Getting to know Outstanding Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management Award Recipient: Ellison Lambert
How do you feel about winning the Outstanding PRT student award?
I am beyond honored to have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Parks, Recreation and Tourism Student award. I have had the most amazing experiences, learned from the best professors, and gained valuable skills that will aid me in my future career. It is incredibly surreal that I will be graduating and leaving this program, but I know that I will take the memories I have made here with me forever – one being receiving this award!
What made you decide to major in PRT?
I actually started out as a freshman in the Poole College of Management with the intent to go into Human Resources. I was content with this path, but I wasn’t passionate or excited about it. During my sophomore year, I took Dr. Annette Moore’s Introductory PRT class as a General Education Requirement and was absolutely amazed by the energy and life she brought to the classroom. She clearly loved what she was doing and I found the information to be extremely interesting. I continued to take PRT courses that met degree requirements for the Management major, and happened to enroll in Dr. Whitney Knollenberg’s Commercial Recreation and Tourism course and it was then that I knew I wanted to change my major. She was so passionate about the industry and acted as a mentor to me. I loved the hands-on, applied learning atmosphere that was created and the family atmosphere that I felt. I promptly switched into the program and never looked back!
What was you favorite project you worked on?
One of my favorite projects that I had the opportunity to work on was in the Special Events Planning course with Janell Moretz. Our group was tasked with creating a fundraising event for a non-profit organization. I was in a group with friend and fellow members of the Tourism Management Association (TMA) at NC State and we decided to not only come up with the idea and do the project for class, but to go one step further and actually produce the event for the public and to raise money for TMA’s philanthropy. The project was great, but the actual event was a HUGE success and has become an annual event. I learned a lot through the whole event creation process!
Where do you get your personal motivation?
What has been a highlight of your time at NC State?
How do I choose just one? I could go on and on about all the memories I have created here – my first football game, homecoming weeks, CNR Fall Festival, PRTM Picnics, and so many more! One of my favorite memories is from this past semester, where I was able to assist with NC State’s first Day of Giving! As President of Students for University Advancement, I was able to assist in the planning of the student event and found that I have a huge passion for fundraising and university advancement! I was at command central when the final donations came in at midnight and when the final total was revealed, and it was incredible to be in the middle of all the action with people who are in positions that I hope to be in in the future.
What are your plans following graduation?
Raleigh has always been home to me, and I can’t see myself leaving this beautiful city anytime soon. I hope to find a local position that will combine my passions of event planning and fundraising!