A full day of professional development tailored to staff who work at small recreation programs will be held prior to the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo on Saturday, February 16. The Small College and Community College Workshop was born out of feedback NIRSA received from small program staff regarding their need for focused training opportunities. The NIRSA Small Program Advisory Council is leading the workshop for the second year in a row.

Experienced small rec program professionals from diverse campus structures will lead the workshop. They will provide training while sharing key learnings and current practices that have advanced their campus recreation programs. The workshop will provide multiple learning formats. In addition to traditional presentations, there will be panel discussions, a networking luncheon, and group problem solving to provide attendees with tools they can use back on campus.

During the workshop, attendees will learn:

  • Methods for developing both professional and student staff
  • Ways to strengthen their program by building partnerships
  • How to advocate for their program to upper-level administrators
  • What tools and resources are available to demonstrate the value of their program to their school
  • How to get the most out of their NIRSA conference

Need help getting approval to attend the Annual Conference? Check out the Convince Your Boss Toolkit! And remember that space is limited for this preconference opportunity—sign up today for the Small College and Community College Workshop when you register for NIRSA 2019! This is not a conference you want to miss. Alison Burke, Director of the Schumo Center for Fitness & Well-Being at Albright College, says, “I was hesitant in attending since I represent a small school but was pleasantly surprised with the opportunity to connect with other small schools. Fabulous opportunity to learn and grow with the field.”

Learn about other NIRSA learning opportunities for staff at small campus rec programs by following all of the NIRSA news about small programs.


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Director of Membership Christine Haluzak.

Marc Falkenstein is currently the Director at the University of the Pacific. He serves on the NIRSA Small Programs Advisory Council. Christine Haluzak is the NIRSA Director of Membership.