Topic: Special Event Programming

Health/Wellbeing; Special Event Programming
LiveWell: Developing a Student Wellness Initiative 1800
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs; 1.0 AFAA CEU; 0.1 ACE CEC; 1.0 ACSM CEC
  • Monday, April 4 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Tampa 1/2/3
  • Megan Ragush, University of Alberta; Grachella Garcia, University of Alberta
LiveWell is a student wellness initiative that was created to enhance the physical and social well-being of our students. Learn how to branch out from traditional recreation programming to target a new demographic of students on your campus. This session will highlight the key steps we took to develop and implement LiveWell. This will include information on how research can be used to drive programming on your campus.
Core Competencies: Programming; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify new program ideas for engaging students who are not currently participating in campus recreation programs or not using recreation facilities on campus.
  2. Identify university resources and partnerships for promoting and achieving your campus wellness goals.
  3. Identify how research can be incorporated into student wellness programs and how it can be used to promote the importance of student wellness on your campus.
Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Special Event Programming
Hey, Can I Play? Creative Programming Ideas and Implementation Testimonials for Collaboration, Space Constraints, and New Participants 1972
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Tuesday, April 5 • 2:45pm – 3:45pm
  • Osceola 4/5/6
  • Mallory Barger, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; James Sawyer, University of Wyoming; Ryan Tubbs, American University; Sean Willett, Armstrong State University
What’s new, what’s hot, what’s fun to play? Spikeball®, Angle Ball, Big Pink Volleyball, Backyard Baseball, and Bubble Soccer to name a few sports and activities. Join us in discussing creative programming and activity ideas that could work on your campus too. Learn about sports and activities that can help you reach new demographics of students and overcome facility constraints or limitations. Also learn about ways to creatively collaborate across campus and within your own department.
Core Competencies: Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities; Philosophy & Theory; Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate and explain at least one new activity a college or university can bring back to their program and implement on campus.
  2. Identify two ways to use creative programming when faced with facility constraints or limitations.
  3. Articulate at least two ways to deliver innovative programming through cross-campus collaboration or inner-department collaboration.
Special Event Programming
Planning for a State, Provincial or Regional Event Roundtable 1687
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Sarasota 1/2/3
  • Mary Callender, NIRSA Headquarters; Brittany Rejda, NIRSA Headquarters; Heidi Cleary, NIRSA Headquarters; Kristen Gleason, NIRSA Headquarters
Bring your questions to a discussion of best practices for planning a successful NIRSA state/provincial workshop, regional conference, or Student Lead On. Learn how your attendees can earn NIRSA CEU’s at your event and discover some of the NIRSA event services offered for regional conference planning and implementation. Member Network representatives and hosts of future NIRSA events are encouraged to attend.
Special Event Programming
Life-Sized Games: Bringing Non-Traditional Programs to Your Campus 1928
  • 0.1 NIRSA CEUs
  • Wednesday, April 6 • 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Osceola 1/2/3
  • Katie Thomas, The Salvation Army Kroc Center
Engage a new target audience by putting a life-sized twist on classic games to create Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, Yahtzee Bowling, Human Foosball, Soccer Billiards, and many more! Learn how we took ten of our favorite childhood games and developed them into an actively-engaging and enjoyable Team Decathlon. This session will cover all aspects of our program from construction to event-day operations, as well as potential game additions and modifications. Come learn what to do and what not to do when hosting these unique programs.
Core Competencies: Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Gain an understanding of the elements involved with planning and executing a special event.
  2. Learn about potential collaboration opportunities with campus programming departments.
  3. Reflect on current program offerings for expansion or modification.