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Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management (PRTM) Alumni and Friends are everywhere!

In recent years, nearly 100 graduates annually have left NC State with PRTM degrees in hand to work in planning, administration, management, financing and marketing for resorts, environmental monitoring firms, travel and tourism companies, government and non-profit agencies, public and private recreational facilities, park systems, conservation organizations, nature centers, sports teams, marketing, management and event planning firms, university athletic programs and at many other places. Many professionals have taken our continuing education workshops or partnered with our research and extension programs.

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Good News!! 5-in-5 Campaign Ahead of Schedule!

The “5-in 5” campaign was launched in March, 2010 with the goal to raise 5 new scholarships in 5 years. The program aimed to secure both current and deferred gifts that create endowed scholarships to support PRTM students.

We are pleased to announce that the campaign is ahead of schedule but, still is in need of additional donors. In 2010, thanks to the contributions of alumnus Kelly Jordan Deiner (BS ’03), a video was created to launch the campaign.

As a result of Kelly’s efforts and through the generosity of PRTM alumnus, our first scholarship was created in 2010. A second scholarship was created in 2011 by Donna Martin Bhatnagar (BS ’80), the third in spring of 2012 by Steve (BS ’86) and Laura (BS ’86, MR ’99) White, the fourth in 2011 by Dr. Karla Henderson, and the fifth in 2012 by David Carter (MS ’82).

So, five scholarships in four years is cause for celebration! We are indebted to these wonderful donors and are grateful for their investment in the future of PRTM students. Please consider a gift (either current or deferred) to establish an endowed scholarship that honors your legacy and your willingness to give back to NCState. For more information about the campaign and to talk about opportunities for giving, contact Dr. Beth Wilson.

It’s easy to make a secure online gift in support of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Please visit the Giving to PRTM page.


Want to be engaged, get involved and make a difference in the lives of PRTM students, the future of our businesses and the well being of our natural resources? Here are just a few ways to reconnect with PRTM!

Recruit the Next Generation 

  • Host a Recruiting Event
  • Be an Ambassador
  • Attend Open House

Influence Current Students

  • Be a Guest Speaker
  • Attend the Career Fair
  • Hire an Intern/Co-Op

Engage Fellow Alumni

  • Post Job Openings
  • Attend Department Events
  • Give
  • Host an Alumni Event

Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Forestry & Environmental Resources
  • Forest Biomaterials
  • Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

The Role of Alumni

Alumni and friends of PRTM play an important role in the department’s continuing success by participating in special events and programs, serving as guest lecturers, supporting the college’s fundraising efforts and encouraging future generations of students by identifying internships and other field opportunities for them.

When you designate your University gift to the Department, your donation goes directly to supporting PRTM initiatives. Please visit the College of Natural Resources Alumni & Friends site where you can Give On-Line  and get more information on your many giving options. As a land grant institution, NC State is expected to serve the people of North Carolina by sharing knowledge and providing support services to local communities and government agencies. PRTM exemplifies this committment to the greater good through the many extension and outreach activities it makes possible each year. We welcome your input on ways to make the department even better. If you would be willing to speak to a class, conduct a tour, sponsor an event or you have some other great idea about how you can contribute, contact our department head, Myron Floyd.

Amazing Generosity

The generosity of our alumni and friends also enriches the Annual Fund each year, and has made the establishment of several special endowments and scholarships possible, including the Phil Rea Endowment, Dr. Roger Warren Endowment, the Steve and Laura White Scholarship and the Donna Martin Bhatnagar Scholarship. In order to honor their contributions and thank them for their generosity, PRTM sponsors a formal alumni and other donors program that includes a newsletter, luncheons, invitations to our annual department banquet and special award ceremonies, priority notification of continuing education opportunities and other events plus the awarding of an annual Outstanding Alumnus honor.