RecChat 2017-06-06T10:03:33+00:00

A follow-worthy Twitter handle for RecPros

Is it possible to make meaningful contributions to the field of collegiate recreation in 140 characters or less? You bet. #RecChat, a public conversation held through Twitter, does just that.

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

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

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

Upcoming #RecChats

September 14, 2016:
“The Member Network”
Google Hangout
The Member Network answers questions regarding their leadership role within the Association as well as other items prospective Member Network applicants might like to consider.

October 19, 2016:
“Social Justice and Campus Recreation”
Google Hangout
A conversation with Association leaders about the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the campus recreation field.

November 16, 2016:
“Competitive Sports”
A discussion focused on intramural sports, sport clubs, and other sports programming.

February 8, 2017:
“The 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference”
Google Hangout
A discussion regarding how to prepare for the 2017 Annual Conference—this is for both first-time and seasoned attendees.

March 22, 2017:
“NIRSA 301”
Google Hangout
Learn about the ins and outs of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation from both a basic and more advanced point of view.

May 3, 2017:
“The Professional Registry”
Google Hangout
Learn about the NIRSA Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals.

How to participate in #RecChat

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

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

What happened in previous #RecChat discussions?

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

Share the love!

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

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