Update, November 18: The deadline to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference has been extended from November 20 until December 4.

By Timothy “TC” Collins, Coordinator of Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs at California State University – Monterey Bay

I have fantastic, amazing, astonishing news! The 2016 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference Program Committee is still accepting presentation proposals! The Program Committee—composed of Barry Greene, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator at California State University, San Bernardino and Brittany Rejda from NIRSA Headquarters—has decided to change the submission deadline to Friday, December 4.

Please consider this opportunity to present at the 2016 ERSL Conference, themed “Creating Connections…Building Bridges.” The conference is taking place from February 25–27 at the incredible University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The success of this event depends on you—it depends on members choosing to contribute by registering for the event and submitting presentation proposals. I know I speak for the entire Program Committee when I say that I hope you will consider joining us.

NIRSA professional and student members who submit proposals and are among the first ten to have their proposal selected will serve as lead presenters and will receive a courtesy time preference. This means they’ll have the option to select the day and time they would like to present, which is definitely a reason to get excited!

Presentation proposals should align with NIRSA’s eight core competencies, and the Program Committee has selected the following three topic areas to focus on for this upcoming ERSL Conference:


  • Specialized programming—intramural, sport clubs, fitness, etc.—or programming for special populations
  • Effective program development, scheduling, and delivery

Philosophy and Theory

  • Trends in recreational sports as well as health and wellness theories and models
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Student development theories
  • Participation-based philosophical perspectives
  • Standards of practice, issues of equity and diversity, and student affairs issues and theories

Personal and Professional Qualities

  • Problem solving
  • Prioritization
  • Adaptability
  • Networking
  • Analytical skills

You don’t want to miss out on this fantastic chance to share your knowledge—submit a presentation proposal by Friday, December 4! We can’t wait to see you in Hattiesburg!


For more information about submitting a presentation proposal for the 2016 Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference, please contact NIRSA Assistant Director for Professional Development Brittany Rejda.