Recreation Association members present Mollinedo with a certificate.

The Department of Recreation Administration was excited to host their first Professional In-Residence, Mr. Manuel Mollinedo. He is currently the director of the Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services Department for the City of Fresno.

10923463_10155238776050721_6028413317561497680_oMollinedo visited the Fresno State campus on February 17th to speak with students about his professional experience and to help students understand the connection between classroom theory and practice. He served as a guest lecturer and met with students in the Recreation Association club to discuss how extracurricular activities may open doors during job searches. Mollinedo also gave them helpful advice on ways to develop leadership skills, which is much needed in any field.

The Department of Recreation Administration hopes to bring even more great professionals to campus as part of their Professional/Alumni In-Residence program. Each of the option areas in the department will host their own guest during the spring 2015 semester. Option areas include: Adventure Recreation and Tourism; Commercial Recreation and Event Planning; Community Recreation and Youth Services; Sports and Entertainment Facility Management; and Therapeutic Recreation.

Thank you to the Recreation Association for their coordination of the event. Learn more about the Department of Recreation Administration by visiting their website.