RecChat 2017-11-28T11:10:01+00:00

A follow-worthy Twitter handle for RecPros

Is it possible to make meaningful contributions to the field of collegiate recreation in 140 characters or less? You bet. #RecChat conversations held through Twitter do just that while #RecChat live hangouts offer an even more in-depth look at certain topics.

#RecChat is a public conversation dedicated to issues in collegiate recreation held through Twitter and YouTube. Collegiate recreation professionals, grads, and students can follow or watch the conversation and participate in scheduled discussions through the use of our unique #RecChat hashtag.

During each #RecChat, facilitators will engage collegiate recreation professionals with questions and issues regarding a specific topic in collegiate recreation that will be determined and shared in advance of each conversation. #RecChat offers inclusive, fun, and engaging professional development opportunities alongside a casual forum for networking and building relationships within collegiate recreation.

Want to know more? Check out this video, made by former #RecChat Coordinator Bill Ling.

Upcoming #RecChats

October 26, 2017:
“The NIRSA Strategic Plan”
Google Hangout
Leah Hall Dorothy and Don Stenta discuss their roles in the planning process for a new NIRSA Strategic Plan.

November 15, 2017:
“Small Programs Advisory Council”
Google Hangout
An exploration of how small recreation programs adapt to overcome their biggest challenges and, ultimately, succeed.

How to participate in #RecChat

Here’s a quick overview of how to take part in the upcoming #RecChat:

  1. Determine if the conversation is taking place on just Twitter or if it will be on YouTube as well
  2. Sign into your Twitter account
  3. Make sure your Tweets are public so others can see them 🙂
  4. To follow in real time, keep an eye on the @RecChat Twitter handle for the YouTube link and search Twitter for #RecChat
  5. To join, add #RecChat somewhere in your next tweet
  6. Engage in the #RecChat whenever you want. (If you want to lurk or just check us out, then that’s cool with us, too!)
  7. To view the Twitter conversation in an easier platform, you can also try Twitterfall, Tweetdeck, or Hootsuite
  8. A moderator (we use this term very loosely) will host the #RecChat through the Twitter handle @RecChat. Throughout the #RecChat, the moderator will ask a question with the label Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. If you are answering a question, make sure to label your response tweet Q1 or Q2 followed by your answer with the #RecChat hashtag.
  9. Whenever the feeling moves you, discuss #RecChat through a blog post, Facebook, etc. Let’s keep the conversation going!

What happened in previous #RecChat discussions?

We post every #RecChat discussion online. Our talks are available for everyone to review and share. Feel free to check out past #RecChat discussions in the NIRSA Discussion resource library.

Share the love!

Share #RecChat! To learn more about #RecChat, or to propose a topic for a future conversation, please feel free to contact someone from the #RecChat crew:

  • Earl Cabellon, Assistant Director, Student Personnel, University of Maryland
  • Maxwell Miller, Assistant Director of Athletics for Recreation & Wellness, Swarthmore College
  • Richelle Williams, Aquatics, Youth Program Advisor, Western Washington University
  • Zach Watson, Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Special Events, University of New Hampshire
  • Nazifa Islam, Communications Coordinator, NIRSA Headquarters