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College of Health, Education and Human Development

HEHD Student Spotlights: James Nampushi

James Nampushi, Graduate Student, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University College of Health, Education, and Human Development Name: James Nampushi
School or Department: PRTM
Major: Graduate Student

(Editor's Note: James Nampushi comes to the Department of PRTM Department from Kenya, Africa. He is the first Maasai tribe member to come to the United States to earn his Master’s degree in Tourism Management. Previous to coming to Clemson, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in addition to working as a guide in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya.)


Why did you choose your particular area of study? This program (PRTM) is not found anywhere else in Africa and it’s very relevant for the planning and management of natural resources (protected areas/parks) in Kenya. It provides an integrated balance between people, planet and profit.

What skills have you learned that will allow you to affect change in our society? A broader cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of the diversity of world cultures within Clemson University community.

Which member of the HEHD faculty will you remember most? Dr. Lawrence Allen, when I first met him, he inspired me.

What is your most memorable event from your time in college? Football and talegating. 

What would you do differently if you had to start over as a freshman? I would participate more in college voluntary functions to learn more.

What are your goals after graduation? Share the knowledge and skills acquired to transform others through teaching and youth outreach programs.

Why did you choose Clemson University? Clemson is one of the best top public universities in America. Most importantly, it’s leading in the PRTM program globally.

Please list your favorite(s).

Hobby: Volleyball
Book: The National Parks: American Best idea.
Movie: The National Parks: American Best idea (by Ken & Burns)
Vacation destination: Yellowstone & Yosemite
Musical genera: The Maasai Warrior’s spear
Influential person: Dr. Ken Backman
Thing that makes you smile: Entertainment/dance
Advice received: Stay focused in life
Advice to give: Whenever you’re blessed, be a blessing to others

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