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School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

Rho Phi Lambda symbol

Rho Phi Lambda is the national honor fraternity for Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies. The Mason chapter, Alpha Tau, recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and service and a commitment to the profession.

Membership Eligibility

To be inducted into this fraternity, students must meet national requirements (as specified below). Eligible students are notified about membership and induction procedures.

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Rank in the upper 15% of Parks and Outdoor Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation (POR/TR) concentration students at George Mason University or have a minimum overall grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Rank in the top 15% of POR/TR concentration students at George Mason University for professional courses or have at least a 3.2 GPA in POR/TR professional courses.
  • Have completed 45 semester hours with 9 semester hours of professional courses.
  • Have demonstrated substantial evidence of outstanding leadership.
  • Have demonstrated substantial evidence of service to campus and/or community.

Graduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and completed 9 semester hours.
  • Have demonstrated substantial evidence of outstanding leadership.
  • Have demonstrated substantial evidence of service to campus and/or community.

Alpha Tau Chapter Officers: 2021-2022

Garrett Harrison

Hello! My name is Garrett Harrison, President of Rho Phi Lambda. I am a senior here at Mason with a concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation Management. I spend most of my free time either reading, playing video games, or cooking!

Fun fact about me, I play for the Varsity Overwatch team here at Mason as the Off Tank!

Michael Lynch

Hi! My name is Michael Lynch and I am the Vice President of Rho Phi Lambda. I am a senior studying Outdoor Parks and Recreation. I hope someday to work at one of the National Parks helping to preserve the parks for future generations.

Fun Fact: I volunteer with a local rescue group to help match homeless dogs with their forever families.

Ryan Caram

Hi! I’m Ryan Caram. I am the Treasurer for Rho Phi Lambda. I am a senior at Mason with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. I enjoy spending my free time watching movies (I’m a movie buff), having fun with my Yorkshire Terrier puppy, “Aries,” and exercising. At some stage in life, I would like to travel more.

Fun Fact: I love to live, laugh, learn, and find new ways to implement therapy strategies into my lifestyle. So, I decided to create my fitness brand and therapeutic style of training.

Alpha Tau Chapter Officers: 2020-2021

Emma Werthmann

Hi! I’m Emma Werthmann, President of Rho Phi Lambda. I am a senior at George Mason with a concentration in Recreation Management. I like to spend my free time hiking, camping, kayaking and playing guitar.

Fun Fact: I am Amusements Manager at Burke Lake Park and enjoy working everyday outside.

Maggie Morgan

Hi! My name is Maggie Morgan, and I am the vice president of Rho Phi Lambda. I am studying therapeutic recreation, severe disabilities, and American Sign Language.

Fun Fact: I have a fraternal twin brother.

Corey Payne

Hi! My name is Corey Payne. I am the secretary of Rho Phi Lambda. I'm a senior in the Parks and Outdoor Recreation program.

Fun Fact: I play rugby and hockey.

Kaleb Cole

Hi! I’m Kaleb Cole; I also go by KJ. I am the Treasurer for Rho Phi Lambda. I am a graduate student at Mason with a concentration in Recreation Administration. I enjoy being with friends, playing with my German shepherd puppy, and going on crazy adventures.

Fun Fact: One thing on my bucket list is Skydiving.

Rho Phi Lambda-Alpha Tau Chapter Inductees

2021-2022

Suzie Butterfield
Hina Choudhary
Julia Cooper
Michael Heredia
Henry Ware
Liz Wilson
Jessica Winkler

2020-2021

Elizabeth Adamson
Ryan Caram
Garrett Harrison
Michael Lynch

2019-2020

Preston Campbell
Kaleb Cole
Emily Giordano Ferguson
James Finnegan
Tiffany Gelak
Matthew Mast
Margaret Morgan
Corey Payne
Maya Prestipino
Zachary Stevens
Maura Taaffe
Emma Werthmann
Riley Wilkerson

2017-2018

Paul Adam
Sydney Aulffo
Katelyn Johnston
Katie McCarty
Sara Miron
Courtney Sadler
Lauren Welch
Amelia Winnard

2016-2017

Raina Aide
Rebecca Bolin
Alexis Harman
Tenia Mitchell
Camille Paladino
Kevin Rogers
Ian Stewart
Rachael Wray

2015-2016

Deborah Checco
Elizabeth Coberly
Rebecca Flaherty
Jeffrey Hill
Richard Holt
Victoria Hopchas
Janelle Marshall
Rebecca Meese
Amber Stramel
Victoria Velesz
Denzel White
Virginia Wine
Dustin Yates

2011-2012

Ryan Barnett
Kristine Brunsman
Beenish Butt
Samuel King
Aubrey Krukles
Nicole Woodward

2010-2011

Robert King
Alice Millikin
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Alethea Summers

2009-2010

Emily Fink
Willa Whitacre
Patricia Wood
Jevon Wright

2008-2009

Michelle Burchett
Ryan Corder
Samantha Davidson
Surender Raut
Brittany Scott
Andrew Shaw
Michael Stanbridge
Brittney Taylor
Amber Walker

2007-2008

Natalie Teluk Haynes
Karen Hernandez
Jason Montecalvo
John Matt Woods

Faculty and Professional Inductees

Nancy Chamberlain
Dr. Ellen Drogin Rodgers
Paul Gilbert
Christopher Goldbecker
Dr. Laurlyn Harmon (now UWisconsin-LaCrosse)
Ivan Levin
Tiffany Sandstrom
Dr. Brenda Wiggins