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Ariel Kelly, a Park and Recreation graduate who is a park ranger at Yosemite National Park, was interviewed as part of a program feature that highlights beautiful places in America.

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One of Seven Chosen...

Russell D. Bruce Recreation Department Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Russell D. Bruce, the first department head of recreation disciplines at LSSU. Awarded to a recreation or exercise science major at the end of their junior year, selection is based on academics, leadership, and service contribution to the Recreation Club or Exercise Science Professional Club.

  

Brandon Fast, of Honor, MI, graduated with a degree in Parks & Recreation management from LSSU in May and will apply his $1,000 scholarship toward an internship this summer that is a part of his degree requirements. His internship is with the U.S. Forest Service in Mio, MI.

"This is a great tribute to our program," said Prof. Deb McPherson, chair of the department.

Brandon worked six summers as an interpreter at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery. A student member of MPRA, Fast worked as a volunteer at the organization's state convention in 2007.

Brandon received one of seven scholarships offered to students throughout the state.

NOTE: MPRA is a state association of professionals who are working in recreation, leisure, parks and sports-affiliated careers. The organization provides continuing education, certifications, workshops and an annual conference for members. It staffs representatives in Lansing to discuss issues important to its members with the state legislature.

 

A Spatial Analysis of Greenhouse Gasses and Household Income

Scott Sowers

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by industries have been increasing at an exponential rate in the past century. As these emissions increase in number of sources, as well as amount of output, the impact on the environment becomes more significant. However, the United States relies heavily on industry for creation of new products, materials, and economic factors such as employment. Industries attract employment opportunities, which in return attract living accommodations. The basis of this project was to see if there is any spatial correlation between GHG emissions and income of households (within a county) of a GHG emitter. Using Geographical Information Science (GIS), we are able to search for a correlation between lower class households and amounts of GHG emissions. After processing the data, we are able to show that there is no trend in GHG emissions and the proximity to lower class households. Towards the end of the project, we were able to see an extremely slight trend of lower amounts of GHG emissions near upper class households. The project also provides the statistics, or any autocorrelation, of the data for significance testing to determine whether or not there is a probability of the relationship. The statistics provided will be the R2 value, regression, and correlation.

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