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David Jones 72



Major: Liberal Arts


Major: Liberal Arts

Most memorable Keystone moment: While I fondly remember numerous positive experiences during my time at Keystone, my interactions with my professors and fellow students are the most memorable. I specifically remember my Philosophy, Middle Eastern History and Abnormal Psychology classes in which the Professors created a learning environment where students could challenge each other’s and their own assumptions through civil dialogue leading the way to deepened understandings.

What are you doing now? Currently, I serve as an Associate Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Southern Maine. My academic responsibilities include teaching and advising students in Recreation Therapy, Sustainable/Nature-based Tourism and Community Recreation. In addition to my pedagogical charges, I conduct research and service related to the therapeutic power of play and recreation for children and adults. As part of my service, I have assisted in the development of playgrounds in Afghanistan and Haiti. As well, I seek to provide international travel opportunities to expand students’ understanding of the world and different cultures.

Most interesting life experience: I have had many interesting life experiences, whether it involved leading adjudicated or at-risk-youth on wilderness adventures throughout the Western United States, taking people with disabilities sea kayaking in Alaska, or hiking and canoeing trips with university students. However, my most recent trip to Haiti has probably had the greatest impact on me. In Haiti, I found people living in extreme poverty and squalor, yet full of life and resiliency. The children, for whom we were building playgrounds, were full of joy and child-like wonder.

Family: Wife, Barbara R. Harvey, PhD, LCPC, CTRS.  She has a private practice as a Licensed Clinical Therapist and serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Husson University.

What do you hope to be doing in the future? For the foreseeable future I envision myself continuing as an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Maine. In addition to my current courses, I hope to expand my offerings to include more international travel courses and courses that explore the therapeutic effects of play and recreation for individuals who have experienced trauma. I will also continue my research and service trajectory related to the therapeutic value of play and recreation for children and adults. On a more practical level, I will continue to develop play opportunities for Afghan and Haitian children.

Message to students today: My message to students of today is to get in touch with your inner voice and find your own life passion. Equipped with this core strength, you will be better able to reach your personal and professional goals. Additionally, while it is important to seek others’ advice and counsel, do not allow other people to define or limit you. Remember you are a unique individual, learning and growing at your own pace and in your own ways. Finally, it may take a lifetime to reach your goals, however the rewards are well worth it.

P.S. Don't forget to find time to be playful.