Recreational Programs: Michael Diorka

The Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics has named a Director of Recreation Sports Programs and Services, Michael Diorka, who is charged to define what recreation can be at Penn "not only for students but for the faculty, staff and community," according to Carolyn Schlie Femovich, senior associate director for athletics. The Division has also scheduled a needs assessment, she said, but the process begins with the selection of "strong leadership and program-oriented skills."

Mr. Diorka, 1970 graduate of St. Joseph's University, comes to Penn from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he served as Director of Recreational Programs. At Tulane, Mr. Diorka helped develop and implement 30 intramural sports activities, as well as oversee the administration of 30 club sports programs. He also served as an adjunct professor, teaching in the Sport and Exercise Services department.

A Philadelphia native, Mr. Diorka also worked as assistant director of intercollegiate athletics for recreation and athletic facilities for St. Joseph's from 1981-88, and was assistant cross country/track coach for the Hawks, 1978-88. He has also served on St. Joseph's University's Alumni Board of Governors since 1970.

Mr. Diorka received his master's degree in education from West Chester State College and his administrative certification from Villanova University, both in 1975. He is currently completing work toward a doctoral degree at Temple University.


Volume 43 Number 10
October 29, 1996

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