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‘Family Recreation’ subject of 2012 Boyd-Lubker lecture April 3 at WKU

Dr. Ramon B. Zabriskie, professor of Recreation Management at Brigham Young University, will present Family Recreation: It’s More than Just Fun and Games as part of the 2012 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Program at WKU.

Dr. Zabriskie’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. April 3 at Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Although Dr. Zabriskie has published in several areas, including therapeutic recreation, accreditation and resume development, his research focuses primarily on family leisure. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in family leisure functioning, and a recent study recognized him as “one of the most productive scholars in the leisure studies field.”

Dr. Zabriskie practiced as a recreation therapist in mental health settings for 11 years and taught at both BYU and Indiana University as an adjunct clinical faculty member for eight years before returning to BYU in 2000. He is a professor in the Department of Recreation Management in the Marriott School of Management at BYU where he teaches undergraduate students in Therapeutic Recreation and graduate students in their master’s program in Youth and Family Recreation. He earned his Ph.D. in leisure behavior with a focus in therapeutic recreation & family studies from Indiana University.

His work has been published in top journals in and out of his field including the Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, Family Relations, Fathering, Adoption Quarterly, and Marriage & Family Review.

The majority of his published works are the result of mentored experiences with graduate students and collaborative efforts with colleagues around the country, including Dr. Raymond Poff in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport in WKU’s College of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Zabriskie has served in many national and local leadership roles in the field of therapeutic recreation and was named an Associate Fellow in the National Academy of Recreational Therapists in 2011.

About the Boyd-Lubker program: In 2000, the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Program was created through a gift by Drs. Bobbie and Lynn Lubker in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Boyd. The program provides resources for bringing to campus each spring a scholar who will both give a general audience presentation and also meet with various campus groups and the community.

Contact: Nevil Speer, (270) 745-5959.

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