Clemson University recreational therapy faculty and one alumna have won the regional Ann James Award for their presentation at the recent Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium in Savannah, Georgia.

Clemson University faculty members Marieke Van Puymbroeck and Brent Hawkins collaborated with 2013 recreational therapy doctoral program graduate Brandi Crowe on the presentation, and the team will accept the award at a general session of the 2016 Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium in April in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The Ann James Award is given to the most outstanding presentation at the symposium and presented to speakers who represent excellence in session content, design and delivery. Their presentation was titled “From Application to Graduation: A Roadmap to Higher Education in Recreational Therapy.” The Ann James Award is named after Clemson professor emeritus Ann James, who played a vital role in the formation of the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium.

Van Puymbroeck is a professor and coordinator of the Clemson recreational therapy program. Her research interests focus on the therapeutic use of recreation-based interventions like yoga to improve function and well-being for individuals with chronic diseases and disabilities.

Hawkins is an assistant professor of recreational therapy. His research interests include outcome assessment in recreation therapy programs, community reintegration among individuals with disabilities, and recreation therapy’s role in assisting injured service members with reintegrating into the community.

Crowe serves as an assistant professor in the School of Health and Applied Sciences Recreation Therapy program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her research interests include adaptive sports for individuals with disabilities, stress and coping processes, and complementary and alternative medicine.

The Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium is held annually. The purposes of the symposium are to present current information and foster continual growth and development among recreational therapy professionals.