Student Testimonials

Dr. Price-Shingles,

Hello! I truly hope your 2014 is off and running to a wonderful start. How did your holidays and time off go? I'm sure you're busy with the start of a new semester and with the IPRA conference around the corner but I just wanted to share an update with you that I think you'd appreciate hearing.

Work at ###### has been going very well and has been quite busy for me. I love programming and leading the variety of activities for my senior residents! They're amazing people who always humble me and make me laugh every day. I happily dedicate honest, hard work with the intent that my efforts enrich their lives in every capacity.

Eight months after starting at ##### as a Life Enrichment Facilitator, my efforts have been noticed by my superiors and I've just been offered a promotion. Our sister campus in ####, has created a position of Life Enrichment Director for Independent Living residents and I will be filling its shoes! I am over the moon!

I shared the news with Mike and expressed my gratitude to him but you equally deserve kudos, as well. THANK YOU for everything! I wouldn't be here without great leaders to guide me, educators to learn from, or mentors to be influenced by. The support is appreciated beyond words.

Best Wishes to you!
Class of 2013


I think this program has had a lot to offer when referring to issues and trends. I enjoyed all the handouts and magazines made available to me in classes. I think my internship helped me prepare for planning, leading, and evaluating recreation activities for all populations than the actual class setting. I think students should have to do actually plan, lead, and evaluate recreation activities in a real life setting in order to get the full effect of what it takes to achieve learning what it actually takes to plan, lead, and evaluate recreation activities.

Class of 2013


During my internship I submitted my resume to three different retirement communities and senior living facilities. My intent was to secure a job where I would be able to apply my skills, experience, and knowledge in leisure and recreational activities and programs for seniors. I am currently in the pre-hire process at ##### in Chicago, IL. My next objective is to study for the National Certification Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (NCTRS) exam, which will be in October.

Class of 2013


What really helped was writing my philosophy paper. In the paper I was able to define the differences between play, recreation and leisure. During my interview recently the employer read my philosophy paper that was in my portfolio. I wrote about the Flow Theory and he had me discuss Flow to other staff members who were not familiar with the topic.

Class of 2013


I feel very confident that CSU and it's teachers have given me all the tools I need to succeed in all those aspects. I would give it a 10 but that would mean it's perfect and nothing is ever perfect you can always work on something, but it's certainly a 9. I feel that you all have taught me everything and now it is solely on me to succeed. My ability to evaluate and analyze a program is out of a 10 an 8. With the help of the internship I learned a different and more thorough structure on how to evaluate, but the CSU teachers and the evaluations book really helped me understand how to evaluate and analyze a program. I definitely felt I had plenty of hands on experiences during my time at CSU. I can't tell you how many times things happened at my internship that reminded me of something in class or that happened during the volunteer hours. Yes I felt like both the CSU staff and Mrs. Kolacki were wonderful and very helpful with advisement and I knew what I had to take 2 years ahead to graduate on time.

Class of 2013


Staff provided me with adequate knowledge of what courses to take and how I was doing in the program. Staff also provided me with professional facts and opinions during every course, which helped me great during my internship. I feel that I was given enough 'hands on' experience during my time at CSU. Presentations were always a challenge for me, but now I feel comfortable and confident when speaking to a group of people. I also had the chance to sit in board meetings and an IPRA meeting. I enjoyed both events and have an understanding of what is required of me in the field of recreation.

Class of 2012


After going through the recreation program at CSU; I am very confident in my ability to plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs / events/ activities for all populations. I would rate my ability a (8).

Class of 2012


While, at CSU I was given a lot of hands on experience to prepare me for interviews, programming, budgeting, needs assessments, and many more things that are required in the recreation field. Dr. Ito as well as Dr. Pesavento made sure we knew what our philosophy of leisure is. The program has given me a leg up on what is required for me to do in the field.

Class of 2012


Through CSU I was able to gain a ton of field experience; however, it is based upon the eagerness of the individual and what contacts they follow through with and what proactive measures they choose to take. The faculty never failed me and was always able to find an answer for me.

Class of 2012


I believe the program at CSU gave me the skills and abilities to plan, lead, and evaluate a program at the scale of an 8 OF 10.

Class of 2012


Good morning Dr. Price

How are you doing I hope everything is well. I am just emailing you to see how you are doing and to tell you how I have been. I am living in ##### working for a non-profit called #####. It's an amazing organization with a great mission I would love for you to Google it and read about. I been working here since August and I love it. Before this job I was working at the YMCA here in ##### where I was a Site Lead for the Before and After School program. It was pretty fun and I liked it during the time I was there. I was offered a District Supervisor position at the YMCA where I would be in charge of all the schools on the east side of ##### which is about 9. I am now thinking about moving to ##### soon, the recreation opportunities in those cities are great.

I would also like to thank you for everything you did for me while I was at CSU. Everything that you taught me and said to me has really helped me now. Most of the things that I have witnessed I am ready for and know how to handle because of what I learned at CSU. Have a great weekend hope to hear from you soon.

Class of 2011


Based upon both my previous experience in the field and what I have learned during my time at CSU I would rate my ability to plan, lead, and evaluate recreation programs/events/activities for all populations at about an 8 of 10. I feel there is always room for improvement on both parts. I feel there is always something new to be learned or taught, because trends are always changing.
Again I would rate the ability to understand trends and issues related to the delivery of leisure services at and an 8 of 10. I would rate my ability to analyze and evaluate a program at an 8 of 10. Yes- it was my experience that Dr. Ito and Dr. Place were knowledgeable of what courses needed to be taken in order to successfully complete the degree. I really liked that they took the time to care about how we were doing in our classes

Class of 2011


Dr. Price-Shingles was very helpful in assisting me with my education in recreation; she provided me adequate knowledge in her classroom. She made sure I was well informed of the latest trend in recreation. I appreciate Dr. Price-Shingles open door policy and how she demonstrated her concerns for the students in the recreation program for most of my recreation courses I receive a great of amount of hand on skills.

Class of 2011


I am very confident as a result of class instruction, volunteering, and my Internship experience (######). I feel that ample opportunities were presented however I also took it upon myself to seek out additional learning opportunities which I feel makes a huge difference in having quality contact with the profession. One suggestion is that we should have had a block of time set for required volunteer experience each semester as opposed to scattered hours. It has been very difficult to recall all experiences/details and feel the impact as a result of our service to an agency. We do desire to complete volunteer hours and make lasting connections so incorporating some required; consistent volunteer hours would give the instructor more of an upper hand of facilitating that experience for students. The Faculty definitely provided guidance to keep me on task and to understand what my options were for the field. They helped me to create an understanding of not only courses, my progress, but also useful ways to prepare, plan, and build towards my future in general. Nothing was done to delay my successful departure from the University; they encouraged us to do quality work, volunteer, and never pass an opportunity for professional development.

Class of 2011


I know how to identify forthcoming trends and what's popular. I have subscribed to additional publications outside the profession to have a broader knowledge of the participants we serve.

Class of 2011


I have since the beginning of my college career taken the advice of my instructors and professors by joining professional organizations and participating in conferences. It has been a huge help and I look forward to continuing as a professional. I found it to be extremely helpful in keeping me abreast of the newest trends in the industry. Dr. Place was very organized and helpful and so many different times throughout my time as CSU to help me navigate through the course load requirements. I am comfortable with managing any type of staff. I will be leaning on much of what we learned from Dr. Price-Shingles regarding being a strong leader.

Class of 2011


The best part of my experience in the Recreation Program at CSU was being part of the program. Everything from networking, field experiences and making friends with students that share some of the same goals. The faculty here at CSU are awesome in that area. I would rate advising 9 out of 10.

Class of 2011


The faculty was great in preparing the students and providing the support and time to help. The only problem was that some classes were only given at times when other classes were offered and that created some problems when trying to complete the program in a timely manner.

Class of 2010


The CSU faculty provided me with the confidence and push that I needed to be a leader. Without the help of the faculty I don't believe I would have succeeded planning activities for teenagers with the Girl Scouts of Chicago. A large part of the Leisure Programming course was used as a template; it helped me to excel at my internship with the Chicago 2016 Olympic Organization. The best part about the HPER department is having instructors who have already been in the Rec and PE field. Essentially, it's the best of both worlds the students get the knowledge from the books and the real life experiences from the instructors who can guide the students through.

Class of 2010


I feel that I gained much valued experience at CSU. Coming in to CSU, I was fortunate to work in the recreation field. I learned to do things correctly at CSU. I feel that I was well prepared, but I feel that other students who are not directly in the field may not be completely ready. The professor do all they can to prepare students, but if a student is going to be successful, they need to take initiative and involve themselves in as many events and opportunities presented to them.

The professors at CSU are amazing. They truly care about the students and they want to see us succeed. They provide students with more than enough resources to be able to achieve success. I am fortunate and privileged to have been taught by some of the best professors in the field of Recreation.

Class of 2010


Advising with Dr. Place was wonderful. He explained to me the who, what, when and where for a transfer student. Dr. Price-Shingles coming across a professor that was new to teaching was the best experience while attending CSU. She gave a new and insightful outlook on the field of recreation. Dr. Price-Shingles was easy to talk to, very understanding and willing to work with you during troubling times.

Class of 2010


Since graduating from CSU in Fall of 2010, I have been promoted twice within the #####. I have held the position of ##### Playground Supervisor and now currently Park Supervisor at #####. Reaching this position has been a career goal that I am grateful to have been able to achieve. My advice is to work hard, be dedicated, stay humble and always continue to acquire professional development through trainings, workshops and seminars. Always continue to learn new trends and as a great professor of mine would say, "Always keep a pair of gym shoes under your desk because you never know when you will have to step in and lead a class." Happy holidays!

Class of 2010


Since graduation from CSU in 2010, I have been busy. I worked for 3 years at ##### as a Recreation Coordinator. This year, I decided to pursue my true calling as a profession swim instructor. I am now the President of Water You Wading For, Inc. It is a swim school here on the Southside dedicated to teaching individuals how to swim. The swim school and I have a mission to helping make the community water safe. Swimmers start as young as 3 months and go into adulthood. This past year has been a great experience and I am grateful to have the chance and drive to go after my dreams. I am thankful for CSU's education because it has had an impact on my career paths and choices. A piece of advice for students now: Do what you love and success will follow.

Class of 2010


Working in the special events industry has been exciting and intense. One has to be able to think fast on their feet. At ##### Company. We produce more than 50% of the largest tradeshows in the US. My role is the logistics and face to face interaction with our clients. Providing my problem solving, planning, and outstanding customer skills is why I love this field. I have to say the Leisure Planning course really propelled me to be efficient and sharp in planning a tradeshow.

Class of 2010


The completion of my minor in recreation has been very beneficial to my career. The program at Chicago State University has truly enlightened my understanding of the origination of recreation, concepts needed to understand the trends in leisure programming as well as the essential administrative aspects of the field. I started my career as a seasonal entry level employee at the ######. Since my completion of the program I have received several promotions and now work in the capacity of a park supervisor for the ###### t. The curriculum prepared me for my current position by providing hands on assignments tailored for real life situations. The Instructors are lifelong mentors willing and ready to assist in guiding current and former students when challenges arise. I am grateful for the excellent recreation programs offered at Chicago State University. For those reasons, I will continuously encourage others to share my great experience by enrolling in the program which best fits their career path.

Class of 2007