Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Risk Management/Legal Issues
026 Unpaid Internships: Legal or Illegal?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Fort Worth 5-6
Susan Brown Foster, RCRSP, CRSS, Ph.D., Saint Leo University
Recent legal cases involving interns have resulted in quite a confusing landscape for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This information-filled session will dissect the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) six mandatory requirements for using unpaid interns. An examination of recent legal cases will assist attendees in understanding how the courts have examined unpaid positions, and explain some of the confusing aspects of terminology within the FLSA. Some institutions believe not-for-profit status protects them from the law and the session’s content will also examine this belief.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn talking points for when conversing with institutional legal counsel on the utilization of paid versus unpaid interns.
  2. Be able to explain the six Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for crafting unpaid internships positions.
  3. Be able to articulate rationale and decision-making criteria for developing paid internship positions to superiors.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
028 Managing the Manager: Guiding Your Intermediate Supervisory Staff
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Grapevine B/4-6
Andrew Darling, RCRSP, CENTERS, LLC At Marshall University; and Greg Ross, CENTERS, LLC At Cleveland State University
Senior managers are charged with balancing their own personalities, their subordinates’ personalities, and their subordinates’ staff’s personalities. People leave managers, not jobs or employers, so it’s a good idea for senior managers to take a step back from the day-to-day grind and devote some time to thinking about how to best manage their managers.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the primary roles your managers play and how you can equip them to act autonomously and successfully.
  2. Develop one or more plans to help your new managers shift from short-term task resolution to long-term strategic thinking.
  3. Articulate at least two strategies through which your intermediate supervisory staff’s performance and effectiveness can be measured.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
042 A Conversation with Successful Women in NIRSA
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Austin 4-6
Stefani Plummer, California Baptist University
There are many paths to success in leadership for women. This session shows there is no single way for women to become successful within the profession of campus recreation. The roads each presenting woman took were vastly different and each one challenged the popular definition of success. Hear about different paths NIRSA women have taken as they progressed in their career; gain how-to tips that can help shape your own leadership journey.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify different career paths that women in NIRSA have taken.
  2. Craft a definition of successful that applies to your own career path.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
048 The Most Challenging Thing You Were Never Prepared to Do
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Grapevine C
Justin Cato, RCRSP, University of North Florida; Erin Erford, The University of Texas at Austin; and Suzanne Ries, Florida Gulf Coast University
You think supervising students was challenging? Wait until you get to supervise professionals! In this presentation, you will learn about what it takes to make the transition to the next level of supervision: supervising professional staff.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate two strategies to transition from supervising students to supervising professional staff.
  2. Identify two personal assessment tools to determine the strengths and challenges of your work team.
  3. Describe one effective management technique as it relates to supervising professional staff.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Managing/Leading Student Staff
072 You Can’t Be a Leader without Followers
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Grapevine A/1-3
Jacqueline Hamilton, Ed.D., RCRSP, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi; and Kathleen Kilcoyne, Trinity College
Extensive development efforts and resources are devoted to leadership programs and education. Just as important is the reciprocal concept of followership, since you can’t be a leader without followers. We need to know how to be good followers–for the good of the cause and also to help us be effective leaders.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to distinguish between leadership and followership characteristics and behaviors.
  2. Connect followership behaviors to development of personal qualities and accumulation of experience.
  3. Learn how to associate followership behaviors with group productivity, leadership development, and support.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
083 Natural and NIRSA-Nurtured Mentorship
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Fort Worth 1-2
Kimmi Sterner, University of Mississippi; Jessica Adkisson, Ball State University; Courtney Kraemer, Louisiana State University; William Moore, Boston University; Jenna Nales, University of Kentucky; Vincent Orfano, University of the Pacific; and Travis Rawe, South Dakota State University
Most of us had outstanding mentors who challenged us, nurtured us, pushed us to our limits, and taught us how to be successful in our field. So why not converse with a mentor or mentee outside of your inner circle who could offer a different, but still-relevant, point of view? Learning is a two-way street and connecting with new people–no matter how long we have been in the field–can be valuable to our growth as professionals. Learn about the value of natural and NIRSA-nurtured mentorships, and walk away with the courage to create a life-long relationship with another respected member of your field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to explain the values of both natural and nurtured mentor relationships.
  2. Gain confidence to create a mentor/mentee relationship with a new NIRSA colleague.
  3. Be able to explain NIRSA’s mentor program and the opportunities presented to both mentors and mentees through participation in this program.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
087 The Ride to Common Sense Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Grapevine C
Shane Bennett, RCRSP, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
In today’s world, campus life seems to have become more hectic; a need to do more and more seems inevitable. This presentation will take the principles from Jon Gordon’s book The Energy Bus and break down how you can simplify your leadership style. It will also outline skills needed to be successful in developing students and staff.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate at least four of the nine principles from Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus.
  2. Begin to craft and develop your own definition of leadership.
  3. Be able to articulate at least four benefits of the common sense principles of leadership.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff
091 Strong Leaders Use Their Strengths
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 10:00am – 11:00am
Texas A-B
Erin Schreyer, International Coach Federation
Want to build your leadership muscles? Then you need to be aware of your strengths and how to use and apply them to your leadership. Attendees of this session will grow their leadership in a personal way and also understand how to engage others.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Grasp the importance of assessing strengthswhat they are, how to use them, etc.
  2. Learn how to apply your strengths to improve your leadership.
  3. Understand how to meet the needs of others according to your own strengths.
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Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
117 Level Up! Taking Steps to Improve Your Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Texas A-B
Erin Schreyer, International Coach Federation
How’s your leadership today? What level in your leadership development are you currently at? This session will help attendees understand and define the five levels of leadership, assess what level they are at today, what they can do to improve their leadership, and give ideas about how to progress to the higher levels.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate what the letters in the acronym ABCD stand for when it comes to writing student learning outcomes.
  2. Assess and articulate their current leadership ability and its impact.
  3. Clarify the gap between their current level and the next level of leadership.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
136 Identifying the Grey: Recognizing the Expanding Roles of Campus Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Dallas 5-7
Rob Latva, Wayne State University; Justin Harden, Wayne State University; and Madeleine Sweeney, Wayne State University
Our presentation will encompass the expanding roles of campus recreation professionals. Our roles have expanded to include parent, counselor, mediator, and confidante. Discussing and accepting these roles can create a culture of expectations and comfort for our students. In this presentation, we will discuss the “grey” areas of campus recreation that involve student employees. These include employee accountability, the personal matters of our employees, and employee to employee interactions.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand that developing a culture of expectations and comfort can create a deeper trust between the professional and student employee.
  2. Understand that grey areas do exist and should not be overlooked.
  3. Understand that not all employee situations are outlined by your employee handbook.
Managing/Leading Professional Staff; Personal/Professional Development
159 Generational Development of Leadership in NIRSA: A Paradigm Shift
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Grapevine 4-6
Laura Thomas, Texas Tech University; Laurel Hanna, University of Iowa; Kristi Levanduski, University of Colorado Boulder; and Suzanne Merrill, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This presentation will cover the differences in leadership style and expectations in the workplace as we experience a generational paradigm shift. With Baby Boomers retiring at a staggering rate of 10,000 individuals per day since 2010, the workforce is experiencing a tremendous shift in age, experience, and generational understanding. This may lead to a work environment that is less productive. In this session, we will identify generational expectations and leadership styles, and help attendees identify their roles in their workplace and what they can do to improve.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Better understand how new professionals, coordinators, and all levels of directors view the impact of leadership.
  2. Understand generational differences and their impact on the evolution of leadership in the workplace over the past five years.
  3. Be able to identify and articulate how you contribute to the success of your organization.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Managing/Leading Professional Staff
161 The Emotionally Intelligent Team
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
San Antonio 4-5
Sarah Sheppard, James Madison University; and Heather Gately, James Madison University
Teamwork is one of the most important principles driving successful campus recreation programs throughout the country. Come learn about the seven key skills to becoming a better teammate and leader based on The Emotionally Intelligent Team by Marcia Hughes and James Bradford Terrell.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the term “Emotional and Social Intelligence” or ESI.
  2. Identify the seven skills to becoming a better teammate and leader.
  3. Set a goal related to improving ESI on one or more of your teams.