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Kathleen A. Cordes - Author

Kathleen Cordes, professor emerita, served as chair at Whittier and Miramar colleges and Honors Director of the San Diego Community College District. Other than teaching courses in leisure, recreation, physical education, and interdisciplinary offerings, she served as one of the first female athletic directors for both men and women’s sports (Spalding University), the first female varsity coach at the University of Notre Dame, the first athletic director at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) and a visiting professor at the University of Zulia and the University of the Andes (Venezuela). 

 

As interim executive director for the American Association for Leisure/Recreation (AALR), Cordes represented AAHPERD on the White House Green Ribbon Panel and authored America’s Millennium Trails Pathways for the 21st Century with J. Lammers, an official project of the White House Millennium Council.  AALR recognized her with its Outstanding Achievement Award and the Merit Service Award for Distinguished Service to Recreation. Cordes, also author of America’s National Historic Trails and America’s National Scenic Trails (University of Oklahoma Press), is author of other college textbooks including Applications in Recreation and Leisure (Sagamore-Venture) and Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Service Management with H. Ibrahim (Eddie Bowers).

 

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition in Washington, D.C. selected Cordes as a Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) recognized her with its national, district, and state honor awards. She was inducted into SHAPE America’s North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals; and elected American Leisure Academy Senior Fellow.  Indiana University honored Cordes with the Anita Aldrich Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding achievements as well as their Leanne Grotke award, the highest honor of its kind, given to those who have made exceptional contributions to the university and its women’s athletics program where she lettered in tennis.  Cordes has also received the University of Notre Dame’s Honorary Monogram for her services in sport and was inducted into the Saint Mary’s College Athletic Hall of Fame. For her dedication to the promotion of innovative teaching and learning in physical education and recreation, she was presented with the California Legislative Assembly Recognition Award. Cordes, who served as president of California’s AHPERD, was a recipient of its highest recognition, the Verne Landreth Award. 

 

She recently served on the board of directors for the Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau, where she now serves on their Nature Education Committee.  She also serves on the San Diego County YMCA Camps Board.  Cordes, who served as news editor for SHAPE America’s southwest district, received the organization’s prestigious SHAPE America Hall of Fame Award for pioneering leadership in athletics and for her scholarly contributions.  She has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Kathleen Cordes also gives local, national, and international presentations including those at Cambridge University, England and the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.

Applications in Recreation and Leisure For Today and the Future, 4th ed.

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Outdoor Recreation, 4th ed.

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This book is intended to be used by majors in the field but also has a purpose in liberal education and general studies.