Want to get a head start on NIRSA 2015?

Get your conference started bright and early with these preconference workshops, events, activities, tours, and trips. These precons are super popular — so sign up for them fast!
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Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshops: Monday, March 30

If you like getting a head-start on conference, you’ll enjoy this variety of learning and networking options. Be sure to register early to ensure a seat as many have a limited capacity.

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Many of these popular workshops have limited space.

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These preconference workshops are a great way to get some learning done ahead of the crowd — while networking with new colleagues! Register today!
Nicholas Brigati, Ohio University

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 the resources and methods to improve you officials training, you intramural officials, and your participant’s experience. This workshop will take you from preseason to championship day while giving you ideas for continuous improvement of your sports officials.

George Brown, University of Alabama & 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 tools and techniques to assist in the development, measurement and communication of evidence-based program outcomes.

Beththena Johnson

Student attendees will receive and 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, collegiate recreational sports as a profession, and 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 as well as building a strong network with in the field.

Anthony Wall, ACE

Filling your schedule can be challenging, especially when most of your clients are restricted to early morning, lunch, or late evening sessions due to work. Learn to maximize your time and earning potential by training multiple clients simultaneously with small-group training. Use this one-day workshop to uncover specific strategies and techniques for designing and marketing small-group training programs.

8:00am- Noon
Todd D. Misener, Western Kentucky University

Articulating the value of campus recreation is a challenge campus rec 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.

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and becky martinez

We all know how important it is to take care of ourselves both 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 is will introduce participants to the foundations of a 5 day institute based on achieving greater inclusion on campus and in society. All are welcome.

NIRSA Foundation Events

NIRSA Foundation Preconference Events: Monday, March 30

Whether you’re enjoying a round of golf or helping out in the Grapevine community, you’re supporting the future of collegiate recreation. Participating in these NIRSA Foundation events help us continue our mission to make collegiate recreation a campus mainstay for today and the future.

NIRSA Foundation Golf Tournament

Join your NIRSA colleagues for the 21st annual NIRSA Foundation Golf Tournament! March 30, 2015. Read More »

Community Service Project

Help the NIRSA Foundation make a difference by giving back to Grapevine. Read More »

Preconference Facility Tours & Trip

Facility Tours: Monday, March 30

This year, NIRSA is expanding the facility tours to accommodate twice as many people! Two itineraries will be offered, one touring facilities in the Fort Worth area and the other touring facilities in the Dallas area. At the end of the day, the groups will all meet at AT&T Stadium—home of the Dallas Cowboys—for a group tour of this world-renowned arena.

Dallas Area Tour, 8:30am–4:00pm

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.

Fort Worth Tour, 8:30am–4:00pm

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.

Note: All tours are now full.

Facility Trip: Monday, March 30

Tour the Elm Fork of the Trinity River

Looking for something a little outside of the box (or classroom)? Check out the river trip, a guided canoe tour down the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Transportation, equipment, instruction and lunch is included in the cost. Space is limited!

Note: The Trinity River trip is now full.