Small College/Community College
012 Brick by Brick: How to Build a Comprehensive Recreation Program at a Small Institution
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Austin 4-6
Andrew Smith, College of Coastal Georgia
Smaller institutions (5,000 students or less) face a lot of hurdles when it comes to providing the full scope of recreation services. Sure there’s limited resources, staff, and facilities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t serve our students. Learn and share creative ways to build a comprehensive recreation program and better serve students at smaller institutions.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define your department’s aspiring mission in regard to recreation services.
  2. Identify at least two ways to connect with an under-served population of your student body.
  3. Create a list of three goals that can be completed during the following school year and that will help your department achieve its mission’s aspirations.
Small College/Community College
025 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Dallas 5-7
Jordin Williams, Delaware State University; and Taunita Stephenson, Delaware State University
This roundtable discusses campus recreation issues and trends that occur at HBCUs. Meet and exchange information with other HBCU professionals to foster a professional network.
Small College/Community College
041 Small Colleges and Community Colleges Roundtable
Tuesday, March 31 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Austin 1-3
Marci Kuhrt, RCRSP, Viterbo University; and Members of the Small College and Community College Task Force
Join colleagues from small colleges, small universities, and community colleges from all over North America in a roundtable discussion led by the NIRSA Small Colleges/Community Colleges Task Force. Discuss relevant issues and resources needed for small schools and community colleges. Bring your questions!
Small College/Community College; Experiential
069 Forget the Fish in the Pond: Enhancing Small Programs Using Large School Ideas
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Dallas 5-7
Andrew Shell, RCRSP, CRSS, Campbell University; Carl Birch, Campbell University; Justin Ford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Benjamin Pruitt, Campbell University
Many small school campus recreation programs find themselves unable to develop the kind of comprehensive programming needed at their institution. Learn about the steps a small private institution took to better prepare itself to provide resources to its campus community. Information will be shared from competitive sports, fitness, summer programs, and facilities–as will the budgetary limitations that need to be considered when providing a truly comprehensive program. Firsthand experience from professional staff members and graduate assistants from large and small institutions alike will be shared.
Core Competencies: Programming; Business Management; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to use alternative mindsets to create a larger school vision with realistic small school expectations.
  2. Learn how to provide experiential learning for student staff as well as graduate assistants that will benefit them beyond their current position–even those that go into a field other than student affairs.
  3. Learn different ways to program collaboratively within all areas of the university community, not just within student affairs or campus recreation.
Small College/Community College
132 Campus Partners: Making the Most of Your Small School Campus Alliances
Wednesday, April 1 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Texas C
Marci Kuhrt, RCRSP, Viterbo University; and Andrew Lemons, RCRSP, Saint Edward’s University
In order to flourish, small recreation programs need allies on their campuses. Learn ways to engage other campus departments in effective relationships for the growth of your small school program.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn methods for making partnerships with a variety of campus departments, including academic, student affairs, community and alumni relations, physical plant, athletics, and others.
  2. Brainstorm ideas for developing creative partnerships on campus.
  3. Understand the value of recreation in the world of higher education, and be able to articulate that value to colleagues and administrators on campus.
Small College/Community College
135 Small Colleges, Big Dreams: Challenges and Triumphs of Working at a Small College
Thursday, April 2 • 8:40am – 9:40am
Austin 4-6
Mary Robison, Wingate University; Matthew Gilstrap, Lander University; Melanie Stawkey, Ringling College of Art and Design; and Lisa Williamson, Clayton State University
Campus recreation departments on small residential campuses often do not have the resources of larger recreation departments, but they can still produce thriving programs. Hear from a panel of small residential college campus recreation professionals about their triumphs and struggles with programming, collaboration, use of space, operating on a small budget, and other aspect of working at a smaller college.
Core Competencies: Programming; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify common issues campus recreation professionals face at a small residential college.
  2. Be able to articulate at least two ways to develop a thriving recreation department at a small residential college using limited campus resources.