People – Distinguished Alumna Award, State University of New York College – this and other items are discussed – Brief Article

Ellen Lupia O’Sullivan was recently presented with the Distinguished Alumna Award, the highest honor of her alma mater, the State University of New York College at Cortland. O’Sullivan, is a professor in Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) Department of Public Health and is the president of Leisure Lifestyle Consulting of Glastonbury, Connecticut. She has combined her unwavering dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment for parks and recreation with a demonstrated proficiency for communication, marketing, and leadership.

The NRPA, which has performed decades of research about the psychological benefits of recreation and leisure, turned to O’Sullivan in the 1990s to help educate practitioners about meaningfully incorporating this data into daily practice. Subsequently, O’Sullivan wrote Putting the Pieces Together-The Benefits Movement (National Recreation and Parks Association, 1996) and Setting A Course for Change-The Benefits Movement in Parks and Recreation (National Recreation and Park Association, 1999). The premier consumer trend expert in the recreation industry, O’Sullivan has also written Marketing for Leisure (Venture Publishing, 1991) and co-wrote Marketing Experiences-Strategies for the New Millennium (Venture Publishing, 1998).

O’Sullivan created and edits Programmers Information Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the NRPA to assist and guide recreation programmers. She is marketing coordinator for the Active Living Healthy Lifestyles Project, a social marketing program of the NRPA funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

In 1998, the NRPA presented O’Sullivan with its Distinguished Professional Award. The following year, the Academy of Park and Recreation honored her with its prestigious Willard C. Sutherland Practitioner Award and she was elected into the Academy. Additionally, O’Sullivan has received the New England Park and Recreation Citation for Outstanding Leadership, the Outstanding Professional Award from the Connecticut Recreation and Park Association, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Northeast Region of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. She was honored by SUNY Cortland, which selected her as its Metcalf Lecturer for the 46th Annual Cortland Recreation Conference.


Jerry Ingledue, the Livermore Area (California) Recreation and Park District’s superintendent of planning and parks, has retired after 29 years with the district.

Replacing him is Ken Craig, who most recently worked in the City of Livermore Planning Department.

Ingledue, 56, came to the district as a part-time aquatics and gymnastics instructor in April, 1966 and was hired as a full-time recreation supervisor five years later upon completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.

In the beginning, as an aquatics supervisor, he was also the district’s water safety instructor, training all of LARPD’s aquatic staff.

Also in the recreation division, Ingledue supervised classes, ran the playground programs, supervised the teen offerings, worked as a campground ranger, and supervised building maintenance. He was the first liaison to the Livermore Soccer Club and he created “Mo-Rec,” a mobile recreation program that took recreation equipment to neighborhood cul-de-sacs to introduce children to new forms of recreation for four summers.

Ingledue has supervised the development and, in some cases, the acquisition of more than 525 acres of park land, including 370 acres of open space and 12 neighborhood parks. In 1990-91 he supervised $2.3 million in improvements to the 30-acre Robert Livermore Community Park and, immediately following that project oversaw the construction of a $7.8 million maintenance service center built jointly with the City of Livermore. Next, Ingledue supervised the construction of a $2.2 million Robertson Park high performance soccer complex and $207,000 worth of improvements to the site’s equestrian center. He has supervised the construction of five, 100-foot clear span bridges and the district’s first two dog parks, as well as the construction and maintenance of five miles of trails, and the maintenance of 195 acres of turf at 29 parks.

In addition to representing LARPD at innumerable city council, planning commission, and design review board meetings, Ingledue has been president of both the Sports Association of Northern California Recreation Agencies (SANCRA) and the Livermore Kiwanis Club.

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