UMO RLS Grads Making Local Impact

UMO RLS Grads Making Local Impact

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS) Department is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters students’ passions for leisure services, recreational therapy, sports management, exercise science, and physical education. This program of study also allows students to immerse themselves in the professional field for field training and internship courses. Through this experience, five UMO alumni were able to harness their passion for RLS and are now working for the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department.

Dr. Jill Mills, the division chair for the RLS Department recently visited graduating senior Jonathan “Ryan” Campbell at his internship at the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department. She was excited to see that five of the staff members were UMO alumni.

The alumni include Gladys McClary, who now works as the recreation center leader for W.A. Foster Recreation Center; Russell Stephens, who works as the athletics supervisor for the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department; Skylar Kelly, who works as the recreation center assistant at Herman Park Center; and Meghan Vanderhorst and Alyssa Bradshaw, who both work as supervisors at the Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Department.

“It was such a proud moment to see so many Trojans working hard to provide great recreation programs and facilities to the people of Goldsboro,” said Mills. “The University in general, and the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, specifically, have a positive impact on local Parks and Recreation Departments. I love catching up with our grads and seeing how their careers are developing.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.


(Left to right) Meaghan Vanderhorst, Alyssa Bradshaw, Russell Stephens, Ryan Campbell and Skylar Kelly