Research/Assessment; Personal/Professional Development
003 Articulating the Value of Campus Recreation through Research and Assessment
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – Noon
Dallas 5-7
Todd Misener, Ph.D., Western Kentucky University; Aaron Kroth, The University of Texas At Austin; Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; and Adam Thompson, Middle Tennessee State University
Articulating the value of campus recreation is a challenge campus recreation 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.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Articulate basic research design concepts and apply them to a situation you are interested in investigating.
  2. Identify existing data sources that professionals can use to demonstrate value.
  3. Identify resources on campus and off campus to assist in producing research to assess your programs.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Personal/Professional Development
007 J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop
Monday, March 30 • 8:00am – 3:00pm
Grapevine D
Must have preregistered to attend this workshop
Beththena Johnson, The Ohio State University
Students will gain an 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 and collegiate recreational sports as a profession as well as to 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, and how to build a strong network within the field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop networking skills to begin initiating or further enhance their connections within collegiate recreational sports.
  2. Articulate NIRSA’s strategic values and their importance within recreational sports.
  3. Develop and enhance their knowledge base within professional and personal competencies.
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Health/Wellbeing; Personal/Professional Development
016 Happiness Works: Increase Productivity, Creativity, and Motivation in the Workplace
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Grapevine B/4-6
Christopher Morris, CRSS, Florida State University; Jacob Eubank, University of North Carolina Wilmington; and Laura Spivey, Ed.D., University of North Carolina Wilmington
Collegiate recreation professionals are in the business of providing opportunities for physical activity, fun, and wellbeing to their campus communities. Yet professionals often stifle the idea of play, fun, and happiness in the workplace. Research shows happiness in the workplace can improve productivity; so smart organizations encourage happiness at work as a means of improving the bottom line.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify how happiness theory can relate to a positive workplace experience or culture.
  2. Identify two specific strategies or actions to implement in the workplace that support happiness theory.
  3. Identify two specific happiness-related programming modifications or additions that will positively impact a campus community.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Personal/Professional Development
024 Walking the Line of Privilege
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Austin 4-6
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission
Power is known as the ability, strength, and capacity to do something; in short, it is an ability to exercise control. Individuals with power have access to systems and resources as legitimated by individuals and societal institutions. Privilege can be described as entitlements, advantages, benefits, assumptions, and expectations granted based on membership in a culturally dominant group. This session will outline components of power and privilege, help participants recognize and understand areas in which they have power and privilege, and apply these concepts to working in the field of collegiate recreation.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify seven categories in which privilege exists.
  2. Identify ways to relate to others in the workplace in and effort to help eliminate social injustices created by power and privilege.
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Personal/Professional Development
061 Don’t Be That Guy! The Young Professionals Approach to Professionalism
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Texas 1-3
Jason Gant, Creighton University; Mark Comer, University of South Florida; and Ryan Wingers, Georgia Southern University
NIRSA prides itself on being a fun organization that encourages its members to “grow, discover, connect, and play.” In this interactive session, share tips with others and learn how to navigate the NIRSA social scene–on and off campus–as you develop from an undergraduate, to a graduate assistant or intern, to a young professional.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify common pitfalls that can harm reputations and endanger careers.
  2. Articulate ways to maintain a fun–yet professional–approach in the office, at networking events, and on social media.
  3. Understand the importance of making the first impression the best impression possible.
Managing/Leading Student Staff; Personal/Professional Development
068 Performance Enhancing What? Creating Effective Employee Appraisals
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Austin 4-6
Lexi Chaput, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and Scott Vandermoon, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
Employee appraisals are a valuable tool, but also a large time commitment. Learn how to make the best use of your time, and your student employees’ time, by creating an effective process that creates clear expectations and gives student employees opportunities to measure their successes.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate the various phases of the employee life cycle.
  2. Identify the steps of the appraisal preparation process.
  3. Be able to demonstrate the discussed techniques of an appraisal.
Fitness; Personal/Professional Development
076 Sales Is a Dirty Word: Applying Sound Business Principles to Your Fitness Program
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas 1-3
Jason Vlastaras, Oklahoma State University; Grant Irby, Oklahoma State University; and Natalie Pulgini, Oklahoma State University
Do you find that the word sales brings up a dirty connotation in the world of campus recreation? Would you like to infuse some life into your fitness program while also becoming financially profitable? Learn how we used sound business principles to turn Oklahoma State Universitys fitness program into one of the largest in the nation. Learn practical tips and approaches to managing staff, growing programs, maximizing profits, setting goals, and delivering excellent customer service.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Receive an anecdotal example of a growing fitness program by highlighting the three-year journey OSU has taken to become one of the largest fitness programs in the nation.
  2. Identify several practical, business based applications to make your fitness program more successful.
  3. Develop a manageable plan for establishing goals for your program that is based on sound business principles.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
078 Officials Development: Are You Trending?
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
The quality of officials training is influenced by many factors including funding, the experience of the professional staff, and the time available to plan for it. We should keep in mind that our intramural officials are only as good as the training they receive. This session will highlight current trends in the industry of sports officiating as well as several alternative training techniques used throughout NIRSA Championship Series tournaments and other certified national training programs. Attendees will learn about aspects of officials training that target a specific group of students and considers their development both on and off the court or field.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about the current trends at various levels of officiating, which are being used to bolster the effectiveness of officials training programs.
  2. Learn about training techniques and resources that may assist with advancing a program’s training dialogue and, overall, an official’s career development.
  3. Be able to demonstrate how an officials training program can intermingle officiating with specific life skills.
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.
Risk Management/Legal Issues; Personal/Professional Development
094 The ROY Program: A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Preparedness
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Austin 1-3
Emma Reeners, Florida Gulf Coast University; Carl Bleich, Florida Gulf Coast University; and Chad Caldwell, Florida Gulf Coast University
Some student employees shudder when they hear the words “red shirt drills.” The ROY Program can change that. Using student input, the program was developed to include “orange” and “yellow” portions of assessment to ease the pressure and help students perform better during red shirt drills and actual emergencies. Learn how expanding your risk management assessment of student employees to encompass more than just red shirt drills can help your department become better prepared for an emergency.
Core Competencies: Legal Liability & Risk Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to introduce and explain the ROY Program’s three major components and the purposes they serve in reinforcing risk management theories and policies.
  2. Identify the two benefits of collaborating with student leaders in designing a risk management assessment program.
Student Learning Outcomes; Personal/Professional Development
095 Assessing Student Learning Outcomes at the University of Illinois
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Austin 4-6
Jami Houston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Learn about a longitudinal assessment initiative on student employment at the University of Illinois. This assessment strives to provide reliable evidence to support the anecdotal perception that employment with collegiate recreation departments contributes to overall leadership, multicultural competency, and wellness. It also examines the impact of collegiate recreation employment on post-graduation employability and job skills improvement. The session will give a brief overview of the process, the assessment tool, the initial results, and the benefits of cross-departmental collaborations.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Know three benefits of student assessment on your campus.
  2. Be able to articulate two ways that assessing student development can change and inform your training and program.
  3. Be able to demonstrate a plan to begin an assessment on your campus that would take advantage of cross-departmental collaborations.
Member Services; Personal/Professional Development
104 The Go-Giver: Five Laws for Stratospheric Success
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Grapevine D
Kathryn Thies, Loyola University Chicago; and Stesha Heselius-Mashinchi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter. But sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Learn the five laws of stratospheric success that Joe learned to help build his company and how they apply to campus recreation programs.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn the five laws of stratospheric success, and identify ways those laws can be built into customer service.
  2. Learn how to balance between providing the best services possible and keeping within budget.
Financial Planning/Fundraising/Entrepreneurial; Personal/Professional Development
115 Follow the Money: Empowering Staff through the Budget Review Process
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grapevine D
Michael Waldron, CRSS, RCRSP, Texas A & M University-College Station; Arranna Bennett, #N/A, Texas A & M University-College Station; and Jeff Fountain, Texas A & M University-College Station
In these times of tight budgets, increased scrutiny, and requirements for transparent accountability, this informative session is designed to walk attendees through the Texas A&M Rec Sports budget review process, which empowers staff with budget authority within their respective units of control. Attendees will learn why the process was created, how it was implemented, and the benefits it has for senior staff, budget administrators, and front-line staff.
Core Competencies: Business Management; Human Resource Management; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to describe the components and benefits of a budget review process.
  2. Be able to define the terms “generally accepted accounting principles” and “internal control system,” and identify how the budget review process can become an integral part of your internal control system.
  3. Recognize how regular interaction between senior staff and budget administrators can empower staff and assist in keeping offerings aligned with the departmental mission and expectations.
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.
Personal/Professional Development; Executive
127 Professional and Organizational Maturity in Collegiate Recreation
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine C
Bill Crockett, RCRSP, University of Maryland (Baltimore), The Founding Campus; and Grady Sheffield, RCRSP, Towson University
Recreation professionals and departments understand the value of professional development, but have a hard time articulating what is meant by professional maturity and organizational maturity. This session explores these concepts and relationships.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop an understanding of the maturation stages and processes involved in the Professional Maturity Continuum for Collegiate Recreation Professional, and learn how to align personal and professional goals to these various stages.
  2. Develop an understanding of the maturation stages and processes involved in the Organizational Maturity Model for Collegiate Recreation Departments, and learn how to align departmental goals to these various stages.
  3. Develop a model of reflective thinking about professional and organizational maturity.
Personal/Professional Development; Health/Wellbeing
128 Superwoman Syndrome: Balancing Confidence, Imperfection, and Leadership
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grapevine D
Cara McFadden, Ph.D., Elon University; and Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken
Women struggle personally and professionally with the desire for perfection, and with how to balance career and family. Women are beginning to push back and seek strategies for building confidence and being effective leaders. Learn how to develop a personal plan to allow for imperfections, how to set priorities, and how to take time for yourself without guilt.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least three sources for building effective leadership and confidence.
  2. Reflect on personal and professional qualities that can restore balance.
  3. Develop two personal priorities to implement by June 2015.
Personal/Professional Development; Executive
134 The KEE to Organizational Success: Knowledgeable, Efficient, Engaged
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Austin 1-3
George Deines, Counsilman Hunsaker
Organizational success depends on having the right team members in place–specifically those that are knowledgeable, efficient, and engaged. This session will analyze these three areas of staff proficiency and how they affect organizations, as well as develop a training matrix to get KEE staff members into your organization.
Core Competencies: Human Resource Management; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify key areas of staff effectiveness and deficiency, and learn about survey results from guests of organizations.
  2. Identify three key areas of staff proficiency and how they affect organizational success.
  3. Develop a training matrix–one that addresses the three key areas of staff proficiency: knowledge, efficiency, and engagement–to implement in your organization.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development
143 Officiating: What the Experts Say
0.1 NIRSA CEUs, 0.1 ACE CECs, 1.0 AFAA CEUs, 1.0 ACSM CECs
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Texas C
Jennifer Rezac, RCRSP, CRSS, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, CRSS, East Carolina University
This session will address important rec sports officiating issues–such as the demands on student officials knowledge and experience–as well as trends to expect in the future. The presenters are nationally-recognized officiating leaders, and many received their training or early officiating experience in the campus recreation field. They come from the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), the Officiating Development Alliance (ODA), are distinguished officials from the Dallas area, and are high-level NIRSA officiating figures. They will represent football, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and hockey.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn a variety of techniques and approaches to improving any programs recruiting, retention, training, and evaluation of sports officials.
  2. Learn about the latest trends and developments impacting the sports officiating industry.
  3. Learn about various approaches–at all levels of officiating–to developing and recruiting young officials.
Health/Wellbeing; Personal/Professional Development
144 From Gym Rats to Lab Rats: Campus Recreation Research for Health and Wellbeing
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Austin 1-3
George Brown, CRSS, Ph.D., The University of Alabama; and Melanie Tucker, Ph.D., The University of Alabama
The field of campus recreation is often asked to provide evidence-based research supporting its mission and values. Recreation facilities, programs, and services can offer excellent research opportunities illustrating that they play a vital role in the campus community and in promoting health and wellbeing. In this session, learn more about such opportunities and the process for conducting this type of research.
Core Competencies: Research & Evaluation; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Business Management; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to define the term “research” and differentiate it from “quality improvement.”
  2. Be able to identify how research can be incorporated into campus recreation and used to promote its importance.
  3. Develop a research question pertaining to a research topic of interest to your school’s campus recreation department.
Member Services; Personal/Professional Development
148 Campus Recreation: One Cup at a Time
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 9:50am – 10:50am
Grapevine 1-3
Craig Decker, Florida Atlantic University
Welcome to the coffee house where a cup of joe can change how you do business. Come learn principles from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and how to apply them to what we do on a daily basis.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Human Resource Management; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn four concepts from Starbucks to apply within your department or your particular program area.
  2. Create a specific plan to develop at least one principle into your program area.
Personal/Professional Development; Health/Wellbeing
154 The Hero in You
0.1 NIRSA CEUs
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
Austin 4-6
Ryan Wingers, Georgia Southern University
Individuals should believe they are the heroes of their own lives because every person has the ability to achieve their own success. Explore how self-confidence and ego are essential to the development of the hero in you.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities; Human Resource Management
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to articulate how self-confidence can help maximize an individual’s potential.
  2. Identify personal values most important to your own future decisions.
  3. Be able to locate mentors and allies to help you in your personal journey.
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.