WHERE GRADS GO
There are many professional opportunities directly related to leisure and recreational services. Read below to find out what a few of our graduates have been doing.
Kendall Bukuras, class of 2014
Deciding to become a RSW major with a sports studies concentration has served me well not only with my career in collegiate sports but also in everyday life. I also minored in Kinesiology while at Gordon. The major made me go out of my comfort zone and realize my true potential. The professors and classmates, most of whom are friends, gave me the opportunity to grow in my faith through studying sport and recreation. I thoroughly enjoyed the RSW major and have decided to further my education at Concordia University Irvine in the Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration program. I will also be a graduate assistant in the Gordon College Athletic Department.
Skylar Bareford, class of 2014
Being a RSW major thoroughly prepared me to go into college athletics. More importantly through my professors, classes, and friends in the major I also learned how to live life to the full for Christ and how to share that with other people. I also double majored in Biblical Studies. This major is is about more than giving you a great skill set to take into the workplace. It equips you to think critically about how your specific field impacts the kingdom of God, and the role that you play within that. This fall I will be a graduate assistant with the women's basketball team at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois.
Marcos Castellano, class of 2006
What I learned and took from Gordon were practical skills that have certainly helped me to become a leader and be able to accomplish the day-to-day tasks of being a director in the YMCA. Two of those skills were budgeting and critical thinking. I am able to manage entire departments budgets precisely to meet employment expectations, and I have been able to critically think of solutions and ideas to programs. While attending Gordon, I would strongly say that our department is one of the most diverse and fun departments on campus. The way in which classes were taught and encouragement was given was a strong show of how the professors supported and helped the students succeed. Some of my most memorable moments were when I was able to talk with the professors during office hours about things besides homework. They would ask how I was doing, my family, extra curriculars, and all other sorts of stuff. These moments showed that there is more than just being a teacher, it is building a relationship. And it was those and many other friendships and relationships that made my time in the recreation department more enjoyable and fun while at Gordon!
Tom Benedict, class of 2005
Throughout my time at Gordon I knew I was in the right place, getting my Recreation and Leisure degree, but didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with it at the end. This is okay! During my last semester at Gordon, God's direction became clear to me: He was leading me into the social work field. I ended up being hired at a residential center for emotionally disturbed youth ages 8-18 where I was hired as a Therapeutic Recreation Counselor. I have been at this agency for about two and a half years doing a myriad of tasks such as: low and high ropes course, teambuilding games (focused on building specific interpersonal skills), coaching softball and basketball teams, and off-grounds trips. I use recreation and leisure to build strong therapeutic relationships to help kids better love and respect themselves and others by giving them skills and coping mechanisms for their very tough lives. I love what I do as you can see through my extreme wordiness, but I love to share about it because God did use Gordon's professors and environment to get me where I'm at today. I also am married, with my second daughter on the way. I live in a community of strong believers with three families in one house!
Peter Coleman, class of 2003
I graduated from Gordon College in 2003 where I majored in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Business Administration, and Economics. When I was a student at Gordon, I envisioned myself working for a professional sports team after graduation. However, it was through the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at Gordon that new opportunities were presented to me. The courses were interactive and engaging thanks in large part to how they were designed by the faculty. The summer after my junior year, I interned with the Danvers Recreation Department and it was through that experience that I determined working in municipal recreation could be a viable option for me. The Recreation and Leisure Studies program at Gordon sparked my interest in this field and laid the foundation for my career. This is a field focused on serving others and helping to improve the quality of life for people, so if you are passionate about these things, then this major is for you. After graduation, I served as the Program Coordinator for the Sudbury Park and Recreation Department from 2003-2006. In 2006, I was hired to be the Recreation Supervisor for the Lexington Recreation Department and I have been in this position for the past eight years where my responsibilities have included supervising the operation of the Irving H. Mabee Town Pool Complex and Old Reservoir aquatics facilities, issuing field permits for the athletic fields in town, and coordinating and administering the youth and adult leagues that are offered by the Recreation Department.