2017 NIRSA Triventure

Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Tuesday, November 28

Triventure
  • Tuesday, November 28 • 7:30am – 8:00am
  • Satellite Office
Come on over to the registration table and get your badge! Located at Satellite Office in the hotel.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Tuesday, November 28 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Offsite-Kennesaw State
Pre-registration required The primary purpose of this course is to ensure Instructors and Instructor Trainers can perform the skills, recognize correct and incorrect skill performance, and provide consistency of program skills and knowledge regarding the r.2017 updates to the Lifeguarding Program. This course includes classroom and in-water skills practice, skill drills, and a skills polish session. The course will also offer an optional opportunity to renew participants’ Basic Lifeguard Training Certification at no additional cost. Transportation to and from the host hotel will be provided, lunch will be on your own.

Wednesday, November 29

Triventure
  • Wednesday, November 29 • 8:30am – 1:00pm
  • Satellite Office
Come on over to the registration table and get your badge! Located at Satellite Office in the hotel.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Wednesday, November 29 • 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Offsite-Kennesaw State
Pre-registration required The primary purpose of this course is to ensure Instructors and Instructor Trainers can perform the skills, recognize correct and incorrect skill performance, and provide consistency of program skills and knowledge regarding the r.2017 updates to the Lifeguarding Program. This course includes classroom and in-water skills practice, skill drills, and a skills polish session. The course will also offer an optional opportunity to renew participants’ Basic Lifeguard Training Certification at no additional cost. Transportation to and from the host hotel will be provided, lunch will be on your own.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Wednesday, November 29 • 10:00am – 9:30pm
  • Tours (Offsite)
Pre-registration required If you are focused on the facility track, or just want to see some amazing recreation facilities, then you’ll want to join us for the Preconference Facility Tours! Attendees will tour the University of West Georgia, Auburn University, and Columbus State University recreation centers. Lunch and Dinner will be included and transportation will depart and return to the host hotel.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • Wednesday, November 29 • 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
Pre-registration required Our Fitness and Wellness committee is offering a great preconference workshop focused on TriggerPoint Foam Rolling Level 1. Self-myofascial release (SMR) has been shown to relieve muscle and joint pains and improve flexibility and range of motion. This four hour workshop covers the fundamentals of myofascial, reviews the latest SMR research, and dives into the TriggerPoint SMR movement philosophy using the GRID foam roller. Participants walk away with practical knowledge and hands-on experience for coaching and cueing movements that can be scaled to all fitness levels for pre- and post-workout foam rolling.

Thursday, November 30

Triventure
  • Thursday, November 30 • 7:30am – 8:45am
  • Satellite Office
Come on over to the registration table and get your badge! Located at Satellite Office in the hotel.
Triventure
  • Thursday, November 30 • 9:00am – 10:30am
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • Shannon Fable
As a professional, have we even scratched the surface of our potential? If we tried, could we eradicate obesity? Cure disease? More importantly, could we improve the self-esteem of the world? What could we accomplish if every single recreation/wellness professional was on the exact same mission and operating from the same playbook? Take a time out to learn the Rec Professional’s Creed; the Top 5 sentiments that, if kept front of mind day in and day out, would help direct our energies to help even more people than we do currently. Beyond simply hearing the concepts, find out how you can put the ideas into daily practice with your own classes and clients, as well as spread the message near and far.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Breakout K
  • Jim Fitzsimmons, University of Nevada-Reno; James Stalford, Mondo America, Inc.; Michael Taylor, Beaver Fitness
Learn how we used fitness geography, industry and student data, and flexibility on demand to design and build a thoroughbred fitness facility that exceeds the size and quality of our athletic facilities and is truly unique among college campuses.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Legan Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand trends in fitness facility design.
  2. Explain how architectural features can be designed to function as programmable fitness “apparatus.”
  3. Explain the varied uses and applications for functional training spaces and equipment.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Thursday, November 30 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • Bill Massey; Scott Lehmann, Towson University; Larry Mellinger, Elon University; Jennifer Jacobs, Connect2Concepts LLC
Today’s operators have access to a wealth of data; however, knowing which metrics really matter can be a challenge. In 2016, Sasaki and CORE Unlimited began a research project involving four different universities to analyze the utilization of trends captured through their headcounts. We will review the initial findings of the research project and present ways that the data collected can inform our operations and the industry as a whole.
Target Audience: Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain an understanding of metrics and performance indicators in our industry.
  2. Identify three ways to utilize usage data to drive operations and strategic planning.
  3. Be able to define the concept of active capacity and its importance as a true measure of serviceability.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Lyon
  • Andrea Drott, Northern Illinois University
What do most people think of when they hear wellness? Most respond with something in the realm of fitness or nutrition. Many others know that wellness has many dimensions and can be improved beyond just those areas. By exploring the combination of a health promotion unit and campus recreation, this program will provide insight into the process and the synergy created to meet the health and wellness needs of students across campuses.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify direct ways health promotion and campus recreation missions align.
  2. Be able to create opportunities for collaboration with recreation, wellness, health promotion, and prevention services in a campus environment.
  3. Be able to anticipate and mitigate potential challenges in collaborations with health promotion and recreation services.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Sanford
  • Sarah Litowich; Cheryl Eddins, Appalachian State University
Are you offering new aquatic programs or want to expand your aquatic programming? If yes, come and join us for an interactive discussion on aquatic programming. Exchange ideas with other professionals on the latest programs offered. Learn from others about new and innovative programming to increase your pool usage or generate revenue. Expand your programs, learn the challenges and issues in aquatic programs, or take your current programs to a new level! A great session to network with your colleagues in aquatics!
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Programming
Triventure
  • Thursday, November 30 • 11:45am – 1:00pm
  • Hamiltons
Boxed lunches are provided for all conference attendees today and will be served after the conclusion of morning sessions. Come grab a lunch and network with friends, or take a lunch to go before you embark on a facility tour!
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • Noon – 6:30pm
  • Tours (Offsite)
Attendees will tour the recreation center of Kennesaw State University, the brand-new SunTrust Park, and the recreation center of Georgia State University. Lunch will be provided and the transportation will depart from and return to the host hotel.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Breakout J
  • Erin Coyne, Saint Peter’s University
The extent to which technology is used to improve individual health is shown through the hundreds of health-related mobile apps that are available for use every day. This presentation will review ways in which we can use technology to boost student engagement in health and fitness programming on campus. Topics including virtual workouts, gamification, and personal trackers will be discussed.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to incorporate technology into health and fitness programming.
  2. Be able to identify potential tools for facilitating virtual fitness.
  3. Understand how technology can provide external support and motivation to exercisers.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Thursday, November 30 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Breakout K
  • Hannah Covington, The University of Texas At Austin; Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin
Are you tired of the sound of your own voice? Are you tired of seeing blank stares from your students at staff meetings? Tired of repeating the same thing over and over? Want to learn how to incorporate campus partners into your staff meetings to create excitement? Come learn the best practices for developing an engaging staff meeting. We will discuss utilizing campus partnerships to create a dynamic series of staff meetings.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to list three departments on their campus to utilize at staff meetings.
  2. Be able to produce an assessment tool to determine student staff wants and needs for staff meetings.
  3. Be able to develop an annual staff meeting plan incorporating campus partners.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Lyon
  • Steven Trotter, Globetrotter Wellness Solutions; Anna Taggart, Texas A & M University-College Station
What makes you lose track of time and get lost in the moment? How much of your day is spent doing that? This interactive workshop will help you explore and navigate through professional and personal development opportunities, choose what’s right for you, and help you be all you can be!
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Student
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to determine self engagement in one’s work.
  2. Identify NCCA certifications and USREPS.
  3. Be able to explain differences in fitness industry sectors.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sanford
  • Jacob Eubank, University of North Carolina Wilmington
College students experience stress from academics as well as societal pressures, and the number of students seeking counseling for stress is increasing on college campuses. Informal recreation participants have identified their sources of stress and the role their informal recreational activities play in their college experiences.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify main causes of stress in college students.
  2. Understand the role that informal recreation participation plays in the college student experience.
  3. Be able to prescribe various recreational activities to improve the college student experience.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Breakout J
  • Chrystina Wyatt, University of Texas at Austin
As fitness pros, we do a good job of programming in our spaces. However, fitness programming is evolving beyond our campus recreation doors. Are we reaching the greater campus communities at our universities? This presentation will cover how private programming can help increase campus visibility, maximize resources, generate revenue and enhance your program. Attendees will walk away with the tools to start or enhance an existing private fitness program.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Programming; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop a plan of action for implementing or revitalizing a private fitness program.
  2. Discuss strategies and best practices for sustaining a private fitness program.
  3. Learn two to three marketing strategies for promoting private fitness programming.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Thursday, November 30 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Breakout K
  • Dana Lopez, UCLA; Kate Vanlandingham, Tulane University of Louisiana
With increasing building costs and limited access to swimming pools, lifeguard positions are becoming less and less visible. This, along with the numerous constraints college students face, has caused a severe lifeguard shortage in recent years. Aquatic programming is a great way to incorporate physical fitness, learn new life skills, and help build communities. However, this doesn’t exist without lifeguards and staff to provide access to this programming.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least three constraints university students face.
  2. Be able to anticipate patterns in student employment related to aquatics.
  3. Be able to apply concepts to evaluate their programs and recruitment related to aquatic jobs.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Lyon
  • Steven Trotter, Globetrotter Wellness Solutions; Secily Shambaugh Adams, CENTERS, LLC At University of Missouri-St Louis
Personal training and semi-private training should be the premier offering to programming and should be highest priced per session program to the fitness menu. Training models have shifted in the industry to promote more than one trainer working with one client and to move away from selling traditional packages and instead offer personal and semi-private training as a monthly or semesterly offering. The roundtable will address industry best practices and questions submitted from attendees.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Learning Objectives:
  1. Network with and continue an offline conversation with 2-3 fitness professionals interested in the same topic.
  2. Identify at least 3 fitness industry trends and be able to make an educated decision on if and how to incorporate it into one’s own offerings.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Sanford
  • Bethany Bower, Georgetown University; Jimmy Heiner, The University of Maryland Baltimore; Taylor Capshaw, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Dana Dickerson-Lopez, UCLA; Jacob Eubank, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Anike Oladeji, American University
Join us for an interactive panel discussion where new comers to the field and seasoned aquatic professionals share their experiences, challenges, and victories as well as discuss their approaches to collaborations and framework for success.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Thursday, November 30 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Breakout J
  • Christin Everson, Seattle University; Ben Kohler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
We’ll discuss common current motivational strategies and why they don’t result in lasting motivation. We’ll talk about a general lack of self-efficacy among students, a lack of established SMART goals, and how students often feel as though they have no social support. We’ll cover different types of motivation in this session (intrinsic vs. extrinsic, Self-determination Theory, the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change), and discuss strategies for motivating our clients. These include promoting safe spaces, promoting inclusion and equity, and recognizing that language matters. To that end, we’ll discuss common microaggressions used in fitness.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the personal impact of current motivational strategies and messages used throughout the fitness industry.
  2. Understand and learn how to apply the concepts of Self-Determination Theory and the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to diverse populations.
  3. Develop a toolkit to filter, develop, and implement effective motivation strategies within a wide variety of clientele.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Lyon
  • Tabbitha Ashford, St. Edward’s University; Chrystina Wyatt, The University of Texas At Austin
Group fitness is often the meat and potatoes of our programming. The changing landscape of fitness has redefined the definition and scope of group fitness programming. From boutique studio fitness to non-traditional group fitness classes, we must stay informed about trends in the industry to offer current, world-class programming. This roundtable will address hot topics in the fitness industry and how we are embracing them.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Learning Objectives:
  1. Network with and continue an offline conversation with 2-3 fitness professionals interested in the same topic.
  2. Identify at least 3 fitness industry trends and be able to make an educated decision on if and how to incorporate it into one’s own offerings.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 0.1 AqP
  • Thursday, November 30 • 3:30pm – 5:45pm
  • Sanford then Offsite at Kennesaw State–Marietta
  • Emily Ward, Key Log Rolling; Abby Hoeschler, Key Log Rolling; Adam Penn, Georgia State University
Log rolling, a classic North American pastime, is taking a new spin on college campuses! Come learn to log roll and discover why log rolling is a safe activity that can increase student participation and revenue at your rec center, and attract new users through clubs, open recreation, events, and more. Log rolling provides benefits that include cardio, agility, balance, core strength, self-confidence, and achievement for individuals of all ages. Successful campus programming models will be shared. The classroom portion of this session will take place in Sanford Room and Breakout K in the hotel. After the classroom portion, attendees will meet in the lobby and be shuttled to the Kennesaw State Marietta campus for the water portion.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about four programming models for log rolling in campus recreation, as well as about revenue generation opportunities and an effective instructor recruitment and training model.
  2. Be able to demonstrate the proper stance and techniques of beginning log rolling and identify best practices regarding safety in log rolling for both indoor and outdoor settings.
  3. Understand the history and development of the sport of log rolling as well as the social and physical benefits to participants of all ages.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • Thursday, November 30 • 4:45pm – 5:45pm
  • Cole
Regenerate and prepare for what’s next! How many times have you heard that foam rolling after exercise can help flush out lactic acid and reduce soreness? Does research actually support this? Foam rolling can work to promote circulation, create tissue pliability, and initiate the recovery process but this may not mean no muscle soreness. This workshop will focus on the programming application of TriggerPoint foam rolling using full-body releases to speed up and enhance your recovery and prepare you for the next workout.
Triventure
  • Thursday, November 30 • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Hamiltons
Calling all Triventure Attendees: immediately following the Facility Tours, please plan to join fellow peers and colleagues for appetizers and beverage at the 2017 NIRSA Triventure Welcome Social, presented by Matrix. This fantastic networking opportunity will be held in Hamiltons from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Friday, December 1

Fitness Forum
  • Friday, December 1 • 7:00am – 8:00am
  • Cole
  • A’Naja Newsome, University of South Florida
Combine cardio, strength, and power training to maximize your workout. Strategically incorporate high-intensity interval training, body weight exercises, and explosive plyometric movements to increase calorie burn, improve endurance, and build strength. Enhance any group fitness offering with Technogym’s TEAMBEATS. The TEAMBEATS heart rate training solution offers a unique class experience and a new element of community.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Friday, December 1 • 7:45am – 8:15am
  • Lyon
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Friday, December 1 • 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • Shannon Fable, Anytime Fitness
In the last 20 years the field of fitness has changed significantly and so has the profession. Not only are we changing the way we lead and train clients, but we are also diversifying and looking for new ways to make money. While diversification sounds like it is the best way to go, no one can “do it all”. Come to this session and discover a matrix that will help you identify the different roles you are most suited to play, as well as the path (or paths) that make the most sense for you to pursue. Dive into your strengths (and passions) and set a course for success!
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Anticipate the skills needed to build and sustain a career in fitness.
  2. Identify the best path for career growth based on his/her individual skills and talents.
  3. Consider diversification opportunities in the fitness industry.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Lyon
  • Shawn DeRosa, RCRSP, Penn State University
Managing an aquatic facility, whether a pool or beach, requires special knowledge and an attention to issues that do not arise in other recreational programming arenas. Whether you are a seasoned risk manager or have been just assigned the responsibility of overseeing a pool or beach, this session will highlight a practical approach to key concepts designed to minimize risks at your facility.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss risk management strategies vital to the safe operation of beaches and pools.
  2. Identify strategies used to manage operations at aquatic facilities in today’s dynamic environment.
  3. Summarize key safety standards often cited in litigation.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Sanford
  • Reed Voorhees, CannonDesign; Jenny Delgado, CannonDesign
While inclusivity has always been inherently important to recreation departments focused on offering spaces and opportunities for all students to engage and thrive, there are new ways to better connect with underserved campus populations. This presentation will explore emerging strategies that reveal how facility design, organizational layout, equipment, programming, and conduct can all be leveraged and aligned to bring campus recreation to every single interested student.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how facility design and organization can inherently promote or discourage inclusion in your campus recreation center with key takeaways for implementation.
  2. Learn how modifying existing programs or introducing new programs entirely can further enhance inclusivity in your recreation program.
Triventure
  • Friday, December 1 • 9:30am – 10:00am
  • Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom II, III IV
Take a quick break between sessions to grab a cup of joe!
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Friday, December 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Breakout K
  • Brad Montgomery, San Diego State University; Nicole Widmer, San Diego State University
Top to bottom means just that. We will cover everything you need to know about incorporating iPads and tablets into your facility. From available software/hardware to questions that will undoubtedly pop up along the way, we will provide you with a road map to paperless bliss. If you are a fan of saving money, being more organized, providing better feedback to staff and patrons, or streamlining your reports, you should not miss this presentation.
Target Audience: Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify benefits and challenges to implementing iPad/tablet usage in a campus recreation setting.
  2. Understand the diverse software and hardware options that exist today.
  3. Experience new and unique ways iPads/tablets are being used at various NIRSA institutions.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Friday, December 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • Anna Taggart, Texas A & M University-College Station
As student development specialists, it is our job to guide students in the right direction so they can find a job in the fitness profession after they graduate. This session will help you to lead your student staff in landing a job in the fitness industry and provide necessary information for equipping your students with the tools to success.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to communicate the important areas and specifics of a fitness resume.
  2. Be able to prepare student staff for job interviews by giving them the important questions when conducting mock interviews and speed interviewing.
  3. Learn how to help students navigate finding jobs in the fitness industry.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 0.1 AqP
  • Friday, December 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Lyon
  • Miklos Valdez, Counsilman Hunsaker; Stephanie Darimont, American Red Cross
This session will review the necessary elements for an ongoing staff in a service and training program, as well as resources to assist operators with keeping up with changes to protocols and information.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify at least three items necessary for an in-service or training program.
  2. Be able to list three ways in which the American Red Cross promotes updates to professionals.
  3. Learn about two programs to help operators with ongoing training.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • n/a
  • Friday, December 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Sanford
  • Captain T.S. Murphy; Jacob Eubank, University of North Carolina Wilmington; Tina Villard, Rice University
When our campuses are the size of cities, the recreation professional is tasked with the responsibility of that of a city government in preparing for and responding to emergencies. With this panel of emergency preparedness experts, discover a wide variety of emergency topics. Including natural disasters, active shooters, and other facility emergencies. This group will answer questions about recent and past emergencies and the importance of training, drills, communication, and recover.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Philosophy & Theory; Philosophy & Theory
Triventure
  • Friday, December 1 • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Joe Mack Wilson Ballroom II, III IV
Let the conversations continue over lunch at the Expo & Networking Luncheon! Attendees and Vendors can enjoy a buffet lunch while networking and checking out the latest and greatest products.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Breakout K
  • Juliette Pierce, PE, LEED BD+C, Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Meg McWilliam, Populous
Designing and planning for unknowns in fitness facilities can be challenging. Learn tips for how to plan for the unknown while maximizing building and occupant performance. Flexibility doesn’t have to compromise core function needs if operations strategies are implemented during the design process.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Establish baseline criteria for implementing building operation protocols into facility design in order to enhance space usability.
  2. Learn about three common pitfalls of multi-use/flexible space: scheduling, specificity, infrastructure.
  3. Use invisible components of your space to maximize the performance of both the building and the athlete; systems (HVAC, lighting, technology, controls).
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Friday, December 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • James Mszanski, The University of Maryland Baltimore; Jimmy Heiner, The University of Maryland Baltimore
A challenging aspect of being leaders is training staff and preparing them for the tasks ahead. Is your training designed to be quickly done with or designed to provide staff with necessary tools? The presenters will outline a strategy to build an engaging and focused training plan based on adult learning strategies and utilizing assessment results.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Create a focused and efficient training strategy to foster staff development and patron centered results.
  2. Identify and implement training tools to improve training, engage staff, and promote soft skill development.
  3. Identify multiple interactive assessment tools that can be used to identify training needs and enhance staff training.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Lyon
  • Scott Palmer, Aquatic Design Group
Collegiate aquatic programs across the country are competing for time and space within their local communities and with other universities. Learn how to develop an aquatic facility that can be programmed to satisfy the needs of all students, faculty, and programs.
Target Audience: Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize the importance of providing adequate aquatic facilities to support programming geared towards dealing with the disabled.
  2. Recognize the importance of providing adequate aquatic facilities to support programming geared towards dealing with other special interest groups.
  3. Learn how specific design elements can affect the types of programming your facility can offer.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Friday, December 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Sanford
  • Marti Tomlin, University of Richmond; Tina Villard, Rice University
It takes a lot of resources to maintain a facility at the best levels. Join fellow recreational sports professionals to share and discuss the art of negotiation in the management of staff, vendor relationships, and the purchase of equipment/supplies. Reflect and share strategies that you use to reduce costs, improve inefficiencies and increase staff productivity in the management of your facility.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Breakout K
  • James Braam, HOK
In the rapidly-evolving world of recreation and wellness, higher expectations along with lower costs has led to a new era of facility operations and design that must achieve “more for less.” Set your program apart as a unique one-of-a-kind facility that incorporates technology for the latest cutting edge trends in the industry.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Use technology to save time and money with energy-efficient operations.
  2. Discover how sustainability both defined the concepts and elevated the design.
  3. Learn how to provide safety and security through both high tech and low tech measures.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Friday, December 1 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Joe Mack Ballroom I
  • Greg Houston, Marmon Mok Architecture; Deaun Woosley, Texas A & M University-College Station
Evolving group exercise in the collegiate environment is moving toward more specific classes and with specific equipment and spaces. It involves creative programming, flexible scheduling, cost-effective bundling of classes and a greater investment in facilities space and equipment. Listen to recreation professionals and design professionals discuss ideas about the direction of group fitness program design and the facility design of new and re-purposed spaces for a major university fitness program.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn to articulate past, present, and future group exercise activity trends for any campus.
  2. Understand which group exercise activities work in multi-purpose spaces and which require specialty space design.
  3. Identify activity space and support space requirements to prepare your wish list space program.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Lyon
  • Michele Hlavsa, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
This presentation will define and characterize recreational water–associated illness and delineates steps aquatic professionals can take to prevent illness.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe recreational water–associated illness
  2. Articulate steps aquatics professionals can take to prevent recreational water–associated illness
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Friday, December 1 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Sanford
  • Jack Patton, RDG Planning & Design; Nathan Harris, RDG Planning & Design
Yes, technology lets you immerse yourself into a place where the three-dimensional aspects of your facility can be realized, real time, long before it is built or renovated. See it now (it is easier than you think). Feel it now (these powerfully immersive tools are changing the design industry). Sell it now (as your VP’s, donors, and students all get onboard, long before they ever could before). These tools benefit you and the future users of your facility.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the best technology tools to promote and raise funds for your building needs.
  2. Identify what tools your architect must know and master to assist you with visually understanding a building’s design.
  3. Clearly understand the enormous impact of multimedia and VR technology in the design profession.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Friday, December 1 • 3:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Tours (Offsite)
Attendees will tour the recreation centers of Emory University and Georgia Tech University. Dinner will be provided and the transportation will depart from and return to the host hotel.

Saturday, December 2

Fitness Forum
  • Saturday, December 2 • 7:00am – 8:00am
  • Cole
  • Shannen Miller, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Take your barre experience to new heights with “PulsePointe barre HIIT the Barre.” This high-intensity barre format combines traditional muscle sculpting barre exercises with functional high-intensity intervals and plyometrics. Plie, pop, and lunge your way through this energizing workout designed to work the entire body in just 30-45 minutes!
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Saturday, December 2 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Breakout K
  • Brad Montgomery, San Diego State University; Nicole Widmer, San Diego State University
Demonstrating innovative an useful ways to incorporate iPad and tablet usage throughout your aquatics program.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify ways iPads/tablets could enhance their aquatics programs
  2. Better understand the many software options available for rec facilities
  3. Determine their next step in the process of Ipad implementation
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEU
  • Saturday, December 2 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Lyon
  • Steven Trotter, Globetrotter Wellness Solutions; Stacy Connell, Georgia Institute of Technology; David Shuster, RCRSP, Horizon Goodwill Industries; Heather Sadowski, University of Richmond
Integrated Wellbeing can be a challenging topic to define; it’s complex and unique to each person based on their needs to feel complete in different realms. There isn’t a perfect way to tackle wellbeing; there’s no magic solution or equation. Just as each dimension of wellbeing must work together to create a fulfilled person, so must we. In this panel we will hear from colleagues across many disciplines discuss their take on integrated wellbeing and give you take home tips for your own action plan.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define integrated wellbeing in their own terms and understand its relevance to them
  2. Identify at least 7 action items to implement with their own campuses.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Saturday, December 2 • 8:00am – 9:00am
  • Sanford
  • Pamela Hightower, InnoSoft Canada Inc.
You don’t need to love tech (or even like it) to embrace the efficiencies it can create in your work. This series will mirror some of the LifeHack videos and TED talks you have seen on Facebook. The goal will be to supply the answer to one thing that confused you about tech, one thing you did not know you needed to use, and to find one thing you now cannot live without.
Target Audience: New Professional, Student
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify five tools they currently have access to that can save them time and effort.
  2. Learn to set up multiple time-saving settings on your personal devices to improve your workload.
  3. Learn to extract information from one system to then manipulate a different system in order to create useful analytics to solve a problem.
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Saturday, December 2 • 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Breakout K
  • Shawn DeRosa, RCRSP, Penn State University
Is your facility run the same way as it did in the 20th century? If so, your facility is already behind the times. Technology is now critical to the success of any aquatic facility. This session will explore how technology has become a key element of a facility’s risk management plan. Come discuss how incorporating technology into your daily operations can reduce costs and bolster your risk management program.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify common uses of technolgy in aquatic facilities
  2. Explore potential savings in operational costs attributed to use of technology
  3. List ways technology can be used as part of a facility’s risk management plan
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Saturday, December 2 • 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Lyon
  • Steven Trotter, Globetrotter Wellness Solutions
Many skills such as budgeting, personnel management, strategic planning, and marketing are needed to be a successful fitness director and aren’t necessarily taught in college. Although budgeting and operational procedures may differ from one institution to another, we can all share individual tips and approaches. This session will cover fundamentals of business and strategic planning.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Student
Core Competencies: Business Management; Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify effective operational procedures for business management
  2. Explain the purpose of strategic planning
  3. Understand annual goal setting processes
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • Saturday, December 2 • 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Sanford
  • Lashica Thomas, Columbus State University
Join us in sharing resources, ideas, and information regarding recreation facilities and facility operations on campus. If you have a question about your facility, the group may have great solutions!
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Triventure
  • Saturday, December 2 • 10:15am – 10:45am
  • Cole
Take a quick break between sessions to grab a cup of joe!
 Aquatic Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Saturday, December 2 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Breakout K
  • Andre Love, The University of Alabama; Nicole Widmer, San Diego State University
With so many options vying for our participants time and money; how do we maximize our marketing potential on campus and within the community to meet our departments strategic initiates. With marketing trends continually changing, learn what’s most effective and ways assess your marketing efforts.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Programming; Business Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify 3 tactics to market aquatics programs on their campus & in the community.
  2. Participants are able to create basic 5 step marketing plan.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC
  • Saturday, December 2 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Lyon
  • Marisa Viola, PLAE
Coach Viola, PLAE’s Director of Performance, can create a winning fitness and wellness culture on your campus. She will define the three components to change, and provide attendees with five tactics they can immediately take back and implement into their programs.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to define the current state of mind athletes have toward fitness and wellness.
  2. Understand the three components to change.
  3. Identify five tactics used to create culture.
 Recreation Facilities Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1 ACSM CEC; 0.1 ACE CEC; 0.1 AqP
  • Saturday, December 2 • 10:45am – 11:45am
  • Sanford
  • Scott Lehmann, Towson University; Benjamin Burnham, Colorado State University-Fort Collins
The advancement of technology provides recreation operators with a unique opportunity to utilize apps, software, and mobile devices to streamline operations and improve risk management. Through the integration of electronic reporting, the creation of training videos, the tracking of certifications, and proactive skill assessments, technology can transform your risk management practices. This presentation will provide you with best practices for approval, administration, and making ongoing data-driven decisions.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager)
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify two or three technology solutions that you can embrace in your risk management practices and the key steps to gain approval to move toward a paperless platform.
  2. Identify ways that you can proactively engage your staff in risk management through safety inspections and audits as well as the different ways you can use data to drive decisions in risk management.
  3. Identify two or three video training topics that you could use to improve your risk management.
 Aquatic Institute
  • Saturday, December 2 • Noon – 1:00pm
  • Breakout K
  • Bethany Bower, Georgetown University
This roundtable will allow Aquatic Professionals to talk about current issues from how we can accommodate the needs of the transgender, physically challenged and other special needs groups, discussion of the new Red Cross programs, to new filter room technology for the creating a healthier environment for our swimmers.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEU
  • Saturday, December 2 • Noon – 1:00pm
  • Lyon
  • Heather Sadowski, University of Richmond
We may have a common goal to enjoy life experiences and be an active participant in our communities, but sometimes we feel as though we are spread too thin. During our opening session, we will discuss practical approaches to incorporate daily reflection and mindfulness activities to focus on our priorities and live a more balanced life. We will reflect on the day ahead and concentrate on becoming more present and focused. Based on the premise that the mind and body are intimately interconnected, we will practice mindfulness techniques to optimize this relationship for improved wellness. By actively practicing in mindfulness-based skills and integrating them into daily life, we can reduce stress, manage pain, enhance sleep, strengthen positive qualities, and improve overall quality of life.
Core Competencies: Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. How to reflect, rejuvenate and replenish our senses through mindfulness exercises and self-care.
  2. How to create a university wellness initiative focused on the 8 dimensions of wellness.
  3. How to practice and integrate mindfulness and reflection exercises on your campus.
 Fitness & Wellness Institute
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEU
  • Saturday, December 2 • Noon – 1:00pm
  • Sanford
  • David Shuster, Horizon Goodwill Industries
Do you consider yourself to be hopeful? Have you ever wondered what being hopeful actually means? Are you inspiring hope in others? Recognizing that education is one of the most hopeful disciplines, participants will use the lens of positive psychology to explore the development and importance of hope to overall wellbeing in their personal and professional lives. The benefits of hope will be discussed and participants will take away knowledge of their own level of hope along with strategies to improve not only their own hope but also the hope of those with whom they interact, including students, colleagues, and family members.
Target Audience: New Professional, Mid-Level (Manager), Executive, Student
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate the definition, components, and benefits of hope and explain how hope works.
  2. Assess their own level of hope and that of others.
  3. Effectively implement strategies to increase their own hope and that of others.