Michelle Margo

Address: HCN 208
Phone: 507-389-3201
Email: michelle.margo@mnsu.edu


  • M.A. Leisure Studies, The University of Iowa, 1994
  • B.S. Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, Mankato State University, 1991

Primary Courses Taught

  • Research Methods
  • Program Planning
  • Commercial Recreation
  • History & Philosophy


  • Certified Festival and Event Management (FEM), training for successful community festivals and events
  • Youth Intervention Certification – the art and science of youth work
  • Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota – elements of effective practice for mentoring youth
  • Certification to coach high school and intercollegiate sports

Professional Experience

  • 25 years planning, implementing, evaluating programs, services, and events for communities
  • 20 years managing, hiring, training, evaluating, setting expectations for full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff
  • 13 years developing brand strategies, marketing, communication, and promotion plans to engage community
  • 10 years facility operation assisting in capital improvement and equipment replacement plans
  • 10 years’ operating a recreation center and managing the park grounds
  • 20 years owning & operating an event planning and consulting business

Workshop Topics

  • Sponsorships, more than money
  • Mobile Recreation – Rec on The Go
  • Event Planning & Evaluation
  • Student Networking, Prepare for the Future
  • Marketing, Branding, & Evaluating Programs, Services, and Events

Research Interests

  • Event Management, Marketing & Evaluating
  • Trends in Program Planning
  • RPLS Curriculum Informed by the Recreation Professional
  • Internship/Practicum Developing an Audit for Student and Organization


  • Master's Thesis: Gender Differences in the Perception of the Youth Soccer Experience, 1994
  • Business Plan: Edinburgh USA Golf Course, 2012
  • Theory of Change: A recreation center and its best practice around the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (YVPI)
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