Preconference Opportunities2018-11-08T16:39:17+00:00

Preconference Opportunities

 Deadline extended to September 21

  • If you have submitted any education proposal for NIRSA 2019, you will be receiving any updates about your submission from education@nirsa.org. Please adjust your email settings so these messages are not directed to your junk folder.
  • If you submitted a proposal for a concurrent education program, you can expect to receive a status update by end of September.
  • If you submitted a proposal for Lightning Talk, Research Hour, or Poster Presentation, you can expect to receive an accept/decline notification not later than the end of October.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the education program at NIRSA 2019 in Boston!

NIRSA Annual Conference offers prospective presenters with
a variety of formats to present their information and engage learners.

Workshops

Tours

*Preconference event fees will increase $10 after Early Bird registration period.
Early Bird registration ends January 8, 2019. 

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Education Content

The education content at NIRSA Annual Conference is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that support their growth in NIRSA’s Core Competency areas. It is strongly recommended presenters consult the Core Competency Framework when designing their proposal to ensure it helps achieve this goal.

In addition to the conference theme, the program committee encourages sessions that address these topics

Preconference Workshops

J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development Workshop

Presented by:
The NIRSA Student Professional Development Committee

The goal of this full-day workshop is to inspire NIRSA student members to continue learning about NIRSA and the collegiate recreation profession, as well as to enhance their self-awareness through motivational interactions with their peers and professionals. During this workshop, attendees can expect to explore various leadership topics, the values of the association, and how to build a strong network within the field. Pre-registration is required.

About J. Michael Dunn

Mike passionately believed in developing, mentoring and coaching students – this was one of his core beliefs and a significant part of his personal and professional philosophy.  He dedicated his life to helping students grow and learn both personally and professionally with the mindset and humble spirit that he was investing in the future generations of NIRSA leaders.  A co-creator of the Student Professional Development program, this experience has demonstrated the ability to touch the lives of every student and motivate them to become the next generation of NIRSA leaders.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the history of NIRSA
  2. Identify future NIRSA involvement opportunities that will support their skill and career path development
  3. Incorporate NIRSA values into their daily professional lives

NIRSA CEUs: 0.5

Cost: $75.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 120

Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Part II

Presented by:
Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University

NEW CONTENT!! There are many competencies to master in order to be considered for a director position. Participating in this workshop will introduce you to needed competencies, help you evaluate your skill set, create a plan for mastering needed competencies, and develop a mentoring network to help you move ahead. Based on feedback provided by supervisors of current directors, focused discussions will be held on relationship building, budgeting and resource allocation, problem solving, and executive leadership. New content makes this offering suitable for new and returning participants.  A networking lunch will be held with attendees from the Directors Preconference, HBCU Summit and Small Programs Workshop.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 competencies needed to be successful in a department leadership role.
  2. Identify at least 2 goals for preparing themselves for a department leadership role.
  3. Identify at least two learning points that will affect how they do their future work.

Prerequisites:
This opportunity is for experienced mid-managers with at least seven years of professional experience. Experience supervising full-time staff is helpful, but not mandatory. New directors (0-2 years of experience) or directors of small programs (0-3 reports) might also find it helpful.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.6

Cost: $75.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 25

Youth Programs Bootcamp

Presented by
Jeff Heiser, University of California-Davis
Trish Dorman, University of Oregon

Campus recreation has increasingly embraced the opportunity to provide a service for campus partners and the greater community by offering a diverse array of youth camp programs. This can be an exciting time of brainstorming possibilities and engaging in creative program exploration! However, assuming this huge responsibility can also pose some challenges. Throughout this interactive training, we will cover basic camp management, including your camp mission, developing comprehensive staff training, reviewing risk management and implementing camper development and behavior management techniques. If you are currently running or considering running a camp program in your own department, this pre-conference will provide you with tools and resources necessary to develop an outstanding youth camp program.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Have an understanding of the main aspects of a camp director’s role including leadership, staff training, staff supervision, risk management, and camper development.
  2. Walk away with specific tools and resources that can be implemented in staff training and staff supervision.
  3. Begin assessing their own program needs in areas of risk management.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.5

Cost: $75.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 50

Small College and Community College Workshop

Presented by:
NIRSA Small Programs Advisory Council

Join us for this full day workshop focused on the development of skills and resources to enhance the recreational program at your small program (enrollment of less than 5,000 or an FTE staff of 5 or less). Based in theory, new tactics, personnel and self development, and relationship building, this workshop will provide participants the tools needed to enhance recreational programming.  A networking lunch will be held with attendees from the Directors Preconference, HBCU Summit and Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Workshop.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to enhance support and growth of campus recreation programming on campus through various research and assessment-based resources and tactics.
  2. Learn how to develop a professional and student staff to provide a robust, well-rounded recreation program.
  3. Learn how to maximize relationships on campus to enhance recreational offerings.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.6

Cost: $75.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 60

Women Leading Women: Pathways to Building Self-Efficacy

Presented by:
Victoria Lopez-Herrera, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Kellie Gerbers, PhD Westminster College

As women continue their professional trajectory, personal levels of self-efficacy may impact applying for a new position, taking on a new role or applying to serve in a volunteer leadership role within a professional association. Women bring unique qualities to the workplace but often lack confidence in their ability. This brave space will give people who identify as a woman the opportunity to build relationships and learn strategies for building self-efficacy. Participants will have the opportunity to explore personal and professional priorities through storytelling, reflection, and developing intentional personal leadership plans. Content will be similar to previous years, however, lunch and afternoon breakout sessions will be combined with attendees of the Women’s Networking Luncheon.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Explain self-efficacy as it pertains to their personal leadership journey
  2. Identify at least one woman with whom they would like to build a relationship after the workshop.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.6

Cost: $90.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 40

Action Follows Belief: A guided workshop for Campus Recreation Directors on bringing collaboration to life

Presented by:
Matt T. Trainum, EdD, Senior Consultant for Strategy, CREDO
Brian D. Ford, Med, Strategy Consultant, CREDO

How, as a Director, can you collaborate across campus in new and innovative ways? Through Credo’s years of higher education consulting and hundreds of strategy discussions with college and university presidents, nine elements emerged as key drivers for positive institutional outcomes; these elements make up The Thriving Framework.  We are excited to discover with you how The Thriving Framework can foster collaboration and innovation on YOUR campus. Through a highly interactive workshop and real-time project planning, directors will leave with specific ideas for partnerships at their institutions and an approach to getting it done!

Prerequisite: Executive/Chief Campus Recreation Directors only

Speakers

Matt T. Trainum, Ed.D.
Senior Consultant for Strategy

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Brian D. Ford, M.Ed.
Strategy Consultant

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NIRSA CEUs: 0.3

Cost: $75.00 (Morning coffee and Lunch included)

Time: 8:30am-1:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 60

Women’s Networking Luncheon and Discussions

Hosted by:
Darcy Bingham
Liz Henry
Tiffany Lomax
Stefani Plummer

Join us for a delicious, lightly facilitated luncheon where you’ll meet, hear from, and talk with, amazing women in our profession. This group will have the opportunity to join the Women Leading Women workshop attendees for a joint luncheon, followed by career path breakout sessions and a panel presentation on mentoring and sponsorship. This precon is going to be a great opportunity to connect with NIRSA members at all levels!

Cost: $55.00

Time: 11:30am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 40

Level 1 – The Unified Sports School: An in-depth curriculum to bring Unified Sports to your campus

Presented by:
Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi
Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan
Scott George, Special Olympics

This preconference program is an introduction to Unified Sports and workshop for implementing Unified Sports on a campus. This preconference program is for students and professionals who do not have an existing Unified Program or have one that is in the beginning stages. Level 1 attendees will learn of Unified Sports and the diversity it brings to a campus through action plans to begin or continue a new Unified Sports Program.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the concept and impact of Unified Sports on a collegiate recreation program and identify the best way to develop an impactful Unified Sports program at their institution.
  2. Learn the appropriate methods to working with Special Olympics, Unified Sports and Special Olympic Athletes.
  3. Develop Unified Sport specific rules and officials trainings.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.3

Cost: $35.00 (Morning coffee included)

Time: 8:00am-11:00am

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 40

Identity Exploration & Decision Making Behaviors: Useful Strategies for Engaging in Difficult Dialogue

Presented by:
Cara McFadden, PhD, Elon University
Rachael Finley, York College of Pennsylvania

Understanding self and personal decision-making behaviors is critical to solving challenging problems in the higher education environment and society as a whole. Participants will be challenged to explain the “why” for understanding intersections of identity and personal decision-making behaviors to engage in productive dialogue around challenging subject matter. The facilitators and participants will journey together through three critical stages of understanding: comprehension of terms, interpretations of meaning, and application of material. The goal of the workshop is to challenge us to unlock new understanding of ourselves and to guide us to understand others better.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the cross sections of individual identity to understand self and others
  2. Demonstrate the differences between debate and dialogue
  3. Identify decision making behaviors and use them to create solutions after difficult dialogue

NIRSA CEUs: 0.3

Cost: $35.00 (Morning coffee included)

Time: 8:30am-12:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 30

Assessment Based Programming Design Workshop

Presented by:
Steve Bobbitt, James Madison University

If you’re not using learning outcomes and assessment practices, you are missing the boat to bring more effective offerings to your students. This workshop is designed to get you up to speed on writing effective learning outcomes based upon an assessment cycle model. We’re review the theory behind it all, discuss best practices in mapping activities and give you resources to take back to your campus to start this important work. This workshop will be interactive so you’ll have an opportunity to do hands on work and get feedback to improve your skills. Campus recreation offers some of the richest opportunities on campus to connect learning outside the classroom and those tapped into this resource as viewed by others as not just as a place to sweat but a place to learn.

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Properly write a learning outcome.
  2. Describe the assessment cycle.
  3. Properly match program components to learning outcomes.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.3

Cost: $35.00 (Morning coffee included)

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 30

HBCU  Summit

Presented by:
Jordin Williams, RCRSP, Delaware State University
Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A&M University
Jocelyn Hill, American University

The NIRSA HBCU Summit was created so that recreational sports professionals and students from HBCUs have an opportunity to network with other recreational sports professionals & students from HBCUs and non-HBCUs. It also provides HBCU member and nonmember attendees a chance to meet and ask questions of NIRSA leaders and fellow colleagues.  A networking lunch prior to the summit will be held with attendees from the Directors Precon, Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Workshop and the Small College and Community College Workshop

Prerequisite:
HBCU Campus employees only

Cost: $40.00 (Lunch included)

Time: 11:30am-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 40

Level 2 – The Unified Sports School: Elevate your Unified Sports Program

Presented by:
Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi
Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan
Scott George, Special Olympics

An advancement of concepts from Unified Sports School Level 1. Discover state, extramural, and research opportunities while exploring Unified Sports beyong the field/court (for students and professionals that have attended Unified Sports School Level 1 and/or have an existing Unified Sports program).

Learning Outcomes:
Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  1. Identify next steps to developing an existing Unified Sports program and how to get their teams, students and athletes involved in extramural opportunities both with NIRSA and Special Olympics.
  2. Plan for campus and community partnerships.
  3. Create ideas and concepts for research and assessment of Unified Sports and other types of activities to engage people of all intellectual abilities other than competitive sports.

NIRSA CEUs: 0.3

Cost: $30.00

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 40

Preconference Tours

Cost: $65.00 (Lunch included)

Time: 7:30am-3:00pm

Location: Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 155

Comm Ave Facility Tour

Attendees will start their tour at Boston University touring the Fitness & Recreation Center and Agganis Arena,  followed by Boston College’s Flynn Recreation Center and a hard hat tour of the new Connell Recreation Center.

Cost: $65.00 (Lunch included)

Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 155

Mass Ave Facility Tour

Attendees will visit the MIT Zesiger Center, followed by a tour of the Northeastern University Marino Center and conclude with a visit to Northeastern’s Squashbusters Facility.

Cost: $40.00 (Break for lunch together, at your own cost)

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Depart from the Hynes Convention Center

Cap: 30

A Day in Boston Tour

Explore the history of Boston on foot via a Freedom Trail walking tour.  Break for lunch, at your own cost, at a local Boston favorite and warm yourself up for an afternoon of ice skating!  Visit Boston Common, the oldest and most treasured public park in the United States, and ice skate on Frog Pond as Bostonians have been doing for generations.

Includes:

  • Historical Tour
  • Ice skating and rentals

*This trip is a walking tour, so please be prepared and dress for the elements!

Keynote & Guest Speakers

To incorporate perspectives from outside the NIRSA membership, the Conference Program Committee will budget time in the education schedule for guest speakers.  If you are a member who has a recommendation for a keynote or other guest speaker, please submit your recommendation.

If you are a not a member of NIRSA, but you are a speaker/facilitator who wants to be considered for a guest speaking engagement, please email NIRSA Director of Professional Development, Kristen Gleason.

Questions? Email education@nirsa.org.