFESSOR GETS $205,000 U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS CONTRACT;

WILL GIVE PARKS-REC MAJORS HANDS ON EXPERIENCE IN PARK OPERATIONS

          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Parks and recreation/environmental education majors at Slippery Rock University are reaping the rewards of a$205,000 contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers given Dr. John F. Lisco, assistant professor, as they deliver lectures, operate tours and provide related historical information at the Bulltown Visitor Center and Bulltown Historical Area at Burnsville Lake, W. Va.

           “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students,” Lisco explains, pointing out, “The entire project is student centered. In addition to operating the Bulltown Visitor Center, our students are developing and implementing quality interpretive programs at the nearby Bulltown Historical Area. The area includes themes such as natural history and ecology, frontier settlement, the Civil War and the Battle of Bulltown. It also covers Appalachian cultural heritage. SRU students will offer interpretive talks, guided walks, campfire programs, slide shows, films and documentaries, demonstrations, and living history programs. They will develop brochures, trail and visitor center exhibits in addition to curriculum-based school outreach programs.”

Burnsville Lake, which is visited by more than 600,000 people annually, is located on the Little Kanawha River in Braxton County, W. Va., The Bulltown Historical Area is 10 miles off Interstate 79 near Napier, W. Va., The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the park by providing flood and water quality control, recreation, several campgrounds, and fish and wildlife management.

          The contract, presented through a standard bidding procedure, provides for up to four years of tuition, fees, stipends and summer salaries for a graduate assistant. It will also employ two SRU parks and recreation/environmental education students per summer for the next five years. Overall, the contract allows SRU to provide professional park interpretive experience for up to 10 student employees and two graduate assistants.

The professor says the comprehensive contract gives SRU students overall responsibility for developing and implementing a marketing, promotion and recruitment plan for programs and services at the historical area. “Students will develop a marketing video for presentation to possible funding sources, and they will work with local school officials in at least three counties near the park to establish a curriculum working toward the use of the Bulltown Historical Area as an educational laboratory for heritage arts and both Civil War and West Virginia history,” Lisco adds.

 Under Lisco’s leadership, students will also work with citizen groups, including Friends of Bulltown and the Stonewall Jackson Civil War Reenactment Unit, and provide assistance to local groups in recruiting volunteers, generating revenue, organizing special events and developing strategic and action plans to promote the area. The project includes collaboration between SRU and a network of other heritage and ecotourism organizations.

 EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo available on the SRU Web site. www.SRU.edu (then click on story for photo connection).

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