Rural training workshop filled, Web site launched

November 30, 2006

It was a full house at the free rural recreational development training workshop held Nov. 30 at Indiana State University, with many more left on a waiting list.

Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, and coordinator of the workshop, said that all 30 slots were booked by a month ago. Participants include representatives from Monroe County Parks and Recreation, Commonwealth Engineers of Evansville, The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, and Sullivan City Council, among others.

"Even though the training session was filled up by the end of October, I kept getting calls from leaders of rural areas who wanted to learn more about what they could do to help revitalize their community and obtain state and federal grants," Schaumleffel said. "We have 38 people on a waiting list right now."

The free rural recreational development training workshop for community leaders was held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 30, in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 407, on ISU's campus. The event, presented by the Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project (InRRDP), of which Schaumleffel is the director, was for park and town board members, non-profit and faith-based leaders, and extension agents from communities of 7,000 residents or less.

Topics covered included: sustainable community recreation development, Indiana state laws for parks and recreation, master planning, playground safety, and funding opportunities.

In addition to Schaumleffel, speakers included: Brian Blackford of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Bob Bronson of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kathleen Weissenberger of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Greg Delp of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

The InRRDP also launched its Web site at indstate.edu/inrrdp on this day, which will serve as a centralized hub of resources for rural leaders. Those at the workshop were given a tour of the new site and shown how to find the information they need to enhance their communities, be part of a regional agritourism destination, and evaluate their assets and needs.

Due to the limited space at the workshop, Schaumleffel said that each session throughout the day was recorded and will be available for free download on the InRRDP Web site.

The Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project is funded by a grant from ISU's Alliance for Excellence Through Engagement & Experiential Learning, through a grant from the Lilly Endowment. For more information about the InRRDP, contact Schaumleffel at (812) 237-2189.

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Photo: Rural Training Workshop

Cutline: It was a full house at the free rural recreational development training workshop held Nov. 30 at Indiana State University. Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor and director of the Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project (InRRDP), talks to workshop participants about sustainable community recreation development.

Contact: Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2189 or nschaumleff@indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu