Schedule

Schedule 2017-04-12T00:03:59+00:00

Schedule by Day

See also: Conference Program PDF and Guidebook® App

NIRSA Foundation
133 NIRSA Foundation Mark Fletcher Fun Run/Walk
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30am – 7:30am
Check-in at 6:00 am. Meet outside the Convention Center Entrance, Lower Level
Event registration is required
This NIRSA Foundation event is a great way to kick-start your final day at NIRSA 2015. It will take place rain or shine on a dedicated, marked route around the beautiful Gaylord Texan. Participants are required to register for this event, and should meet outside the Convention Center Entrance–Lower Level. Check-in is at 6:00am.
For more information, see page XXX.
Cannon Design Logo; My Laps Logo
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Governanace
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Austin 1-3
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Standing and Governance Committees: Audit & Finance, Bylaws, Nominations & Appointments, Policy & Legislation, Professional Registry Commission, and Research & Assessment
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Commissions
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Austin 4-6
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Strategic Value Commissions: Sustainable Communities; Leadership; Health & Wellbeing; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; and Global Perspective
Host Committee Table
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – Noon
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt and Apparel Sale
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – Noon
Conference Center Lobby
Be sure to stop by today to see the full selection of items donated by your peers. All proceeds go to the NIRSA Foundation general fund. Also, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win the 2015 Foundation Quilt!
NIRSA Foundation Table
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – Noon
Conference Center Lobby
Foundation Logo
Program Committee Table
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 12:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Sports Officials’ Development
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Dallas 1-2
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Sports Officials’ Development Committees: Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball
NIRSA Championship Series Work Team Meetings
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Dallas 5-7
These meetings are for work team members only. NIRSA Championship Series Work Teams: Basketball, Brand Management, Club Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Standards of Competition, Student/Professional Development & Assessment, and Tennis
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Communities of Practice
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Fort Worth 1-2
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Communities of Practice Conveners: Aquatics, Facilities, Fitness, Intramurals, Marketing, Outdoor Recreation, Risk Management and Sport Clubs
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Awards
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Fort Worth 5-6
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Award Committees: Creative Excellence Awards, Honor Award, NIRSA Annual Service Awards, Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards, and William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Institutes
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Grapevine 1-3
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Institute Committees: Aquatics Institute, Facilities Institute, Fitness Institute, Sport Clubs Institute, and NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation
NIRSA Committee Meetings: Annual Conference Groups
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Grapevine 4-6
These meetings are for committee members only. NIRSA Annual Conference related Committtees: 2016 Annual Conferene Program, 2016 Conference Host Committee, Career Opportunities Center, Student Professional Development, and Expo Committee
Poster Presentations
Thursday, April 2 • 8:00am – Noon
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Take a break between sessions to view the poster presentations in the Texas Ballroom Lobby.
See page XXX for details.
Conference Registration
Thursday, April 2 • 8:15am – 12:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
Career Opportunities Center
Thursday, April 2 • 8:30am – 12:30pm
Texas D/4-6
See page XXX for details
Student Logo
Personal/Professional Development; Executive
134 The KEE to Organizational Success: Knowledgeable, Efficient, Engaged
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Austin 1-3
George Deines, Counsilman Hunsaker
Organizational success depends on having the right team members in place–specifically those that are knowledgeable, efficient, and engaged. This session will analyze these three areas of staff proficiency and how they affect organizations, as well as develop a training matrix to get KEE staff members into your organization.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify key areas of staff effectiveness and deficiency, and learn about survey results from guests of organizations.
  2. Identify three key areas of staff proficiency and how they affect organizational success.
  3. Develop a training matrix–one that addresses the three key areas of staff proficiency: knowledge, efficiency, and engagement–to implement in your organization.
Small College/Community College
135 Small Colleges, Big Dreams: Challenges and Triumphs of Working at a Small College
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Austin 4-6
Mary Robison, Wingate University; Matthew Gilstrap, Lander University; Melanie Stawkey, Ringling College of Art and Design; and Lisa Williamson, Clayton State University
Campus recreation departments on small residential campuses often do not have the resources of larger recreation departments, but they can still produce thriving programs. Hear from a panel of small residential college campus recreation professionals about their triumphs and struggles with programming, collaboration, use of space, operating on a small budget, and other aspect of working at a smaller college.
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify common issues campus recreation professionals face at a small residential college.
  2. Be able to articulate at least two ways to develop a thriving recreation department at a small residential college using limited campus resources.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
136 Identifying the Grey: Recognizing the Expanding Roles of Campus Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Dallas 5-7
Rob Latva, Wayne State University; Justin Harden, Wayne State University; and Madeleine Sweeney, Wayne State University
Our presentation will encompass the expanding roles of campus recreation professionals. Our roles have expanded to include parent, counselor, mediator, and confidante. Discussing and accepting these roles can create a culture of expectations and comfort for our students. In this presentation, we will discuss the “grey” areas of campus recreation that involve student employees. These include employee accountability, the personal matters of our employees, and employee to employee interactions.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand that developing a culture of expectations and comfort can create a deeper trust between the professional and student employee.
  2. Understand that grey areas do exist and should not be overlooked.
  3. Understand that not all employee situations are outlined by your employee handbook.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
137 Risk Management Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Fort Worth 1-2
Matt Horst, CRSS, Georgia Southern University; Susan Brown Foster, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Saint Leo University; Scott Haines, CRSS, RCRSP, SUNY College at Brockport; and Yvette Kell, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At University of Missouri-St Louis
Join the Risk Management Community of Practice Work Team as it discusses various hot topics that were posted online throughout the year, answers questions, and examines risk management best practices.
Aquatics
138 Are Lifeguards Enough? Exploring Ways to Keep an Aquatic Environment Safe
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Fort Worth 5-6
Courtney Bradford, Mississippi State University; Brent Crocker, Mississippi State University; and Reginald Merritt, University of Kentucky
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “From 2005-2009 there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States.” During many of these incidents, the lifeguards were blamed for the drownings. It is important for managers to set their lifeguards up for success, and make sure there are layers of protection in an aquatics environment. Lifeguards should not be the only protection for participants when they enter a pool. Learn how to not only have responsible lifeguards, but a responsible aquatic environment for camps and other large groups of people.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Know the importance of not putting all risk management responsibility on the lifeguards; managers will learn to set up their lifeguards for success.
  2. Learn what not to do during a drowning incident after watching one play out and discussing what the lifeguards and management did wrong.
  3. Know about the different layers of protection–which are meant to prevent drownings in the aquatics environment–given by the Redwoods Insurance Group.
Facility Management, Planning, and Design; Health/Wellbeing
139 Design to Opening: Three Case Studies from Very Different Perspectives
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Grapevine 1-3
Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A & M University; Joey Greenwood, RCRSP, Midwestern State University; Janet Jordan, Moody-Nolan, Inc.; and Hector Munoz, CRSS, The University of Texas at El Paso
This interactive presentation will explore how the build environment helps each institution achieve their mission to provide organized and self-directed recreation, intramural, wellness, and fitness programs to their campus communities. The three case studies presented in this session examine: a new collegiate recreation facility that includes the campus health center; the next phase of a planned expansion that took a different twist for better visibility and function; and a new comprehensive recreation center attached to an old athletic venue.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the basic steps involved with planning, designing, and constructing a new, renovated, or expanded recreation facility.
  2. Understand the human resource issues that impact your new or renovated facility so you can minimize costs and maximize delivery of services.
  3. Learn tips to nurture partnerships, either by design or default, that may not have common objectives.
Family/Youth; Managing/Leading Student Staff
140 From Concept to Construction: Building a Recreation Camp from Ground Zero
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Grapevine 4-6
Timothy Collins, University of California-Riverside; and Mike Conley, University of California-Riverside
Summer camps–which are generally held once most of the students leave after finals–are becoming more common on university campuses. Learn the components necessary to start or enhance summer camps at your university while increasing program collaboration.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discover how to create and implement an engaging summer camp program or enhance one currently in place.
  2. Become familiar with best practices and trends after hands-on application.
  3. Identify methods of generating an inclusive recreational summer camp while focusing on program collaboration.
Fitness; Managing/Leading Student Staff
141 You Said WHAT!?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
San Antonio 1-3
April Boulter-Ruther, Loyola University Chicago; and Sara Augustinas, Georgia State University
Why are some people so easy to talk to? Are you training your personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and facility staff to be these people? Take a new approach to communication and staff development with your fitness staff. This session will bridge the connection between learning outcomes, communication strategies, and reflective processes. See how these techniques can make a difference in student staff training, student mentorship, and customer interaction.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify five behavior frames that shape communication.
  2. Describe one communication technique to enhance rapport.
  3. Learn at least one form of reflection to aid in leadership development.
Business
Regional Leadership Team Meeting
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
San Antonio 4-5
Jen Gudaz, Cornell University; and David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University
This is an opportunity for Regional Leadership Teams to meet and engage in person. All state/provincial directors, student leaders, regional representatives, and regional student leaders are expected to attend this session. Engagement Coordinators are also encouraged to attend. After a brief orientation, Regional Leadership Teams and Engagement Coordinators will break out into smaller teams to begin planning for the upcoming year.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
142 Federal Legislation Impacting Higher Education
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Texas 1-3
Carol Holladay, Hurt, Norton, & Associates; and Jennifer Waller, Ph.D., Association for Student Conduct Administration
NIRSA participates in the Student Affairs Legislative Consortium with ASCA, NASPA, ACUHO-I, and ACPA. Information on NIRSA’s advocacy efforts at the national level will be presented during this session. Join us to learn more about current federal legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, Reauthorization of Higher Education Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. A representative from the law firm Hurt, Norton, and Associates and the Executive Director from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) will provide information on relevant legislative topics.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
143 Officiating: What the Experts Say
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
This session will address important rec sports officiating issues–such as the demands on student officials knowledge and experience–as well as trends to expect in the future. The presenters are nationally-recognized officiating leaders, and many received their training or early officiating experience in the campus recreation field. They come from the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), the Officiating Development Alliance (ODA), are distinguished officials from the Dallas area, and are high-level NIRSA officiating figures. They will represent football, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and hockey.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn a variety of techniques and approaches to improving any programs recruiting, retention, training, and evaluation of sports officials.
  2. Learn about the latest trends and developments impacting the sports officiating industry.
  3. Learn about various approaches–at all levels of officiating–to developing and recruiting young officials.
Health/Wellbeing; Personal/Professional Development
144 From Gym Rats to Lab Rats: Campus Recreation Research for Health and Wellbeing
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Austin 1-3
George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; and Melanie Tucker, Ph.D., The University of Alabama
The field of campus recreation is often asked to provide evidence-based research supporting its mission and values. Recreation facilities, programs, and services can offer excellent research opportunities illustrating that they play a vital role in the campus community and in promoting health and wellbeing. In this session, learn more about such opportunities and the process for conducting this type of research.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to define the term “research” and differentiate it from “quality improvement.”
  2. Be able to identify how research can be incorporated into campus recreation and used to promote its importance.
  3. Develop a research question pertaining to a research topic of interest to your school’s campus recreation department.
Strategic Planning; Marketing/Public Relations
145 One Size Does Not Fit All: Understanding Public Process
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Austin 4-6
Lindsey Peckinpaugh, #N/A, Sink Combs Dethlefs, P.C.
A well-executed public process can build support from the community, prepare for public election bond campaigns, and appeal to broader community partners and stakeholders. A public process is one of information gathering, public education, and is ultimately a source of community pride. Care must be taken to prevent a public meeting from becoming a decision-making forum. This session will outline a variety of approaches to a public process and will provide details for each, helping an owner understand how to determine which approach will best meet their needs.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the rewards and risks an entity may incur while trying to involve the public to build support, and how to develop realistic expectations.
  2. Better understand the role of the consultant in advising and potentially running the public process.
  3. Understand how to engage, value, and manage the public and their input after being exposed to a variety of strategic approaches for conducting public meetings.
Managing/Leading Student Staff
146 When You’re the New Kid on the Block: Inheriting Your Student Staff
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Dallas 5-7
A’Naja Bass, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona; and Lashica Thomas, Columbus State University
Student staff support is vital to the success of campus recreation programs across the nation, and managers strive to recruit, build, and develop their all-star teams. As professionals, we change institutions or positions many times in our careers and find ourselves being the new face on campus taking on someone else’s all-star team. Learn how to turn the challenging task of inheriting a student staff into a rewarding leadership opportunity.
Core Competencies: Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about scenarios that may arise for graduate assistants and new professionals preparing to take on the challenges of inheriting a new student staff.
  2. Identify common mistakes that will likely hinder a smooth management transition.
  3. Learn effective techniques for gaining support and creating buy-in from an inherited student staff.
Outdoor; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
147 Beyond Escape and Adrenaline: Programming for Diverse Participants
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Fort Worth 5-6
Todd Grier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Grace Andrews, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For decades, campus recreation professionals have been aware of a lack of diversity in outdoor adventure participants. They have attempted to address this issue, but theres been little evidence of significant success. Unfortunately, most common solutions often treat symptoms of a lack of diversity, but fail to recognize the complexities of the issue. A lasting solution requires rec professionals to ask some tough questions. In this presentation, we will examine the cultural meaning of wilderness and adventure in an effort to understand why the outdoors still fails to be widely relevant to a broader population of races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three symbolic meanings that “nature” and “adventure” have.
  2. Identify three phases in the intercultural competency model and their impact on outdoor adventure programs.
  3. List three tangible steps outdoor adventure programs can take to reposition the offerings they provide for a broader audience.
Member Services; Personal/Professional Development
148 Campus Recreation: One Cup at a Time
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Grapevine 1-3
Craig Decker, Florida Atlantic University
Welcome to the coffee house where a cup of joe can change how you do business. Come learn principles from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and how to apply them to what we do on a daily basis.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn four concepts from Starbucks to apply within your department or your particular program area.
  2. Create a specific plan to develop at least one principle into your program area.
Marketing/Public Relations; Special Event Programming
149 You’ve Got a Deal: Securing Your First Major Sponsor in Campus Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Grapevine 4-6
Abby Millsaps, Kent State University at Kent
Sponsorship opportunities are an integral part of business development in campus recreation. But how do you secure that very first sponsor? Learn how to develop special events that attract sponsors, how to make initial contact with companies, and how to close the deal on your next sponsorship opportunity.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop a strategy to link existing programs and events to sponsorship opportunities.
  2. Create a sponsorship inventory list specific to your program to generate revenue.
  3. Craft a plan for revitalizing or developing a sponsorship program and closing your first major sponsor.
Special Event Programming
150 Planning for a State, Provincial, or Regional Event Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
San Antonio 4-5
Mary Callender, NIRSA Headquarters; Heidi Cleary, NIRSA Headquarters; and Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters
Bring your questions to a discussion of best practices for planning a successful NIRSA state/provincial workshop, regional conference, or student Lead On. Learn how your attendees can earn NIRSA CEUs at your event and discover some of the NIRSA event services offered for regional conference planning and implementation. Member Network representatives and hosts of future NIRSA events are encouraged to attend.
Research/Assessment
151 Moving Students to Graduate: The Impact of Campus Recreation on Graduation Rates
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Texas 1-3
Gary Fisher, North Dakota State University
With the increasing cost of higher education–and state funding being tied to performance–it’s important that campus recreation facilities and wellness centers are able to provide proof that they are contributing to the retention and graduation rates of students. This program presents information about the North Dakota State University Wellness Center assessment plan, and the impact that visiting the NDSU Wellness Center has on student GPA, retention rates, and graduation rates.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to create an assessment plan that measures your campus recreation department’s contribution to academic success.
  2. Be able to recognize the benefits of an assessment plan and how to utilize the results to move students forward toward graduation.
  3. Learn how to collaborate with other departments on campus and gather credible data on the contribution your campus recreation department makes towards student success.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
152 Intramural Sports Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Texas C
Jason Linsenmeyer, Oklahoma State University
During this roundtable, attendees will break into groups based on school and program size so colleagues can share ideas regarding a wide range of intramural sports topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding relevant topics.
Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial; Executive
153 The Future of Collegiate Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Austin 1-3
Tim Moore, Boston University; and Alexander Southall, Boston University
With the advances in modern recreation facilities, and the increasing cost of higher education, the funding of collegiate recreation programs has reached a new period in its history. Learn about the factors necessitating the change in funding and what the research may indicate for the future of your program.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate two changes in the history of funding for collegiate recreation.
  2. Identify two environmental factors impacting change in the financial landscape of collegiate recreation.
  3. Be able to explain two ways you would need to alter your program to address the changing financial landscape.
Personal/Professional Development; Health/Wellbeing
154 The Hero in You
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Austin 4-6
Ryan Wingers, Georgia Southern University
Individuals should believe they are the heroes of their own lives because every person has the ability to achieve their own success. Explore how self-confidence and ego are essential to the development of the hero in you.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate how self-confidence can help maximize an individual’s potential.
  2. Identify personal values most important to your own future decisions.
  3. Be able to locate mentors and allies to help you in your personal journey.
Marketing/Public Relations
155 Technology Trends and Advances within Marketing Areas Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Dallas 1-2
Allyson Fulton, The University of Texas at Arlington
This roundtable session will provide attendees with the opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss technological marketing trends in campus recreation. It will cover, among others, topics like electronic communication through forms, email management systems, assessment programs, digital signage, social media usage and management, and iPad/tablet usage.
Executive; Research/Assessment
156 NIRSA Core Competencies: How Competent Are You?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Dallas 5-7
Jill Sturts, RCRSP, Indiana University-Bloomington; and Sarah Young, Ph.D., CRSS, Indiana University-Bloomington
Want to be intentional in structuring your staff training and development in accordance with the identified NIRSA core competencies? An importance-performance analysis of the NIRSA core competencies reveals the competencies that professionals find to be most and least important, while also identifying areas for the profession that are in need of improvement. The gaps between importance and performance in each competency area will inform administrators and educators alike on the aspects of collegiate recreation and where they should focus training and learning.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to utilize results from a member-to-member survey on the NIRSA core competencies to help inform staff training and professional development.
  2. Identify personal areas of strength, challenges related to NIRSA core competencies, and areas to target for improvement.
  3. Develop training and education topics for staff that are based on the results of an importance-performance analysis of the NIRSA core competencies.
Fitness
157 Fitness Roundtable
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Fort Worth 5-6
Cayla McAvoy, University of Central Florida; and Caitlin Sommers, University of the Pacific
This roundtable is meant to get colleagues together to discuss both the issues and accomplishments common to campus fitness departments. Do you have a successful program you’d like to share? Do you have concerns about your fitness department that you want to discuss with people in a similar situation? If so, this roundtable–which is meant to cover all areas of running a fitness department–is for you.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Student Learning Outcomes
158 Campus Rec Findings from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Grapevine 1-3
John Dugan, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago; and Stacey Hall, CRSS, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
This presentation will explore ways to build high-impact leadership development experiences for students through campus recreation. Insights stem from more than six years of research with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership and over 300,000 respondents from over 200 colleges and universities. This presentation will highlight key findings and engage participants in how those findings translate to recreation sport, intramural, and student employee contexts.
Photo – John Dugan
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
159 Generational Development of Leadership in NIRSA: A Paradigm Shift
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Grapevine 4-6
Laura Thomas, Texas Tech University; Laurel Hanna, University of Iowa; Kristi Levanduski, University of Colorado Boulder; and Suzanne Merrill, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This presentation will cover the differences in leadership style and expectations in the workplace as we experience a generational paradigm shift. With Baby Boomers retiring at a staggering rate of 10,000 individuals per day since 2010, the workforce is experiencing a tremendous shift in age, experience, and generational understanding. This may lead to a work environment that is less productive. In this session, we will identify generational expectations and leadership styles, and help attendees identify their roles in their workplace and what they can do to improve.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Better understand how new professionals, coordinators, and all levels of directors view the impact of leadership.
  2. Understand generational differences and their impact on the evolution of leadership in the workplace over the past five years.
  3. Be able to identify and articulate how you contribute to the success of your organization.
Sustainable Communities; Sport Clubs
160 Pounds vs. People: Two Different Programs’ Approaches to Climate Neutrality
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
San Antonio 1-3
Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; and Leon Lifschutz, University of Vermont
As universities approach their climate neutrality goal target dates, it’s time to consider emissions associated with athletics-related travel. Two universities will share their different approaches to climate neutrality and club sports travel. This case study will present their differing methodologies for measurement, campus engagement, and offsets.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn ways to grow your audience by engaging campus recreation program users or club sports participants as mechanisms for expanding the typical audience for campus sustainability programs.
  2. Learn about two different approaches to offsetting travel emissions, including the pros and cons of the engagement examples presented.
  3. Learn programming ideas for engaging campus entities in climate neutrality.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
161 The Emotionally Intelligent Team
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
San Antonio 4-5
Sarah Sheppard, James Madison University; and Heather Gately, James Madison University
Teamwork is one of the most important principles driving successful campus recreation programs throughout the country. Come learn about the seven key skills to becoming a better teammate and leader based on The Emotionally Intelligent Team by Marcia Hughes and James Bradford Terrell.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the term “Emotional and Social Intelligence” or ESI.
  2. Identify the seven skills to becoming a better teammate and leader.
  3. Set a goal related to improving ESI on one or more of your teams.
Business
The NIRSA Championship Series
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – 12:30pm
Texas 1-3
Stephanie McAlpine, The University of Texas at Arlington; Kurt Klier, RCRSP, CRSS, University of Maryland-College Park; Valerie McCutchan, NIRSA Headquarters; and Brooke Turner, RCRSP, The University of Alabama
This session will cover the future direction of the NIRSA Championship Series, as well as the Championship Series Committee’s accomplishments from the 2014-2015 season. It will also contain specific discussion of the four Championship Series sports–basketball, flag football, soccer, and tennis–and the club basketball league.
Business
162 Regional Realignment Town Hall
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Texas C
Thomas Kirch, Oregon State University; and Regional Realignment Task Force Members
In the fall of 2014–after Canada proposed becoming its own region–the NIRSA Board of Directors assigned a task force to reevaluate NIRSA’s current regional structure and consider if it’s necessary to realign the NIRSA regions. In this session, attendees will hear about the considerations the task force is reviewing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the conversation and shape proposed options and alternatives. They are encouraged to bring their perspective and add their voice to this important topic!
General Session
Closing General Session
Thursday, April 2 • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Texas A-B
Join your NIRSA colleagues for an enlightening, entertaining, and motivating final session as we welcome back a NIRSA favorite, Paul Wesselmann, who is best known as “The Ripples Guy”! After an hour with Paul, you’ll understand why we’re so excited to have him back with us. The NIRSA Foundation Quilt Raffle will take place with a look towards the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL.
See page XXX for details.
Photo – Paul Wesselmann
Social
NIRSA Awards Reception
Thursday, April 2 • 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Before the Honor Award Banquet, attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and congratulate all of the NIRSA Award recipients, including the Regional Award of Merit recipients.
Social
Honor Award Banquet
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Texas Ballroom
Join your NIRSA colleagues to commemorate the 2015 Honor Award recipient, Maureen McGonagle, and recognize NIRSA colleagues for the contributions they have made to the Association and the profession.
NIRSA Honor Award, NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award, NIRSA Annual Service Awards
See page XXX for details.
Social
Post-Honor Award Banquet Reception
Thursday, April 2 • 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Texas 1-3
After the Honor Award Banquet, don’t miss the chance to congratulate Maureen McGonagle and mingle with other NIRSA colleagues.
NIRSA Board of Directors Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 29 • 8:00am – 5:00pm
Appaloosa 1
The NIRSA Board of Directors Annual Meeting.
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt Competition and Apparel Sale
Sunday, March 29 • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Entries and donations accepted at the Foundation Table near the NIRSA registration area.
See page XXX for details
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NIRSA Foundation Table
Sunday, March 29 • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
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Conference Registration
Sunday, March 29 • 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Host Committee Table
Sunday, March 29 • 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Foundation
001 21st Annual NIRSA Foundation Golf Tournament
Monday, March 30 • 6:20am – 3:00pm
Buses leave from Convention Center Entrance, Lower Level, promptly at 6:20am
Must have preregistered to attend this event
See page XXX for details
Foundation Logo?
Conference Registration
Monday, March 30 • 7:00am – 9:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Host Committee Table
Monday, March 30 • 7:00am – 9:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Foundation
002 NIRSA Foundation Community Service Project
Monday, March 30 • 7:45am – 2:00pm
Meet in Grapevine A, Lunch Included
Must have preregistered to attend this event
Transportation to service sites provided. Engage in this meaningful preconference service and team building opportunity with students and professional colleagues. This is just one of the many ways to engage with the NIRSA Foundation and contribute to their value of service.
See page XXX for details
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NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt Competition and Apparel Sale
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Entries and donations accepted at the Foundation Table near the NIRSA registration area.
NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation Table
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
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Research/Assessment; Personal/Professional Development
003 Articulating the Value of Campus Recreation through Research and Assessment
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – Noon
Dallas 5-7
Todd Misener, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Aaron Kroth, The University of Texas At Austin; Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Adam Thompson, Middle Tennessee State University
Articulating the value of campus recreation is a challenge campus recreation professionals are expected to meet. This workshop will provide participants with a practical understanding of how to design and execute research and assessment procedures, inform participants of data sources, and educate participants of existing research and assessment resources available through NIRSA that will enable you to effectively articulate the value of your campus recreation program, services, and facilities.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate basic research design concepts and apply them to a situation you are interested in investigating.
  2. Identify existing data sources that professionals can use to demonstrate value.
  3. Identify resources on campus and off campus to assist in producing research to assess your programs.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
004 Engaging Social Justice: From Awareness to Action
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 4:00pm
Grapevine 1-3
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, Washington Consulting Group
We all know how important it is to take care of ourselves in mind, body and spirit. One of the greatest challenges is our inability to have real and effective conversation about and across difference. Achieving social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. This session will introduce participants to the foundations of a five-day institute based on achieving greater inclusion on campus and in society.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate a clear definition of social justice, and be able to clearly identify the role of power and privilege in achieving social justice.
  2. Identify the dynamics of exclusion that show up in their individual lives both professionally and personally.
  3. Identify next steps for creating greater inclusion and more socially just campus communities.
See page XXX for more information on this invited speaker.
Photo Jaimie Washington; EDI Icon
Health/Wellbeing; Research/Assessment
005 Creating a Culture of Evidence for Health and Wellbeing
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine B
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; and April Moore, Florida State University
Evidence-based programming is essential to the advancement of the collegiate recreation field. As our responsibilities expand to include health and wellbeing, it is vital that we create a culture of evidence to validate our contributions. Evidence-based programming provides for continued institutional support; demonstrates contributions to student success and retention; and supports improved employee job satisfaction and a reduction in insurance costs. This workshop will provide attendees with tools and techniques for the development, measurement, and communication of wellness-centered, evidence-based programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define evidence-based programming and a culture of evidence.
  2. Discuss multiple research design methods and the process to conduct program-specific, tailored research for student and employee programs.
  3. Articulate techniques to implement and communicate evidence-based program outcomes.
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Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
006 Developing a Comprehensive Officials Training Program
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine C
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Ohio University; Nicole Green-Valentine, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Michael Prociuk, Florida International University; and Brad Whittaker, Indiana University-Bloomington
Officials training can be among the most difficult things that recreational sports professionals have to develop. Come participate in a workshop designed to provide you with resources and methods to improve your officials training, your intramural officials, and your participants’ experience. This preconference will take you from preseason to championship day while giving you ideas for continuous improvement of your sports officials.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify three resources available to recreational sports professionals to aid in the development of an officials training program.
  2. Communicate two new strategies for use in officials training.
  3. Understand the necessary tools for effective officials evaluation.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Personal/Professional Development
007 J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine D
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Beththena Johnson, The Ohio State University
Students will gain an enlightening foundation for a successful conference at this full-day event. The goal of this workshop is to inspire NIRSA student members to continue to learn about NIRSA and collegiate recreational sports as a profession as well as to enhance their self-awareness through motivational interaction with their peers and professionals. Attendees can expect to learn about different leadership topics and techniques, the values of the Association, and how to build a strong network within the field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop networking skills to begin initiating or further enhance their connections within collegiate recreational sports.
  2. Articulate NIRSA’s strategic values and their importance within recreational sports.
  3. Develop and enhance their knowledge base within professional and personal competencies.
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Fitness
008 ACE’s Small Group Training Workshop
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 4:15pm
Texas 1-3
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Anthony Wall, ACE-American Council on Exercise
Filling your schedule can be challenging, especially when most of your participants are restricted by class schedules to early morning, lunch, or late evenings commitments. Learn to maximize your time and earning potential by training multiple students simultaneously with small-group training. Use this one-day workshop to uncover specific strategies and techniques for designing and marketing small-group training programs.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the optimal exercise formats for small group training.
  2. Be able to design and organize a progressive small group training program.
  3. Understand the components and variables of exercise program design and how they apply to training small groups.
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009 Facility Tours – Dallas
Monday, March 30 • 8:30am – 4:00pm
Buses leave from Convention Center Entrance, Lower Level promptly at 8:30am
Must have preregistered to attend this trip
Attendees will visit the Pohl Recreation Center at the University of North Texas, the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports at Southern Methodist University, then end the day with a tour of AT&T Stadium.
010 Facility Tours – Fort Worth
Monday, March 30 • 8:30am – 4:00pm
Buses leave from Convention Center Entrance, Lower Level promptly at 8:30am
Must have preregistered to attend this trip
Attendees will first visit the Campus Recreation Center at Texas Christian University, then the Maverick Activity Center and College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, before ending with a tour of AT&T Stadium.
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Program Committee Table
Monday, March 30 • Noon – 5:15pm
Conference Center Lobby
See page XXX for details
Career Opportunities Center
Monday, March 30 • Noon – 4:30pm
Texas D/4-6
See page XXX for details
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General Session
Opening General Session
Monday, March 30 • 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Texas Ballroom
Join your fellow NIRSA colleagues for this motivating session, which will kick off NIRSA 2015 and our theme “Moving Our Values Forward.” Help us welcome the new United States Tennis Association President, and long standing NIRSA partner, Katrina Adams. You will not want to miss this chance to experience renowned philanthropist Alvin Law’s presentation that offers lessons from his remarkable life.
Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards
See page XXX for details.
Photo – Alvin Law
All Conference Social
Monday, March 30 • 7:00pm – 11:55pm
Gaylord Atruim
NIRSA is taking over the atriums in the Gaylord Texan for the biggest networking social of the week. The All Conference Social, sponsored by PLAE, will offer attendees live music, dancing, games, photo booths, and food–so much food! Bring a swim suit and towel if you want to participate in the exciting and classic log rolling activity, put on by Key Log Rolling. Youll be able to go right from the Opening General Session to the atriums where the party will begin. And the best part of it all? Your room is just an elevator ride away from the fun. Thats right, this incredible social is happening just steps outside your hotel room. Your NIRSA family will be waiting, so two-step your way to the Gaylord Texan atriums. Be sure to wear your NIRSA 2015 name badge for access!
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New Member/First-time Attendee Welcome
Monday, March 30 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Texas 1 – 3
New NIRSA members and first-time Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend this great opportunity to network and get to know fellow NIRSA members and a multitude of Association leaders and potential mentors. Discover why the NIRSA Annual Conference is unlike any other professional development event!
Small School and Community College Social
Monday, March 30 • 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Hill Country Atrium
All individuals from small schools and community colleges are encouraged to attend this dedicated social. Connect with your colleagues from other small and community colleges who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers and establish connections for the rest of the conference. Join us for food and great conversation!
Conference Registration
Tuesday, March 31 • 7:00am – 6:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
Host Committee Table
Tuesday, March 31 • 7:00am – 6:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt Competition and Apparel Sale
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00am – 1:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Entries and donations accepted at the Foundation Table near the NIRSA registration area.
See page XXX for details
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NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation Table
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00am – 4:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
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Program Committee Table
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00am – Noon
Conference Center Lobby
Poster Presentations
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00am – 6:00pm
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Take a break between sessions to view the poster presentations in the Texas Ballroom Lobby. Posters will be attended by presenters from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Wednesday.
See page XXX for details.
Career Opportunities Center
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00am – 10:45am
Texas D/4-6
See page XXX for details
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Facility Management, Planning, and Design
011 Collegiate Recreational Facilities Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Austin 1-3
Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University
Join us in sharing resources, ideas, and information regarding recreational facilities and facility operations on campus.
Small College/Community College
012 Brick by Brick: How to Build a Comprehensive Recreation Program at a Small Institution
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Austin 4-6
Andrew Smith, College of Coastal Georgia
Smaller institutions (5,000 students or less) face a lot of hurdles when it comes to providing the full scope of recreation services. Sure there’s limited resources, staff, and facilities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t serve our students. Learn and share creative ways to build a comprehensive recreation program and better serve students at smaller institutions.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define your department’s aspiring mission in regard to recreation services.
  2. Identify at least two ways to connect with an under-served population of your student body.
  3. Create a list of three goals that can be completed during the following school year and that will help your department achieve its mission’s aspirations.
Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial; Executive
013 How to Win Donor Dollars for Your Recreation Program (with or without Help from Your Development Office)
.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Dallas 5-7
Laura MacDonald, Benefactor Group
There is an increasing expectation that recreation programs will raise funds to help support their programs. And there is also an increasing realization that students who engage in intramural and recreational sports develop stronger long-term ties to their alma maters. Come learn how you can initiate (or strengthen) a fundraising program on your campus.
Core Competencies: Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to work with your campus development office for mutual benefit.
  2. Understand the potential value of individual donations and how they can impact collegiate recreation on your campus.
Outdoor
014 Outdoor Programs: Our Contribution to Student Development Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Fort Worth 5-6
Rodolfo Leone, Boise State University; and Edward Richmond, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
This is an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, ask questions, and discuss how outdoor programs are contributing to student development in different programs and settings.
Sport Clubs
015 Game of Risks: Assessment and Classification of Club Sport Activities
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine A/1-3
Michael Potter, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus; and Thomas Otterbine, RCRSP, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
As club sport professionals, we are aware of the inherent risks that exist in club activities. Many of us divide our clubs into “risk levels.” Come learn about Penn State’s custom risk assessment tool that is used to quantify the risk of club sport activities. Learn how you can better partner with the risk management or legal department on your campus.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability and Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the importance of mitigating risk to prevent participant injury and university liability through discussions and case studies
  2. Interpret and utilize a custom risk assessment tool for club sport programming.
  3. Formulate talking points for discussions with university risk management or legal departments on club sport activity safety and liability.
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Health/Wellbeing; Personal/Professional Development
016 Happiness Works: Increase Productivity, Creativity, and Motivation in the Workplace
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine B/4-6
Christopher Morris, CRSS, Florida State University; Jacob Eubank, University of North Carolina Wilmington; and Laura Spivey, Ed.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Collegiate recreation professionals are in the business of providing opportunities for physical activity, fun, and wellbeing to their campus communities. Yet professionals often stifle the idea of play, fun, and happiness in the workplace. Research shows happiness in the workplace can improve productivity; so smart organizations encourage happiness at work as a means of improving the bottom line.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify how happiness theory can relate to a positive workplace experience or culture.
  2. Identify two specific strategies or actions to implement in the workplace that support happiness theory.
  3. Identify two specific happiness-related programming modifications or additions that will positively impact a campus community.
Managing/Leading Student Staff
017 Collegiate Recreation Student Employee as Student Leader
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine C
Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University; and Julie Wallace-Carr, Ph.D., James Madison University
Collegiate recreation student employment opportunities are available in a number of programmatic areas from facilities, intramurals, aquatics, fitness, and outdoor adventure. Within recreation departments the number of student employees range anywhere from 50 to 500. Typically, these departments are some of the largest providers of student employment opportunities on campuses across the country. Learn how to use sustainable approaches towards developing student employee leadership in collegiate recreation work environments.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn at least two theories related to student employee leadership development.
  2. Identify two sustainable approaches for developing student employee leadership that would benefit your collegiate recreation work environment.
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Executive; Micro Session
018 Building Capacity in Others
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine D
Wendy Windsor, CRSS, Louisiana State University; and Becky Dahl, CRSS, University of Arkansas
As an Associate Director you are responsible for making sure that your area is doing what it’s meant to do and that your staff are doing the right things, in the right way. How do you plan to lead your team, to build capacity in your staff? How do you plan to motivate and inspire them? In this session, we will discuss what building capacity means through tools, resources, practical strategies, and participation in the session.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and articulate 3-5 areas of team development with strategies for implementation.
Executive; Micro Session
019 The New Normal: Re-positioning Yourself in Leadership
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine D
Lisa Shea, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
This session will focus on your changing role in leadership when transitioning into an Associate Director role. A primary focus of this session will focus on how to position yourself as part of a leadership team, build and maintain relationships with staff, all while simultaneously balancing the demands of your Director and your direct reports.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain insight and understanding of workplace dynamics during the transition into the Associate Director position.
Executive; Micro Session
020 Working as the Right Hand
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine D
Sarah Hardin, CRSS, Ph.D., CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
Differences in departmental structure and culture means that the Associate Director’s role varies greatly between and among institutions. However, in addition to differences created by structure or culture, gaining a different perspective for the role can also aid in success for a department. This session will explore the Associate Director role from the Director’s perspective. Learn what roles and responsibilities various Directors have identified as having the most importance to the organization. The answers may surprise you!
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and articulate at least five expectations Directors have indicated as most important in their Associate Directors.
General Session
NIRSA Core Competencies and Professional Registry Town Hall
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
San Antonio 4-5
NIRSA Professional Registry Commission; and NIRSA Board of Directors
Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional members are invited to attend this town hall meeting of the Professional Registry, NIRSA Board of Directors, and other stakeholders to explore the future direction for the Registry and NIRSA Core Competencies in support of NIRSA’s commitment to lifelong learning.
Fitness
021 Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Your Fitness Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Texas 1-3
Ashley Varol, University of Cincinnati
Ever feel like you should have gone to school for business to run your fitness program? Want to be on the cutting edge with what you offer, but have a small budget? Do you often need to get creative? Get the biggest bang for your buck by learning about some of the newer pieces of fitness equipment and how to strategically plan your fitness program purchases. The session will include a walkthrough with an example.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the most versatile pieces of equipment on the market to help you build your group fitness/small group programs.
  2. Learn how to set up purchase plans that maximize your budget while providing you and your staff with a diverse set of options for programming that will generate interest in your participants.
  3. Learn budget processing by walking through an example based on a program that operates with less than $10,000 in annual funds that are dedicated to six group fitness/small group studio spaces.
Fitness
021 Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Your Fitness Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Texas 1-3
Carol Wolkoff, University of Cincinnati
Ever feel like you should have gone to school for business to run your fitness program? Want to be on the cutting edge with what you offer, but have a small budget? Do you often need to get creative? Get the biggest bang for your buck by learning about some of the newer pieces of fitness equipment and how to strategically plan your fitness program purchases. The session will include a walkthrough with an example.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the most versatile pieces of equipment on the market to help you build your group fitness/small group programs.
  2. Learn how to set up purchase plans that maximize your budget while providing you and your staff with a diverse set of options for programming that will generate interest in your participants.
  3. Learn budget processing by walking through an example based on a program that operates with less than $10,000 in annual funds that are dedicated to six group fitness/small group studio spaces.
Sustainable Communities; Research/Assessment
022 Best Practices: Sustainability in Campus Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Texas C
Robert Bostick, Northern Illinois University; and Stesha Heselius-Mashinchi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
This session will report the findings from an original research project studying best practices of social, economic, and environmental sustainability specific to campus recreation programs, facilities, and staffing. It will educate attendees on what NIRSA Sustainability Ambassadors think are best practices and provide specific examples of sustainability practices for attendees to implement at their universities. The session will report on the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation, and serve as a roadmap for our sustainable future.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify how the NIRSA sustainability model connects to your programs, facilities, and staffing.
  2. Comprehend the findings from the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation.
  3. Utilize the sustainability audit to identify sustainability needs in your facilities, programs, and staffing.
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Aquatics; Risk Management/Legal Issues
023 Diving Deep into Scuba Programming
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Austin 1-3
Tec Clark, Nova Southeastern University
Scuba programming is heavily requested by students wishing to become certified divers, as well as external vendors wishing to instruct at colleges and universities. Scuba programming can be popular, safe, and profitable if it is properly developed. In this presentation, participants will learn of the many issues surrounding scuba training. These include agencies, industry standards, liability issues, academic vs. recreational, equipment, and screening of proper diving professionals.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand where liability issues in scuba programming exist, and learn how to mitigate them.
  2. Understand what to look for in hiring diving professionals and/or partnering with dive shops.
  3. Learn various business strategies for increasing participation and generating revenue through scuba programming.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Personal/Professional Development
024 Walking the Line of Privilege
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Austin 4-6
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission
Power is known as the ability, strength, and capacity to do something; in short, it is an ability to exercise control. Individuals with power have access to systems and resources as legitimated by individuals and societal institutions. Privilege can be described as entitlements, advantages, benefits, assumptions, and expectations granted based on membership in a culturally dominant group. This session will outline components of power and privilege, help participants recognize and understand areas in which they have power and privilege, and apply these concepts to working in the field of collegiate recreation.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify seven categories in which privilege exists.
  2. Identify ways to relate to others in the workplace in and effort to help eliminate social injustices created by power and privilege.
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Small College/Community College
025 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Dallas 5-7
Jordin Williams, Delaware State University; and Taunita Stephenson, Delaware State University
This roundtable discusses campus recreation issues and trends that occur at HBCUs. Meet and exchange information with other HBCU professionals to foster a professional network.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Risk Management/Legal Issues
026 Unpaid Internships: Legal or Illegal?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Fort Worth 5-6
Susan Brown Foster, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Saint Leo University
Recent legal cases involving interns have resulted in quite a confusing landscape for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This information-filled session will dissect the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) six mandatory requirements for using unpaid interns. An examination of recent legal cases will assist attendees in understanding how the courts have examined unpaid positions, and explain some of the confusing aspects of terminology within the FLSA. Some institutions believe not-for-profit status protects them from the law and the session’s content will also examine this belief.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn talking points for when conversing with institutional legal counsel on the utilization of paid versus unpaid interns.
  2. Be able to explain the six Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for crafting unpaid internships positions.
  3. Be able to articulate rationale and decision-making criteria for developing paid internship positions to superiors.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
027 Changes to 2015 and 2016 NIRSA Flag and Touch Football Rules and Mechanics
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine A/1-3
Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Ohio University; Jason Gant, Creighton University; and Kurt Klier, RCRSP, CRSS, University of Maryland-College Park
Stay ahead of the game and learn about the changes to NIRSA rules and mechanics that will impact attendees’ flag and touch football programs next season.
2015 & 2016 NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rule Book Dedication
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the NIRSA rule changes for 2015 and 2016.
  2. Learn the NIRSA mechanics changes for 2015 and 2016.
  3. Understand the impact these changes will have on game philosophy, interpretations, and the training of flag football officials.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
028 Managing the Manager: Guiding Your Intermediate Supervisory Staff
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine B/4-6
Andrew Darling, RCRSP, CENTERS, LLC At Marshall University; and Greg Ross, CENTERS, LLC At Cleveland State University
Senior managers are charged with balancing their own personalities, their subordinates’ personalities, and their subordinates’ staff’s personalities. People leave managers, not jobs or employers, so it’s a good idea for senior managers to take a step back from the day-to-day grind and devote some time to thinking about how to best manage their managers.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the primary roles your managers play and how you can equip them to act autonomously and successfully.
  2. Develop one or more plans to help your new managers shift from short-term task resolution to long-term strategic thinking.
  3. Articulate at least two strategies through which your intermediate supervisory staff’s performance and effectiveness can be measured.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Student Learning Outcomes
029 The Social Change Model of Leadership and Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine C
Don Stenta, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; and Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University
The Social Change Model of Leadership Development provides an excellent foundation for understanding how leadership can be fully implemented in a recreation setting. This session will outline the model and offer perspectives on how to connect the eight values with student leadership development.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Connect the eight values in the social change model of leadership to your recreation program.
  2. Identify and be able to explain at least two ways to link the social change model to student development in recreation.
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Global Perspective
030 How International Students Have Changed the Campus Experience
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine D
Kathleen Obuszewski, Case Western Reserve University; Allison Bogard, Western Kentucky University; and Florencia Caro, New York University Abu Dhabi
This presentation will provide attendees with practical ideas for how to meet the needs of their international students. It will also discuss different programming ideas that attendees can bring back to their campuses.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate how international students impact college campuses.
  2. Identify different ways to improve the international student campus experience.
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Research/Assessment; Strategic Planning
031 By the Numbers: How Changing Demographics Impact University Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas 1-3
Jacqueline Hamilton, Ed.D., RCRSP, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi; and Kathleen Hatch
Demographic trends are not the same across different states and regions. Some areas have increasing student populations while others are declining. Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going with our student populations? How do changing demographics impact our delivery of programs and services?
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to explain the sources and types of data that exist around population demographics and higher education.
  2. Connect demographic trends and time periods to changes that have occurred in university recreation.
  3. Be able to analyze demographic projections and infer how they may impact future programs and services.
Risk Management/Legal Issues
032 Beyond Background Checks: How to Screen for Offenders
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas A-B
Aaron Lundberg, Praesidium, Inc.; Candace Collins, Praesidium, Inc.; and Aaron Lundberg, Praesidium, Inc.
Screening and selection are the first defenses against offenders who seek access to the minors you serve. Less than 5% of offenders have a criminal history so participants will be taught specific interview questions that may reveal characteristics in an applicant that indicate an increased risk of abusive behavior. Attendees will also learn to detect evasive and deceptive responses, and receive red-flag checklists that can be used during the hiring process.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to determine who should receive what level of screening within your program.
  2. Learn how to encourage high-risk applicants to self-select out.
  3. Learn what types of background checks you should be running, and what the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations mean for you.
Aaron Lundberg, Candace Collins
Facility Management, Planning, and Design; Sustainable Communities
033 Sustainability the Smart Way: Looking at Facility Sustainability Measures
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas C
David DeAngelo, CRSS, The Ohio State University; Kurt Schooley, The Ohio State University; and Abigail Whaley, The Ohio State University
Discover some of the ways that presenters implemented sustainability measures into their portfolio of facilities. Learn about the valuable university relationships they forged during the process and ways that they incorporated payback periods into their decision making process.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn at least three ways of improving sustainability in facility operations, and learn about the concept of payback.
  2. Learn how to work with your environmental services team to increase sustainability measures in cleaning and housekeeping.
  3. Learn what a facility audit is and the process the presenters went through in developing and implementing theirs.
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
034 Finding the Spirit within: Exploring Spirituality and Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Grapevine A/1-3
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, The Washington Consulting Group
Finding the Spirit within: Exploring Spirituality and Leadership will explore questions like: Do you shy away at conversations related to spirituality? How do we engage in conversations about spiritual differences without getting shut down or shutting down others? This session offers principles and key concepts to help us to stay in the conversation as leaders.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate foundations for learning across religious and spiritual diversity.
  2. Articulate the importance of developing the awareness, knowledge, and skills in order to engage religious and spiritual diversity.
  3. Examine programs, policies and practices through the lens of religion and spirituality.
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Sport Clubs
035 Sport Clubs Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Grapevine B/4-6
Gregory Corack, Ed.D., RCRSP, Eastern Kentucky University; and Neil Ostlund, Winthrop University
Take advantage of this opportunity to network and discuss hot topics at the annual sport clubs roundtable discussion.
Health/Wellbeing
036 Starting from Scratch: Employee Wellness Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Grapevine C
Stefani Plummer, California Baptist University
An employee wellness program provides faculty and staff with resources to be well. It is especially important when faculty and staff job functions are pertinent to, and can affect, the student experience. Learn how one small college uses the resources within and around the university community to create a pragmatic and comprehensive wellness program.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Establish what the wellness tenets are for your campus.
  2. Identify the resources on your campus and within your community.
  3. Articulate at least one idea for a new, or improved, employee wellness program.
Experiential
wRECked or RECognized?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Grapevine D
Adam James, Sights, Sounds, & Success
Let’s face it: we all would like to have the best facilities, unlimited resources, and recreation departments that are always functioning under ideal circumstances. But the truth is we all have obstacles and hurdles. And we always will. Learn how to help your recreation department through those obstacles. Learn how to help your department go from what you may perceive as being “wRECked” to being positively RECognized and well-received by your diverse student population and institutions all over the country.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management; Business Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the three steps to help turn obstacles into opportunities.
  2. Learn at least two strategies that will help you more effectively manage time.
  3. Be able to identify, after role playing during the session, the two most effective strategies for resolving conflict.
Business
038 Policy and Legislation Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
San Antonio 4-5
Austin Anderson, Ph.D., University of Southern Indiana; Marc Falkenstein, California State University-Sacramento; April Flint, RCRSP, Ph.D., Emory University; Scott Holmes, The Ohio State University; and Larry Mellinger, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Members of the Policy and Legislation Committee, as well as other NIRSA members, will be on hand to share information on public policy and legislative issues that impact our Association, our membership, and the higher education field. All members interested in getting involved in this Community of Practice are invited to participate. The Policy and Legislation Community of Practice serves as a forum for NIRSA members to engage with legislative and public policy issues that impact collegiate recreation.
Executive
039 Panel Discussion: Current Issues in Higher Education Impacting Collegiate Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Texas 1-3
Eric Nickel, CRSS, James Madison University; George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; Michael Deluca, CRSS, UCLA; and Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
This panel of directors will lead discussion on key emerging issues in higher education that are currently impacting collegiate recreation. This session will focus on opportunities for recreation programs to address these issues and provide leadership on campus.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Philosophy & Theory; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify 3-5 higher education issues that either are currently impacting collegiate recreation units.
  2. Articulate current ‘best practices’ in collegiate recreation for addressing these challenges.
  3. Recognize opportunities at their own campus to provide leadership and support.
Business
Student Member Connection Meeting
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Texas A-B
Kimmi Sterner, University of Mississippi; and Members of the Student Leadership Team
Join the Student Leadership Team to recognize the amazing work accomplished by NIRSA students and mentors from across the country. This is a great opportunity for students and professionals to meet each other and connect. The Student Leadership Team highly encourages all students and professionals to attend the Student Member Connection Meeting!
Horace Moody Awards, William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards
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Aquatics; Student Learning Outcomes
040 Long Course Learning: Student Learning Outcomes for Your Aquatics Staff
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 10:50am – 11:50am
Texas C
Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin
Student learning outcomes aren’t just a trending fad, they are here to stay. Learn how to write, implement, and assess the student learning outcomes for your aquatics environment. This presentation will touch on five specific aquatic outcomes that will equip your staff with the skills to become better leaders and to take ownership of the aquatic center when you’re not there to back them up.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate what the acronym ABCD means when it comes to writing student learning outcomes.
  2. Create implementation tactics and assessment techniques for aquatics student learning outcomes.
  3. Design student learning outcomes that are tailored to your staff and specific program.
Social
Take a Student to Lunch/Meet a Mentor for Life
Tuesday, March 31 • 11:50am – 1:30pm
Texas A-B
Student/Professional pairings will be made at the conclusion of the Student Member Connection meeting. Participate in this great networking opportunity for new and longtime NIRSA members alike! All Conference attendees are encouraged to participate. This is a chance for students to sit down with experienced professionals and share their passion for and perspective on collegiate recreation. The Student Leadership Team will assist in matching students with professionals who will treat them to lunch. Don’t miss out on the rare chance to share lunch with someone from a different campus. You could meet a mentor/mentee for life!
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Program Committee Table
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:00pm – 4:20pm
Conference Center Lobby
The NIRSA 2015 Program Committee’s table can be found near Conference Registration and the educational session rooms. Swing by if you have any questions about the educational sessions, invited speakers, session evaluations, and more.
Small College/Community College
041 Small Colleges and Community Colleges Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Austin 1-3
Marci Kuhrt, RCRSP, Viterbo University; and Members of the Small College and Community College Task Force
Join colleagues from small colleges, small universities, and community colleges from all over North America in a roundtable discussion led by the NIRSA Small Colleges/Community Colleges Task Force. Discuss relevant issues and resources needed for small schools and community colleges. Bring your questions!
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
042 A Conversation with Successful Women in NIRSA
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Austin 4-6
Stefani Plummer, California Baptist University
There are many paths to success in leadership for women. This session shows there is no single way for women to become successful within the profession of campus recreation. The roads each presenting woman took were vastly different and each one challenged the popular definition of success. Hear about different paths NIRSA women have taken as they progressed in their career; gain how-to tips that can help shape your own leadership journey.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify different career paths that women in NIRSA have taken.
  2. Craft a definition of successful that applies to your own career path.
Family/Youth
043 Protect Them, Protect Yourselves: Risk Management for Youth Camps
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Dallas 5-7
Jean Holt, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Old Dominion University; and Rhonda Mickelson, American Camp Association
You are notified that the individual who drives for your summer camp or youth program has just been arrested for driving under the influence. Someone comes to camp with the flu. A staff member is accused of ignoring a camper’s allegations of someone bullying him. All of these are real-life situations that have occurred at camp, maybe even to you personally! How you prepare for and deal with them is critical. This session will focus on topics for camp staff training, questions to ask yourself, and a process for establishing procedures and logistics to address risk management and safety.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify key topics to address during staff training.
  2. Determine what type of risk management framework is most appropriate and applicable for your program or programs.
  3. Learn about additional resources including those provided by the American Camp Association.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Managing/Leading Student Staff
044 Engaging Student Veterans: Student Employment and Future Professionals
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Fort Worth 1-2
Julia Avans, American University; Rob Jech, The Ohio State University; and Daryl Shreve, Boston College
With international conflicts in the Middle East drawing to a close, veteran students are enrolling at two and four year institutions in record numbers. Learn how to utilize student veterans as employees and assist in their development as they become future collegiate recreation professionals.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the inherent benefits of employing student veterans in collegiate recreation.
  2. Identify two strategies to serve as an effective manager for student veterans.
  3. Develop a training program for your staff that helps them learn how to work with student veterans.
Research/Assessment
045 Research and Assessment Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Fort Worth 5-6
Todd Misener, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Kara Fresk, University of Georgia; Aaron Kroth, The University of Texas At Austin; Nicole Olmeda, CRSS, The University of Texas At Austin; and Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
This roundtable will a include a brief update on what the NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee has accomplished over the past year. It will also provide attendees with updates on current initiatives, and there will be time for an open discussion on current issues members are facing.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
046 Supervision across Differences: Avoiding the Pitfalls
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, The Washington Consulting Group
“I want people to come to work and just do their jobs. I dont think race, gender, or sexual orientation should matter in supervision.” This statement is one of many that reflects the need for more understanding regarding the importance of recognizing and respecting differences in the work place.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate what kind of foundation is necessary to have an honest conversation about diversity in a supervisory relationship.
  2. Be able to identify, within the context of your own organization, opportunities and challenges related to supervision across differences.
  3. Learn what steps are necessary to be more effective in a supervisory relationship.
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Managing/Leading Student Staff; Student Learning Outcomes
047 Student Staff Development: A Guide to Effective Curriculum and Instruction
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Mark Munguia, The University of Texas at San Antonio
As student affairs practitioners, developing students through employment must remain at the core of what we do. Learn four components that are integral to developing a comprehensive plan for instruction and student learning. This plan will address student success as it relates to development, retention, and career preparation. Participants will learn how to create a curriculum that provides an intentional, consistent, and unified approach towards the development of student staff. The curriculum will also address the need for professionals and the university community to validate every student’s abilities to learn and enhance transferable skills prior to graduation.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify four components necessary to develop an effective student staff development plan that fosters learning and progression.
  2. Identify barriers associated with the development and implementation of a student staff development curriculum.
  3. Understand Dr. Laura Rendón’s Validation Theory as a key component of student learning and success.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
048 The Most Challenging Thing You Were Never Prepared to Do
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Grapevine C
Justin Cato, RCRSP, University of North Florida; Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin; and Suzanne Ries, Florida Gulf Coast University
You think supervising students was challenging? Wait until you get to supervise professionals! In this presentation, you will learn about what it takes to make the transition to the next level of supervision: supervising professional staff.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate two strategies to transition from supervising students to supervising professional staff.
  2. Identify two personal assessment tools to determine the strengths and challenges of your work team.
  3. Describe one effective management technique as it relates to supervising professional staff.
Fitness; Managing/Leading Student Staff
049 1, 2, 3, 4, Now I Have to Cue!
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
San Antonio 4-5
Ashley Varol, University of Cincinnati
What matters more than a class’ format, no matter the gym, facility, or studio where it’s taking place, is the instructor and how they communicate with their participants. This session will review the many teaching strategies available to instructors, as well as different learning styles and the stages of behavior change. It will discuss how all of these factors impact the cues instructors use. There will be hands-on practice using dynamic, informational, and fun cues which better engage participants.
Core Competencies: Programming; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn concepts and skills that are crucial to being a great fitness instructor.
  2. Learn about the types of cues that can be used in classes, and how they impact and reach participants.
  3. Understand how to use language that is truly motivational and inspirational.
Strategic Planning
050 Strategic Values Joint Town Hall
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Texas 1-3
Alex Accetta, RCRSP, Portland State University; George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; Chris Dawe, RCRSP, Mount Royal University; Jocelyn Hill, American University; Tamara Jarrett, CRSS, CORE Unlimited, LLC; Thomas Kirch, Oregon State University; R. Kevin Marbury, CRSS, Ph.D., RCRSP, University of Oregon; Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University; April Moore, Florida State University; Don Stenta, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; and Pamela Su, CRSS, San Francisco State University
Join us to hear about the status of our five Strategic Value Commissions, and share your valuable opinions on future directions. Using this town-hall style open forum discussion, the Commissioners will share updates and listen to your questions and concerns related to Health and Wellbeing, Sustainable Communities, Leadership, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Global Perspectives. Come exchange ideas, ask questions, and learn more about our efforts to integrate these Strategic Values into the fabric of NIRSA and of collegiate recreation.
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Student Learning Outcomes; Managing/Leading Student Staff
051 How Students Navigate Learning within On-Campus College Student Employment
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Texas C
Sandi Carlisle, CRSS, Northern Illinois University
Recent college-student employment research has focused on the effects of employment on academic success, and on identifying learning outcomes that are a result of the student work experience. Yet, little is known about how that learning occurs and what student affairs professionals can do to optimize learning. Very little attention has been afforded to how on-campus college student employment creates opportunities for learning, how learning occurs within that environment, and what this work experience means for these students. Doctoral research findings will be discussed.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate ways that student employees in campus recreation narrate their past and current experiences as they relate to their learning.
  2. Identify five strategies that college student employees in recreation use to navigate learning within their student employment experience
  3. Understand how student employees’ perceptions of work change over time.
Career Opportunities Center
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Texas D/4-6
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NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt and Apparel Sale
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
Come by to see the winners of the NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt Competition at the Foundation Table. Be sure to stop by and see the full selection of items donated by your peers. All items will be available for purchase.
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Strategic Planning; Executive
052 Divisional Realignment: Reframing Your Campus Recreation Department
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Austin 1-3
Timber Hines, RCRSP, Emory University; and Andrea Trinklein, Ph.D., Emory University
What happens when your university has a divisional realignment? While trying to be integrative, innovative, and positive, change is still difficult for everyone. This session will discuss how a campus’ recreation department can be reframed to provide high-quality recreational programs and expand their services to meet the needs of its changing student population.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least four communication strategies to keep staff abreast of current departmental and divisional actions.
  2. Identify techniques for ensuring staff deliver high quality recreation service throughout the transition process.
  3. Identify existing assessment tools and metrics that may provide support to leadership during a reorganization.
Marketing/Public Relations; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
053 Inclusive Messaging: Reflecting Your Values in Your Marketing
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Austin 4-6
Brittany White, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Ashley Wylde, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Campus Recreation is continuing to make strides in the commitment to inclusivity through comprehensive programming and mindful planning of facilities. Why are these efforts important, what implications do they have on the community, and finally, how do we communicate these efforts to our campuses through our marketing? Join this session to see the subtle ways the Campus Recreation department at Colorado State University is applying these values in their marketing through video, web, and printed materials as well as through partnerships with other on-campus entities and the You Can Play Campaign.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize inclusivity as a collective effort spanning across facilities, programming, and staff training, and be able to articulate this information to their own departments.
  2. Identify at least two inclusive marketing techniques that can be implemented at their facilities to create a more welcoming environment.
  3. Leave prepared to host collaborative meetings with various on-campus entities to strengthen their own inclusivity efforts.
Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial
054 Grant Writing: Show Me the Money!
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Dallas 5-7
Jamie Hoffman, Ed.D., California State University-Sacramento
Do you need money to start a new program or sustain a current offering? Come and learn the major components of a master grant proposal, and how to write a proposal worthy of funding.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the overall process of grant writing as well as what’s involved in researching at least five potential funding sources.
  2. Be able to identify and define the major components of a master grant proposal.
  3. Craft a concise argument for developing a problem statement.
Sustainable Communities
055 Spaces That Build Community: A Multi-Disciplinary Panel Discussion
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Fort Worth 1-2
Clint Menefee, SmithGroupJJR
Join a diverse panel of higher education professionals to discuss concepts of building community on today’s campuses. Learn about why community is important, how it is defined, and how your programs and facilities can build better experiences for your students.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the term community and why it is important to the student experience.
  2. Understand the connection of human engagement and learning.
  3. Develop strategies to overcome barriers to building community on your campus.
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Student Learning Outcomes; Managing/Leading Student Staff
056 New Directions: Student Leadership in Collegiate Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Fort Worth 5-6
Don Stenta, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; and Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University
This session will provide updates from NIRSA’s Leadership Commission, including sharing leadership models and recent research reports linking recreation programming with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership. In addition, the Commission will provide information about the upcoming publication of a New Directions in Student Leadership volume focused on student leadership in collegiate recreation.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain leadership models being used by the NIRSA Leadership Commission.
  2. Discuss the content and focus of a new leadership book due for release in Autumn 2015.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Managing/Leading Student Staff
057 The Super IM Supervisor Training Program: Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Michael Husted, Seminole State College of Florida; and Victoria Landron, Louisiana State University
Intramural supervisors are the front line of any IM program. Effective training is key to a new supervisor’s success. This presentation will outline the Intramural Supervisor in Training program, a series of developmental workshops and classes aimed at advanced progression using student learning theory. The presentation will illustrate how the program can better prepare your supervisors for their new leadership roles.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the influence of a comprehensive supervisor training on student development.
  2. Gain the ability to implement one aspect of the Intramural Supervisor in Training program into current supervisor training.
  3. Learn the benefits and challenges of implementing an Intramural Supervisor in Training program into supervisor training.
Technology
058 Tips and Trends for Utilizing Membership Software
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Kaila Lavin, California State University-Northridge
Every campus recreation program utilizes a system for managing their programs. But are you using your system to its full potential? Come learn about software trends as well as some tips for how you can make the most of your software system. Be sure to bring your ideas as well for a group discussion at the end.
Core Competencies: Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to identify ways in which to utilize their membership software/current resources to their fullest potential to better serve clientele from a business perspective.
  2. Participants will be able to identify ways in which to utilize their membership software/current resources to their fullest potential to better serve clientele from a business perspective.
Facility Management, Planning, and Design; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
059 Truly Inclusive of the Entire Student Population
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Grapevine C
Justin Caron, Aquatic Design Group; and Scott Palmer, Aquatic Design Group
This session will address the growing prevalence of special interest groups, and of individuals with physical and mental disabilities, in America. It will discuss how to design your next facility to attract and comfortably accommodate these people, as well as bring up programming considerations that should be kept in mind.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize the importance of providing visitors with aquatic facilities that can support programming geared towards the disabled.
  2. Recognize the importance of providing visitors with aquatic facilities that can support programming geared towards special interest groups.
  3. Learn how specific design elements can affect the types of programming your facility can offer.
Global Perspective
060 Global Perspectives Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
San Antonio 4-5
Chris Dawe, RCRSP, Mount Royal University; Kristy Caldwell, CRSS, Texas State University-San Marcos; and R. Kevin Marbury, CRSS, Ph.D., RCRSP, University of Oregon
This is an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, ask questions, and discuss specifics about the four domain areas the Global Perspectives Commission is exploring. These four areas include globalization on NIRSA campuses, NIRSA learning from around the world, NIRSA members’ (including student members) global experiences, and NIRSA outreach around the world.
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Personal/Professional Development
061 Don’t Be That Guy! The Young Professionals Approach to Professionalism
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Texas 1-3
Jason Gant, Creighton University; Mark Comer, University of South Florida; and Ryan Wingers, Georgia Southern University
NIRSA prides itself on being a fun organization that encourages its members to “grow, discover, connect, and play.” In this interactive session, share tips with others and learn how to navigate the NIRSA social scene–on and off campus–as you develop from an undergraduate, to a graduate assistant or intern, to a young professional.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify common pitfalls that can harm reputations and endanger careers.
  2. Articulate ways to maintain a fun–yet professional–approach in the office, at networking events, and on social media.
  3. Understand the importance of making the first impression the best impression possible.
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Strategic Planning
201 Determine a Risk Rating for All of Your Programs
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Texas C
Ian McGregor, Ph.D., Ian McGregor & Associates Inc.
How do you manage risk? Campus recreation departments need to determine just how risky their recreation programs and facilities are, before developing risk management plans! Learn how to quantify risk by establishing a risk rating for all programs you manage.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to develop a risk rating for all your programs and facilities.
  2. Apply the risk rating tool to your programs to gain a better perspective of how risky your various programs are.
  3. Understand the concepts of residual risk and risk appetite and how they will impact your decision-making process in managing program risks.
Business
Annual Meeting of Members
Tuesday, March 31 • 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Texas A-B
Join your NIRSA colleagues as 2014-2015 NIRSA President Laurie Braden gives the State of the Association Address. There will also be updates from the NIRSA Foundation, NIRSA Services Corporation, Member Network, and Assembly. President Designee Stan Shingles will close the meeting by sharing a vision for the future.
NIRSA Foundation Table
Tuesday, March 31 • 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
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Recreational Sports Expo
Recreational Sports Exposition Grand Opening
Tuesday, March 31 • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with over 150 exhibitors, anxious to show off the latest and greatest in equipment, technology, and program support solutions. Besides networking among the best in the industry, the Expo will offer attendees plenty of chances to eat, drink, and have some fun! Come ride the mtvU mechanical bull, show off your skills in the NIRSA Foundation Hoop Shoot, bump around in the Bubble Bump Soccer balls, or work up a sweat in the Fitness Forum, Presented by Les Mills. Whatever you’re looking for, the Recreational Sports Expo will have all the latest and greatest for collegiate recreation on display. Swing in and grab some free food, stop by a cash bar, and mix and mingle with us in the Expo Hall!
See page XXX for details.
Fitness Forum
062 Hardstyle Kettlebell
Tuesday, March 31 • 6:15pm – 7:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Brook Benten, Cardiopump Fitness, LLC
This particular session teaches the traditional way kettlebells were used by the Soviet Special Forces. It’s called the hardstyle method. This is not the only safe way to train with kettlebells, but it is the traditional way. Learn the duality of fire and flow. Be prepared to be challenged, mentally and physically. Kettlebells become dangerous when people use them without proper training. Learn the basics of proper hardstyle kettlebell training technique in this session. Translate that education into power endurance in a workout that will challenge even the fittest fitness enthusiasts!
Fitness Forum
063 LES MILLS GRIT
Tuesday, March 31 • 7:15pm – 8:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Anna Taggart, Virginia Tech; and Sheldon McBee, Les Mills
Les Mills GRIT is based on small group training and the latest and hottest growing fitness trend. It is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training full-body workout designed to push you to your anaerobic threshold and get you fit fast!
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Social
The Lee Wasson People of Color Social
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Grapevine C
All NIRSA Members and guests are invited
The Lee Wasson People of Color Social provides networking and mentoring opportunities, fosters continued involvement of people of color in the Association, and encourages active participation in leadership roles. The social is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the impressive accomplishments of NIRSA members with respect to Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders, HBCU Summit, Founders Scholarship, and the Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award
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Fitness Forum
064 Pink Gloves Boxing
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:15pm – 9:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Garret Garrels, Pink Gloves Boxing; Kelly Crosby, Montana State University; and Nick Milodragovich, Pink Gloves Boxing
Reveal your inner champion. Pink Gloves is the fun way to knock the stress out of the day. Learn basic boxing moves and burn tons of calories while enjoying the positive environment and empowering elements of this exciting fitness program. Find out why everyone wants to earn their Pink Gloves.
Fitness Forum
065 RealRyder® Indoor Cycling: Take the Training Wheels Off! (Workout 1)
Wednesday, April 1 • 6:30am – 7:00am
Expo booth #100
Adam Reid, RealRyder International LLC
Join us for a thrilling, “un-stationary” indoor cycling workout using the RealRyder® Indoor Cycle–the only indoor bike that offers movement across three essential planes of motion. Experience the functional training benefits of tri-planar riding, including greater core-engagement, enhanced balance/coordination, increased metabolic burn and more. This biomechanical-smart indoor cycling class brings the fun and freedom of outdoor riding…inside!
Early Morning Workout
Wednesday, April 1 • 6:30am – 7:30am
Longhorn A-D
The Early Morning Workout provides you with another opportunity to test fitness equipment and learn more about some of the latest trends in fitness and strength training. Join your colleagues in the Expo Hall!
Fitness Forum
066 RealRyder® Indoor Cycling: Take the Training Wheels Off! (Workout 2)
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:00am – 7:30am
Expo booth #100
Adam Reid, RealRyder International LLC
Join us for a thrilling, “un-stationary” indoor cycling workout using the RealRyder® Indoor Cycle–the only indoor bike that offers movement across three essential planes of motion. Experience the functional training benefits of tri-planar riding, including greater core-engagement, enhanced balance/coordination, increased metabolic burn and more. This biomechanical-smart indoor cycling class brings the fun and freedom of outdoor riding…inside!
Conference Registration
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:30am – 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Host Committee Table
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:30am – 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
NIRSA Foundation Table
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:30am – 4:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
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Program Committee Table
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:30am – Noon
Conference Center Lobby
Poster Presentations
Wednesday, April 1 • 7:30am – 5:00pm
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Take a break between sessions to view the poster presentations in the Texas Ballroom Lobby. Posters will be attended by presenters from 10:00am-11:00am on Wednesday.
See page XXX for details.
Special Event Programming; Marketing/Public Relations
067 Special Events and Fundraisers Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Austin 1-3
Stephen Hardy, University of Toledo
Special events are great ways to expand your demographics and increase both your usage rates and program numbers. Share tips for specific types of special events, discuss trends on exciting new events with your peers, and generate new ideas for your department. We will also look at the best ways to turn events into fundraisers.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Personal/Professional Development
068 Performance Enhancing What? Creating Effective Employee Appraisals
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Austin 4-6
Lexi Chaput, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and Scott Vandermoon, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
Employee appraisals are a valuable tool, but also a large time commitment. Learn how to make the best use of your time, and your student employees’ time, by creating an effective process that creates clear expectations and gives student employees opportunities to measure their successes.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the various phases of the employee life cycle.
  2. Identify the steps of the appraisal preparation process.
  3. Be able to demonstrate the discussed techniques of an appraisal.
NIRSA Foundation
NIRSA Foundation T-Shirt and Apparel Sale
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 4:00pm
Conference Center Lobby
Be sure to stop by today to see the full selection of items donated by your peers. All proceeds go to the NIRSA Foundation. Also, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win the 2015 Foundation Quilt!
See page XXX for details.
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Small College/Community College; Experiential
069 Forget the Fish in the Pond: Enhancing Small Programs Using Large School Ideas
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Dallas 5-7
Andrew Shell, RCRSP, CRSS, Campbell University; Carl Birch, Campbell University; Justin Ford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Benjamin Pruitt, Campbell University
Many small school campus recreation programs find themselves unable to develop the kind of comprehensive programming needed at their institution. Learn about the steps a small private institution took to better prepare itself to provide resources to its campus community. Information will be shared from competitive sports, fitness, summer programs, and facilities–as will the budgetary limitations that need to be considered when providing a truly comprehensive program. Firsthand experience from professional staff members and graduate assistants from large and small institutions alike will be shared.
Core Competencies: Programming; Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to use alternative mindsets to create a larger school vision with realistic small school expectations.
  2. Learn how to provide experiential learning for student staff as well as graduate assistants that will benefit them beyond their current position–even those that go into a field other than student affairs.
  3. Learn different ways to program collaboratively within all areas of the university community, not just within student affairs or campus recreation.
Business
NIRSA Assembly: Turning Ideas into Action
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Fort Worth 1-2
Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A & M University; and Members of the NIRSA Assembly
The Assembly is a group of innovative thinkers tasked with exploring hot topics for the profession of collegiate recreation. Past and present Assembly members will share information on topics that they have been or currently are working on. If you have questions about what the Assembly is and what it does, come hear Assembly members give updates, answer questions, and facilitate a discussion on current topics. Idea and feedback sharing is encouraged as we all look to move our values, and collegiate recreation, forward.
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Executive; Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial
070 It All Adds Up To the Bottom Line
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:15am
Fort Worth 5-6
Sid Gonsoulin, CRSS, University of Southern Mississippi; Eric Jontra, Clear Marketing Concepts; and Cassie Varnado, University of Southern Mississippi
As financial resources in higher education are being scrutinized and tough decisions are made in determining Campus Recreation budgets, creative avenues for resource development can adjust the bottom line. This session will depict a number of ways that Campus Recreation departments create and manage successful special events and programs that make money as a result of teaming up with third-party partners and sponsors. Net revenue provides other opportunities for the department to offer amenities, not only for participants in a respective special event but also support for other programs. This session will show you how to identify the key value elements of your Campus Recreation department, assign value to them, and generate revenue from sponsors and advertisers who want to reach your audience. Large, small, Jr. College  it doesn’t matter the size of your institution, it all boils down to simple math.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the difference between recruiting sponsors vs. long term partners in addition to being able to identify components that build long term partnerships.
  2. Be able to identify the economic impact of special events and be able to identify the value elements within their campus recreation department for the purpose of obtaining sponsorships / advertising revenue.
  3. Be able to assign an accurate value those elements based on their specific market and be able to communicate effectively with potential sponsors / advertisers in their specific market.
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
071 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Fort Worth 7
Jocelyn Hill, American University; and Tamara Jarrett, CRSS, CORE Unlimited, LLC
Discuss topics related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Come exchange ideas, ask questions, and learn more about NIRSA’s continued efforts to consolidate equity, diversity, and inclusion as one of its strategic values.
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Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Managing/Leading Student Staff
072 You Can’t Be a Leader without Followers
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine A/1-3
Jacqueline Hamilton, Ed.D., RCRSP, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi; and Kathleen Kilcoyne, Trinity College
Extensive development efforts and resources are devoted to leadership programs and education. Just as important is the reciprocal concept of followership, since you can’t be a leader without followers. We need to know how to be good followers–for the good of the cause and also to help us be effective leaders.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to distinguish between leadership and followership characteristics and behaviors.
  2. Connect followership behaviors to development of personal qualities and accumulation of experience.
  3. Learn how to associate followership behaviors with group productivity, leadership development, and support.
Health/Wellbeing; Managing/Leading Student Staff
073 A Selective and Personal Wellness Improvement Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine B/4-6
Robin Yeager, Fairmont State University; and Holly Frampton, Fairmont State University
Learn how to create and manage a selective and personal wellness program for college students where participants are accepted based on health requirements, history, motivation, and personal goals. They are assessed for weight, blood pressure, circumference measurements, and BMI; begin an exercise regimen; and also attend wellness events focusing on nutrition, stress, and health presented by students, faculty, and staff. The nine week program incorporates and uses exercise science and dietary management students who are fulfilling internship requirements.
Core Competencies: Programming; Research & Evaluation; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to create and implement a personalized and selective wellness program
  2. Identify university resourcesincluding facilities, staff, undergraduate and graduate studentsfor promoting and achieving wellness goals established in the program.
  3. Understand how to create a unique selection system for applicants, as well as an assessment and statistical evaluation.
Technology
074 Acquiring New Software Solutions in the Campus IT Eco-system
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine C
Tessa Michaels, Michaels & Associates
Many factors can contribute to the decision to select a new software system for your business. Whether the need is technology or business driven, the goal of the effort is always to select the best software for your organization. However, it’s not enough for the new system to only provide needed functionality and meet key customer requirements; it must also comply with campus infrastructure guidelines and meet established data/security policies. All these elements should be identified before selection, negotiation, and implementation. Learn how to approach new software selection and successfully sustain the cost/benefit objectives through implementation. Come explore the criteria for success as well as the common risks to consider when making a major investment in purchasing a new software system.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the basic steps in evaluating software functionality and suitability to meet business requirements and limitations.
  2. Itemize success criteria and risks to consider when purchasing a new software system.
  3. Describe common campus infrastructure guidelines and security policies to be aware of when selecting software.
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Technology
Collegiate Trends Research Roundtable: How Technology Is Being Used to Foster Student Wellbeing and Enhance the Value of Collegiate Recreation
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine D
NIRSA has been conducting research on how technology is being used to foster student wellbeing and enhance the value of collegiate recreation. Part of the NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Trends Research Project, powered by Precor, NIRSA closely examined how individual schools are utilizing technology in innovative ways to advance and support student success. This session will summarize the research results and foster a discussion on this emerging trend in collegiate recreation.
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Sustainable Communities
075 Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
San Antonio 4-5
Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University; and Marc Iturriaga, RCRSP, University of Waterloo
Want to be a Sustainability Ambassador? NIRSA’s Sustainability Ambassadors informally and formally help educate other members about sustainability and NIRSA’s model. In this session you will learn more about the Ambassador program and NIRSA’s work in sustainability, and you will have the opportunity to join the Ambassador team. It is a great volunteer opportunity. While the time commitment is minimal, the impact can be significant.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Give at least one example of sustainability in each of the three pillars of NIRSA’s Sustainability Model.
  2. Articulate the expectations of the NIRSA Sustainability Ambassador program.
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Fitness; Personal/Professional Development
076 Sales Is a Dirty Word: Applying Sound Business Principles to Your Fitness Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas 1-3
Jason Vlastaras, Oklahoma State University; Grant Irby, Oklahoma State University; and Natalie Pulgini, Oklahoma State University
Do you find that the word sales brings up a dirty connotation in the world of campus recreation? Would you like to infuse some life into your fitness program while also becoming financially profitable? Learn how we used sound business principles to turn Oklahoma State Universitys fitness program into one of the largest in the nation. Learn practical tips and approaches to managing staff, growing programs, maximizing profits, setting goals, and delivering excellent customer service.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Receive an anecdotal example of a growing fitness program by highlighting the three-year journey OSU has taken to become one of the largest fitness programs in the nation.
  2. Identify several practical, business based applications to make your fitness program more successful.
  3. Develop a manageable plan for establishing goals for your program that is based on sound business principles.
Sport Clubs; Sustainable Communities
077 Sustainability and Sport Clubs: How the Club Scene Is Changing
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas A-B
Janis Steele, East Carolina University; and Justin Waters, East Carolina University
Given the growing focus on sustainable practices in collegiate recreation and wellness departments, we will examine how sport clubs can help contribute to and even lead green initiatives and practices while becoming ambassadors for other programs and operations in a campus recreation and wellness department.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the ten principles of the Travel Care Code, as well as benefits applicable to collegiate sport clubs.
  2. Be able to provide rationale for green travel, strategies on how such travel can be integrated into sport club programs, and gain specific resources useful in implementing a “Pledge to Travel Green” initiative.
  3. Learn how to integrate this sustainability initiative into overall campus recreation and wellness operations.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
078 Officials Development: Are You Trending?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
The quality of officials training is influenced by many factors including funding, the experience of the professional staff, and the time available to plan for it. We should keep in mind that our intramural officials are only as good as the training they receive. This session will highlight current trends in the industry of sports officiating as well as several alternative training techniques used throughout NIRSA Championship Series tournaments and other certified national training programs. Attendees will learn about aspects of officials training that target a specific group of students and considers their development both on and off the court or field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the current trends at various levels of officiating, which are being used to bolster the effectiveness of officials training programs.
  2. Learn about training techniques and resources that may assist with advancing a program’s training dialogue and, overall, an official’s career development.
  3. Be able to demonstrate how an officials training program can intermingle officiating with specific life skills.
Career Opportunities Center
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 3:30pm
Texas D/4-6
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Recreational Sports Expo
Coffee Break
Wednesday, April 1 • 9:00am – 10:00am
Inside the Expo Hall
Come grab a cup of coffee and take a break after the early round of educational sessions. The Expo Hall opens at 9:00am and coffee stations will be placed throughout to help get you energized for the day ahead.
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Recreational Sports Expo
Recreational Sports Exposition
Wednesday, April 1 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with over 150 exhibitors, anxious to show off the latest and greatest in equipment, technology, and program support solutions. Besides networking among the best in the industry, the Expo will offer attendees plenty of chances to eat, drink, and have some fun! Come ride the mtvU mechanical bull, show off your skills in the NIRSA Foundation Hoop Shoot, bump around in the Bubble Bump Soccer balls, or work up a sweat in the Fitness Forum, Presented by Les Mills. Whatever you’re looking for, the Recreational Sports Expo will have all the latest and greatest for collegiate recreation on display. Swing in and grab some free food, stop by a cash bar, and mix and mingle with us in the Expo Hall!
Fitness Forum
079 LES MILLS BODYPUMP®
Wednesday, April 1 • 9:15am – 10:00am
Longhorn A-D
Sheldon McBee, Les Mills
With over a million people doing it a week around the world, BODYPUMP® is for anyone looking to get lean, toned, and fit  fast! Utilizing a cutting-edge instructor training program that is perfect for the first-time instructor, you are coached through a scientifically proven class that features the most effective exercise techniques, compelling motivation and today’s hottest music. The original barbell workout uses light to moderate weights with lots of repetitions to give you a total body workout, perfect for the university student wanting an exciting and powerful exercise experience.
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Student Learning Outcomes; Executive
080 Telling Our Story to Employers: Demonstrating the Impact of Co-curricular Experiences including Campus Recreation on Employment-ready Skills
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Austin 1-3
Adam Peck, Ph.D., Stephen F Austin State University; Catherine Cramp, CRSS, University of Florida; and David Hall, CRSS, Ed.D., Springfield College
As key stakeholders in higher education debate ways to reduce the cost of higher education while improving student learning, the contribution and value added by co-curricular education is often overlooked. This session illustrates how assessment of student learning in co-curricular activities can be used to demonstrate to policymakers that the skills most desired by employers can be gained through student involvement outside of the classroom.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate ten skills desired by employers as determined by the survey by the National Associate of Colleges and Employers.
  2. Design an effective assessment of employment skills.
  3. Understand how to package student learning data to demonstrate the impact of co-curricular involvement on your campus.
Strategic Planning; Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial
081 The Business of Campus Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Austin 4-6
Amy Hyams, Ed.D., W.I.T.S.
Running a successful campus recreation program and facility is no different than running a private club or business. Learn the essential steps and skills of the most successful clubs, including: strategic planning, marketing, budgeting, staff development, sales, attracting and retaining members, and using social media and other marketing strategies. Consider this your mini-MBA and blueprint for success.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and learn how to apply at least three skills of the most successful club managers.
  2. Learn how to analyze staffing needs and identify at least two strategies for staff development.
  3. Understand at least three strategies for using social media to attract and retain members.
Managing/Leading Student Staff
082 From Transactional to Transformational: The Emerging Leaders Institute
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Dallas 5-7
Don Stenta, Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Alexander Borchers, The Ohio State University; Rob Jech, The Ohio State University; and Beththena Johnson, The Ohio State University
After taking a critical look at the student training program – which required students to attend developmental sessions – The Ohio State University Department of Recreational Sports chose to take a different approach. It developed the Emerging Leaders Institute for students who self-enrolled. Rooted in the Social Change Model, student attendees and facilitators have created an environment that fosters transformative leadership experiences.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least two benefits to providing transformational leadership training.
  2. By reviewing the Emerging Leaders Institute’s assessment, learn about the essential elements of the program.
  3. Identify opportunities to assess your department’s required student training development workshops.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
083 Natural and NIRSA-Nurtured Mentorship
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Fort Worth 1-2
Kimmi Sterner, University of Mississippi; Jessica Adkisson, Ball State University; Courtney Kraemer, Louisiana State University; William Moore, Boston University; Jenna Nales, University of Kentucky; Vincent Orfano, University of the Pacific; and Travis Rawe, South Dakota State University
Most of us had outstanding mentors who challenged us, nurtured us, pushed us to our limits, and taught us how to be successful in our field. So why not converse with a mentor or mentee outside of your inner circle who could offer a different, but still-relevant, point of view? Learning is a two-way street and connecting with new people–no matter how long we have been in the field–can be valuable to our growth as professionals. Learn about the value of natural and NIRSA-nurtured mentorships, and walk away with the courage to create a life-long relationship with another respected member of your field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to explain the values of both natural and nurtured mentor relationships.
  2. Gain confidence to create a mentor/mentee relationship with a new NIRSA colleague.
  3. Be able to explain NIRSA’s mentor program and the opportunities presented to both mentors and mentees through participation in this program.
Aquatics
084 Aquatics Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Fort Worth 5-6
Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin
This is an an opportunity for colleagues to ask questions and discuss current hot topics around aquatics facilities and programming on college and university campuses.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Research/Assessment
085 What Women Want: Improving Female Participation in Intramural Sports
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine A/1-3
Kari Budnik, University of Central Florida and Frances Thomas, Armstrong State University
Intramural sports programs continue to struggle with female participation. Learn how to tailor your marketing and programming to fit what women want and need from intramural sports.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the differences between what men and women want from intramural sports programs.
  2. Learn how to use data to understand program weaknesses and how to make positive change in these areas.
  3. Identify ways that your program can improve female participation through marketing and programming adjustments.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Risk Management/Legal Issues
086 Complying with Title IX in Club and Intramural Sport Programs
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine B/4-6
Jacqueline McDowell, Ph.D., George Mason University; Robyn Deterding, CRSS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Terry Elmore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Edward Morford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title IX legislation seeks to prevent sex and gender discrimination in club and intramural sports, but guidance to encourage compliance with the law is limited and vague. This educational session will discuss how Title IX affects campus recreation departments, and will extend the dialogue surrounding the application of recommended gender equity guidelines for club and intramural sports programs.
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the legal requirements that campus recreation departments have under Title IX legislation.
  2. Use recommended gender equity guidelines to assess gender equity in their club and intramural sport programs.
  3. Identify strategies to help overcome structural and/or contextual factors that could impede gender equity efforts.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
087 The Ride to Common Sense Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine C
Shane Bennett, RCRSP, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
In today’s world, campus life seems to have become more hectic; a need to do more and more seems inevitable. This presentation will take the principles from Jon Gordon’s book The Energy Bus and break down how you can simplify your leadership style. It will also outline skills needed to be successful in developing students and staff.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least four of the nine principles from Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus.
  2. Begin to craft and develop your own definition of leadership.
  3. Be able to articulate at least four benefits of the common sense principles of leadership.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Risk Management/Legal Issues
088 Assessing Customer Service, Job Knowledge, and Emergency Response with Departmental Audits
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine D
Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Benjamin Burnham, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Heather Foster, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Joey Halpin, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Learn how to implement a departmental audit process that can help formally assess employee proficiency and skills in customer service, job knowledge, and emergency response. Operating with a student-led approach promotes student ownership with minimal impact on professional staff workload. Program outcomes include improved customer service, patron safety, and student development.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how to implement an audit program that covers customer service, job knowledge, and emergency response using the forms and procedures discussed.
  2. Develop pre- and post-audit assessments to analyze improvements in staff performance.
  3. Identify how to utilize student managers to lead the audit program autonomously.
Technology; Health/Wellbeing
089 Social Media, Mobile Technology, and Physical Activity Promotion
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
San Antonio 4-5
Christopher Nasti, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University; and Phil Marcinek, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
Social media and mobile technology can be powerful tools in the promotion of physical activity and participant retention. But the vast array of new products and applications can be overwhelming. This presentation will explore how campus recreation professionals can use these technologies to efficiently and creatively enhance their programs and services without letting them take over their work day.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn what emerging web and mobile applications exist to connect campus recreation professionals with their students and community participants.
  2. Learn how to merge social media with existing programming models to enhance student participation and engagement.
  3. Learn how to maximize efficiency when using social media.
Strategic Planning; Facility Management, Planning, and Design
090 Advancing Your Mission Through Strategic Physical and Financial Planning
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Texas 1-3
Eric Hawkes, North Carolina State University at Raleigh; and Joe Winters, Brailsford & Dunlavey
Dwindling capital resources and increased competition for available funding have made advancing recreation missions–and providing co-curricular learning opportunities that support student success–challenging for collegiate recreation professionals. Learn how North Carolina State has managed to progress its recreation mission over the past five years through an emphasis on strategic physical and financial planning.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation; Business Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the national context for the current political and financial climate, which impacts higher education institutions’ advancement of their recreation missions.
  2. Understand the tools available to help an institution’s recreation department manage in this challenging climate, and how to use them.
  3. Master a series of lessons that will help enhance future planning efforts.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
091 Strong Leaders Use Their Strengths
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Texas A-B
Erin Schreyer, International Coach Federation
Want to build your leadership muscles? Then you need to be aware of your strengths and how to use and apply them to your leadership. Attendees of this session will grow their leadership in a personal way and also understand how to engage others.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Grasp the importance of assessing strengthswhat they are, how to use them, etc.
  2. Learn how to apply your strengths to improve your leadership.
  3. Understand how to meet the needs of others according to your own strengths.
See page XXX for bio information.
Photo – Erin Schreyer
Poster Presentations
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Take a break between sessions to view the poster presentations in the Texas Ballroom Lobby. Posters will be attended by presenters from 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Wednesday.
See page XXX for details.
Family/Youth
092 Youth Fitness: Creating a Culture for a Healthier Generation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Texas C
Anthony Wall, ACE-American Council on Exercise
In less than a generation, our youth have become part of the global obesity epidemic. The average child can now count on growing up with at least one major cardiovascular disease. Being bullied, low self-esteem, and a sense of hopelessness are everyday realities for many overweight and obese kids. We have an obligation to promote healthy behaviors in our youth. This session will discuss general youth fitness guidelines and explore the physiological and psychological impacts of physical activity.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the key definitions and mechanisms associated with youth physical activity.
  2. Understand and know how to apply general youth fitness guidelines to a program.
  3. Be able to use basic training principles to design safe and effective programs to engage today’s youth.
See page XXX for bio information.
Fitness Forum
093 Body Transformation Project
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:15am – 11:00am
Longhorn A-D
Shari Landmark, South Dakota State University; and Patricia Philippi, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Functional fitness meets mind and body. This class will begin with hard-core functional training methods to enhance strength, endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, and agility. The class culminates with a mini yoga session to help you grow stronger physically and mentally, ultimately leading to better performance results, speedier recovery, and safer movements. This one class could potentially transform you into a better person…We challenge you to try!
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Personal/Professional Development
094 The ROY Program: A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Preparedness
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Austin 1-3
Emma Reeners, Florida Gulf Coast University; Carl Bleich, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Chad Caldwell, Florida Gulf Coast University
Some student employees shudder when they hear the words “red shirt drills.” The ROY Program can change that. Using student input, the program was developed to include “orange” and “yellow” portions of assessment to ease the pressure and help students perform better during red shirt drills and actual emergencies. Learn how expanding your risk management assessment of student employees to encompass more than just red shirt drills can help your department become better prepared for an emergency.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to introduce and explain the ROY Program’s three major components and the purposes they serve in reinforcing risk management theories and policies.
  2. Identify the two benefits of collaborating with student leaders in designing a risk management assessment program.
Student Learning Outcomes; Personal/Professional Development
095 Assessing Student Learning Outcomes at the University of Illinois
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Austin 4-6
Jami Houston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Learn about a longitudinal assessment initiative on student employment at the University of Illinois. This assessment strives to provide reliable evidence to support the anecdotal perception that employment with collegiate recreation departments contributes to overall leadership, multicultural competency, and wellness. It also examines the impact of collegiate recreation employment on post-graduation employability and job skills improvement. The session will give a brief overview of the process, the assessment tool, the initial results, and the benefits of cross-departmental collaborations.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Know three benefits of student assessment on your campus.
  2. Be able to articulate two ways that assessing student development can change and inform your training and program.
  3. Be able to demonstrate a plan to begin an assessment on your campus that would take advantage of cross-departmental collaborations.
Sustainable Communities
096 Sustainability Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Dallas 1-2
Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University
Come to this roundtable whether you’re an expert or novice on sustainability. We will discuss, learn, and network with individuals who have been asked to be more sustainable as well as with those who have created sustainability missions for their campus recreation programs. This session will give participants sustainability tools and strategies for their programs, services, and facilities.
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Facility Management, Planning, and Design; Fitness
097 Creating CrossFit Opportunities at Your Fitness Center
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Dallas 5-7
Jennifer Lewis, Rochester Institute of Technology
CrossFit is gaining popularity and becoming more and more of a national trend. Learn how to implement CrossFit programming opportunities at your fitness center safely and effectively through careful planning and decision-making processes.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Coordinate a facilities’ management plan that will provide CrossFit program opportunities to your fitness members.
  2. Create several rules, policies, and procedures for CrossFit utilization.
  3. Establish safe and effective training programs for student staff.
Student Learning Outcomes; Micro Session
098 Expanding Your Horizons: Collaborating Between Program Areas
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Fort Worth 5-6
Kimmi Sterner, University of Mississippi; Jenna Nales, University of Kentucky; and Vincent Orfano, University of the Pacific
Diversity is more than just differences in culture and identity. Diversifying your experiences within collegiate recreation–and expanding your mindset regarding it–is vital to a well-rounded understanding of the field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the value of diversity in interdepartmental collaboration as well as understand the importance of interdepartmental collaboration and communication.
Student Learning Outcomes; Micro Session
099 One Event, Endless Possibilities: Changing the Student Dynamic in Event Management
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Fort Worth 5-6
William Moore, Boston University; and Jessica Adkisson, Ball State University
Students are highly involved in staffing many events within their campuses. By learning what the true value of working these events are, students will have a greater appreciation and become happy and healthier employees. Come to this session to discover ways to show students the considerable value of working these events.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the values students have learned and will learn through event management; see how to integrate student development theory in developing efficient student staff members.
Student Learning Outcomes; Micro Session
100 Project Development: New Ventures within Your Campus Recreation Program
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Fort Worth 5-6
Travis Rawe, South Dakota State University; and Courtney Kraemer, Louisiana State University
Campus recreation departments are unique among other campus departments. Learn how campus recreation work together with different departments on campus to create new events for both their programs and for their campuses.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. See the different processes campus recreation programs take in order to create and run both new and traditional events.
Social
Past Presidents Lunch
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 1:00pm
Fort Worth 7
Invitation only
Past NIRSA Presidents will have a chance to reconnect with other former Presidents of the Association and network over lunch.
Research/Assessment; Fitness
101 The Forward Lunge: Shedding New Light on Old Assumptions
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Paul Juris, Cybex International
Join us for an evidence-based discussion of the forward lunge exercise, emphasizing the influence of lunge technique on muscle activation and joint stresses. Come challenge assumptions and let us dispel the myth that there is only one correct way to lunge.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the conventional wisdom with respect to forward lunge technique.
  2. Investigate past and present scientific evidence related to the forward lunge exercise.
  3. Encourage evidence-based exercise selection.
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Sport Clubs
102 Coaches: Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Live without Them
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Lexi Chaput, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and Cheryl Jendryka, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
The role of coaches in the University of Michigan’s Club Sports programs has changed drastically in the past three years; club coaches went from being optional to mandatory. This change has given us a new outlook on the way we train and interact with coaches, and we’ve found great allies and partners in the process. Learn about our transition and how your recreation sports department can benefit from a partnership with coaches in your program.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the desirable qualities of a club sports coach.
  2. Develop a process for the onboarding and training of new coaches and the continuing development of returning coaches.
  3. Create a better-defined role for all sport club coaches and identify how they can be better utilized as partners.
Technology; Research/Assessment
103 How to Have Your Data and Eat It Too
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine C
Tessa Michaels, Michaels & Associates
Databases are about more than columns and rows. Whatever aspect of recreational sports you run, you need a way to house the information you are collecting to maximize its potential. This is often a large scale undertaking, and it comes with a number of confounding questions. What can you collect or keep? Who owns it? Where should you store the data? How do you manage it? Security today is more difficult to navigate and more expensive. The introduction of data collection and analytics into an organization may be a tipping point that leads to fully adopting modern security practices. It’s time to get started. The purpose of this session is to discuss the new world–the opportunities and the risks–and how to adapt practices to meet it. The session will focus on practical applications and discuss relevant technology terms–including data integrity, quality, integration, and security.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and be able to discuss data categories that require higher levels of security with an IT team.
  2. Understand the business owners roles and responsibilities regarding data and its stewardship.
  3. Learn how to evaluate the costs and benefits of different data management and storage options.
See page XXX for bio information.
Photo – Tessa Michaels
Member Services; Personal/Professional Development
104 The Go-Giver: Five Laws for Stratospheric Success
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine D
Kathryn Thies, Loyola University Chicago; and Stesha Heselius-Mashinchi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter. But sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Learn the five laws of stratospheric success that Joe learned to help build his company and how they apply to campus recreation programs.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the five laws of stratospheric success, and identify ways those laws can be built into customer service.
  2. Learn how to balance between providing the best services possible and keeping within budget.
Fitness; Managing/Leading Student Staff
105 We Are…ITPers!
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
San Antonio 4-5
Tamara Riddle, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus; Julia Avans, American University; Brittany Guerin, North Carolina State University at Raleigh; and Jessica Norman, Washington State University
Find out how instructors who grew out of the same instructor training program are now running their own programs at diverse universities across the country with an emphasis on continued instructor training. This session is geared toward showcasing options that professionals have to potentially better develop and grow instructors.
Core Competencies: Programming; Human Resource Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to classify what type of training program–internal, external, mixed, etc.–is currently offered at your institution.
  2. Recognize what type of training program might work best at your institution based on existing resources and support.
  3. Identify three different approaches to implementing instructor development within your current program.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Research/Assessment
106 When Recreation Is More Than Just Sport: Influences on Leadership Development
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Texas A-B
John Dugan, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
This session will present results from a NIRSA-funded research project that used data from the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership to explore the influences of campus recreation on college student leadership development. The presentation will highlight key findings and engage participants in discussing how they infuse key interventions that leverage leadership development into campus recreation programs.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the influences of campus recreation on leadership development.
  2. Be able to identify interventions that increase leadership development.
  3. Be able to translate findings into practical applications in the campus recreation context.
Photo – John Dugan
Research/Assessment
107 Professional Standards Roundtable: Using and Developing CAS Standards for Recreational Sports
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Texas C
Douglas Franklin, CRSS, Ph.D., Ohio University (Retired)
The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards) section for Recreational Sports were last revised in 2007 and will soon be undergoing its first significant revision in nearly ten years. This roundtable will serve as a forum to gather NIRSA member input on how to revise and improve this section of the CAS Standards to better serve the profession. The roundtable is an opportunity to discuss how the current CAS Standards have guided professional practice, are used in self-assessment or in framing external evaluations, and how they might be revised to reflect current practice. Shortfalls and areas for improvement will also be discussed, as will member input into the Standard’s contextual statement.
Fitness Forum
108 U-JAM Fitness
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:15am – Noon
Longhorn A-D
Burt Lampl, U-Jam Fitness
Join a U-Jam Fitness Master Trainer as we deliver an hour long U-Jam LIVE! class. This energetic workout is driven by world beats with urban flavor. This class will feature dance moves that are funky and easy to follow, but will have you working up a sweat and burning down the calories!
T-Shirt Exchange
Wednesday, April 1 • 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Inside the Expo Hall
It is a long-standing NIRSA Annual Conference tradition that collegiate recreation students and professionals bring the excess t-shirts from their various campus recreation events or programs and exchange them with colleagues. Come get a new t-shirt and join us for all the fun in the Expo Hall.
Expo Hall: See page XXX for exact location
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Fitness Forum
109 PiYo® Strength
Wednesday, April 1 • 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Longhorn A-D
April Pavelka, Texas Tech University
PiYo® combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of flowing yoga movements. Youll use your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves to define every single muscle–big and small.
Global Perspective; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
110 I AM: A Culturally Competent Recreation Manager
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Austin 4-6
Sarah Shouvlin, Temple University; and Matthew Ostermeyer, Indiana University-Bloomington
This session will reframe the commonly cited challenges of serving an increasingly-diverse clientele. It will encourage practitioners to consider how they can more effectively make underrepresented populations feel like they matter and are included in recreation department missions. Concrete examples and strategies for inclusive advertising and programming, as well as a cultural competency assessment scale, will be shared.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand why the social-psychological concept of mattering is important and should influence a department’s commitment to serving diverse and underrepresented populations.
  2. Be able to identify and implement strategies for creating meaningful niche opportunities instead of relying on familiar one-size-fits-all approaches.
  3. Be able to assess your own, your organization’s, or your program’s cultural competencies using a cultural competence assessment scale.
Program Committee Table Open
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 4:25pm
Conference Center Lobby
The NIRSA 2015 Program Committee’s table can be found near Conference Registration and the educational session rooms. Swing by if you have any questions about the educational sessions, invited speakers, session evaluations, and more.
Outdoor
AORE and NIRSA: Onsite Meeting of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dallas 1-2
Jeannette Stawski, AORE – Assoc. of Outdoor Recreation & Education
Attendees will have a conversation about the current state of the outdoor recreation and education industry. The session will include an exchange of information and insights, as well as discussion of future action from the AORE perspective.
Research/Assessment; Strategic Planning
111 Data Integration and Decision Making
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dallas 5-7
Darin Barr, Ballard*King & Associates; Natalie O’Farrell, University of Arizona; and Lynn Zwaagstra, University of Arizona
Do you have a planned and integrated way of collecting participant data? Or is everyone doing their own thing? This presentation will explore an integrated and strategic approach to collecting survey and program evaluation data. Ballard*King and Associates, Ltd. and the University of Arizona Campus Recreation Department will demonstrate their use of the NIRSA survey, outcomes reporting, integration with ongoing participant evaluations, and the corresponding application in decision making.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least two benefits of approaching surveying from an integrated or strategic perspective.
  2. Identify at least two ways to utilize survey and evaluation data in decision making.
  3. Identify at least two ways to report on survey data that will benefit your department.
Business
NIRSA Financial Overview
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Fort Worth 1-2
Alex Accetta, RCRSP, Portland State University; Stan Campbell, CRSS, RCRSP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and John Meyer, CRSS, University of Colorado at Boulder
Come and learn about our Association’s finances. This session will explain NIRSA’s financial structure, report Fiscal Year 2014 operating results, and show how budgets connect to organizational goals. Reports by the NIRSA Services Corporation and the NIRSA Foundation will address their place in the overall NIRSA financial structure, and their role in supporting the mission and vision of NIRSA. All three groups will share opportunities and challenges that could affect the future financial health and wellbeing of the Association.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals
112 Co-Rec Sports: Managing Rules to Maximize Participation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University; and Brooke Turner, RCRSP, The University of Alabama
How are your co-rec rules affecting intramural participation on your campus? Learn strategies to balance gender-based factors and encourage equitable participation in your co-rec sports and events.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify gender-specific factors that impact co-rec athletic competition.
  2. Understand the effects of common intramural co-rec rules on participant perception and strategy.
  3. Formulate alternate co-rec sport rules that encourage equitable participation.
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Managing/Leading Student Staff
113 Active Shooter: One Plan Just Isn’t Enough
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Kate Dorrity, Purdue University
An active shooter incident is devastating for a college campus. Developing a department response plan can be challenging because of both the unpredictable nature of such an incident and the complex role recreational sports play on college campuses. Learn how to create situation-based response plans and implement an associated staff training session that provides a safe environment and focuses on flexibility.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Human Resource Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how situational awareness is critical in determining an appropriate response.
  2. Be able to identify three ways of responding to an active shooter incident based on the location of the incident.
  3. Develop staff training practices to best prepare them for the challenges they will face in an active shooter incident.
Marketing/Public Relations; Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial
114 Think Like an Advertising Agency and Get More Sponsors!
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine C
Kristin Smith, The Ohio State University; and Kiran Mistry, UCLA
Why let advertising agencies have all the fun? Learn what advertising agencies do best and put their practices to work for you!
Core Competencies: Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to translate “agency speak” and talk to your sponsors in a language they understand.
  2. Understand how to create memorable sponsorship experiences for your partners.
  3. Craft effective and creative sponsorship proposals for your partners and prospects.
Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial; Personal/Professional Development
115 Follow the Money: Empowering Staff through the Budget Review Process
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine D
Michael Waldron, CRSS, RCRSP, Texas A & M University-College Station; Arranna Bennett, #N/A, Texas A & M University-College Station; and Jeff Fountain, Texas A & M University-College Station
In these times of tight budgets, increased scrutiny, and requirements for transparent accountability, this informative session is designed to walk attendees through the Texas A&M Rec Sports budget review process, which empowers staff with budget authority within their respective units of control. Attendees will learn why the process was created, how it was implemented, and the benefits it has for senior staff, budget administrators, and front-line staff.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to describe the components and benefits of a budget review process.
  2. Be able to define the terms “generally accepted accounting principles” and “internal control system,” and identify how the budget review process can become an integral part of your internal control system.
  3. Recognize how regular interaction between senior staff and budget administrators can empower staff and assist in keeping offerings aligned with the departmental mission and expectations.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Health/Wellbeing
116 Federal Legislation for Post-Secondary Students with Physical Disabilities
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Texas 1-3
Stephen Gambino, Ed.D., RCRSP, West Chester University of Pennsylvania; and Alison Epperson, Ph.D., Murray State University
There are two federal legislation documents that mandate post-secondary recreational activities for students with disabilities: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This presentation will highlight sections of these two documents–focusing on the justification of their intent–define the term “handicapped,” and clarify the term “inclusion.” It will also provide examples of how other institutions modified their recreational programs for students with physical disabilities.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Research & Evaluation; Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to explain how these two documents address recreational sports programming for post-secondary students with physical disabilities.
  2. Be able to cite specific sections of these two pieces of legislation relating to providing recreational activities for students with physical disabilities.
  3. Be able to list examples of how to modify your current recreational sports programming in order to accommodate students with physical disabilities.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
117 Level Up! Taking Steps to Improve Your Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Texas A-B
Erin Schreyer, International Coach Federation
How’s your leadership today? What level in your leadership development are you currently at? This session will help attendees understand and define the five levels of leadership, assess what level they are at today, what they can do to improve their leadership, and give ideas about how to progress to the higher levels.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate what the letters in the acronym ABCD stand for when it comes to writing student learning outcomes.
  2. Assess and articulate their current leadership ability and its impact.
  3. Clarify the gap between their current level and the next level of leadership.
Service
118 Service Learning: Impacting Community through Student Engagement
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Texas C
Ken Brill, Augustana College (Illinois), National Association for Campus Activities; and Dave DeAngelis, Suffolk University
Service learning offers some of the best opportunities to promote student learning through community engagement. Join us as we explore community engagement through the lens of campus recreation and activities. Participants will learn the many benefits of service learning initiatives and models for teaching community engagement, as well as ways to integrate service learning into program offerings.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to integrate service learning into community service experiences.
  2. Explore ways that experiential learning can be used to provide structure to community service projects so that students can reflect on their experience.
  3. Learn how to combine learning outcomes and community service that enhances student growth.
Fitness Forum
119 Turbo HIIT
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Kimmi Sterner, University of Mississippi
Challenge your intensity! Turbo HIIT takes the fast-paced, intense section of the popular format Turbokick and creates a structured, choreographed high-intensity interval class. Move with the music and get your heart rate up while working your entire body!
Recreational Sports Expo
Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, April 1 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Inside the Expo Hall
Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? Join us in the Expo Hall for the Ice Cream Social! This event was a huge hit last year, and the unopposed time slot allows attendees to visit vendors one last time with FREE ice cream in hand!
Fitness Forum
120 Team-Based Workout!
Wednesday, April 1 • 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Longhorn A-D
Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University; and Alycia Israel, The Ohio State University
Come join us in a team-based workout! Partner and team-based workouts are a great way to provide that motivation as well as sense of camaraderie, excitement, and accomplishment needed for a maximum-results workout. Bring your friends and experience a unique fitness challenge that includes total-body exercises, rare obstacles, and a fun-paced flow you will be sure to love!
Special Event Programming; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
121 Engaging the Unengaged
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Austin 4-6
Bonnie Hainline, Southern Methodist University; and Brendan Greisberger, The Ohio State University
Join us as we discuss strategies for engaging underrepresented populations on your campus in collegiate recreation activities. This session will include programming ideas, collaborative strategies, and a guide to empowering students to engage their peers.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the value and utility of a program area that focuses on outreach and engagement within collegiate recreation.
  2. Be able to identify new program ideas for engaging underrepresented populations on campus.
  3. Develop new networking, prioritization, and adaptability qualities to utilize in the development of collaborative programs.
Health/Wellbeing
122 Health and Wellbeing Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Dallas 1-2
Rachelle Winkler, Oakland University
Join fellow NIRSA members to discuss and share the latest trends and issues within the domain of health and wellbeing.
Executive; Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial
123 Amazon…Nike…Who’s Next? Seven-Figure Partnership Deals
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Dallas 5-7
Thomas Dison, CRSS, The University of Texas at Austin; Deb Johnson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; John Campbell, CRSS, University of California-Davis; Michael Deluca, CRSS, UCLA; Stuart Halsall, University of Denver; and Tim Moore, Boston University
Need more money in your campus recreation budget? Have you considered taking corporate sponsorship to the next level? Can you imagine signing a seven-figure deal with a corporate partner? Hear from a panel of NIRSA member experts who have changed the game on revenue generation through corporate partnerships. Learn what it takes to develop a professional competency in raising corporate sponsorship dollars. The panel will discuss the patience, perseverance and creativity required to develop relationships with corporations. Learn the art of positioning and the math of valuing what your campus recreation department has to offer. And get ready for plenty of opportunity to learn new skills navigating internal campus politics. Come and hear from your colleagues about the long and winding road to successful corporate sponsorship.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to distinguish between recruiting sponsors and developing long-term partners.
  2. Learn how to value campus recreation elements while negotiating with potential corporate sponsors.
  3. Be able to identify the components that build long-term partnerships.
Health/Wellbeing
124 Christian Fellowship Roundtable and Worship Session
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Fort Worth 1-2
Mary Pittman, RCRSP, The University of West Florida
Come join us for a worship session of music and praise followed by a roundtable discussion about Christian leadership in collegiate recreation. This is a great session for NIRSA members to network and develop support or prayer groups for the year ahead!
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Student Learning Outcomes
125 Females in Officiating: Are They Getting All They Need?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
April Flint, RCRSP, Ph.D., Emory University
Whether the sports official is male or female should not be an issue; however, participant reactions and/or societal messages may affect the experience of student intramural sports officials who are female. A study conducted at a southeastern mid-size Division I institution aims to create a base of knowledge on the experiences of female intramural sports officials. The purpose is to understand how working as an intramural sports official contributes to the developmental growth of female college students, and to discover new methods of support and direction for this population.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities; Research & Evaluation; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to recognize and describe how traditional gender roles can affect the experiences of female sports officials and their ability to build relationships with their supervisors and peers.
  2. Be able to articulate how working as an intramural sports official contributes to the developmental growth of female college students.
  3. Identify and explain ways to integrate cultural and gender awareness, education, relationship development, and positive youth development into student staff training and overall intramural programs.
Managing/Leading Student Staff
126 Empowering Our Student Leaders through Engagement
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine B/4-6
Kari Budnik, University of Central Florida, Cayla McAvoy, University of Central Florida and Lacey Carter, University of Central Florida
This session will highlight opportunities and initiatives your department can implement to motivate your student staff and further develop them into campus leaders. Quality programming and events that will offer your students various experiences to fine-tune their leadership skills and help them become future successful leaders will be discussed. Learn how to engage and empower today’s modern-day student.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate at least three ways to engage student staff outside of day-to-day job responsibilities.
  2. Identify student leadership development programming that you could possibly bring back to your department.
  3. Understand how Chickering’s Theory relates to the development of student employees and the training opportunities they are afforded.
Personal/Professional Development; Executive
127 Professional and Organizational Maturity in Collegiate Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine C
Bill Crockett, RCRSP, University of Maryland (Baltimore), The Founding Campus; and Grady Sheffield, RCRSP, Towson University
Recreation professionals and departments understand the value of professional development, but have a hard time articulating what is meant by professional maturity and organizational maturity. This session explores these concepts and relationships.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop an understanding of the maturation stages and processes involved in the Professional Maturity Continuum for Collegiate Recreation Professional, and learn how to align personal and professional goals to these various stages.
  2. Develop an understanding of the maturation stages and processes involved in the Organizational Maturity Model for Collegiate Recreation Departments, and learn how to align departmental goals to these various stages.
  3. Develop a model of reflective thinking about professional and organizational maturity.
Personal/Professional Development; Health/Wellbeing
128 Superwoman Syndrome: Balancing Confidence, Imperfection, and Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine D
Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University; and Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken
Women struggle personally and professionally with the desire for perfection, and with how to balance career and family. Women are beginning to push back and seek strategies for building confidence and being effective leaders. Learn how to develop a personal plan to allow for imperfections, how to set priorities, and how to take time for yourself without guilt.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least three sources for building effective leadership and confidence.
  2. Reflect on personal and professional qualities that can restore balance.
  3. Develop two personal priorities to implement by June 2015.
Technology
129 Technology Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
San Antonio 4-5
Todd Hammonds, University of California-Santa Cruz; Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; Pamela Hightower, University of Florida; and Kaila Lavin, California State University-Northridge
This is your opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, discuss with current users how software can enhance the customer experience in campus recreation, and ask software vendors some of your questions.
Aquatics; Special Event Programming
130 Aquatics Special Events: Not Your Average Swim Meet
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Texas 1-3
Reginald Merritt, University of Kentucky; and Courtney Bradford, Mississippi State University
Maximizing the usage of your aquatic facility by creating programming that fits the needs of multiple constituents can pose several challenges. Learn how to develop quality special-event programs that will increase aquatics participation among both swimmers and non-swimmers.
Core Competencies: Programming; Legal Liability & Risk Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the importance of providing alternative methods of recreation in an aquatics environment.
  2. Learn new ways to implement programming that markets your facility to both swimming and non-swimming audiences.
  3. Have an implementation plan built on one of the six special event topics discussed.
Student Learning Outcomes
131 We ARE the Student Learning Agenda: Campus Recreation’s Place at the Table
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Texas A-B
John Dugan, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
This presentation explores the critical role that campus recreation plays in the student learning agenda. All too often, sport is seen as simply play. This session combines research and the professional knowledge and experience of participants to make direct connections between recreation and student learning. Participants will be introduced to central concepts, make connections with national agendas, and discuss how to best advocate for the critical importance of campus recreation.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the influences of campus recreation on student learning as it is broadly defined.
  2. Learn how to make connections between the work of campus recreation and the student learning agenda.
  3. Learn strategies for advocating on behalf of campus recreation.
Photo – John Dugan
Small College/Community College
132 Campus Partners: Making the Most of Your Small School Campus Alliances
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Texas C
Marci Kuhrt, RCRSP, Viterbo University; and Andrew Lemons, RCRSP, Saint Edward’s University
In order to flourish, small recreation programs need allies on their campuses. Learn ways to engage other campus departments in effective relationships for the growth of your small school program.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn methods for making partnerships with a variety of campus departments, including academic, student affairs, community and alumni relations, physical plant, athletics, and others.
  2. Brainstorm ideas for developing creative partnerships on campus.
  3. Understand the value of recreation in the world of higher education, and be able to articulate that value to colleagues and administrators on campus.
Business
Region IV Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Grapevine A/1-3
Tricia Losavio, The University of Texas at Dallas; and Courtney Kraemer, Louisiana State University
Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State/Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
Business
Region III Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Grapevine B/4-6
David DeAngelo, CRSS, The Ohio State University; and Jessica Adkisson, Ball State University
Meet with your Regional Leadership Teams to discuss State/Provincial and Regional initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
Business
Region I: Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Grapevine C
Jen Gudaz, Cornell University; and William Moore, Boston University
Meet with your Regional Leadership Teams to discuss State/Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
Business
Region V Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Grapevine D
Steve Erickson, CRSS, RCRSP, Montana State University; and Travis Rawe, South Dakota State University
Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State/Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
Business
Region II Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Texas A-B
David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University; and Jenna Nales, University of Kentucky
Meet with your Regional Leadership Teams to discuss State/Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
Business
Region VI Member Network Connection Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 • 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Texas C
Brent Harrison, University of Oregon; and Vincent Orfano, University of the Pacific
Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State/Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize outgoing leadership.
NIRSA Foundation Table
Wednesday, April 1 • 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Conference Center Lobby
Foundation Logo
Social
LGBTQI & Friends Social
Wednesday, April 1 • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Yellow Rose Ballroom
An annual favorite, the LGBTQI social fosters and encourages the involvement of LGBTQI individuals and allies in the Association. The LGBTQI & Friends Social is also an opportunity to recognize the 2015 recipients of the Fredrick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice