Josh Powell, Class of 2012
Recreation Center Supervisor
- I graduated in May of 2012 after enrolling at UNCW in August of 2010.
- I currently serve as a Recreation Center Supervisor with the City of Jacksonville Recreation and Parks Department in Jacksonville, NC,and have so since May of 2012.
- My time spent in SHAHS has had an incredibly positive impact in my life, as it has provided me with the tools to succeed and become the best professional that I can be. Not only did the SHAHS staff initiate engaging and informative classroom discussions and projects, but they did a wonderful job of providing experiential educational opportunities that really immersed students into what it was like to be a full-time recreation professional. I frequently draw from these experiences in my everyday programming and decision-making.
- My greatest professional accomplishment to date would be receiving my Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification. I was inspired to go after this certification after hearing about it in Mr. Jeff Nix's REC 265 class. A professional with a CPRP certification demonstrates practical knowledge and that one has the current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.
- I was extremely fortunate to have incredible professors while in SHAHS. Drs. Spivey, Hritz, Herstine, and Johnson, as well as Mr. Nix,used their passions for their respective fields as well as their diverse skill sets to convey to me a sense of purpose. I came to UNCW looking to find a way that I could best impact my surrounding community, and they played a huge part in leading me to where I can be most successful. My greatest take away from SHAHS would be the incredible staff that used their passion to continuously inspire the students.
- My favorite professor from my time in SHAHS would definitely be Mr. Jeff Nix. I did have Mr. Nix for three recreational classes, but the role in which he made the most impact in my life was as my advisor. He inspired and encouraged me to take an internship that would challenge me not only as a professional, but as a person. At the advice of Mr. Nix, I took an internship in Bloomington, Indiana with an award-winning and upper-echelon recreation department. This came with a move halfway across the country into an area in which I knew no one. The following 4 months provided me with some of the absolute best experiences of my life, and I have Mr. Nix's knowledge and encouragement to thank for that. He has not only been a great professor and mentor to me, but a great friend as well.