RPTA at WIU Presents Annual Alumni and Student Awards
April 25, 2022
MACOMB, IL — The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration (RPTA) at Western Illinois University recently presented awards to several program alumni, as well as current students.
Retired Town of Macomb Forester Tim Howe received this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Howe received his bachelor’s degree in management and biology in 1975, his master’s degree in RPTA in 1978.
While at WIU, Howe’s mentors were Emeritus Professors John Warnock, Frank Lupton, and John Reeves. While in graduate school, Howe worked at the Horn Field Campus, helping to establish the native prairie on the site, building trails, and planting trees. After graduating, Howe became a resource conservator at three local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, then with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service in Fulton County Offices. , Effingham and McDonough, helping landowners conserve their topsoil and other natural resources.
During the 1990s, Howe began working at the WIU School of Agriculture as a grant-funded research associate in the area of sustainable agriculture. He also worked with other researchers to conduct a statewide community forestry research project with a grant from the US Forest Service.
After enrolling in WIU’s Urban Forestry Program, Howe became a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. Through this role, he helped Macomb develop a community forestry program and become Tree City USA. In the fall of 2000, Howe became Macomb’s first urban forester, a position he held for 16 years.
In retirement, Howe serves on the board of the Prairie Land Conservancy (PLC), helping to preserve significant tracts of natural areas in west-central Illinois. He is also a member of several local civic organizations, including the Morning Centennial Rotary Club, Macomb Beautiful, McDonough County Historical Society, McDonough County Genealogical Society, and Western Illinois Museum. He also serves as a volunteer sextant for St. Paul Cemetery.
Other awards given by the RPTA department include:
• Distinguished Service Award – RPTA 2008 graduate, Eric Brown advocates for people with disabilities in Illinois through her position as Education and Advocacy Coordinator at RAMP in Rockford, IL. Brown works with state lawmakers to change bills to be written with the person’s native language.
He is also involved in a task force to revise the Illinois Accessibility Code, serves on the Illinois Independent Living Centers Network Advocacy Committee, and is Co-Chair of the Statewide Independent Living Advocacy Advisory Group. Council. He works closely with local media to ensure stories about the Disability Committee are told appropriately. He is also a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and Prevention of Human Trafficking, as well as Commissioner of the City of Rockford’s Community Relations Commission, and has presented several RPTA Therapeutic Recreation Classes. to talk about advocacy.
• Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade – 2014 Graduate, Cassandra Roy moved to southern Illinois to pursue his passion for outdoor education. She is also an alumnus of the 2013 ECOEE program and has worked for many outdoor education centers teaching adventure and environmental education. Roy began working at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center (TONEC) at Southern Illinois University, where she served as a camp director, AmeriCorps volunteer, AmeriCorps Vista, and graduate assistant while earning her master’s degree.
She served as a volunteer coordinator for the US Forest Service in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is currently the Director of Education and Outdoor Recreation at Lyon College in Arkansas.
• Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade (Graduate) – Ryan Bromberek earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WIU in RPTA in 2011 and 2017 respectively.
Bromberek is the Adventure Program Manager at Adventure Works in Dekalb. He promotes and defends the RPTA, especially in nature therapy. He has dedicated his life to serving youth and young adults through nature modalities. He is also an alumnus of ECOEE.
• Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Rok Locksleyan RPTA graduate student from Macomb.
• Developing Scholar Award – Samuel Howardfreshman in RPTA from London Mills, IL.
• Arthur F. Clayton Award – Kylie Winsora senior RPTA major from Verona, IL
• Outstanding Senior Award – quick mayaa senior RPTA major from Ottawa, IL.
• Anita H. Magafas Non-Traditional Student Award – Brice Moorea senior RPTA major from Farmington, IL.
For more information about the RPTA program at WIU, visit wiu.edu/RPTA.
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