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Sessions

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8:00am-4:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 8:00am-4:00pm    Boston Common Room (Sheraton)

NIRSA Board of Directors Annual Meeting

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Near Registration

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

7:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-3:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

7:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-3:00pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

7:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:30am-3:00pm    Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend

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.

7:30am-noon

   Saturday, February 16: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

8:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend.

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.

8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 201

Must have preregistered to attend.

Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, Centers at DePaul

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, 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 Action Follows Belief Precon, HBCU Summit and the Small College and Community College Precon

Audience

Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resources Management • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Describe at least three competencies needed to be successful in a department leadership role.
  • Identify at least two goals for preparing yourself for a department leadership role.
  • Identify at least two learning points that will affect how you do your future work.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 202

Must have preregistered to attend.

Marc Falkenstein, RCRSP, University of the Pacific; Stephen Putnam, RCRSP, Garrett College; Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken; Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; NIRSA Small Programs 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 or a 2-year School). Based in theory, new tactics, personnel and self development, and relationship building, this workshop will provide attendees the tools needed to enhance recreational programming. A networking lunch will be held with attendees from the Action Follows Belief Precon, Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Precon and the HBCU Summit.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Identify ways to enhance support and growth of campus recreation programming on campus through various research and assessment-based resources and tactics.
  • Learn how to develop a professional and student staff to provide a robust, well-rounded recreation program.
  • Learn how to maximize relationships on campus to enhance recreational offerings.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 204

Must have preregistered to attend

Jeff Heiser, University of California-Davis; Trish Dorman, University of Oregon

Campus recreation departments across North America have increasingly embraced opportunities to provide a service for campus partners and the greater community by offering a diverse array of youth camp programs. Providing youth camp programs can be an exciting time of brainstorming possibilities and engaging in creative program exploration! However, assuming this huge responsibility can also pose some common challenges. In this interactive training, we will cover basic camp management, including your camp mission, developing comprehensive staff training, reviewing risk management strategies, and implementing camper development and behavior management techniques. If you are currently running or considering a camp program as part of your department’s offerings, this preconference workshop will provide you with tools and resources necessary to develop an outstanding youth camp program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the main aspects (leadership, staff training, staff supervision, risk management, and camper development) of a youth camp director’s role.
  • Upon completions, participants will be able to walk away with specific tools and resources that can be implemented in staff training and staff supervision.
  • Begin assessing risk management areas of need for your programs.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 310

Must have preregistered to attend

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

As women continue in their professional trajectories, personal levels of self-efficacy may impact whether or not they apply for a new position, take on a new professional role, or apply to serve in a volunteer leadership role within their given professional association. Women bring unique qualities to the workplace but often their confidence doesn’t match their abilities. This brave space will give individuals who identify as a woman the opportunity to forge relationships and learn strategies for building self-efficacy. Participants will have opportunities to explore personal and professional priorities through storytelling, reflection, and developing intentional personal leadership plans. Lunch for this preconference workshop and afternoon breakout sessions will be combined experience the Women’s Networking Luncheon attendees.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Explain self-efficacy and apply the concept to your personal leadership journey.
  • Identify at least one new colleague for your professional network.
8:00am-11:00am

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-11:00am    Room 311

Must have preregistered to attend.

Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi; Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan; Scott George, Special Olympics

This preconference program is an introduction to Unified Sports and a 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 about Unified Sports, the diversity it brings to a campus, and how to build an action plan to begin or continue a new Unified Sports Program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • 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.
  • Learn the appropriate methods to working with Special Olympics, Unified Sports, and Special Olympic Athletes.
  • Develop Unified Sport specific rules and officials trainings.
8:30am-1:00pm

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:30am-1:00pm    Room 200

This Preconference workshop is sponsored by Mondo. Must Preregister to attend. Prerequisite: Executive/Chief Campus Recreation Directors only

Matt Trainum, EdD; Brian Ford, EdD

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! A networking lunch will be held with attendees from the Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Precon, the HBCU Summit and the Small College and Community College Precon

Audience

Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to foster collaboration and innovation on your campus.
  • Identify specific ideas for parternships at your institution.
8:30am-noon

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:30am-noon    Room 207

Must have preregistered to attend

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 and 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 a new understanding of ourselves and to guide us to understand others better.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the cross sections of individual identity to understand self and others.
  • Be able to demonstrate the differences between debate and dialogue.
  • Identify decision making behaviors and use them to create solutions after difficult dialogue.
9:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-3:00pm    Depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend

Explore the history of Boston on foot via a Freedom Trail walking tour. Break for lunch 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!

9:00am-noon

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-noon    Room 203

Must have preregistered to attend.

Steven Bobbitt, James Madison University

If you’re not using learning outcomes and assessment practices within your department, you’re missing the boat on bringing 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’ll review the theory behind all of this, 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 for experiential learning; it’s not just a place to sweat, but a place to learn.

Audience

New Professional

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to properly write a learning outcome.
  • Be able to describe the assessment cycle.
  • Be able to properly match program components to learning outcomes.
9:00am-3:00pm

0.5 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-3:00pm    Room 309

Must have preregistered to attend.

William Boucher, Stephen F Austin State University

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.

Audience

Student

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to explain the history of NIRSA.
  • Identify future NIRSA involvement opportunities that will support their skill and career path development.
  • Learn how to incorporate NIRSA values into their daily professional lives.
11:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 11:30am-3:00pm    Room 310

Must have preregistered to attend

Liz Henry, University of California-San Diego; Darcy Bingham, University of California-San Diego; Tiffany Lomax, Delaware State University; Stefani Plummer, California Baptist University

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!

11:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 11:30am-3:00pm    Room 312

Must have preregistered to attend

Jocelyn Hill, American University; Jordin Williams, Delaware State University; Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A & M 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 Action Follows Belief Precon, Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Precon and the Small College and Community College Precon

noon-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: noon-9:00pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

noon-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: noon-3:00pm    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

noon-3:00pm

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: noon-3:00pm    Room 311

Must have preregistered to attend.

Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi; Scott George, Special Olympics; Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan

An advancement of concepts from Unified Sports School Level I. Discover state, extramural, and research opportunities while exploring Unified Sports beyond the field or court. This session is for students and professionals who have attended the Unified Sports School Level I and/or have an existing Unified Sports program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify next steps for developing an existing Unified Sports program and how to get your teams, students, and athletes involved in extramural opportunities both with NIRSA and Special Olympics.
  • Learn how to plan for campus and community partnerships.
  • 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.
2:45pm-3:15pm

   Saturday, February 16: 2:45pm-3:15pm    Room 206

NIRSA Member Network

New NIRSA Members and first-time Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Come spend 30 minutes networking with leaders of the association and other members who are new to NIRSA and/or the Annual Conference. Hear firsthand the ‘must-do’s’ at Conference, the heart of NIRSA and create new networks!

2:45pm-3:15pm

   Saturday, February 16: 2:45pm-3:15pm    Room 210

NIRSA Student Leadership Team

New NIRSA Members and first-time Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Come spend 30 minutes networking with leaders of the association and other members who are new to NIRSA and/or the Annual Conference. Hear firsthand the ‘must-do’s’ at Conference, the heart of NIRSA and create new networks!

3:30pm-5:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 3:30pm-5:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

The Opening General Session is sponsored by Matrix

Welcome to the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference. Please join NIRSA President Ken Morton and your friends and colleagues for the Opening General Session. Start your conference off right by listening to the keynote message from Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International as he talks about powerful programs that highlight social inclusion and unified leadership, things we can all benefit from.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Please join us for some food, fun, fitness and free giveaways in the Expo Hall! Pick up your scarf or beanie, while supplies last, in the NIRSA booth #1232/1332, and enter to win various prizes that will be given away hourly. The Expo Grand opening is a can’t miss aspect of the NIRSA Annual Conference so bring your friends and come play with us at the Campus Rec & Wellness Expo!

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Show off your shooting skills at the Hoop Shoot! Line up at the free throw line for your chance to shoot and compete for the top prize. For $1, participants will be given 45 seconds to shoot as many free throws as possible. Cash prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the most shots. In the event of a tie, a shoot off will occur at 2:15pm on Sunday February 17. Also, try the Unified Sports Experience Hoop Shoot – where participants will partner with Special Olympics® athletes for the contest on Saturday, February 16 from 5:00-6:30 pm and Sunday, February 17 from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience known as the Hoop Shoot contest allows NIRSA attendees and Special Olympics athletes to showcase their abilities with an inclusive twist! For $1, conference attendees will get paired with a Special Olympics athlete. The pair will have 40 seconds to make as many free throws as possible. Then, the pair will get the chance to shoot the Unified Moneyball for bonus points. Special Olympics will provide a $1,000 grant towards starting or developing a Unified Intramural Sports program on the winner’s campus! Come try out the Unified Sports Experience and get inspired to support Unified Sports within your community!

5:00pm-8:30pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:30pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

5:00pm-8:30pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:30pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

5:15pm-6:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:15pm-6:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Barbara Brodowsky, Beachbody LLC; Jackie Garnett, Beachbody LLC

Members want results. And nothing gets results like INSANITY, our high-intensity interval training workout, scientifically proven to deliver incredible results through intense, athletic-style training. With modifications for every fitness level, your members will use cardio, strength and plyometrics to get fitter, faster.

6:15pm-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 6:15pm-7:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Marty Miller, Technogym USA

Experience an interactive workout using the SkillAthletic tools designed by Technogym. The entire set of Skilltools, which include medicine balls, slam balls, jump ropes, agility cones, balance domes, and foam rollers will be integrated in this session in order for you to train like the world’s greatest Olympic athletes.

7:15pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:15pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Ann Marie Barbour, SoulBody, LLC

SoulBody Barre (1 hour) is a blend of Pilates, yoga, dance, and interval strength training. SoulBody Barre “Unhitched” uses the most progressive techniques and is set to motivating music. It requires just a body, bar, and ball. SoulBody Power is a 30 minute class that combines HIIT blocks with BARRE. Get a full-body workout that keeps the heart pumping. No props needed.

8:00pm-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00pm-9:00pm    Room 206

All individuals from Canada are encouraged to attend this social. Kick-off your conference experience by connecting with colleagues from other Canadian Institutions who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses. Join us for snacks and great conversations!

8:00pm-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00pm-9:00pm    Room 313

All individuals from small schools and community colleges are encouraged to attend this social. Join us for snacks and great conversations! Build your network of peers working at similar size rec departments. This is a great opportunity to establish connections that will help make the most of your conference experience.

7:00am-7:45am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-7:45am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Beth Shaw, YogaFit Training Systems, Inc.; Janet Leland, YogaFit Training Systems

Our hips don’t lie! They are one of the most common areas of tightness for the athletes in our lives. Let YogaFit® show you how to incorporate poses and flows into your fitness routine that will not only open the hips, but also increase awareness of breathing and the abdominal muscles. This Fitness Forum class is a must attend for anyone who works out!

7:00am-8:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Come join us in the expo hall and mix up your workout routine! Take this opportunity to run on a treadmill, spin on a bike, take a fitness class, or do some yoga in the Fitness Forum. Whatever you decide to add to your workout, the Expo Hall has something for you! As a bonus this year, the NIRSA Foundation is holding the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit in the Expo Hall so if you want to workout AND support the NIRSA Foundation, be sure you check in at the NIRSA Foundation table.

7:00am-8:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

The Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit is Sponsored by Cannon Design.

Support your NIRSA family and get moving by joining in the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit! This NIRSA Foundation philanthropic event is a great way for NIRSA members to network with each other while living NIRSA’s strategic value of health & wellbeing. Participate in a 3K Walk/Roll around the Expo Hall (featuring fun, mini-challenges along the route!), F45 Workout, Run with Woodway, or Cardio with Matrix. Registrants can also join the Fitness Forum and Spin Class as space allows. This noncompetitive event takes place in the Expo Hall during the Early Morning Workout and is named in honor of the late Mark Fletcher, a beloved member of the NIRSA family, an avid runner, and a strong advocate of the NIRSA Foundation. Check-in is at 6:45am, with the 3K and other events kicking off at 7:00am. The first 150 registrants will receive an event T-shirt, and activity space is limited except for the 3K, so preregistration is highly recommended. Sign up in advance and collect your T-shirt at the NIRSA Foundation Table or in the Expo Hall the morning of the event.

7:00am-8:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

7:30am-11:30am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

7:30am-11:30am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

Entries for the competition will be accepted through 12:00pm today! The competition winners will be announced at 3:30pm, and ribbons will be available at the NIRSA Foundation Table on Monday, February 18, beginning at 9:00am. Donated items for the Apparel Sale are accepted throughout the Conference and will be on sale at the NIRSA Foundation Table as long as supplies last.

8:00am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-5:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Students! Swing on by the Student Lounge to take a break and relax. Come connect and network with other NIRSA students from across the Association. We will also have Talk to a Pro/GA sessions and State Student Leader panels where you can have all your questions answered about how to get involved in Campus Rec both on your campus and within NIRSA. Don’t miss out on the free giveaways each day! Hope to see you there!

8:00am-11:00am

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-11:00am    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Featured speaker. This is a 3 hour workshop.

Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting

Often, discriminatory incidents and lawsuits emerge on campus from environments where diversity issues are seldom discussed and where cultural differences are “celebrated” but not practiced or represented. During this three (3) hour workshop, we will explore how to create a culturally competent and sensitive academic community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity. In addition to learning about the art of listening and responding cross-culturally, we will discuss how to ask meaningful and intimate questions of individuals from diverse cultures and how differences (i.e. racial, gender) can affect relationships, communications, and behaviors.

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  • Respond with honesty and compassion when a conflict occurs that involves a diversity issue.
  • Create a sense of community and understanding amongst a diverse culture of people.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 200

Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University

We know that our fitness programs and services play an integral role in our recreation departments. As more programs across the globe expand into and combine forces with their wellness center teams, where does fitness fit in? Although physical wellbeing is just one slice of the overall wellness pie, it is an essential one. In the session, you will learn how combining forces, resources, and efforts with your wellness team can enhance your current fitness programs, fitness services, and most importantly, the overall wellbeing of your students.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the growing trends in higher education in terms of student wellness centers and their programs and services.
  • Define how their fitness program areas can work and collaborate with wellness.
  • Be able to describe three or four ways that the collaboration and joint efforts of fitness and wellness can enhance the overall student experience.
8:00am-9:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 203

Jay Gallagher, Temple University

Join us for a lively discussion covering risk management issues and some helpful strategies to mitigate risk.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Legal Liability & Risk Management

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 206

Abby Van Note, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin- Madison

The sports world has been male-dominated for years, but more and more women are finding their way into the field. Intramural programs can either foster or hinder an inclusive environment for females. Come learn how to remove barriers, have difficult conversations, and support men and women in an inclusive sports setting.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify examples of non-inclusive language in intramural sports setting.
  • Articulate at least two factors that impact gender bias.
  • Be able to apply key concepts to facilitate difficult conversations with staff.
8:00am-9:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 207

Brandon Deroshia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

This interactive discussion will lead attendees through the challenges/successes/questions that custodial operations managers face. Topics include custodial operation formats, best practices when determining custodial staff hiring, cleaning equipment, and leading and developing a custodial staff team. Attendees are also welcome to propose their own topics.

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Human Resources Management

8:00am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-5:00pm    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 309

A featured presentation from Region I

Nora Osei, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Many of our colleagues not in recreation envy us for having,”the fun job”. But what makes our career field so fun and meaningful? It is the high-quality and long-lasting relationships that we build within our recreation team that makes our career field like no other! These relationships makes our jobs entertaining, yet rewarding. In this session, you will learn about the importance of cultivating genuine relationships with your coworkers, specific tips on building those genuine relationships, and how those relationships can improve the efficiency of your team, your department, and your campus!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify three reasons why they need to cultivate genuine relationships with their coworkers.
  • Articulate three characteristics that can help them enable healthy relationships with their coworkers to impact their program area, department, and campus.
  • Apply steps in their daily work routine to help develop genuine relationships with their coworkers.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

The struggle for resources is a shared challenge for campuses across the globe. Hear international delegates describe a wide variety of strategies they’ve employed to tell their story, demonstrate their value, and secure resources. While cultural contexts may differ, hearing new and different approaches can spark innovative ideas to take back to your own campus.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand different approaches recreation professionals have used to effectively demonstrate their value on campus and secure resources
  • Articulate new ideas to take back and implement on your own campus
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 311

Joe Zichi, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Lexi Chaput, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Responding to club sports policy violations, while important to the integrity of a program, is typically very time consuming for full-time staff. Incorporating student involvement in a program’s discipline process can create a clearly outlined process for accountability, learning, and engagement for all affected parties. It can also create an opportunity to offer additional development for student leaders. This session will provide structure and strategies for incorporating restorative justice and a student led process into your club sport program’s response to policy violations.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to define restorative justice.
  • Identify the challenges and benefits of a student-led discipline process for club sports.
  • Learn how to implement an inclusive discipline process within your club sport program.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 312

Marti Tomlin, University of Richmond; Heather Sadowski, University of Richmond; Jim Kovach, VMDO Architects

Facilities at higher education institutions are fundamentally shifting in how they are planned, designed, and used by university communities. Campuses are increasingly de-siloing departments in order to prioritize programmatic overlaps, centralize service and resource offerings, and to reach as many students as possible with a renewed focus on wellbeing. With the goal to promote student success through the fusion of recreation and wellbeing offerings, the University of Richmond’s Well-Being Center promotes connectivity between multiple stakeholders. These partners include University Recreation, Health Promotion, the Counseling and Psychological Center, and Student Health. This partnership intends to help students holistically learn how to manage their overall health and cope with stress and other life challenges during their time on campus. Through rigorous planning and programming investigation, the University of Richmond is fostering an upstream approach to build foundational support for healthy habits and a sense of wellbeing on campus.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Develop and synthesize a facilities program that supports all aspects of student wellness—including mental, physical, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual elements that together support wellbeing.
  • Identify ways to maximize transparency and openness to help connect students with a diversity of wellbeing programs and resources that support an upstream approach to health and wellbeing.
  • Leverage spatial adjacencies to create synergies between student recreation, student health, student counseling, and athletics.
9:00am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-10:00am    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Aquatics or Outdoor profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

9:00am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

The fun continues today in the expo hall. Come play with the latest equipment, participate in a Fitness class, try out the NIRSA basketball in the hoop shoot, or meet your friends for a bite to eat using your food voucher! While you are here, be sure to stop by the NIRSA booth #1232/1332 to pick up your free giveaway and enter to win one of the many prizes that will be given away every hour!

9:00am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

The fun continues in the hoop shoot as participants try to up the record from the day before. Cash prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the most shots. In the event of a tie, a shoot off will occur at 2:15pm on Sunday February 17. Also, try the Unified Sports Experience Hoop Shoot – where participants will partner with Special Olympics® athletes for the contest from 11:30 am – 1 pm today.

9:00am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-10:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Come grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a break after the early round of ed sessions. Beverage stations will be placed throughout the hall to get you energized for the busy day ahead.

9:00am-9:25am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-9:25am    Room 305

Walter Kolis, RCRSP, Emory University

When interviewing for a job, or networking at a conference, you will be introduced to a lot of new people. Do you know what to say to make a memorable impression? One of the most common interview questions is “Tell us about about yourself”. You’ll answer it over and over. Do you know what to say without rambling for 5 minutes about every single job you’ve ever had? “I am. I do. I will,” is a strategy to help you create, practice and perfect your 60 second elevator pitch and make you more comfortable when introducing yourself in a professional setting!

9:15am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:15am-10:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Garret Garrels, Pink Gloves Boxing; Kelly Crosby, Pink Gloves Boxing

Knock out the stress and frustration of the day! Experience the unique stimulation that Pink Gloves Boxing offers in its circuit-based, high-intensity, fun-making, community-building workout. Strength, agility, power, and endurance are all challenged in every PGB session. Reveal your inner champion and help others reveal theirs with Pink Gloves Boxing.

9:30am-9:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:30am-9:55pm    Room 305

Mike Ackerman, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Concerned you may not have the “perfect” background or set of experiences to apply for that first full-time position in collegiate recreation and wellness? Learn strategies for effectively articulating your knowledge, skills, and experiences and how they are transferable to a variety of job opportunities.

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 200

Dexter Shorter, The Ohio State University

Attendees will learn how to incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership Development into leadership training by participating in interactive activities and examining the different components of the model. This session will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how to identify individual values, use individual values to form group values, and use group values to impact the greater community in order to create positive social change. We will look at how leadership development through the social change model can have a positive impact on holistic student wellbeing and encourage professional growth.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership Development into staff and student training.
  • Understand the impact that incorporating leadership development models, such as the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, can have on students and staff.
  • Experience activities that can be utilized when teaching the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 202

Zack Sephton, University of Windsor; Stephanie Calhoun, Indiana University- Bloomington; Jonathan Sanders, Boston College; Corrine Pruett, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Caroline Ciell, University of Mississippi; CieCie Leonard, Texas A&M Commerce; DeVanee Lasley, University of Nebraska; Rachel Horras, Washington State University

There are benefits to working as a student in campus recreation beyond the paycheck. We are learning skills that will eventually help us land a full-time job. However, it’s often difficult to articulate what we learn on the job and prove its worth to future employers. With this presentation we hope to help students identify transferable skills they are learning and developing while employed with campus recreation. Students will also learn to recognize gaps in their skill sets and learn how to articulate their skills to potential employers.

Audience

Student

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to recognize the transferable skills that they are learning and developing from their positions in campus recreation.
  • Begin to recognize gaps in their current skill set so they can find opportunities within campus recreation to develop new skills.
  • Be able to articulate the transferable skills they are learning and developing from their positions in campus recreation.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 203

Peter Tulchinsky, University of Mississippi; Jeremy Battjes, EdD, University of Arkansas

Collegiate recreation programs offer student employees the opportunity to develop professional skills through a variety of employment experiences. Two recently-completed dissertation projects outline the professional skills learned and enhanced through student employment in a collegiate recreation setting. This presentation will share a brief overview of theory, summarize the dissertation projects, present findings, and discuss the implications to help attendees enhance the student employee experience on their campuses.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify student development and experiential learning theories used for student employee professional development.
  • Identify professional skills most enhanced through student employment in collegiate recreation environments.
  • Articulate job attributes sought by employers and which professional skills students are most frequently correlating to those attributes.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 206

Featured presentation from Region II

Lindsay Wigderson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Chelsea Phipps, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

As professionals, we often create plans for our career development journey. We share our successes and celebrate the milestones achieved along the way. But what happens when things don’t go according to plan? What if you don’t receive the job offer you expected? Nobody talks about professional rejection that so many of us have experienced or how to bounce back from the emotional rollercoaster that ensues. Plans change, and learning the skill of resiliency is critical for your continued success. Join us in the conversation, as we share personal experiences and lessons learned along the way!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 207

This Research Hour session features two NIRSA Research Grant Program projects.

Deborah Shapiro, PhD, Georgia State University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis

This Research Hour session features two research projects funded by the NIRSA Foundation through the NIRSA Research Grant Program. 1. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Research in Collegiate Recreation (Kell). The research discussed in this presentation is focused on the theory of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL). We will discuss the history and background of EIL in this session; what it means for collegiate recreation, and how the findings from this study can be used in a practitioner setting. 2. A Multi-Institutional Comparison of Barriers and Facilitators of Intramural Sports Programming for College Students with Disabilities (Shapiro). The results of this study highlight the breadth and scope of campus intramural sports programming for students with disabilities at universities across the United States, common barriers and challenges in developing and implementing intramural adapted and inclusive sport, and best practices for program development and marketing. Recommendations to initiate or improve future research, policies, and programming for students with disabilities will also be discussed.

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 309

Georgia Childs, East Carolina University; Lydia Hitchcock, East Carolina University

Learn from one university’s process of moving their wellness program from their student health center to their recreation center while still maintaining collaborations across campus. A thirteen-year timeline of events will be included to assist campuses who are interested in duplicating the process. In addition to learning about the process, participants will hear about the value of health educators to a collegiate recreation center.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the key roles health educators play in a collegiate recreation setting.
  • Describe one potential process of moving a wellness department into a recreation center.
  • Develop a plan for collaborating with health educators on campus to further the mission of campus recreation.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

It’s time to transcend reactive, siloed, programmatic approaches to health and establish foundational, proactive, wellbeing initiatives for the campus community. A variety of frameworks and models have emerged that can be used as a catalyst for systemic change. Hear from representatives of several of these frameworks and models about how they’re striving to mobilize, guide, and inspire campuses in the pursuit of building healthy people and healthy communities worldwide.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the frameworks and models presented
  • Provide an example of their implementation and understand how it might also be utilized on your campus
  • Articulate the higher purpose and systemic change at the root of these efforts
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 311

David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University

Extreme heat, bitter cold, winter storms, tornadoes, lightning, flash flooding… Weather affects us—our recreation programs, staff, and facilities—every day. Campus recreation staff at all levels are frequently tasked with monitoring extreme weather conditions. This session will offer a crash course in weather-related considerations for campus recreation professionals and assist attendees with developing strategies for best educating departmental staff colleagues on how to monitor the weather and make timely decisions to safeguard patrons and participants.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Identify potentially hazardous weather conditions that require action by recreation facility and program staff.
  • Devise action plans for your departmental staff to utilize to safeguard patrons and participants from hazardous weather.
  • Develop strategies for educating recreation staff to monitor and respond to hazardous weather.
10:00am-11:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 313

NIRSA Small Programs Council; Christopher Crume, RCRSP, Denison University

Learn how your colleagues at small campus recreation programs are tackling issues related to programming, operations, staffing, and more. This is a great opportunity to network with other small college and community college professionals and learn about potential practices to implement at your campus.

Core Competencies

Programming • Facility Management, Planning & Design

10:15am-11:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 10:15am-11:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Amanda Gill, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; Robin O’Grady, Naacho Bolly Fitness; Vishal Malpuria, Naacho Bolly Fitness; Tamara Jarrett

Naacho Bolly Fitness is a high energy dance fitness program, bringing Bollywood style and flair to dance and fitness classes everywhere. Every Naacho class includes creative, traditional choreography featuring Bollywood, Bolly Hip Hop, and Bhangra/Folk styles. In this session we will dance, work hard, burn calories, and have the time of our lives!

10:30am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 10:30am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Grab your $10 food voucher today from Registration and spend it at one of the concessions located in the Expo hall. Voucher does not allow for change so come hungry and spend it all at once – open during expo hours.

11:00am-noon

   Sunday, February 17: 11:00am-noon    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Fitness or Wellness profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

11:00am-11:25am

   Sunday, February 17: 11:00am-11:25am    Room 305

Parker Anderson, San Diego State University; Paul Rehn, Northern Arizona University

In “Uprooted: A Look at the Post Grad Experience,” attendees will hear firsthand experiences from two recent graduates that made career moves across the country. The presentation includes tips on what to expect with a major relocation and questions to ask an employer. Presenters will discuss the financial transition and provide helpful information on student loans, relocation expenses, and the basics of uprooting your life for your career. Come learn about the finer points of relocation that most people rarely consider ahead of time!

11:15am-noon

   Sunday, February 17: 11:15am-noon    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Janet Leland, YogaFit Training Systems; Beth Shaw, YogaFit Training Systems, Inc.

As more athletes add yoga to their workout regimens, let YogaFit® show fitness instructors how to safely incorporate poses alongside breathing techniques designed to provide focus and clarity while also working up a sweat. We want to bring safe yoga to everybody, including athletes.

11:15am-12:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 11:15am-12:30pm    Room 202

Brian Smith, UCLA; Christopher Denison, CRSS, EdD, University of Northern Iowa

This is an opportunity for Regional Leadership Teams to meet and engage in person. All state/provincial directors, student leaders, regional representatives, and regional student leaders are expected to attend this session. After a brief presentation, regional leadership teams will meet.

11:30am-1:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 11:30am-1:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience known as the Hoop Shoot contest allows NIRSA attendees and Special Olympics athletes to showcase their abilities with an inclusive twist! For $1, conference attendees will get paired with a Special Olympics athlete. The pair will have 40 seconds to make as many free throws as possible. Then, the pair will get the chance to shoot the Unified Moneyball for bonus points. Special Olympics will provide a $1,000 grant towards starting or developing a Unified Intramural Sports program on the winner’s campus! Come try out the Unified Sports Experience and get inspired to support Unified Sports within your community!

11:30am-11:55am

   Sunday, February 17: 11:30am-11:55am    Room 305

Laura Whiteley, University of the Pacific; Greg Jordan, Oakland University

What is worse than having a forgettable interview? Being memorable for the wrong reason. Gain insight on the interview process for professional staff positions- how to prepare, what to expect on campus, questions to ask, and what you should definitely not do.

noon-1:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-1:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Facilities or Marketing profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

noon-12:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-12:45pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

You are invited to bring the excess t-shirts form your various campus recreation events or programs and exchange them with your colleagues and peers. Come join the frenzy of fun and get a new t-shirt in the process! Exchange will take place next to the Fitness Forum at the end of row 100.

noon-12:25pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-12:25pm    Room 305

Adam Burke, University of Wyoming; Adam Comeau, University of Wyoming

This presentation will highlight key strategies for applicants applying for Internship and Graduate Assistant positions, such as keeping a positive mindset throughout the process, customary timeline to check in on positions, how to accept or decline a position, and other various soft skills that will prove beneficial during the application process. In addition, discuss what future employers’ expectations are, such as resume and cover letter content, interview responses, communication etiquette, and more.

12:30pm-1:15pm

   Sunday, February 17: 12:30pm-1:15pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Christina Ustiak, Florida Atlantic University

This revolutionary high-intensity workout is led by music and motivates you to crush your ultimate fitness goals.

12:30pm-12:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 12:30pm-12:55pm    Room 305

Greg Jordan, Oakland University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis; Jess Gentry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

When considering any position, full-time, graduate-assistant, or otherwise, it’s imperative to consider the total compensation package available to you, not simply the money. While one role may offer a higher salary or hourly wage, that may be quickly offset by other benefits the organization offers. This session will educate you on the variety of items to consider when examining the total compensation package that comes with any employment offer.

1:00pm-2:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:00pm-2:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Intramurals or Sport Clubs profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

1:00pm-1:25pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:00pm-1:25pm    Room 305

Seth Thomas, Southeastern Louisiana University

This motivational session will help students and young professionals learn how to set and use goals to accomplish dreams and visions. Participants will start with a dream and end with a goal.

1:30pm-2:15pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:30pm-2:15pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Shelly Mamo, University of Colorado Denver

Interested in bringing your staff and participants closer together with an engaging and innovative workout with some friendly competition? Here’s your answer! A brief discussion on how to better create a #FitFam through fitness, followed by a high-energy and fun workout that aims to create connections—which is what campus rec is truly about!

1:30pm-1:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:30pm-1:55pm    Room 305

Allison Yarrow, Millersville University; Secily Adams, University of Missouri – St Louis

Is your job hunt not going the way you expected? Are you hearing more no’s than yes’s? Are you down in the slumps and want to get re-energized? This presentation will give you some helpful tips on applying for jobs, being prepared for what comes after you hit submit on your application, staying organized throughout the process, and get you energized to push forward in your job search.

2:00pm-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:00pm-5:00pm    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

2:00pm-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:00pm-5:00pm    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

2:30pm-3:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

NIRSA President Ken Morton, along with leaders from the NIRSA Foundation, NIRSA Services Corporation, Member Network and the Assembly will share updates on the state of the association and strategic plan accomplishments.

2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 200

Matthew Beck, RCRSP, Oklahoma State University

Are you a leader of a team in need of a culture change or someone who wishes to have more influence in your life? This presentation will teach you how to combine influence strategies for making behavior change, as well as making change in your overall environment, inevitable. Are you ready to become an influencer?

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management • Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify a handful of high-leverage behaviors that lead to rapid and profound change.
  • Learn how to apply strategies for changing both thoughts and actions.
  • Learn how to use influence strategies to impose change in work culture.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 202

Jonathan Johnston, Texas A & M University- Commerce; Jason Vlastaras, Iowa State University

Do you know if your student staff is career ready? The concept of marketable skills is becoming a national conversation. Campus Recreation is poised to lead the way in the development of career readiness programs. Join us as we bridge the gap between employer expectations and the student employee experience. We’ll showcase two campus recreation programs with different approaches to career readiness, and we’ll equip you with practical tools for introducing, measuring, and assessing a career readiness program of your own.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Human Resources Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Define the importance of addressing career readiness with student employees by observing data from employers and national organizations.
  • Identify at least one strategy for creating a career readiness plan by reviewing two program examples.
  • Identify at least two tools for implementing and assessing career readiness skills by reviewing best practices in the field.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 203

Michael Huey, ACHA; David Arnold, NASPA; Erin O’Sullivan, NIRSA Headquarters

One year after its creation, multiple associations have now signed on to Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success. One of the document’s calls to action centered on research frameworks and the pursuit of leveraging combined associational resources to develop evidence-based activities to improve the health and wellbeing of the entire campus community. Initial steps were taken to draft a guiding document at the recent NIRSA/NASPA/ACHA Research Summit in Washington DC. Members are invited to join representatives of that event in an interactive discussion of this document and its goals.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the aims of Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success
  • Contribute to a guiding document for research on campus wellbeing initiatives
  • Develop skills to support wellbeing across personal, institutional, cultural, political, and environmental spheres
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 206

Kari Pratt, PhD, Oklahoma State University

With the knowledge that mental health issues make up a significant amount of health disparities across the life span, the “Painting with Pete” pilot study addresses the significant gap in programming and research. By inviting students and collegiate professionals to participate in an evening of painting, snacks, socialization, and education as a way to address the benefits of using art therapy to deal with stress and anxiety, this distinctive event truly promoted health and wellbeing across multiple generational, health, cultural, social, and fitness demographics on the college campus!

Audience

Student, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the methodology for implementing a fun and interactive art therapy event to bridge the gap between students and collegiate faculty and staff.
  • Be able to effectively market their art therapy program in a manner which portrays attendance as highly desirable and a privilege.
  • Be able to efficiently evaluate and assess their own interactive art therapy events for college students and collegiate faculty and staff.
2:30pm-3:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 310

Armand Buzzelli, PhD, Robert Morris University; Klee Sellers, Oklahoma State University; Mike Berdowski, Western Michigan University; Hannah Doss, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Erin Farrar, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Lightning Talks deliver five thought-provoking, high – energy topics in just 10 minutes.1. Creating an Innovative Outdoor Program for Millennials 2. eSports in your Rec Programs 3. Noon Ball: How to increase Faculty and Staff participation 4. Club Sports as a Revenue Generator: Adapting the Docking Model for Sports Clubs at a Tuition Dependent Institution 5. How to use DATA to increase student engagement

2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 311

Shana Kessler, Salem State University; Drew Devore, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; Johnathan Luk, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Individuals working in campus recreation know all too well that work-life balance is difficult to develop and manage. This presentation will look at common trends and patterns based on the experiences of multi-level professionals to uncover how to best set up new professionals with skills for long-term success and avoid burning themselves out.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Initiate transparent conversations about work life balance with upper management.
  • Learn 1-2 different approaches for self-care and well-being.
  • Be able to self-reflect on whether or not their current expectations of their employees and themselves are realistic.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 312

Featured Speaker

Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting

As a college decides to invest more actively in embracing their multicultural community, what will campus leaders need to know prepare themselves to take on this mission? What kinds of skills are necessary? What cultural knowledge is required to effectively and authentically connect with this diverse population? How will leaders go about attaining this level of expertise and from whom? These and many other questions will be answered in this dynamic and popular interactive session about what it will take to create a truly multicultural community. :: Participants will learn about the Art of Listening and about strategies to motivate and retain multicultural groups as well as ways to encourage mainstream cultures to become more open and safe.

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Listen and respond to cultural differences.
  • Relate to someone empathetically.
  • Mediate cultural conflict and misunderstandings.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 313

Drew Cantwell, Louisiana State University; Amy Gardner, Louisiana State University; Paul Kwiatkowski, Louisiana State University; Troy Lukas, Louisiana State University; Caitlin Christensen, LSU University Recreation

This session will alter the paradigm of the traditional student leadership model by introducing a new approach to student development. Building upon the soft skills NACE, NACA, and NIRSA have provided, this model can enhance the development of your student staff and create a supervisor work team that is effective for your university. We will explain our process and host an open discussion to present what we have found to be successful when it comes to managing multiple student supervisors.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Human Resources Management • Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify why collaboration and teamwork among student supervisor groups benefits campus communities and stakeholders.
  • Learn the benefits and challenges of implementing a student team supervisor model.
  • Develop and sustain an actionable plan of accessing, maintaining, and improving a team supervisor model.
3:45pm-4:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Boylston Hallway (3rd Level)

Visit the Poster Presentation area to talk with poster presenters. During this time, presenters will be available to take questions and discuss their research and programs with attendees.

3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 200

Kelsey Sopko, University of South Carolina-Columbia; Ashley Oswald, University of South Carolina -Columbia

Student Led Philanthropy explores a non-traditional method of student and professional development, allowing students to enhance their employ-ability post graduation while allowing them to create a positive impact on the community. During the program, we will be looking at the transferable skills that students learn while coordinating major events as well as the mental impact that civic engagement has on the college student using studies on the subject as well as personal experience. We will also discuss the transition of professional staff into the role of event adviser.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the importance of philanthropy events on Campus Recreation, the university, and the community as a whole.
  • Discuss the impact philanthropy has on student employees as well as the transferable skills gained from planning and leading philanthropy events
  • Outline a timeline and a long-term plan for success for future philanthropy events and campus recreation programs
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 201

Jason Gardner, The University of West Alabama

Often times campus recreation professionals at smaller institutions are in a position to heavily rely on marketing efforts to gain student attendance and engagement, but have no prior experience in the field. Learn how to create a strategy to move your effectively market to your campus community.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to create a marketing strategy on a small or no budget.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to efficiently create and distribute marketing materials.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to define trending social media outlets and be able to effectively utilize those outlets.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 202

Anita Picozzi Moran, TreanorHL; Jacqueline Hamilton, EdD, RCRSP

Face it, we spend most of our time at work. With all of this talk about wellbeing, we cannot overlook the importance of having a workspace and a workplace that fosters our own wellbeing. The changing built environment will be examined along with post build out features and practices that maximize wellbeing in our workspace. Modeling productive and low-stress work environments is a wise investment toward serving our constituents.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Human Resources Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Compare and contrast the factors that impact wellbeing in traditional and open-plan offices.
  • Describe policies and procedures that dictate workspace form and function relative to wellbeing.
  • Identify post build out amenities and procedures that can be implemented to foster workspace wellbeing.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 203

Kellie Carbone, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Mary Jo Desprez, University of Michigan; Lisa Shea, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Trauma-informed design has drawn attention to creating and designing spaces that respect what people may have experienced in their lives, and provides for emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing. Trauma influences how people think, feel, and interact. Let’s start and continue conversations about safety which are grounded in trauma-informed approaches that foster values of dignity, equity, and compassion. These conversations set the tone for students to thrive on our campuses and, more specifically, within our collegiate recreations spaces.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the trauma-Informed approach and the six key principles.
  • Understand the components of trauma-informed systems.
  • Understand the elements of trauma-informed designed spaces, the personal wellbeing model, and how to build a proactive culture of wellbeing.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 207

Austin Anderson, PhD, University of Southern Indiana; William Ramos, Indiana University- Bloomington; Eric Knee, Indiana University- Bloomington

Much emphasis continues to be placed on social justice, equity, and inclusion within campus recreational sports. This has often led to campus-level programs, trainings, and NIRSA-wide resources. While the question of managing for inclusion continues to be salient within campus recreational sports, little research exists to inform evidence-based practice—particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) participants. This study looks at this gap through an analysis of current managerial diversity-related practices for aquatics professionals within campus settings.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the steps that are being taken by aquatic managers—and the lack thereof—to create environments that are open and accepting of LGBTQ participants.
  • Identify the explicit and implicit barriers that aquatic professionals encounter when navigating management issues related to LGBTQ participation and participants.
  • Discuss overarching diversity policies aimed at creating open and accepting campus recreational environments and programming aimed at including specific demographic participant groups.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 309

Christin Everson, Seattle University; Benjamin Kohler, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Communicating with participants and clients is vital to a fitness program, especially through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The method, style, and language used to communicate can have strong impacts on the comfort of our clients, participants, and staff teams. In this session, we will use a theory-based approach to support fitness professionals in understanding how verbal and nonverbal communication affects the success of relationships and ultimately, the success of our programs. Topics include microaggressions, representation, body language, and gender binary issues.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the role that communication plays in the success of fitness programs, teams, and clients.
  • Brainstorm practical approaches for fitness programs to implement changes in verbal and non-verbal language as it relates to client equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Discuss how inclusive communication can foster stronger community and connection for all participants of a fitness program.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

The wellbeing of the campus community is critical to student success and achieving the mission of higher education. This perspective is shared by leading institutions around the globe. A panel of international delegates will share their strategies, successes and lessons learned in implementing proactive, upstream, and integrated approaches to wellbeing for their campus communities.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management • Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Describe strategies used by campuses around the globe to implement an integrated and holistic approach to wellbeing for their campus community
  • Understand the impact of championing upstream approaches to wellbeing for the campus community
  • Articulate why campuses around the globe are leaning into this work
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 311

Nicole Green, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Penn State University; Jason Gant, RCRSP, Farmingdale State College

The Flag Football Editorial Board and its chair will present the new content included in the 19th edition of the NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials’ Manual. Changes and rationale will be discussed and attendees will be able to ask questions.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the NIRSA flag football rule changes for 2019 and 2020.
  • Be able to describe the NIRSA flag football mechanics changes for 2019 and 2020.
  • Understand the impact these changes will have on game philosophy, interpretations, and the training of flag football officials.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 312

Winston Bao, LPA, Inc.

Innovative, leading-edge recreation and wellness centers serve as the heartbeat of a campus and hub of student life. Developing innovative design ideas and better outcomes for owners and users requires a collaborative, evidence-based process. Post occupancy evaluations (POE) are a valuable tool in informed design. Evaluations of four campus recreation and wellness facilities will illustrate the process in action. Focused discussion of successes, challenges, and lessons learned will empower attendees to apply a POE process and use findings to inform facility management, planning, and design.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Illustrate the value of a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) process; including collection and analysis of energy and water data, site observations, occupant surveys and interviews; and demonstrate the advantages of using all integrated data to inform facility management, planning, and design decisions.
  • Describe various environmental qualities, design features, and evolution in the industry that continually impact user satisfaction, health, and wellbeing.
  • Apply Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) lessons learned in positively impacting occupant health and wellbeing, user experience, and building performance and sustainability to future renovations and new facilities.
3:45pm-4:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 313

Jordin Williams, Delaware State University; Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A & M University; Chavonne Shorter, University System of Georgia

This roundtable will address the challenges and trends impacting Historically Black Colleges and Universities regarding all aspects of collegiate recreation. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other HBCU collegiate recreation professionals.

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

5:00pm-6:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 5:00pm-6:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Pam Watts, NIRSA Headquarters

Campus Recreation leaders need to be not only aware of potential changes ahead, but actively engaged with their organizational leadership, their staff, their students, and their peers to plan for and create opportunities from these changes. This ongoing general session series at the Annual Conference provides thought leadership and resources to empower campus recreation professionals to move beyond trends – what people are doing now – to what you need to know to prepare for and lead in the future.

Core Competencies

Association Engagement • Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand a driver of change that can affect the future of campus recreation
  • Discover ways to plan for and create opportunities from this change
6:00pm-8:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 6:00pm-8:00pm    Room 210

Sponsored by PLAE

An annual favorite, the LGBTQ social fosters and encourages the involvement of LGBTQ individuals and allies in the Association. We’ll also recognize the recipients of the Fredrick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice. Join us as we support inclusion and diversity within NIRSA. Everyone is welcome.

8:30pm-11:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:30pm-11:55pm    Lucky Strike Boston

Buses will run on a continuous loop from 8:15pm to midnight between the Lower Level Boylston entrance of the Hynes Convention Center and Lucky Strike Boston.

Join your NIRSA friends for the All Conference Social at Lucky Strike, sponsored by PLAE. NIRSA attendees will be hosted among 70,000 square feet of multi-dimensional entertainment spanning three floors. Bowling, video games and pinball machines, as well as a craft beer brewery are all part of this great complex behind historic Fenway Park. The social space allows for dancing and game playing as well as quieter areas for networking and socializing. An appetizer buffet and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available on all three floors. Transportation between the Convention Center and the social will be provided throughout the evening. At only one half mile away from the hotels the venue is walkable as well.

7:00am-8:00am

   Monday, February 18: 7:00am-8:00am    Room 204

Come join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and ChildObesity180 (CO180) for breakfast to learn more about the Healthier Campus Initiative (HCI) and our new evaluation examining student health behaviors and outcomes. PHA created HCI in 2014, and, to date, nearly 70 campuses have joined, reaching nearly 1.5 million students, faculty, and staff. During the 2018-2019 school year, PHA is partnering with CO180, housed in one of the world’s leading schools of nutrition at Tufts University, to conduct an evaluation of HCI guidelines for perceived effectiveness in influencing student health behaviors as well as evaluating the changes in student health behaviors and outcomes to provide insights around HCI’s potential effectiveness.

7:00am-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 7:00am-5:30pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

7:30am-noon

   Monday, February 18: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

7:30am-noon

   Monday, February 18: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Students! Swing on by the Student Lounge to take a break and relax. Come connect and network with other NIRSA students from across the Association. We will also have Talk to a Pro/GA sessions and State Student Leader panels where you can have all your questions answered about how to get involved in Campus Rec both on your campus and within NIRSA. Don’t miss out on the free giveaways each day! Hope to see you there!

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Near Registration

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

8:00am-3:45pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-3:45pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

8:00am-3:45pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-3:45pm    Near Registration

Competition winners can pick up their ribbons at the NIRSA Foundation Table beginning at 9:00am. The sale will continue today and tomorrow at the NIRSA Foundation Table as long as supplies last.

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 200

Megan Krone, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at DePaul University

Many collegiate recreation facilities and programs rely on students to serve in formal and informal positions of authority. In these positions, students encounter both technical and adaptive problems. Training can adequately prepare students to respond to technical problems, but how do we intentionally teach them to respond to adaptive problems? This presentation will explore how we teach students about leadership and authority, how to teach them to articulate this learning as transferable to any career field, and how we engage in adaptive leadership with our students to create change.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn to distinguish between leadership and authority.
  • Articulate the benefits of formal and informal authority.
  • Be able to distinguish between adaptive and technical solutions.
8:00am-9:00am

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 202

Wendy Motch-Ellis, University of North Carolina – Ashville; James Wilkening, University of Central Florida; Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission will provide updates on their current work and their latest resource for NIRSA members. These updates will be followed by a roundtable style discussion on a variety of EDI topics.

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 203

Technogym Sponsored Session

Martin Miller, Technogym USA; Isabel Coscia, Technogym USA; Aaron Keese, PhD, Johnson University

Elite level performance training has always been the key to athletic competition. With the new focus on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) within the fitness industry having a thorough understanding of the science behind elite performance training is now even more essential for the fitness professional. Learn how the leader and innovator in functional training equipment has learned from the world’s best athletes and created the most scientific approach to performance training in the market today.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the Scientific Rationale behind Olympic level performance training
  • Learn how to create and implement the 4 pillars of performance training
  • Understand the future of elite performance training driven by data analytics
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 206

Robert Frye, CRSS, Florida International University

Does your department deal with student conduct issues (fights, hazing, ID misuse, etc.)? Ensure that you follow best practices in handling individual student and student organization misconduct in your programs and facilities. Find out how other campuses handle conduct issues by examining results of the Campus Recreation Student Conduct Survey. Learn about due process, standards of evidence, and proactive strategies to incorporate student conduct practices into your own policies and operations. Help your department promote fairness and equity in dealing with student behavioral, conduct, and disciplinary issues.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Legal Liabilities & Risk Management • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Compare your campus recreation department’s conduct-related policies and practices with those of other institutions.
  • Understand the terminology and processes used in student conduct and how they contribute to the fair and equitable treatment of students in case adjudication.
  • Incorporate those student conduct practices which you determine are necessary and appropriate into policies and practices in your own campus recreation programs and venues.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 207

Featured Presentation from Region IV

Riley Spenningsby, University of Houston; Kelsey Jones, Louisiana State University

Have you ever had a “foot-in-mouth” moment? Or have told someone or been told to “think before you talk”? This session explores how the intention of what one says can sometimes differ from the impact they are making on the person(s) they are saying it. It will bring awareness to the attendees and encourage them to think deeper when interacting with coworkers, patrons, classmates, friends, and anyone else they have contact with.

Audience

Student, New Professional

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to understand the impact of their work choice and inflection when in conversation with others.
  • Participants will be able to challenge themselves within a group to gain an understanding of backgrounds and values.
8:00am-9:00am

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 210

Maxwell Miller, RCRSP, Swarthmore College; Cybbi Barton, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Amanda Pennino, Duke University

Programmers will get together to discuss and brainstorm how a sport clubs program is operated at different institutions of higher education. This isn’t your typical Sport Clubs Roundtable. The intention of this session is to brainstorm solutions to assist in solving real problems you face on a regular basis. Topics have been chosen with your input! The presenters have surveyed the Sport Clubs Community of Practice to select the topics that will be discussed. Encourage your friends, coworkers, and colleagues to attend this session!

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Legal Liability & Risk Management

8:00am-10:15am

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-10:15am    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 309

Cindy Cowden, SUNY at Binghamton

Many campuses are interested in integrating wellbeing practices into their culture, but despite shared beliefs in the value of wellbeing, competing interests and priorities present challenges. Binghamton University’s Healthy Campus Initiative has achieved success in improving our culture of wellbeing through key collaborations, some of which were born from operational challenges. Recreation professionals have employed strategic case-building for integration by selling solutions and managing priorities from the fringe. We’ll share our experiences and encourage attendee conversation.

Audience

Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to propose ideas to positively influence campus decision making.
  • Apply theory-based strategies at the middle management level to impact wellbeing decisions.
  • Learn how to use health and wellbeing best practices to address campus challenges.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 310

Emily Hughes, NIRSA Headquarters; Laura Bundrick, Riddle & Bloom

This session is designed to showcase the new partnership between NIRSA and Riddle & Bloom. In this session, we will provide schools with an overview of activations, present information that will make activations easier to implement, answer questions about expectations, and provide examples.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the types of activations from sampling to collecting media impressions.
  • Know you are the value your campus brings to a brand.
  • Understand how to implement an activation as a NIRSA member.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 311

James Braam, HOK; Dave Frock, CRSS, Clemson University; Stacy Connell, Georgia Institute of Technology

Campus recreation departments are uniquely positioned to guide, inform, and accelerate the impact of broader university strategies around health and wellbeing. This panel discussion will tackle the opportunities and challenges around an integrated approach to wellbeing including how recreation directors tap into existing services and synergies to better serve students; how multi-faceted approaches to wellbeing can be embraced; how wellbeing trends inform facility design; and how universities address the growing need for more wellbeing-focused staff and programming.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Identify key synergies to promote wellbeing across the campus community.
  • Understand opportunities to build collaborative relationships between recreation, physical therapy, and sports medicine.
  • Learn about the latest wellbeing trends and pioneering innovations that are shaping recreation facility design and operations.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 312

Jenny Gregory, East Carolina University; Jackson Creech, East Carolina University

Social media has become a large part of the average college student’s daily life. When students wake up, they check their social media, when they’re bored in class, they check social media. Social media is perhaps the most powerful tool when it comes to marketing to college students and researchers continue to see trends favoring video content online. So why not take advantage of both? Informal videos can be used across multiple digital platforms and take the form of live streams, stories, or gifs and is an effective tool to instantly connect to a target audience. #NIRSA2019

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify four types of informal video that they can easily utilize.
  • Successfully incorporate informal video into their marketing plan.
  • Understand the advantages of using informal video to tell the story from a participant’s perspective.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 313

Leah Rossettie, University of Connecticut; Michael D’Alfonso, University of Connecticut; Elizabeth Cracco, University of Connecticut

As the need to address mental health and holistic wellness rises across campuses, prevention asks us to look “up river” and consider our role in creating a therapeutic campus. Recreation is not alone in answering this call, and our efforts to promote health and wellbeing in our students is amplified by partners like Counseling & Mental Health and Wellness & Prevention. This presentation focuses on connection as the heart of prevention and how professionals from multiple departments at UConn have collaborated to create unique programming to address some of the most pressing concerns on campus.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Become familiar with an example of a collaborative experiential program that integrates aspects of recreation services, wellness and prevention services, and mental health services on a college campus.
  • Determine essential components of an experiential program, strategies for establishing on-campus partnerships, and ongoing development of these programs.
  • Enhance your understanding of current research trends regarding social media, loneliness, and mental health in college students.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 200

Jennifer Speer, The University of Texas at Austin; Nicole Olmeda, CRSS, The University of Texas at Austin

Many collegiate recreation programs are investigating and implementing corporate development programs or initiatives as alternative funding sources for their departments. We will share our journey with corporate fundraising, review our relationship with our marketing partner (IMG), share how and why it works, and discuss how other collegiate recreation departments might investigate a direct contract with a marketing firm. We will also review why we pursued corporate dollars and the resources we have aligned to make this model successful.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Business Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to define the difference between corporate partner vs. corporate sponsor.
  • Understand the role of a marketing partner and how that model can work for campus recreation.
  • Be able to define the assets and resources necessary to make this model a success.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 201

Andy Milton, RCRSP, Saint Ambrose University

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), a consortium of professional associations in higher education, promotes the use of its professional standards for the development, assessment, and improvement of quality student learning, programs, and services. Come and get your brief overview of the CAS Collegiate Recreation Standards, and learn how to apply CAS self-assessment tools! Examples of applying the standards through the CAS self-assessment guides (SAGs) and other resources will be discussed for your program area or overall department. Attendees will be provided with a structured process to conduct a CAS-based external departmental review/audit, including a process for selection of a review team. A completed CAS-based external review will be included in this engaging discussion!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the CAS Standards for collegiate recreation and their application to the field, your department, your program, and/or your job.
  • Be able to articulate how to apply the CAS Collegiate Recreation Standards using self-assessment guides (SAGs) and learning outcomes.
  • Construct an outline of conducting a CAS-based external department review, including being able to define how to select a review team for the process.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 202

Beth Glazer, UCLA; Nathan Wolf, San Diego State University

What is male allyship? From the gym to the field to the rec center to the board room, it takes relationship building, strong decision making and efficient goal setting to create beneficial partnerships between men and women in the field of sport. We will discuss multiple texts including Sum It Up, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, Bad Feminist, Shooting from the Outside, Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations by Anna Marie Valerio, and research articles to share some inspiring testimonials and strategies for development among recreation staff.

Audience

Student, New Professional

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to to identify and analyze what part male allyship plays in the success of women in recreation, mentorship, and sports.
  • Be able to recognize and integrate multiple resources into training objectives and curriculum development for student leadership.
  • Develop their own definitions of gender allyship and strategically plan for how this conversation could be helpful at their own institutions.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 203

Manica Pierrette, University of West Georgia; James Wilkening, University of Central Florida

There are two extremes of hiring a world-class staff: You love it, or you dread it. No matter how you feel about the hiring process, this session can show you some techniques and mindset changes that will enhance the process of selecting the right person. Hear from a seasoned and young professional on hiring stories that have impacted how they choose the right staff and what to look for aside from talent. Attendees will take away suggestions for handling non-traditional candidate searches, attracting diverse candidates, and how to recruit when the search pool is potentially limited.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Human Resources Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Develop an alternative plan to successfully recruit and hire a top-notch staff that may not fit the traditional mold.
  • Be able to describe the keys to employment success and effectively use the reference wheel to compare candidates and the quality of their references.
  • Understand the process of hiring staff using the resources provided to create a more inclusive search.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 206

Justin Kasarsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stephanie Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This session focuses on MIT’s integrated approach to engaging students who met certain specific criteria and were “referred to recreation” to help learn skills to cope with stress and mental health issues. The session will go into details about this three-year pilot program, from inception to launching the second year. The presenters will articulate the planning, implementation, and evaluation progress that they have outlined as well as lessons learned and their goals as they move forward.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to articulate an example of an integrated health and wellbeing approach to supporting students.
  • Be able to apply the socio-ecological framework to the development of a health and wellbeing initiative.
  • Be able to outline a research and implementation strategy for a basic referral program.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 207

Kari Osborne Albarado, East Tennessee State University

Often as collegiate recreation professionals we have been exposed to the concept of leaving personal problems at the door when you walk into work. This mindset can create an environment where we fail to practice self-care through our own grief and where we may miss the mark in providing support to our students, professional staff members, and direct reports as they experience grief. This session will explore the intersection of personal and professional lives and how to create an environment of comfortable communication where wellbeing, self-care, and support during grief are a priority. ::

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the intersection of personal and professional lives that may occur during grief for self and direct reports.
  • Recognize how grief can affect wellbeing, job performance, and the workplace environment for both self and direct reports.
  • Identify on-campus resources for providing support and understand the importance of knowledge of university policies related to FMLA and bereavement for both self and direct reports.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 210

Featured Presentation from Region V

Taylor Sidore, Colorado State University; Cindy Tse, Colorado State University- Fort Collins; Stefani Shamrowicz, Colorado State University

At all-staff training/in-services, do you find that students are disengaged, unmotivated, and wanting to get to the free lunch as fast as possible? Not all trainings have to be the same! Come join us in learning how to intentionally develop our students though community building, thoughtful planning, and candid conversation of CSU’s implementation of their Rec Development Program.

Core Competencies

Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will identify one new idea for all-staff training.
  • Participants will summarize one new idea related to student development which they can implement in their own department.
  • Participants will articulate how their department’s values can be meaningfully incorporated into development trainings.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 309

Jacqueline Hamilton, EdD, RCRSP; Eric Stein, CRSS, Stanford University

Self care is a component of individual wellbeing that is not well-taught in formal education. Similarly, self compassion addresses our own mental health attention. Investment in one’s self is the perfect starting point for a strong foundation in wellbeing. These practices have helped make us each successful and can be used for modelling behavior as we teach our employees and students how to develop their individual wellbeing.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to define and provide examples of self care and self compassion.
  • Connect our self-care practices to assessment tools and identify areas for attention.
  • Discuss how to model and program self care to our employees and students in the promotion of their wellbeing.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 310

Wes Bonadio, Ohio University; Imants Jaunarajs, Ohio University; Megan Vogel, Ohio University; Jody Monk, Ohio University; Kyle Rosenberger, Ohio University

The Leadership Endorsement program tracks, verifies, and measures students’ development of leadership competencies. This session will showcase how the program was developed, how the credentialing system was designed, provide data on effectiveness, outline lessons learned, and articulate why constructing a leadership competency program is valuable.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resources Management • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how the Leadership Endorsement program was developed and identify potential challenges and successes associated with creating a credentialing program.
  • Examine how microcredentialing and student leadership development intersect.
  • Provide advice for colleagues and work groups who are creating a credentialing or student employee development process.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 311

ACE Sponsored Session

Lauren Shroyer, American Council on Exercise; Alexis Steptoe, North Carolina State University at Raleigh; Shannon DuPree, North Carolina State University; Caroline Hanson, American Council on Exercise

Students are increasingly recognizing that having a healthy, balanced lifestyle helps develop happier, more fulfilling lives. As a result, more students are seeking support from wellness centers on campus. Rec centers have a unique opportunity to make powerful change on campuses nationwide.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how the theory behind North Carolina State University’s successful wellness program can be applied to their campus.
  • Understand the science underlying campus wellness programs and how they create a culture of wellbeing on campus and reach more students.
  • Recognize student career development and professional development opportunities within wellness programming.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 312

Christopher Schmoldt, Florida State University; Jason Linsenmeyer, PhD, Oklahoma State University

How does your intramural sports program handle concussions? Come learn two different approaches to partnering with your university health center to better manage concussions in your program. This session will cover ways to manage concussions with athletic trainers or student supervisors present.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liabilities & Risk Management

Learning Objectives
  • Articulate the importance of concussion management.
  • Identify multiple ways to handle concussions based on staffing models.
  • Outline strategies to collaborate with on-campus partners for concussion management.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 313

Leah Hall Dorothy, CRSS, PhD, Oregon State University

Are you thinking about serving on a NIRSA Board one day? Are you wondering what volunteer experience will expand your strategic thinking? Come to this session to learn more about serving on the Board of Directors for NIRSA, NIRSA Services Corporation and the NIRSA Foundation. A review of the competencies needed to serve in these roles, opportunities to develop those competencies and steps for applying for positions will be covered. Whether you’re thinking about serving soon or in a few years, attend this session to learn more about the opportunities for professional growth.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Gain a better understanding of the process for applying for some of NIRSA’s key leadership positions.
  • Learn about the challenges and rewards of service in a variety of NIRSA leadership positions.
10:30am-11:30am

   Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Caroline Ciell, University of Mississippi; NIRSA Student Leadership Team

Join the Student Leadership Team in recognizing the amazing work accomplished by NIRSA students and mentors from across the association at this year’s Student Member Connection Meeting. This is a great opportunity for students and professionals to meet each other and learn more about all the great things that have happened over the past year.

10:30am-11:30am

   Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 200

Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis

This will be a discussion on topics relevant throughout the year as they pertain to collegiate recreation and higher education. Topics will vary depending on the needs of the group.The committee will also be presenting NIRSA’s first legislative policy agenda for discussion with members.

Core Competencies

Legal Liabilities & Risk Management • Business Management

10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 202

Steve Kampf, CRSS, PhD, Bowling Green State University; Scott Haines, CRSS, SUNY College at Brockport

This session will examine the use of key performance indicators (KPIs) in a collegiate recreation program. Presenters will provide methods of gathering data in order to aid in developing KPIs. Additionally, session intends to provide institutions with examples of how they can leverage KPI data to further advance their programs.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Business Management • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to collect data to prove programmatic and/or facility impact on institutional recruitment and retention.
  • Learn how to develop a marketing plan that leverages key performance indicators to advance programmatic goals.
  • Learn the impact of collegiate recreation as it relates to student participation, satisfaction, and academic success.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 203

Jessica VanRoo, University of California-Irvine; Greg Rothberg, CRSS, Department of Campus Recreation

A culinary program can be an innovative way to develop and diversify your department’s program offering while further distinguishing it as a distinctive contributor to the wellbeing of your campus community. Learn how UC Irvine’s Test Kitchen evolved to become a key collaborator with Student Affairs’ units, academic schools within the university, and beyond.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Understand what a culinary program in a recreation facility looks like and how it can serve students and patrons.
  • Learn how to bridge partnerships across campus with the use of food and a robust teaching kitchen program.
  • Develop programs geared to specific groups of people and their needs, whether it’s a team builder, wellness lecture, or hands-on cooking class.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 206

Erin Patchett, CRSS, RCRSP, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Brittany Heiring, Colorado State University-Fort Collins; Marcus Jackson, University of Illinois At Urbana- Champaign

We all have a story to tell when it comes to supervision. It may be an uplifting narrative of intentional mentorship, a painful account of mismatched styles, or perhaps a mixture of both. We know the supervisor/supervisee relationship is so critical to our individual success, so how do we create meaningful connections across a plethora of differences? Come to this presentation to learn about eight research-backed behaviors to build trust, investigate how social identities can impact those behaviors and the supervisory relationship, and build skills to be a more socially just supervisor. Everyone is welcome; presentation content will assume a foundational understanding of concepts related to social identities, privilege, and oppression.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to summarize at least two research findings related to supervision and social justice.
  • Be able to apply at least two behaviors which build trust among your supervisee(s) by honoring their social identities.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 210

Featured presentation from Canadian Region

Mark Pope, Simon Fraser University

On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force. It puts in place a new, strict framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. With this change in law, barriers are now greatly reduced in terms of cannabis usage. So what does that mean for campus recreation in Canada? This session is a great opportunity for us to get together and learn how we’re managing this change on our campuses across the country. The format of this session will largely be facilitated discussion. If possible, please bring policy information from your campuses to share with your peers.

Audience

Mid-Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Legal Liabilities & Risk Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn from each other how institutions are managing usage on campus.
  • Develop consistent policy language for campus recreation departments across Canada.
  • Set a framework for best practice on how to train our staff to manage issues that may arise from impaired patrons. (E.g., detection, determining impairment, etc).
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 309

Jessica Kolis, Georgia Institute of Technology

Across the country, colleges and universities are bringing health and wellbeing departments under the same umbrella. Campus communities are often forgotten in this process and don’t understand what these changes mean to their experience. Creating a cohesive look and feel, establishing a consistent voice, and embracing pre-established department brands is a complicated task. In this session, the presenter will review how a communication experts play and essential role in this process and go over roll-out strategy and the future steps in brand development that you can use.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify key stakeholders in the branding process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the multi-step process for researching, creating, and disseminating a new brand.
  • Be able to explain the use of digital and print platforms in brand establishment.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 310

Sandy Nguyen, University of North Texas; Sera Zegre, West Virginia University

This Research Hour session features two research projects. 1. From Grit to Grind: Why do they do it? (Nguyen)- Join us in the explanation of the data collected among different college rugby players that participate in sport clubs. This research study will provide the fast approach to capturing our national data set that will capture your interest. With a revolutionizing twist, it is our presentation’s goal to further find out whether intrinsic or extrinsic motivation factors dominate the college rugby players’ mind. The Sports Motivation Scale will be the theoretical framework that gets introduced, and we hope to leave you with some tips on how to motivate your sport club members. 2. Campus recreation and student benefits: the relationship between campus recreation and student retention, college GPA. (Zegre)This research seeks to examine the relationship between student recreation center use and retention. Using secondary data analysis, this research uses a robust model that includes outcome variables of GPA and retention, as well as a wide scope of demographic and financial variables to compare differences between users and non-users over a three-year time frame.

10:30am-11:30am

   Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 311

Todd Bowyer, RCRSP, Roanoke College; Laura Hazlett, Wake Forest University; Juan Diaz, Texas A & M University- Kingsville; Mike Schneider, CENTERS, LLC At Moraine Valley Community College; Rachel Koretsky, Upace

Lightning Talks deliver five thought-provoking, high – energy topics in just 10 minutes. 1. From Management To Leadership 2. Proactively Curbing Entitlement and Complacency 3. I feel at home: Comparing Sense of Belonging in Varying Campus Recreation Programs 4. Students teaching students: How to utilize peer-to-peer education to extend your department’s outreach and create a culture of wellness on campus 5. Students teaching students: How to utilize peer-to-peer education to extend your department’s outreach and create a culture of wellness on campus

10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 312

David Bryngil, Saint Peter’s University

The emergence of eSports lends campus recreation departments a unique opportunity to engage students—and potentially an untapped population—in a new and exciting fashion. However, what do you know about eSports? Was the last gaming system you owned the original Atari? Are you intrigued by bringing eSports to your rec program but have no idea where to begin? This program will present eSport novices with an opportunity to learn how to start an eSports program from the ground up—even if they have no relevant background in gaming.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the fundamentals of collegiate eSports and the essential terminology and concepts.
  • Describe strategies and action steps that can be used to launch an eSports program.
  • Be able to demonstrate the value of hosting an eSports to senior administration.
10:30am-11:30am

   Monday, February 18: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 313

Jeannette Stawski, AORE – Assoc. of Outdoor Recreation & Education

Attendees will discuss the current state of the outdoor recreation and education industry from both NIRSA and AORE (The Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education)’s perspectives.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

11:30am-1:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 11:30am-1:00pm    Meet outside the Ballroom (3rd Level)

Students and Professional members alike, don’t miss out on this annual conference favorite! The Take a Student to Lunch program is an excellent opportunity for you to interact with the great minds in our Association and share your passion for collegiate recreation. All conference attendees are encouraged to participate in this great networking opportunity! Directly following the Student Member Connection meeting, members of the Student Leadership Team and the Member Network will assist in matching students with professionals who will treat them to lunch. Both students and professionals are encouraged to indicate their intention for involvement when they register for Conference.

1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Featured Speaker

Delvina Miremadi-Baldino

Being “Happy” and “Healthy” has become a default goal for many of us, yet many people find themselves in endless pursuit of this goal. Instead, in this presentation we will focus on building a thriving life instead, and how this is what is going to positively change your life for the better, and ultimately lead to more health and happiness in it. Thinking about our health and happiness as more of a wonderful side-effect rather than a goal, it leaves room for us to focus on the present and the actual intentional things we need to be doing each day to thrive. Fostering our resilience helps us to stop chasing health and happiness, and instead focus on building our own internal resources that will bring more meaning, confidence in our abilities, optimism and self-compassion to our everyday lives so we can continue to move forward in a positive direction each day, and most importantly, be well equipped to overcome and thrive through the inevitable challenges we will face along the way.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Examine the research supporting resilience as a key factor for thriving
  • Understand how resilience reduces stress and leads to improved health, happiness and wellbeing
  • Learn evidence-based strategies (optimism, mindset, flow, etc.) to boost resilience and start living a more thriving life
1:00pm-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-4:00pm    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

1:00pm-2:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 200

Brittany Heiring, Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Whether you’re a full-time marketing and communications professional or manage marketing as part of a broader job description, you’re invited to come and join your colleagues for an hour of idea sharing, dialogue, and best practices. What does it take to develop a well-rounded collaborative student staff team? What are the best tips and tricks for social media? Let the creative brainstorm recharge you for the next year with discussions around these topics and more.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 201

Jill Sturts, PhD, Virginia Wesleyan University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis

Wondering if getting a PhD is the next step in achieving your professional goals? This session will explore the pros and cons of pursuing a doctoral degree along with other professional and personal considerations. The presenters will share the highs and lows of their journeys and the session will include a panel of terminal degree holders from varied backgrounds.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn the pros and cons of pursuing a doctoral degree.
  • Evaluate professional goals, strengths, research interests, and personal circumstances.
  • Explore various options related to pursuing a doctoral degree including programs, institutions, pace, and program types.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 202

Connie Kottmann, Virginia Commonwealth University; Emily Helm, Virginia Commonwealth University; Jason Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University

Universities thrive on inclusion and diversity. How do you integrate inclusion as the focus of your marketing and offer value to people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities? Storytelling has the power to influence campus communities and generate involvement. We are aware of the benefit our departments provide to our audiences, but these audiences must feel a sense of inclusion in order to share their experiences with others. With this vision in mind, we can encourage university communities to understand the idea that Every Body Can participate, spectate, and enjoy campus recreation.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Articulate the importance of diversity and inclusion in marketing student-centered programs.
  • Identify storytelling strategies and tactics to connect with diverse audiences.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of storytelling as part of a marketing strategy.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 203

Kari Scott, Florida State University; Drake Belt, Loyola University Maryland

In campus recreation departments, it is important to strive for innovation and change in order to stay relevant in a world of increasing competition. This presentation will discuss the importance of change, strategies and techniques, as well as two roles within a team that play a part in organizational change: Agents of Change and Agents of Stability. In this interactive workshop, each person will discover which type of agent they more closely relate to, and we will discuss strategies on how to work together with those on the opposite side of the spectrum to create the most effective organizational change.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish between Agents of Change and Agents of Stability and understand the roles they play in effective organizational change.
  • Discover which agent (change or stability) attendees see themselves as and what type of agent they work best with.
  • Learn strategies to incorporate material into current work environments to better initiate effective organizational change.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 206

Cayla McAvoy, Florida Gulf Coast University; A’Naja Newsome, University of South Florida; Renee Jeffreys Heil, PhD, Florida Gulf Coast University; Aaron Keese, PhD, Johnson University

The Exercise Is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) initiative from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has been rapidly expanding. The program targets college and university students not meeting the minimum recommendations for physical activity and works to create referral networks between healthcare providers and fitness professionals. The EIM-OC program provides a unique opportunity for a campus recreation center to expand its reach; however, getting this program off the ground on your campus can be challenging as referrals often take multiple contacts or outreach efforts to bring them through the doors of your rec center. This presentation will provide an overview of the EIM-OC program and offer insights about the successes celebrated and setbacks faced by two campus recreation departments that have introduced the program to their campuses.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the breadth of the EIM-On campus solution as well as the recent updates with the program from the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Generate resource ideas for start-up funding, research, and student learning using EIM-OC based on the experience of two different universities.
  • Understand how to register your university to be recognized for using the EIM-On campus solution and brainstorm where to begin to create cross-campus collaborations.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 207

Eric Stein, CRSS, Stanford University; Jacqueline Hamilton, EdD, RCRSP

Finances are one of our greatest stressors as well as a common component of the wellbeing wheel framework. Unfortunately, limited training and development are provided for our students and professionals for personal finance, and the workings of business finance at our institutions is unclear to most. Talk about money is sometimes a taboo topic. Get acquainted, or reacquainted, with financial wellbeing from personal to organizational to NIRSA Foundation financing in this session.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to compare and contrast between personal financial strategies and financial practices in the workplace and at the NIRSA Foundation.
  • Examine strategies for personal finance and how this connects to individual wellbeing.
  • Identify personal financial and organizational resources and learn how to use them.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 210

George Brown, PhD, RCRSP, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Allison Smith, NYU

The science of improvement is a disciplined, yet practical and simple, approach to address complex problems. The science of improvement emphasizes systems-thinking, learning-by-doing, and rapid-cycle testing in order to develop and adapt changes effectively across diverse settings. This session will show national data to demonstrate why new methods are needed to help us lead change on our campuses and provide practical methods and tools to help campus recreation professionals from diverse settings accelerate improvement of outcomes, while minimizing risk associated with failed initiatives.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the application of improvement science in education, health, and other social sectors.
  • Describe tools and methods to build a better understanding about multi-level factors in your system that influence outcomes.
  • Describe approaches to develop, test, implement, and spread innovative and impactful ideas for change on your campus.
1:00pm-3:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-3:30pm    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 309

Marcus Jackson, University of Illinois At Urbana- Champaign; Mark Williams, University of Notre Dame; Joanna Prociuk, Jackson State University

Are you a mid-manager interested in moving into a director’s role? Being successful as the department leader requires more than developing needed competencies. Most directors have some significant surprises in their first few years; learn some insider hints and tips that will help you make a successful transition into the director role.

Audience

Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify at least one pitfall to avoid when transitioning into a director position.
  • Identify at least one strategy for easing the transition into the leadership position.
  • Identify skillsets to build on in preparation for an advanced role through peer group work.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 310

Marci Iverson, RCRSP, Viterbo University; Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken

Student health and wellbeing has come to the forefront in higher education with a growing number of health concerns, including the staggering number of students who report stress and anxiety as a major hindrance to their academic success. A panel of professionals from small programs who are at various stages of engagement in health and wellness initiatives on their campuses will share their experiences at overcoming limited budgets, attacking a lack of facility spaces, and managing with limited staff. Learn ways to advocate, cultivate, lead, and engage in the wellbeing conversation on your campus.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize one new health and wellbeing resource for program development, evaluation, and/or execution.
  • List one practical application to take back to your department or campus.
  • Identify one new way to improve collaboration with campus partners to establish an integrated approach health and wellbeing.
1:00pm-2:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 311

Petey Peterson, University of Georgia; Lisa Williamson, University of Georgia

This interactive presentation will help you to identify strategies to enhance personal trainer development, increase client retention, and promote team development using in house continuing education programs. We will discuss many unique options to achieve these goals and what we have learned through implementation of each option, as well as group evaluate programs you may already use for their effectiveness.

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn the importance continuing education and team cohesiveness for your personal trainers.
  • Identify strategies of how to offer in-house, interactive continuing education programs.
  • Systemically, incorporate strategies to enhance client retention and future team development.
1:00pm-2:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 312

Mike Berdowski, Western Michigan University

This roundtable is a great way for students and professionals to share their experiences, discuss their challenges, network, stay up to date on current trends, and formulate new ideas and concepts to take back to their respective institutions.

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liabilities & Risk Management • Research & Evaluation

1:00pm-2:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 1:00pm-2:00pm    Room 313

Bethany Bower, Georgetown University

Attendees will discuss current trends, challenges and best practices in aquatics.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Programming

2:00pm-5:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 2:00pm-5:00pm    Near Registration

2:15pm-3:45pm

   Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Featured Speaker

Kevin O’Connell, FYN Creative

The art of storytelling goes back hundreds of years. Now, digital stories are all around us and for many organizations, if you aren’t telling your story on digital platforms, you don’t exist. Whether you are a new campus recreation professional, a marketer within the field, or a seasoned director, you now have the advantage – and technology – to be a great storyteller. However, with competing responsibilities, a fast-paced and ever-changing digital landscape, and complex initiatives you are leading on your campus, digital storytelling oftentimes can feel overwhelming or it’s not a priority. This featured workshop by Kevin O’Connell — a digital storyteller, Founder of FYN Creative, and former NIRSA member –will provide insight on how to create the buy-in you need to work with and tell your story to a variety of campus constituents from high-level VPs and campus partners to students and your employees.

Core Competencies

Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Apply a tactical approach to collecting stories and content while understanding the most efficient and effective mediums to distribute them.
  • Incorporate the latest trends, tips, and storytelling tricks for audio, video, photo, and the written word.
  • Create a digital storytelling and social media strategy that works in departments with a limited budget, personnel, and resources.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 200

Rick Curtis, Princeton University

Managing safety is the job of everyone in your organization. The Risk Assessment and Safety Management Model (RASM) is used by programs around the world and provides a comprehensive approach for identifying the causes of accidents, assessing changing risk levels, and managing risk by reducing negative hazard factors and introducing positive safety factors. Learn a model that you can use to train your staff through hands-on analysis of accident scenarios and provide them with concrete tools for assessing and reducing risk through an innovative curriculum that has broad educational applications.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Legal Liability & Risk Management • Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how risk, both positive and negative, is an inherent part of experiential programming and develop a metric for determining what is an acceptable level of risk for your program.
  • Understand how to implement hazard reduction strategies and how to implement safety protocols as an overall part of risk mitigation.
  • Effectively assess and mitigate risk through implementation of the RASM model across your department and deliver a complete training module to your staff.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 202

Clint Jones, St. Edward’s University

By attending this session, I hope to demystify the negative connotations around the word “suicide” and conversations relating to suicide. Attendees will be able to identify warning signs that may lead them to believe a friend, loved one, colleague, or acquaintance is contemplating suicide. This session will also give them the confidence to intervene when necessary. Attendees will then practice and be given the skills necessary to help a person in need by using the skills housed in the acronym QPR. Following the presentation, I will share how anyone can become a QPR instructor and bring the QPR program to their respective campuses.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities • Legal Liability & Risk Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn more about myths and facts around suicide in the United States as well as identify signs and symptoms of a person who may be contemplating suicide.
  • Have the confidence to take life-saving action and intervene in an individual’s life using the Question, Persuade, Refer method of suicide prevention.
  • Take the skills gained and use them on their campus and learn how to bring the QPR Institute to campus and become instructors.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 203

Todd Misener, PhD, Oklahoma State University

For many years, campus health, wellness, and recreation professionals have relied on anecdotal information and national data-sets to demonstrate the value of these programs. As resources have dwindled, the demand for more rigorous, campus-centric methods to demonstrate value has risen. This presentation will discuss achievable methods to collect campus-specific data, how to integrate data-sources, and ways to demonstrate the value of campus health, wellbbeing and recreation programs.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Business Management • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • List at least three available data sources to build your campus-specific database.
  • Describe at least three value outcomes from health, wellbeing, and recreation program engagement.
  • Describe the results from a multi-year value assessment of campus, health, well-being and recreation programs and facilities.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 206

Jason Ryba, University of California-Irvine

We all encounter times when we are stressed about having a necessary difficult conversation, whether it’s in our professional or personal life. Some of them would even be considered crucial with high stakes, strong emotions, and opposing views to navigate. This workshop will explore your Style Under Stress in these circumstances. The workshop will cover common conversation pit falls as well as strategies to help you feel more prepared when these conversations inevitably come up again.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Understand what a crucial conversation is and recognize how they are important in both a personal and team setting.
  • Identify their Style Under Stress in stressful conversations.
  • Describe the six areas of focus to shape more effective conversations in stressful situations and how to turn them into actions.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 210

Troy Vaughn, CRSS, University of Arizona; Warren Simpson, RCRSP, EdD, Angelo State University

The face of NIRSA and the field of recreation is getting younger and younger every year as students and young professionals alike are looking at the field of recreation as a viable career option. Often, these individuals are not adequately prepared for a career in our field because they lack one or many of the basic seven steps for improved professionalism. This session will take a fun and intriguing look at these seven steps. By attending, students and young professionals can gain a better understanding of the professional demands of the field.

Audience

Student, New Professional

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Gain a better understanding of the expectations students and young professionals today face.
  • Understand the importance of the seven steps to professionalism and the important role they have in our field.
  • Learn how to take the seven steps of professionals back to their places of employment and apply them to their daily lives.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 309

Thomas Kirch, Oregon State University; Laura Hall, Penn State University

Are you a mid-level manager [at least 7 year full time experience] interested in developing competencies needed to be successful in a development leadership position? This presentation will feature two topics presented by two experienced and knowledgeable directors, followed by a group discussion. In Valued-Based Leadership, attendees will learn how to identify and grow organizational culture rooted in a principled approach to leading and managing. During the Political Astuteness topic, attendees will learn how identify and develop your astuteness skills so you can effectively navigate the political environment.

Audience

Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resources Management • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn at least two ways to distinguish between values-based leadership and traditional leadership models
  • Learn at least two to develop and cultivate a strong valued-based organizational culture
  • Learn about the five dimensional framework of political astuteness and articulate at least two ways to apply to your own development
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 310

William Massey, Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Monica Verity, Wellesley College; Cynthia Costanzo, University of Connecticut; Christopher Morris, CRSS, Florida State University; Tim Mertz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Gary Wohlstetter, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Come listen to five seasoned recreation directors speak about the innovative and creative ways they are reaching outside traditional recreation department boundaries to offer enhanced wellness programming in this panel. Let these experts instruct you on how your rec department can provide a broader range of wellness services through intra-campus partnerships that uncover latent opportunities for collaboration. Panelists represent a range of institutions from large public universities to a small liberal arts college.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Human Resources Management • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the benefits of reaching across departmental boundaries to provide often unexpected and beneficial services to your campus community.
  • Identify non-traditional avenues for expanding health and wellness programming.
  • Leverage the lessons learned by other recreation leaders and adapt them to your own campus and programs.
2:15pm-3:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 311

Stan Shingles, CRSS, Central Michigan University; Mick Deluca, CRSS, RCRSP, UCLA; Melissa Longino, University of Dayton; Alex Accetta, EdD, Portland State University

With the changing landscape of higher education, recreation professional are being called upon more that ever before to serve in senior leadership roles on campus. Recreation professionals have become key players in the diverse facets of university leadership and are often celebrated as creative problem-solvers, transformative leaders, and constructive relationship builders. NIRSA-promoted competencies are at the core of the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to be effective in these roles. This panel discussion will highlight how all of the combination of knowledge, experience, and skills align to prepare recreation professionals for success in these leadership roles.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to surround yourself with support networks and resources that build skills which will help you thrive when advanced to a university-wide leadership position.
  • Understand the shift in mindset and the impact on emotions that may accompany your journey of professional reinvention.
  • Align your development of NIRSA competencies and values with ongoing professional growth that is required for advanced leadership positions.
2:15pm-3:45pm

   Monday, February 18: 2:15pm-3:45pm    Room 312

Laura Klein, CRSS, University of North Texas

NIRSA’s Esports Task Force will lead a round table discussion of the current trends, opportunities and challenges with esports programs emerging on college campuses.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management • Facility Management, Planning & Design

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Craig Decker, RCRSP, West Virginia University; Corrine Pruett, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 200

Todd Bauch, Portland State University; Rachel Horras, Washington State University

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 203

Grachella Garcia, University of Alberta; Jason Wright, University of Victoria; Zack Sephton, University of Windsor

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss Provincial and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 206

Christopher Denison, CRSS, EdD, University of Northern Iowa; DeVanee Lasley, University of Nebraska

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 210

Scott Vandermoon, Centers, LLC at DePaul University; Stephanie Calhoun, Indiana University- Bloomington

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 311

Jerrod Jackson, Louisiana State University; CieCie Leonard, Texas A&M Commerce

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

4:00pm-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 4:00pm-5:30pm    Room 312

Jessica Ward, CRSS, RCRSP, Princeton University; Jonathan Sanders, Boston College

Meet with your Regional Leadership Team to discuss State and Regional Initiatives, as well as recognize leadership within the Region.

6:00pm-8:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 6:00pm-8:00pm    Commonwealth Room (Sheraton)

Sponsored by PLAE

Take this opportunity to celebrate the powerful accomplishments of NIRSA members with respect to ERSL, HBCU Summit, Founders Scholarship, and the Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and all NIRSA members and guests are welcome to attend.

7:00am-1:00pm

   Tuesday, February 19: 7:00am-1:00pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

7:30am-noon

   Tuesday, February 19: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

8:00am-noon

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-noon    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Students! Swing on by the Student Lounge to take a break and relax. Come connect and network with other NIRSA students from across the Association. We will also have Talk to a Pro/GA sessions and State Student Leader panels where you can have all your questions answered about how to get involved in Campus Rec both on your campus and within NIRSA. Don’t miss out on the free giveaways each day! Hope to see you there!

8:00am-noon

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-noon    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

8:00am-noon

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-noon    Near Registration

The Apparel Sale will continue at the NIRSA Foundation Table as long as supplies last! If you were a winner in the T-Shirt Competition, don’t forget to come pick up your prize ribbon!

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 200

Stephen Putnam, RCRSP, Garrett College

This session is geared towards solving “unsolvable” problems by leveraging outside relationships. The session will define and explain the five basic components of building outside relationships and how to apply them to solve problems that many recreation departments face. The session was originally developed for the small program professional; however, the information will easily transfer to larger schools that want to improve their off-campus relationships.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Business Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to maximize off campus relationships to enhance recreational offerings.
  • Be able to utilize proven tactics to develop off-campus relationships and attack the key areas of resources, recruitment, revenue, credibility, and leverage.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 202

Sera Zegre, West Virginia University; Andrew Darling, West Virginia University; Craig Decker, RCRSP, West Virginia University

This session is geared toward those who seek to quantify the value of campus recreation in terms of retention and GPA using secondary data analysis. Presenters from West Virginia University will share the story of their research process and findings, and offer a process outline as well as a menu approach of considerations for others to replicate at their own institutions. Presenters will also summarize previous research and offer methods and results from our approach.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to defend the importance of quantifying the value of campus recreation in regards to academic success.
  • Be able to organize and oversee research on the value of student recreation in relation to retention and GPA at colleges and universities using secondary data analysis.
  • Be able to summarize previous research about the value of campus recreation and identify considerations of the research process in secondary data analysis.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 203

Juliana Jalal, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

There is little doubt that the events student organizations put on often involve risk and liability. In response to the significant level of IU policies on student organization programming, IUPUI has created an innovative, effective, and main-streamed process that minimizes the risk and liability involved in these events and allows for significant data collection and educational opportunities for all stakeholders involved in student organization events, programs, and activities.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Legal Liability & Risk Management • Personal & Professional Qualities • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to identify how they can capture and/or enhance data collection related to risk management of student organization events.
  • Learn methods in which both outcomes and procedures standards are met.
  • Learn how to manage the risk and liability involved in student organization events using an innovative, effective, and main-streamed process.
8:00am-9:00am

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 206

Robert Taylor, Clemson University

Discuss current trends in outdoor recreation at this roundtable, such as cross-campus collaboration, fundraising, and strategic planning.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 210

Daniel Gardner, College of William & Mary

Do you want to bolster your student leadership development agenda? Are you looking for the right tools to get the job done? Join us in examining NIRSA-sponsored research into the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership data set and learn about a campus that implemented recommendations for effective strategies in student leadership development programs.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Identify best practices in leadership development for campus recreation programs.
  • Discuss ways to translate theory into practice.
  • Critique a case study applying MSL results.
8:00am-noon

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-noon    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 310

Julie Pierce, Henderson Engineers; Doug Barraza, Populous; Zach Kremer, Henderson Building Solutions; Kevin Lewis, Henderson Engineers, Inc.

This session will briefly discuss solutions to overcome the most common issues that were brought up by the audience in our 2018 presentation on maintaining campus rec facilities. We’ll then move into a half-hour, highly-interactive forum for our audience and panelists to discuss in real time additional issues their facilities deal with. This year, the panel includes two additional components to solving these nagging issues: finance and commissioning.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Research & Evaluation • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the most common nagging issues for campus recreation facilities.
  • Understand the causes of those issues and review best practices for troubleshooting them.
  • Understand the best means of preventing future issues.
8:00am-9:00am

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 311

This Roundtable session is sponsored by BHAC

Stacy Connell, Georgia Institute of Technology

Integrated health and wellbeing is more than a program or a trend. It’s about creating a culture where the university community can thrive. Join the conversation as we discuss hot topics in health and wellbeing, how collegiate recreation adds value, and best practices that can drive success in this exciting field.

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 312

Featured Presentation from Region VI

Aralee Henighan, California State University – Sacramento; Andrew Reddish, California State University – Sacramento

Let’s face it, networking can be awkward and uncomfortable, but it very well could be your avenue to get from where you are to where you want to be in your personal and professional lives. We will discuss ways to become more comfortable with networking and even enjoy it as we explore opportunities to grow our social capital. Whether you are a student or an experienced professional, you can grow from this session.

Audience

Student, New Professional

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Attendees will become more comfortable approaching an individual or group in a networking setting
  • Attendees will be able to identify three methods to make meaningful connections while networking
  • Attendees will learn how to follow-up after networking including phone, email and social networks
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 313

Paul Wiese, SmithGroupJJR; John Horn, CRSS, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Eric Hughes, Brock USA

Over the last 15 years, hundreds of synthetic turf fields have been constructed by colleges and universities. Many receive little attention once they are installed. Proper assessment and evaluation of the condition of your outdoor sport surfaces is critical to providing proper playing conditions. Development of a scheduling, management, and maintenance program that addresses the type, age, and frequency of use will extend the life of the surface system. Presenters will provide hands-on experiences with assessment and management of synthetic turf fields.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Legal Liabilities & Risk Management • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about synthetic turf systems and how each component contributes to the safety and playability of the system.
  • Understand how to assess and monitor the quality and safety of your outdoor synthetic turf system.
  • Learn best management practices for prolonging the life of your outdoor synthetic turf surfaces.
8:30am-11:30am

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:30am-11:30am    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

8:30am-11:30am

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

8:30am-11:30am

   Tuesday, February 19: 8:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Featured Speaker

Ellen Heffernan, Spelman Johnson

As you contemplate your next career move, you need to think about not only what the next position might be, but how to package and market “brand you.” From the moment you submit a resume for a position, you are a candidate for that position – how you assess the interview process, maximize your options, and do your due diligence to become the successful candidate are all topics for this presentation.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate yourself from colleagues in the field, position yourself clearly in the minds of the search committee,.
  • Apply tactical strategies focused on developing a successful job search plan, the leadership qualities and skill sets that are critical for rising leaders in higher education, and the concept of institutional fit.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 201

Timothy Collins, California State University-Monterey Bay; Dexter Shorter, The Ohio State University

As educators, we know that there is more to a successful college experience than midterms and research papers. The reality is that we tend to measure student success primarily in terms of academic performance and persistence towards graduation. However, sport club programs offer a perfect platform for leadership and student development beyond the classroom. In this session, you will learn how to spot the barely surviving clubs and transform them to successfully thriving clubs in order to contribute to an extraordinary sport club athlete experience.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Provide guidance, advice, and a vision to sport clubs that will push them towards being successfully thriving student organizations.
  • Identify best practices in leadership and supervision of a sport club program to promote organizational health and longevity.
  • Learn strategies for leadership training and establishing a strong foundation for clubs to be successful with the four pillars of thriving clubs.
9:15am-10:15am

   Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 202

Austin Anderson, PhD, University of Southern Indiana; Jessica Kiss, PhD, Bowling Green State University

This roundtable will include an update on what the Research & Assessment Committee has accomplished, current initiatives, and issues members may be facing with research and assessment. This interactive session encourages attendees to share their thoughts as well as work together to brainstorm potential solutions to research and assessment questions.

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation

9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 203

Jeremy Battjes, EdD, University of Arkansas

Collegiate recreation programs need to be able to demonstrate the importance and value of how many and how often students are participating in its programs. Studies have demonstrated a positive relationship between participating in collegiate recreation programs and academic success. Attendees will learn how UREC Healthy Hogs demonstrates the value of collegiate recreation through a no-cost co-curricular program designed to complement the academic experience. This program targets students labeled ‘academically unprepared’ by aligning student development theory with campus priorities and student success metrics.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn theoretical frameworks used to implement student success programming.
  • Learn commonly-used data points to measure student success and appropriate assessment measures.
  • Learn strategies to develop programming that align with campus priorities.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 206

Abigail Ormsby, The Ohio State University; Marci Shumaker, The Ohio State University

We know that in order to be a thriving campus recreation department, our services must extend beyond the walls of a recreation center. However, very few institutions have considered the expansion of recreation into the residence halls through a Living Learning Community (LLC). This presentation will concentrate on how a recreational sports supported LLC—focused in the areas of health, wellness, leadership, and sport—can enhance a department’s offerings and provide strong benefits to the students involved.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the benefits of establishing a Living Learning Community through recreational sports at their institution.
  • Understand the data that supports the implementation of a Living Learning Community through recreational sports.
  • Identify at least one or two takeaways that can be implemented at their institution related to a Living Learning Community.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 207

David Davenport, Austin Peay State University; DeVanee Lasley, University of Nebraska; CieCie Leonard, Texas A&M Commerce; Corrine Pruett, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Practicing civil discourse teaches students and professionals how to constructively disagree and encourages valuable skills development in areas like listening, counterpoint development, and compromise. Culture can affect the amount and level of civil discourse taking place on campus. Come practice civil discourse with your fellow campus recreation students and professionals during this interactive session on the timely topic.

Audience

Student, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how your programs can engage in more discussions about diversity and inclusion.
  • Understand the importance of participating in difficult conversations with civility.
  • Discover techniques for learning from the experiences of others.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 210

Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Penn State University; Scott Flickinger, Cornell University; Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Want to improve your officials training but don’t know where to start? Feel like you don’t have the resources to elevate your officials development? Make sure you join us to learn several ideas you can use in training to get your officials ready for the season!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the main components for an effective officials training.
  • Understand how to incorporate several teaching methods to reach all student learning needs.
  • Create an outline to elevate your program’s training using identified components and methods.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 309

Jody Davis, CRSS, RCRSP, Coastal Carolina University

Everyone wants to be a part of a successful organization. This presentation will introduce four critical foundations to developing a culture of success. Attendees will be able to identify their key values and how to implement them in their daily routine to encourage a successful culture. Success is a moving target for most organizations, and dynamics change rapidly with new personnel, buildings, and policies. This presentation will address the foundations that will help in consistently developing and nurturing success within the organization.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify four foundations that develop a successful culture through individual presentations on each foundation and supporting stories and data.
  • Have an opportunity to share core values with other attendees and compare priorities.
  • List one foundation that could have an immediate impact on your organization.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 310

Sgt. Christopher Gavette; Jordon Lee Dixon; Officer Maya Tolentino; Andrea Snead, University of Central Florida; James Wilkening, University of Central Florida; Edwanna Andrews, University of Central Florida

Attendees will learn about the planning and implementation of the “Campus Conversations: How to Have Difficult Discussions About Community Policing” session that was created through partnerships between the Recreation and Wellness Center, the Social Justice and Advocacy Department, and the University of Central Florida’s Police Department in September 2016. This session took place on the heels of both police shootings and the local tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub. Aside from gaining tips on how to open your recreation center doors to alternative programming centered on the mental health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and faculty, attendees will participate in a group roundtable discussion and an activity designed to create an open space for learning about themselves and others in relation to topics focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to lead an activity that opens space for discussion about topics within diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be able to create a program that meets the needs of a dynamic community and allows for collaboration across departments and/or divisions in a nontraditional way.
  • Be able to produce a program that includes the exchanging of ideas and beliefs that may differ based on current cultural issues on campus.
9:15am-10:15am

   Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 311

Kurt Schooley, The Ohio State University

This roundtable will be an opportunity for facilities professionals to come together and discuss common issues within our area of responsibility. Possible topics include, but are not limited to staff training and supervision, special event operations, technology, and risk management.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design

9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 312

Matthew Beck, RCRSP, Oklahoma State University; Tom Soria, RCRSP, University of Miami; Earl Cabellon, RCRSP, University of Maryland- College Park; April Flint, PhD, Emory University; George Brown, PhD, RCRSP, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Daniel Lawrence, RCRSP, Utah State University

A “Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional” (RCRSP) is a designation that provides our constituency information about us regarding the value we place on continuous learning and keeping current in our field. Whether you are communicating with upper administration, professionals in other institutions or those we serve every day, it is important to show that we are purposeful in our continuous development. The eight, research identified, core competencies provide professionals a guide to build a broad foundation of knowledge in the field. The old saying goes . . . “you don’t know what you don’t know!” Be a part of this discussion-packed session and be in the know! Here from NIRSA’s Registry commissioners about the process, potential changes, and the benefits to you as a professional.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Determine how developing a plan for growth will affect their future as a professional.
  • Identify the actions needed to be a life long learner in both personal and professional development.
  • Understand the value of how working toward a broad knowledge base will increase their credibility with others.
9:15am-10:15am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 9:15am-10:15am    Room 313

Alecia Stegenga, University of Illinois at Chicago; Stephanie Darimont, American Red Cross

This session will provide insight for American Red Cross instructors or those looking to become American Red Cross instructors. In this session, you’ll learn common instructor mistakes and how to teach other courses. You will get an overview of changes with the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program as well as gain insight into the new American Red Cross Learning Management System. You’ll will also have a chance to ask the American Red Cross all your questions.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Legal Liability & Risk Management • Programming • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • List three changes within the 2019 American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program.
  • Articulate two common mistakes of American Red Cross instructors.
10:30am-11:30am

   Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 200

Randall Ford, CRSS, The University of Texas at Austin; Scott Flickinger, Cornell University; Marty Dempsey, University of Florida; David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University; Valerie McCutchan, NIRSA Headquarters

Join in for a special edition of “Series Talk”, the new NIRSA Championship Series podcast, featuring the executive board of the Series. This session will feature a new format for presenting updates, accomplishments, and initiatives on all of the NIRSA Championship Series sports: basketball, flag football, soccer and tennis. Hear from many of the work team chairs as we discuss the progress of the NIRSA Championship Series and outline what stakeholders can look forward to in the year to come.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 202

Jordin Williams, Delaware State University

There is growing recognition by higher education professionals that customer service is critical to a university’s overall success. Recruitment, retention, and alumni support are all linked to the customer service skills of our employees. Students are more likely to progress towards graduation and stay connected as an alumnus if they have positive experiences throughout their tenure on campus. This session will explore the term “customer service” and ensure that you are not creating unnecessary barriers that will prevent you from being and giving your best!

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to define the current customer service culture that exists within their college or university.
  • Understand the importance of soft skills training in the development of a customer service culture.
  • Identify how to sustain excellent customer service within their department and the university as a whole.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 203

TJ Hill, Arizona State University; Tara Yesenski, Arizona State University

Do you know which students are using your facilities and programs? Better yet, do you know which students aren’t? Through the example of Arizona State University’s four unique campuses, come learn how to use the design thinking process along with semi-structured interviewing techniques to engage more and different students in your campus recreation facilities and programs. Session participants will work through the design thinking process based on ASU interviews and build their own mind mapping exercise.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Articulate how to use the design thinking process.
  • Identify ways to utilize semi-structured interviewing to generate ideas to increase campus recreation engagement.
  • Recognize potential problems on your campus that could lend themselves to design-thinking-based solutions.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 206

Rodolfo Leone, Boise State University; Kyle Dean, Boise State University

How inclusive is your department? If inclusion is truly a core value and professional competency of our field, we must embody these principles in our daily work. Understanding the influential, cultural, and ideological factors behind an individual’s attitudes and perceptions can help to identify social barriers that may limit a participant’s access to programs and facilities. Through an interactive, dynamic, and thought-provoking presentation, attendees will identify foundational strategies to overcome current social barriers that restrict participation in campus recreation.

Audience

Student, New Professional

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify ten influential cultural and social factors that create participation barriers.
  • Reflect on current approaches to diversity, inclusion, and social equity in recreation.
  • Identify and define strategies to successfully overcome current social and cultural barriers that restrict participation in campus recreation.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 207

Jason McManus, University of British Columbia; Alyssa Reyes, University of British Columbia; Tristan Brown, University of British Columbia

A look into how the University of British Columbia’s intramural program changed the way we look at participation through a gender equity lens. They decided to step away from the traditional mens, womens, co-rec categories and launched a new nomenclature in an effort to be more gender inclusive. Gain an understanding as to how UBC renamed their participation categories, how they trained their staff, their key learnings, and next steps.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Understand one way to create a more inclusive participation structure.
  • Understand UBC’s project timeline and milestones to create change.
  • Understand UBC’s key learnings when employing a culture shift.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 210

Vicki Highstreet, RCRSP, University of Nebraska

Some say that storytelling is the process of combining facts and narratives in order to communicate a message and an emotion to a target audience. Others say that stories cause the brain to come alive. But stories do more than entertain. Telling a story creates a “clicking experience” in a person’s brain, allowing them to suddenly understand what someone else is trying to say. What tools will help you tell the story of collegiate recreation?

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming • Human Resources Management

Learning Objectives
  • Articulate how stories will engage your audience.
  • Identify two key components of a good story.
  • Develop a plan for incorporating storytelling into answering the question, “Why do you do what you do in collegiate recreation?”
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 309

Chris Dawe, RCRSP, Strategic Healthy Impacts; Kathleen Hatch, RCRSP, The Ohio State University; Mark Hentze, HDR Architecture

Recreation is at the forefront of a number of social determinants of health. We are upstream and an important part of more proactive health care. In the intersection of designing built environments and utilizing natural environments for the delivery of this contemporary health care, we have an opportunity to evolve wellbeing, since context plays such an important role in individual and community health. Come share an exploration by practitioners and architects of innovation in designing places to play, move, and be well.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Philosophy & Theory • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Define the contemporary meaning of health care, social determinants of health, wellbeing, and related concepts.
  • Explain the role of recreation and movement in creating individual, campus, and community health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Describe the role of the built and natural environments as drivers for wellbeing within the intersection of movement and design.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 310

Trish Dorman, University of Oregon; Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; Stan Shingles, CRSS, Central Michigan University; Michael Tan; Mike Warren

Presented by NIRSA’s Assembly, this presentation is a panel discussion with various NIRSA professionals concerning telling our story. Featuring multiple points of view, the Assembly aims to help professionals understand how to sell your department’s impact to upper level university management. As universities are challenged by enrollment and budgetary issues, sharing our vision for the future of collegiate recreation and campus collaboration becomes increasingly important to our role. Come listen and contribute to the future of our field!

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • As a result of attending this session, participants will gain a better understanding of how to communicate with upper level management and tell our story within their department and university.
  • As a result of attending this session, participants will learn how to leverage data and statistics to sell our impact on campus to higher level administration.
  • As a result of attending this session, participants will find at least one way to share our vision of collegiate recreation’s pivotal role on campuses over the next 5-10 years.
10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 311

Caitriona Taylor, Boston College; Kelber Tozini, Boston College; Emily Charnowski, Boston College; Alex Accetta, EdD, Portland State University

In this session, we will present two universities’ approaches to developing cultural competency through sports. Boston College sent a crew team to China to raise students’ awareness of different cultures and to see how they reacted in unfamiliar situations. Portland State changed the way they ran intramural soccer to encourage cultural conversations. The session will cover logistical concerns—what to think about when your club team wants to travel abroad, how to plan a cultural competency session—and share activities to develop students’ intercultural competence.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about the importance of building students’ intercultural competence.
  • Learn techniques to use with students as you explore building their intercultural competence.
  • Learn assessment techniques that were used to improve student outcomes.
10:30am-11:30am

   Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 312

Secily Adams, University of Missouri – St Louis

Discuss current trends, challenges and best practices in fitness at this roundtable.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

10:30am-11:30am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Tuesday, February 19: 10:30am-11:30am    Room 313

Helen Stubbs, Gallup

In 2017, Gallup launched a nationally representative study of college students, measuring their wellbeing, their engagement in college and experiences and perceptions of undergraduate life in a number of areas. Using logistic regression to isolate variables’ independent effect on the likelihood of a student thriving, Gallup identified several factors that had a meaningfully positive impact on student wellbeing. Hear directly from Gallup about this research and how institutions can help students thrive on campus.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Identify factors associated with student wellbeing and understand the research underlying these findings.
  • Understand college graduate outcomes including wellbeing and their relationship to the undergraduate experience.
1:00pm-2:30pm

   Tuesday, February 19: 1:00pm-2:30pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

The Closing General Session is sponsored by Mondo.

Come help us close out the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference and hear Ash Beckham’s dynamic, intrepid, highly relatable and intrinsically comical closing keynote. By taking listeners though colorful stories about her own struggle with acceptance, Ash intrigues with a new perspective on the differences that make each of us human, uniting audiences by daring them to consider one simple truth shared by all. We will also get a preview of the 2020 NIRSA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

5:30pm-6:30pm

   Tuesday, February 19: 5:30pm-6:30pm    Ballroom (3rd Level) Foyer

Before the Honor Award Banquet, attendees will have an opportunity to mingle with colleagues and congratulate all of the NIRSA Award recipients, including the Regional Award of Merit recipients.

6:30pm-9:00pm

   Tuesday, February 19: 6:30pm-9:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Join your NIRSA colleagues to commemorate the 2019 Honor Award recipient, Stan Shingles, and recognize NIRSA colleagues for the contributions they have made to the Association and the profession.

9:00pm-10:00pm

   Tuesday, February 19: 9:00pm-10:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

After the Honor Award Banquet, don’t miss the chance to congratulate Stan Shingles and mingle with other NIRSA colleagues

Register Today!

This is partial information. This page will be updated again with additional session information and more details over the next couple of weeks.

If you are a presenter and have questions or concerns, please email education@nirsa.org.

This page was last updated on January 10, 2019.

8:00am-4:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 8:00am-4:00pm    Boston Common Room (Sheraton)

NIRSA Board of Directors Annual Meeting

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Friday, February 15: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Near Registration

7:00am-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-7:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

7:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-3:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

7:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:00am-3:00pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

7:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:30am-3:00pm    Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend

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.

7:30am-noon

   Saturday, February 16: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

8:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Buses depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend.

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.

8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 201

Must have preregistered to attend.

Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, Centers at DePaul

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, resource allocation, problem solving, and executive leadership. New content makes this offering suitable for new and returning participants.

Audience

Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Describe at least three competencies needed to be successful in a department leadership role.
  • Identify at least two goals for preparing yourself for a department leadership role.
  • Identify at least two learning points that will affect how you do your future work.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 202

Must have preregistered to attend.

Marc Falkenstein, RCRSP, University of the Pacific; Stephen Putnam, RCRSP, Garrett College; Mila Padgett, University of South Carolina Aiken; Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; NIRSA Small Programs 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 or a 2-year School). Based in theory, new tactics, personnel and self development, and relationship building, this workshop will provide attendees the tools needed to enhance recreational programming.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Identify ways to enhance support and growth of campus recreation programming on campus through various research and assessment-based resources and tactics.
  • Learn how to develop a professional and student staff to provide a robust, well-rounded recreation program.
  • Learn how to maximize relationships on campus to enhance recreational offerings.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 204

Must have preregistered to attend

Jeff Heiser, University of California-Davis; Trish Dorman, University of Oregon

Campus recreation departments across North America have increasingly embraced opportunities to provide a service for campus partners and the greater community by offering a diverse array of youth camp programs. Providing youth camp programs can be an exciting time of brainstorming possibilities and engaging in creative program exploration! However, assuming this huge responsibility can also pose some common challenges. In this interactive training, we will cover basic camp management, including your camp mission, developing comprehensive staff training, reviewing risk management strategies, and implementing camper development and behavior management techniques. If you are currently running or considering a camp program as part of your department’s offerings, this preconference workshop will provide you with tools and resources necessary to develop an outstanding youth camp program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the main aspects (leadership, staff training, staff supervision, risk management, and camper development) of a youth camp director’s role.
  • Upon completions, participants will be able to walk away with specific tools and resources that can be implemented in staff training and staff supervision.
  • Begin assessing risk management areas of need for your programs.
8:00am-3:00pm

0.6 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-3:00pm    Room 310

Must have preregistered to attend

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

As women continue in their professional trajectories, personal levels of self-efficacy may impact whether or not they apply for a new position, take on a new professional role, or apply to serve in a volunteer leadership role within their given professional association. Women bring unique qualities to the workplace but often their confidence doesn’t match their abilities. This brave space will give individuals who identify as a woman the opportunity to forge relationships and learn strategies for building self-efficacy. Participants will have opportunities to explore personal and professional priorities through storytelling, reflection, and developing intentional personal leadership plans. Lunch for this preconference workshop and afternoon breakout sessions will be combined experience the Women’s Networking Luncheon attendees.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Explain self-efficacy and apply the concept to your personal leadership journey.
  • Identify at least one new colleague for your professional network.
8:00am-11:00am

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:00am-11:00am    Room 311

Must have preregistered to attend.

Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi; Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan; Scott George, Special Olympics

This preconference program is an introduction to Unified Sports and a 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 about Unified Sports, the diversity it brings to a campus, and how to build an action plan to begin or continue a new Unified Sports Program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • 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.
  • Learn the appropriate methods to working with Special Olympics, Unified Sports, and Special Olympic Athletes.
  • Develop Unified Sport specific rules and officials trainings.
8:30am-1:00pm

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:30am-1:00pm    Room 200

This Preconference workshop is sponsored by Mondo. Must Preregister to attend. Prerequisite: Executive/Chief Campus Recreation Directors only

Matt Trainum, EdD; Brian Ford, EdD

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!

Audience

Executive

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to foster collaboration and innovation on your campus.
  • Identify specific ideas for parternships at your institution.
8:30am-noon

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 8:30am-noon    Room 207

Must have preregistered to attend

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 and 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 a new understanding of ourselves and to guide us to understand others better.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the cross sections of individual identity to understand self and others.
  • Be able to demonstrate the differences between debate and dialogue.
  • Identify decision making behaviors and use them to create solutions after difficult dialogue.
9:00am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-3:00pm    Depart from the Hynes Convention Center – Lower Level Boylston Entrance

Must have preregistered to attend

Explore the history of Boston on foot via a Freedom Trail walking tour. Break for lunch 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!

9:00am-noon

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-noon    Room 203

Must have preregistered to attend.

Steven Bobbitt, James Madison University

If you’re not using learning outcomes and assessment practices within your department, you’re missing the boat on bringing 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’ll review the theory behind all of this, 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 for experiential learning; it’s not just a place to sweat, but a place to learn.

Audience

New Professional

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to properly write a learning outcome.
  • Be able to describe the assessment cycle.
  • Be able to properly match program components to learning outcomes.
9:00am-3:00pm

0.5 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: 9:00am-3:00pm    Room 309

Must have preregistered to attend.

William Boucher, Stephen F Austin State University

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.

Audience

Student

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to explain the history of NIRSA.
  • Identify future NIRSA involvement opportunities that will support their skill and career path development.
  • Learn how to incorporate NIRSA values into their daily professional lives.
11:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 11:30am-3:00pm    Room 310

Must have preregistered to attend

Liz Henry, University of California-San Diego; Darcy Bingham, University of California-San Diego; Tiffany Lomax, Delaware State University; Stefani Plummer, California Baptist University

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!

11:30am-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 11:30am-3:00pm    Room 312

Must have preregistered to attend

Jordin Williams, 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 Action Follows Belief Precon, Executive Education for Aspiring Directors Precon and the Small College and Community College Precon

noon-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: noon-9:00pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

noon-3:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: noon-3:00pm    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

noon-3:00pm

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Saturday, February 16: noon-3:00pm    Room 311

Must have preregistered to attend.

Amanda Alpert, University of Mississippi; Scott George, Special Olympics; Dan Ekonen, Special Olympics Michigan

An advancement of concepts from Unified Sports School Level I. Discover state, extramural, and research opportunities while exploring Unified Sports beyond the field or court. This session is for students and professionals who have attended the Unified Sports School Level I and/or have an existing Unified Sports program.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify next steps for developing an existing Unified Sports program and how to get your teams, students, and athletes involved in extramural opportunities both with NIRSA and Special Olympics.
  • Learn how to plan for campus and community partnerships.
  • 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.
2:45pm-3:15pm

   Saturday, February 16: 2:45pm-3:15pm    Room 206

NIRSA Member Network

New NIRSA Members and first-time Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Come spend 30 minutes networking with leaders of the association and other members who are new to NIRSA and/or the Annual Conference. Hear firsthand the ‘must-do’s’ at Conference, the heart of NIRSA and create new networks!

2:45pm-3:15pm

   Saturday, February 16: 2:45pm-3:15pm    Room 210

NIRSA Student Leadership Team

New NIRSA Members and first-time Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Come spend 30 minutes networking with leaders of the association and other members who are new to NIRSA and/or the Annual Conference. Hear firsthand the ‘must-do’s’ at Conference, the heart of NIRSA and create new networks!

3:30pm-5:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 3:30pm-5:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

The Opening General Session is sponsored by Matrix

Welcome to the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference. Please join NIRSA President Ken Morton and your friends and colleagues for the Opening General Session. Start your conference off right by listening to the keynote message from Tim Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics International as he talks about powerful programs that highlight social inclusion and unified leadership, things we can all benefit from.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Please join us for some food, fun, fitness and free giveaways in the Expo Hall! Pick up your scarf or beanie, while supplies last, in the NIRSA booth #1232/1332, and enter to win various prizes that will be given away hourly. The Expo Grand opening is a can’t miss aspect of the NIRSA Annual Conference so bring your friends and come play with us at the Campus Rec & Wellness Expo!

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Show off your shooting skills at the Hoop Shoot! Line up at the free throw line for your chance to shoot and compete for the top prize. For $1, participants will be given 45 seconds to shoot as many free throws as possible. Cash prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the most shots. In the event of a tie, a shoot off will occur at 2:15pm on Sunday February 17. Also, try the Unified Sports Experience Hoop Shoot – where participants will partner with Special Olympics® athletes for the contest on Saturday, February 16 from 5:00-6:30 pm and Sunday, February 17 from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

5:00pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience known as the Hoop Shoot contest allows NIRSA attendees and Special Olympics athletes to showcase their abilities with an inclusive twist! For $1, conference attendees will get paired with a Special Olympics athlete. The pair will have 40 seconds to make as many free throws as possible. Then, the pair will get the chance to shoot the Unified Moneyball for bonus points. Special Olympics will provide a $1,000 grant towards starting or developing a Unified Intramural Sports program on the winner’s campus! Come try out the Unified Sports Experience and get inspired to support Unified Sports within your community!

5:00pm-8:30pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:30pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, register for the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

5:00pm-8:30pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:00pm-8:30pm    Near Registration

Join the fun and promote your institution’s recreation department and programs by entering items that showcase your graphic design and event promotion savvy! Entries will be judged on originality, content, graphic design, and overall visual appeal. The design contest is a philanthropic endeavor that provides friendly competition between NIRSA institutions and serves as an exchange of creative promotion ideas. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. All entries are displayed and sold at the Conference. All proceeds will be used to further the mission of the NIRSA Foundation. Entries will be accepted through 12:00pm on Sunday, February 17. Donated items will be on sale throughout the Conference at the NIRSA Foundation Table. The sale will continue as long as supplies last through Tuesday, February 19.

5:15pm-6:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 5:15pm-6:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Barbara Brodowsky, Beachbody LLC; Jackie Garnett, Beachbody LLC

Members want results. And nothing gets results like INSANITY, our high-intensity interval training workout, scientifically proven to deliver incredible results through intense, athletic-style training. With modifications for every fitness level, your members will use cardio, strength and plyometrics to get fitter, faster.

6:15pm-7:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 6:15pm-7:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Marty Miller, Technogym USA

Experience an interactive workout using the SkillAthletic tools designed by Technogym. The entire set of Skilltools, which include medicine balls, slam balls, jump ropes, agility cones, balance domes, and foam rollers will be integrated in this session in order for you to train like the world’s greatest Olympic athletes.

7:15pm-8:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 7:15pm-8:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Ann Marie Barbour, SoulBody, LLC

SoulBody Barre (1 hour) is a blend of Pilates, yoga, dance, and interval strength training. SoulBody Barre “Unhitched” uses the most progressive techniques and is set to motivating music. It requires just a body, bar, and ball. SoulBody Power is a 30 minute class that combines HIIT blocks with BARRE. Get a full-body workout that keeps the heart pumping. No props needed.

8:00pm-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00pm-9:00pm    Room 206

All individuals from Canada are encouraged to attend this social. Kick-off your conference experience by connecting with colleagues from other Canadian Institutions who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses. Join us for snacks and great conversations!

8:00pm-9:00pm

   Saturday, February 16: 8:00pm-9:00pm    Room 313

All individuals from small schools and community colleges are encouraged to attend this social. Join us for snacks and great conversations! Build your network of peers working at similar size rec departments. This is a great opportunity to establish connections that will help make the most of your conference experience.

7:00am-7:45am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-7:45am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Beth Shaw, YogaFit Training Systems, Inc.; Janet Leland, YogaFit Training Systems

Our hips don’t lie! They are one of the most common areas of tightness for the athletes in our lives. Let YogaFit® show you how to incorporate poses and flows into your fitness routine that will not only open the hips, but also increase awareness of breathing and the abdominal muscles. This Fitness Forum class is a must attend for anyone who works out!

7:00am-8:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Come join us in the expo hall and mix up your workout routine! Take this opportunity to run on a treadmill, spin on a bike, take a fitness class, or do some yoga in the Fitness Forum. Whatever you decide to add to your workout, the Expo Hall has something for you! As a bonus this year, the NIRSA Foundation is holding the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit in the Expo Hall so if you want to workout AND support the NIRSA Foundation, be sure you check in at the NIRSA Foundation table.

7:00am-8:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level

The Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit is Sponsored by Cannon Design.

Support your NIRSA family and get moving by joining in the Mark Fletcher Urban Circuit! This NIRSA Foundation philanthropic event is a great way for NIRSA members to network with each other while living NIRSA’s strategic value of health & wellbeing. Participate in a 3K Walk/Roll around the Expo Hall (featuring fun, mini-challenges along the route!), F45 Workout, Run with Woodway, or Cardio with Matrix. Registrants can also join the Fitness Forum and Spin Class as space allows. This noncompetitive event takes place in the Expo Hall during the Early Morning Workout and is named in honor of the late Mark Fletcher, a beloved member of the NIRSA family, an avid runner, and a strong advocate of the NIRSA Foundation. Check-in is at 6:45am, with the 3K and other events kicking off at 7:00am. The first 150 registrants will receive an event T-shirt, and activity space is limited except for the 3K, so preregistration is highly recommended. Sign up in advance and collect your T-shirt at the NIRSA Foundation Table or in the Expo Hall the morning of the event.

7:00am-8:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:00am-8:00pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

7:30am-11:30am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

7:30am-11:30am

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-11:30am    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!

7:30am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 7:30am-5:00pm    Near Registration

Entries for the competition will be accepted through 12:00pm today! The competition winners will be announced at 3:30pm, and ribbons will be available at the NIRSA Foundation Table on Monday, February 18, beginning at 9:00am. Donated items for the Apparel Sale are accepted throughout the Conference and will be on sale at the NIRSA Foundation Table as long as supplies last.

8:00am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-5:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Students! Swing on by the Student Lounge to take a break and relax. Come connect and network with other NIRSA students from across the Association. We will also have Talk to a Pro/GA sessions and State Student Leader panels where you can have all your questions answered about how to get involved in Campus Rec both on your campus and within NIRSA. Don’t miss out on the free giveaways each day! Hope to see you there!

8:00am-11:00am

0.3 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-11:00am    Ballroom (3rd Level)

This is a 3 hour workshop.

Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting

Often, discriminatory incidents and lawsuits emerge on campus from environments where diversity issues are seldom discussed and where cultural differences are “celebrated” but not practiced or represented. During this three (3) hour workshop, we will explore how to create a culturally competent and sensitive academic community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity. In addition to learning about the art of listening and responding cross-culturally, we will discuss how to ask meaningful and intimate questions of individuals from diverse cultures and how differences (i.e. racial, gender) can affect relationships, communications, and behaviors.

Core Competencies

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety.
  • Respond with honesty and compassion when a conflict occurs that involves a diversity issue.
  • Create a sense of community and understanding amongst a diverse culture of people.
8:00am-9:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 203

Jay Gallagher, Temple University

Join us for a lively discussion covering risk management issues and some helpful strategies to mitigate risk.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Legal Liability & Risk Management

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 206

Abby Van Note, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin- Madison

The sports world has been male-dominated for years, but more and more women are finding their way into the field. Intramural programs can either foster or hinder an inclusive environment for females. Come learn how to remove barriers, have difficult conversations, and support men and women in an inclusive sports setting.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify examples of non-inclusive language in intramural sports setting.
  • Articulate at least two factors that impact gender bias.
  • Be able to apply key concepts to facilitate difficult conversations with staff.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 207

Marti Tomlin, University of Richmond; Heather Sadowski, University of Richmond; Jim Kovach, VMDO Architects

Facilities at higher education institutions are fundamentally shifting in how they are planned, designed, and used by university communities. Campuses are increasingly de-siloing departments in order to prioritize programmatic overlaps, centralize service and resource offerings, and to reach as many students as possible with a renewed focus on wellbeing. With the goal to promote student success through the fusion of recreation and wellbeing offerings, the University of Richmond’s Well-Being Center promotes connectivity between multiple stakeholders. These partners include University Recreation, Health Promotion, the Counseling and Psychological Center, and Student Health. This partnership intends to help students holistically learn how to manage their overall health and cope with stress and other life challenges during their time on campus. Through rigorous planning and programming investigation, the University of Richmond is fostering an upstream approach to build foundational support for healthy habits and a sense of wellbeing on campus.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Develop and synthesize a facilities program that supports all aspects of student wellness—including mental, physical, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual elements that together support wellbeing.
  • Identify ways to maximize transparency and openness to help connect students with a diversity of wellbeing programs and resources that support an upstream approach to health and wellbeing.
  • Leverage spatial adjacencies to create synergies between student recreation, student health, student counseling, and athletics.
8:00am-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-5:00pm    Room 302

Search and apply for jobs in recreation, submit your résumé for review by our team of experts, or practice your interviewing skills. Employers will also host informational sessions about open positions in rooms 301 and 303, and mini-sessions on a variety of career building topics will be presented in room 305. Check in at the CSC for details.

8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 309

Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University

We know that our fitness programs and services play an integral role in our recreation departments. As more programs across the globe expand into and combine forces with their wellness center teams, where does fitness fit in? Although physical wellbeing is just one slice of the overall wellness pie, it is an essential one. In the session, you will learn how combining forces, resources, and efforts with your wellness team can enhance your current fitness programs, fitness services, and most importantly, the overall wellbeing of your students.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the growing trends in higher education in terms of student wellness centers and their programs and services.
  • Define how their fitness program areas can work and collaborate with wellness.
  • Be able to describe three or four ways that the collaboration and joint efforts of fitness and wellness can enhance the overall student experience.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

The struggle for resources is a shared challenge for campuses across the globe. Hear international delegates describe a wide variety of strategies they’ve employed to tell their story, demonstrate their value, and secure resources. While cultural contexts may differ, hearing new and different approaches can spark innovative ideas to take back to your own campus.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand different approaches recreation professionals have used to effectively demonstrate their value on campus and secure resources
  • Articulate new ideas to take back and implement on your own campus
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 311

Joe Zichi, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Lexi Chaput, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Responding to club sports policy violations, while important to the integrity of a program, is typically very time consuming for full-time staff. Incorporating student involvement in a program’s discipline process can create a clearly outlined process for accountability, learning, and engagement for all affected parties. It can also create an opportunity to offer additional development for student leaders. This session will provide structure and strategies for incorporating restorative justice and a student led process into your club sport program’s response to policy violations.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to define restorative justice.
  • Identify the challenges and benefits of a student-led discipline process for club sports.
  • Learn how to implement an inclusive discipline process within your club sport program.
8:00am-9:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 312

A featured presentation from Region I

Nora Osei, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Many of our colleagues not in recreation envy us for having,”the fun job”. But what makes our career field so fun and meaningful? It is the high-quality and long-lasting relationships that we build within our recreation team that makes our career field like no other! These relationships makes our jobs entertaining, yet rewarding. In this session, you will learn about the importance of cultivating genuine relationships with your coworkers, specific tips on building those genuine relationships, and how those relationships can improve the efficiency of your team, your department, and your campus!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify three reasons why they need to cultivate genuine relationships with their coworkers.
  • Articulate three characteristics that can help them enable healthy relationships with their coworkers to impact their program area, department, and campus.
  • Apply steps in their daily work routine to help develop genuine relationships with their coworkers.
8:00am-9:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 8:00am-9:00am    Room 313

Brandon Deroshia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

This interactive discussion will lead attendees through the challenges/successes/questions that custodial operations managers face. Topics include custodial operation formats, best practices when determining custodial staff hiring, cleaning equipment, and leading and developing a custodial staff team. Attendees are also welcome to propose their own topics.

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Human Resource Management

9:00am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-10:00am    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Aquatics or Outdoor profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

9:00am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

The fun continues today in the expo hall. Come play with the latest equipment, participate in a Fitness class, try out the NIRSA basketball in the hoop shoot, or meet your friends for a bite to eat using your food voucher! While you are here, be sure to stop by the NIRSA booth #1232/1332 to pick up your free giveaway and enter to win one of the many prizes that will be given away every hour!

9:00am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

The fun continues in the hoop shoot as participants try to up the record from the day before. Cash prizes will be awarded to the male and female with the most shots. In the event of a tie, a shoot off will occur at 2:15pm on Sunday February 17. Also, try the Unified Sports Experience Hoop Shoot – where participants will partner with Special Olympics® athletes for the contest from 11:30 am – 1 pm today.

9:00am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-10:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Come grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a break after the early round of ed sessions. Beverage stations will be placed throughout the hall to get you energized for the busy day ahead.

9:00am-9:25am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:00am-9:25am    Room 305

Walter Kolis, RCRSP, Emory University

When interviewing for a job, or networking at a conference, you will be introduced to a lot of new people. Do you know what to say to make a memorable impression? One of the most common interview questions is “Tell us about about yourself”. You’ll answer it over and over. Do you know what to say without rambling for 5 minutes about every single job you’ve ever had? “I am. I do. I will,” is a strategy to help you create, practice and perfect your 60 second elevator pitch and make you more comfortable when introducing yourself in a professional setting!

9:15am-10:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 9:15am-10:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Garret Garrels, Pink Gloves Boxing; Kelly Crosby, Pink Gloves Boxing

Knock out the stress and frustration of the day! Experience the unique stimulation that Pink Gloves Boxing offers in its circuit-based, high-intensity, fun-making, community-building workout. Strength, agility, power, and endurance are all challenged in every PGB session. Reveal your inner champion and help others reveal theirs with Pink Gloves Boxing.

9:30am-9:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 9:30am-9:55pm    Room 305

Mike Ackerman, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Concerned you may not have the “perfect” background or set of experiences to apply for that first full-time position in collegiate recreation and wellness? Learn strategies for effectively articulating your knowledge, skills, and experiences and how they are transferable to a variety of job opportunities.

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 200

Dexter Shorter, The Ohio State University

Attendees will learn how to incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership Development into leadership training by participating in interactive activities and examining the different components of the model. This session will provide opportunities for attendees to learn how to identify individual values, use individual values to form group values, and use group values to impact the greater community in order to create positive social change. We will look at how leadership development through the social change model can have a positive impact on holistic student wellbeing and encourage professional growth.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to incorporate the Social Change Model of Leadership Development into staff and student training.
  • Understand the impact that incorporating leadership development models, such as the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, can have on students and staff.
  • Experience activities that can be utilized when teaching the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 202

Stephanie Calhoun, Indiana University- Bloomington; Jonathan Sanders, Boston College; Corrine Pruett, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Caroline Ciell, University of Mississippi; CieCie Leonard, Texas A&M Commerce; DeVanee Lasley, University of Nebraska; Rachel Horras, Washington State University

There are benefits to working as a student in campus recreation beyond the paycheck. We are learning skills that will eventually help us land a full-time job. However, it’s often difficult to articulate what we learn on the job and prove its worth to future employers. With this presentation we hope to help students identify transferable skills they are learning and developing while employed with campus recreation. Students will also learn to recognize gaps in their skill sets and learn how to articulate their skills to potential employers.

Audience

Student

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to recognize the transferable skills that they are learning and developing from their positions in campus recreation.
  • Begin to recognize gaps in their current skill set so they can find opportunities within campus recreation to develop new skills.
  • Be able to articulate the transferable skills they are learning and developing from their positions in campus recreation.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 203

Peter Tulchinsky, University of Mississippi; Jeremy Battjes, EdD, University of Arkansas

Collegiate recreation programs offer student employees the opportunity to develop professional skills through a variety of employment experiences. Two recently-completed dissertation projects outline the professional skills learned and enhanced through student employment in a collegiate recreation setting. This presentation will share a brief overview of theory, summarize the dissertation projects, present findings, and discuss the implications to help attendees enhance the student employee experience on their campuses.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify student development and experiential learning theories used for student employee professional development.
  • Identify professional skills most enhanced through student employment in collegiate recreation environments.
  • Articulate job attributes sought by employers and which professional skills students are most frequently correlating to those attributes.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 206

Featured presentation from Region II

Lindsay Wigderson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Chelsea Phipps, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

As professionals, we often create plans for our career development journey. We share our successes and celebrate the milestones achieved along the way. But what happens when things don’t go according to plan? What if you don’t receive the job offer you expected? Nobody talks about professional rejection that so many of us have experienced or how to bounce back from the emotional rollercoaster that ensues. Plans change, and learning the skill of resiliency is critical for your continued success. Join us in the conversation, as we share personal experiences and lessons learned along the way!

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Philosophy & Theory

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 207

This Research Hour session features two NIRSA Research Grant Program projects.

Deborah Shapiro, PhD, Georgia State University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis

This Research Hour session features two research projects funded by the NIRSA Foundation through the NIRSA Research Grant Program. 1. Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Research in Collegiate Recreation (Kell). The research discussed in this presentation is focused on the theory of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL). We will discuss the history and background of EIL in this session; what it means for collegiate recreation, and how the findings from this study can be used in a practitioner setting. 2. A Multi-Institutional Comparison of Barriers and Facilitators of Intramural Sports Programming for College Students with Disabilities (Shapiro). The results of this study highlight the breadth and scope of campus intramural sports programming for students with disabilities at universities across the United States, common barriers and challenges in developing and implementing intramural adapted and inclusive sport, and best practices for program development and marketing. Recommendations to initiate or improve future research, policies, and programming for students with disabilities will also be discussed.

10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 309

Georgia Childs, East Carolina University; Lydia Hitchcock, East Carolina University

Learn from one university’s process of moving their wellness program from their student health center to their recreation center while still maintaining collaborations across campus. A thirteen-year timeline of events will be included to assist campuses who are interested in duplicating the process. In addition to learning about the process, participants will hear about the value of health educators to a collegiate recreation center.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the key roles health educators play in a collegiate recreation setting.
  • Describe one potential process of moving a wellness department into a recreation center.
  • Develop a plan for collaborating with health educators on campus to further the mission of campus recreation.
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

It’s time to transcend reactive, siloed, programmatic approaches to health and establish foundational, proactive, wellbeing initiatives for the campus community. A variety of frameworks and models have emerged that can be used as a catalyst for systemic change. Hear from representatives of several of these frameworks and models about how they’re striving to mobilize, guide, and inspire campuses in the pursuit of building healthy people and healthy communities worldwide.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the frameworks and models presented
  • Provide an example of their implementation and understand how it might also be utilized on your campus
  • Articulate the higher purpose and systemic change at the root of these efforts
10:00am-11:00am

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 312

David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University

Extreme heat, bitter cold, winter storms, tornadoes, lightning, flash flooding… Weather affects us—our recreation programs, staff, and facilities—every day. Campus recreation staff at all levels are frequently tasked with monitoring extreme weather conditions. This session will offer a crash course in weather-related considerations for campus recreation professionals and assist attendees with developing strategies for best educating departmental staff colleagues on how to monitor the weather and make timely decisions to safeguard patrons and participants.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Legal Liability & Risk Management • Facility Management, Planning & Design

Learning Objectives
  • Identify potentially hazardous weather conditions that require action by recreation facility and program staff.
  • Devise action plans for your departmental staff to utilize to safeguard patrons and participants from hazardous weather.
  • Develop strategies for educating recreation staff to monitor and respond to hazardous weather.
10:00am-11:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 10:00am-11:00am    Room 313

NIRSA Small Programs Council; Christopher Crume, RCRSP, Denison University

Learn how your colleagues at small campus recreation programs are tackling issues related to programming, operations, staffing, and more. This is a great opportunity to network with other small college and community college professionals and learn about potential practices to implement at your campus.

Core Competencies

Programming • Facility Management, Planning & Design

10:15am-11:00am

   Sunday, February 17: 10:15am-11:00am    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Amanda Gill, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; Robin O’Grady, Naacho Bolly Fitness; Vishal Malpuria, Naacho Bolly Fitness

Naacho Bolly Fitness is a high energy dance fitness program, bringing Bollywood style and flair to dance and fitness classes everywhere. Every Naacho class includes creative, traditional choreography featuring Bollywood, Bolly Hip Hop, and Bhangra/Folk styles. In this session we will dance, work hard, burn calories, and have the time of our lives!

10:30am-2:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 10:30am-2:30pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Grab your $10 food voucher today from Registration and spend it at one of the concessions located in the Expo hall. Voucher does not allow for change so come hungry and spend it all at once – open during expo hours.

11:00am-noon

   Sunday, February 17: 11:00am-noon    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Fitness or Wellness profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

11:00am-11:25am

   Sunday, February 17: 11:00am-11:25am    Room 305

Parker Anderson, San Diego State University; Paul Rehn, Northern Arizona University

In “Uprooted: A Look at the Post Grad Experience,” attendees will hear firsthand experiences from two recent graduates that made career moves across the country. The presentation includes tips on what to expect with a major relocation and questions to ask an employer. Presenters will discuss the financial transition and provide helpful information on student loans, relocation expenses, and the basics of uprooting your life for your career. Come learn about the finer points of relocation that most people rarely consider ahead of time!

11:15am-noon

   Sunday, February 17: 11:15am-noon    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Janet Leland, YogaFit Training Systems; Beth Shaw, YogaFit Training Systems, Inc.

As more athletes add yoga to their workout regimens, let YogaFit® show fitness instructors how to safely incorporate poses alongside breathing techniques designed to provide focus and clarity while also working up a sweat. We want to bring safe yoga to everybody, including athletes.

11:15am-12:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 11:15am-12:30pm    Room 202

Brian Smith, UCLA; Christopher Denison, CRSS, EdD, University of Northern Iowa

This is an opportunity for Regional Leadership Teams to meet and engage in person. All state/provincial directors, student leaders, regional representatives, and regional student leaders are expected to attend this session. After a brief presentation, regional leadership teams will meet.

11:30am-1:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 11:30am-1:00pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that promotes social inclusion through shared sport training and competition experiences for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics Unified Sports Experience known as the Hoop Shoot contest allows NIRSA attendees and Special Olympics athletes to showcase their abilities with an inclusive twist! For $1, conference attendees will get paired with a Special Olympics athlete. The pair will have 40 seconds to make as many free throws as possible. Then, the pair will get the chance to shoot the Unified Moneyball for bonus points. Special Olympics will provide a $1,000 grant towards starting or developing a Unified Intramural Sports program on the winner’s campus! Come try out the Unified Sports Experience and get inspired to support Unified Sports within your community!

11:30am-11:55am

   Sunday, February 17: 11:30am-11:55am    Room 305

Laura Whiteley, University of the Pacific; Greg Jordan, Oakland University

What is worse than having a forgettable interview? Being memorable for the wrong reason. Gain insight on the interview process for professional staff positions- how to prepare, what to expect on campus, questions to ask, and what you should definitely not do.

noon-1:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-1:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Facilities or Marketing profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

noon-12:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-12:45pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

You are invited to bring the excess t-shirts form your various campus recreation events or programs and exchange them with your colleagues and peers. Come join the frenzy of fun and get a new t-shirt in the process! Exchange will take place next to the Fitness Forum at the end of row 100.

noon-12:25pm

   Sunday, February 17: noon-12:25pm    Room 305

Adam Burke, University of Wyoming; Adam Comeau, University of Wyoming

This presentation will highlight key strategies for applicants applying for Internship and Graduate Assistant positions, such as keeping a positive mindset throughout the process, customary timeline to check in on positions, how to accept or decline a position, and other various soft skills that will prove beneficial during the application process. In addition, discuss what future employers’ expectations are, such as resume and cover letter content, interview responses, communication etiquette, and more.

12:30pm-1:15pm

   Sunday, February 17: 12:30pm-1:15pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Christina Ustiak, Florida Atlantic University

This revolutionary high-intensity workout is led by music and motivates you to crush your ultimate fitness goals.

12:30pm-12:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 12:30pm-12:55pm    Room 305

Greg Jordan, Oakland University; Yvette Kell, CRSS, PhD, CENTERS, LLC at University of Missouri-St. Louis; Jess Gentry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

When considering any position, full-time, graduate-assistant, or otherwise, it’s imperative to consider the total compensation package available to you, not simply the money. While one role may offer a higher salary or hourly wage, that may be quickly offset by other benefits the organization offers. This session will educate you on the variety of items to consider when examining the total compensation package that comes with any employment offer.

1:00pm-2:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:00pm-2:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in learning more about the Intramurals or Sport Clubs profession? Come to the student lounge for an opportunity to make connections and ask professionals and graduate assistants’ questions or share ideas with one another.

1:00pm-1:25pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:00pm-1:25pm    Room 305

Seth Thomas, Southeastern Louisiana University

This motivational session will help students and young professionals learn how to set and use goals to accomplish dreams and visions. Participants will start with a dream and end with a goal.

1:30pm-2:15pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:30pm-2:15pm    Expo Hall (2nd Level)

Shelly Mamo, University of Colorado Denver

Interested in bringing your staff and participants closer together with an engaging and innovative workout with some friendly competition? Here’s your answer! A brief discussion on how to better create a #FitFam through fitness, followed by a high-energy and fun workout that aims to create connections—which is what campus rec is truly about!

1:30pm-1:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 1:30pm-1:55pm    Room 305

Allison Yarrow, Millersville University; Secily Adams, University of Missouri – St Louis

Is your job hunt not going the way you expected? Are you hearing more no’s than yes’s? Are you down in the slumps and want to get re-energized? This presentation will give you some helpful tips on applying for jobs, being prepared for what comes after you hit submit on your application, staying organized throughout the process, and get you energized to push forward in your job search.

2:00pm-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:00pm-5:00pm    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

2:00pm-5:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:00pm-5:00pm    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

2:30pm-3:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

NIRSA President Ken Morton, along with leaders from the NIRSA Foundation, NIRSA Services Corporation, Member Network and the Assembly will share updates on the state of the association and strategic plan accomplishments.

2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 200

Mattthew Beck, RCRSP, Oklahoma State University

Are you a leader of a team in need of a culture change or someone who wishes to have more influence in your life? This presentation will teach you how to combine influence strategies for making behavior change, as well as making change in your overall environment, inevitable. Are you ready to become an influencer?

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify a handful of high-leverage behaviors that lead to rapid and profound change.
  • Learn how to apply strategies for changing both thoughts and actions.
  • Learn how to use influence strategies to impose change in work culture.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 202

Jonathan Johnston, Texas A & M University- Commerce; Jason Vlastaras, Iowa State University

Do you know if your student staff is career ready? The concept of marketable skills is becoming a national conversation. Campus Recreation is poised to lead the way in the development of career readiness programs. Join us as we bridge the gap between employer expectations and the student employee experience. We’ll showcase two campus recreation programs with different approaches to career readiness, and we’ll equip you with practical tools for introducing, measuring, and assessing a career readiness program of your own.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Define the importance of addressing career readiness with student employees by observing data from employers and national organizations.
  • Identify at least one strategy for creating a career readiness plan by reviewing two program examples.
  • Identify at least two tools for implementing and assessing career readiness skills by reviewing best practices in the field.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 203

ACHA Representative, ACHA; David Arnold, NASPA; Erin O’Sullivan, NIRSA Headquarters

One year after its creation, multiple associations have now signed on to Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success. One of the document’s calls to action centered on research frameworks and the pursuit of leveraging combined associational resources to develop evidence-based activities to improve the health and wellbeing of the entire campus community. Initial steps were taken to draft a guiding document at the recent NIRSA/NASPA/ACHA Research Summit in Washington DC. Members are invited to join representatives of that event in an interactive discussion of this document and its goals.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the aims of Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success
  • Contribute to a guiding document for research on campus wellbeing initiatives
  • Develop skills to support wellbeing across personal, institutional, cultural, political, and environmental spheres
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 206

Kari Pratt, PhD, Oklahoma State University

With the knowledge that mental health issues make up a significant amount of health disparities across the life span, the “Painting with Pete” pilot study addresses the significant gap in programming and research. By inviting students and collegiate professionals to participate in an evening of painting, snacks, socialization, and education as a way to address the benefits of using art therapy to deal with stress and anxiety, this distinctive event truly promoted health and wellbeing across multiple generational, health, cultural, social, and fitness demographics on the college campus!

Audience

Student, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Research & Evaluation • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the methodology for implementing a fun and interactive art therapy event to bridge the gap between students and collegiate faculty and staff.
  • Be able to effectively market their art therapy program in a manner which portrays attendance as highly desirable and a privilege.
  • Be able to efficiently evaluate and assess their own interactive art therapy events for college students and collegiate faculty and staff.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 207

Winston Bao, LPA, Inc.

Innovative, leading-edge recreation and wellness centers serve as the heartbeat of a campus and hub of student life. Developing innovative design ideas and better outcomes for owners and users requires a collaborative, evidence-based process. Post occupancy evaluations (POE) are a valuable tool in informed design. Evaluations of four campus recreation and wellness facilities will illustrate the process in action. Focused discussion of successes, challenges, and lessons learned will empower attendees to apply a POE process and use findings to inform facility management, planning, and design.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Illustrate the value of a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) process; including collection and analysis of energy and water data, site observations, occupant surveys and interviews; and demonstrate the advantages of using all integrated data to inform facility management, planning, and design decisions.
  • Describe various environmental qualities, design features, and evolution in the industry that continually impact user satisfaction, health, and wellbeing.
  • Apply Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) lessons learned in positively impacting occupant health and wellbeing, user experience, and building performance and sustainability to future renovations and new facilities.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 309

Christin Everson, Seattle University; Benjamin Kohler, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Communicating with participants and clients is vital to a fitness program, especially through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The method, style, and language used to communicate can have strong impacts on the comfort of our clients, participants, and staff teams. In this session, we will use a theory-based approach to support fitness professionals in understanding how verbal and nonverbal communication affects the success of relationships and ultimately, the success of our programs. Topics include microaggressions, representation, body language, and gender binary issues.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the role that communication plays in the success of fitness programs, teams, and clients.
  • Brainstorm practical approaches for fitness programs to implement changes in verbal and non-verbal language as it relates to client equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Discuss how inclusive communication can foster stronger community and connection for all participants of a fitness program.
2:30pm-3:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 310

Armand Buzzelli, PhD, Robert Morris University; Klee Sellers, Oklahoma State University; Mike Berdowski, Western Michigan University; Hannah Doss, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Erin Farrar, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Lightning Talks deliver five thought-provoking, high – energy topics in just 10 minutes.1. Creating an Innovative Outdoor Program for Millennials 2. eSports in your Rec Programs 3. Noon Ball: How to increase Faculty and Staff participation 4. Club Sports as a Revenue Generator: Adapting the Docking Model for Sports Clubs at a Tuition Dependent Institution 5. How to use DATA to increase student engagement

2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 311

Shana Kessler, Salem State University; Drew Devore, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities; Johnathan Luk, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Individuals working in campus recreation know all too well that work-life balance is difficult to develop and manage. This presentation will look at common trends and patterns based on the experiences of multi-level professionals to uncover how to best set up new professionals with skills for long-term success and avoid burning themselves out.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Human Resources Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Initiate transparent conversations about work life balance with upper management.
  • Learn 1-2 different approaches for self-care and well-being.
  • Be able to self-reflect on whether or not their current expectations of their employees and themselves are realistic.
2:30pm-3:30pm

   Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 312

Lee Mun Wah, Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting

As a college decides to invest more actively in embracing their multicultural community, what will campus leaders need to know prepare themselves to take on this mission? What kinds of skills are necessary? What cultural knowledge is required to effectively and authentically connect with this diverse population? How will leaders go about attaining this level of expertise and from whom? These and many other questions will be answered in this dynamic and popular interactive session about what it will take to create a truly multicultural community.Participants will learn about the Art of Listening and about strategies to motivate and retain multicultural groups as well as ways to encourage mainstream cultures to become more open and safe.

Core Competencies

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Learning Objectives
  • Listen and respond to cultural differences.
  • Relate to someone empathetically.
  • Mediate cultural conflict and misunderstandings.
2:30pm-3:30pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 2:30pm-3:30pm    Room 313

Drew Cantwell, Louisiana State University; Amy Gardner, Louisiana State University; Paul Kwiatkowski, Louisiana State University; Troy Lukas, Louisiana State University; Caitlin Christensen, LSU University Recreation

This session will alter the paradigm of the traditional student leadership model by introducing a new approach to student development. Building upon the soft skills NACE, NACA, and NIRSA have provided, this model can enhance the development of your student staff and create a supervisor work team that is effective for your university. We will explain our process and host an open discussion to present what we have found to be successful when it comes to managing multiple student supervisors.

Audience

New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Identify why collaboration and teamwork among student supervisor groups benefits campus communities and stakeholders.
  • Learn the benefits and challenges of implementing a student team supervisor model.
  • Develop and sustain an actionable plan of accessing, maintaining, and improving a team supervisor model.
3:45pm-4:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Boylston Hallway (3rd Level)

Visit the Poster Presentation area to talk with poster presenters. During this time, presenters will be available to take questions and discuss their research and programs with attendees.

3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 200

Kelsey Sopko, University of South Carolina-Columbia; Ashley Oswald, University of South Carolina -Columbia

Student Led Philanthropy explores a non-traditional method of student and professional development, allowing students to enhance their employ-ability post graduation while allowing them to create a positive impact on the community. During the program, we will be looking at the transferable skills that students learn while coordinating major events as well as the mental impact that civic engagement has on the college student using studies on the subject as well as personal experience. We will also discuss the transition of professional staff into the role of event adviser.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management • Research & Evaluation

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the importance of philanthropy events on Campus Recreation, the university, and the community as a whole.
  • Discuss the impact philanthropy has on student employees as well as the transferable skills gained from planning and leading philanthropy events
  • Outline a timeline and a long-term plan for success for future philanthropy events and campus recreation programs
3:45pm-4:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 201

Jason Gardner, The University of West Alabama

Often times campus recreation professionals at smaller institutions are in a position to heavily rely on marketing efforts to gain student attendance and engagement, but have no prior experience in the field. Learn how to create a strategy to move your effectively market to your campus community.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to create a marketing strategy on a small or no budget.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to efficiently create and distribute marketing materials.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to define trending social media outlets and be able to effectively utilize those outlets.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 202

Anita Picozzi Moran, TreanorHL; Jacqueline Hamilton, EdD, RCRSP

Face it, we spend most of our time at work. With all of this talk about wellbeing, we cannot overlook the importance of having a workspace and a workplace that fosters our own wellbeing. The changing built environment will be examined along with post build out features and practices that maximize wellbeing in our workspace. Modeling productive and low-stress work environments is a wise investment toward serving our constituents.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Human Resource Management • Personal & Professional Qualities

Learning Objectives
  • Compare and contrast the factors that impact wellbeing in traditional and open-plan offices.
  • Describe policies and procedures that dictate workspace form and function relative to wellbeing.
  • Identify post build out amenities and procedures that can be implemented to foster workspace wellbeing.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 203

Kellie Carbone, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Mary Jo Desprez, University of Michigan; Lisa Shea, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Trauma-informed design has drawn attention to creating and designing spaces that respect what people may have experienced in their lives, and provides for emotional, physical, and psychological wellbeing. Trauma influences how people think, feel, and interact. Let’s start and continue conversations about safety which are grounded in trauma-informed approaches that foster values of dignity, equity, and compassion. These conversations set the tone for students to thrive on our campuses and, more specifically, within our collegiate recreations spaces.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Facility Management, Planning & Design • Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the trauma-Informed approach and the six key principles.
  • Understand the components of trauma-informed systems.
  • Understand the elements of trauma-informed designed spaces, the personal wellbeing model, and how to build a proactive culture of wellbeing.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 207

Austin Anderson, PhD, University of Southern Indiana; William Ramos, Indiana University- Bloomington; Eric Knee, Indiana University- Bloomington; Tiffany Quash, Indiana University- Bloomington

Much emphasis continues to be placed on social justice, equity, and inclusion within campus recreational sports. This has often led to campus-level programs, trainings, and NIRSA-wide resources. While the question of managing for inclusion continues to be salient within campus recreational sports, little research exists to inform evidence-based practice—particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) participants. This study looks at this gap through an analysis of current managerial diversity-related practices for aquatics professionals within campus settings.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Research & Evaluation • Personal & Professional Qualities • Programming

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the steps that are being taken by aquatic managers—and the lack thereof—to create environments that are open and accepting of LGBTQ participants.
  • Identify the explicit and implicit barriers that aquatic professionals encounter when navigating management issues related to LGBTQ participation and participants.
  • Discuss overarching diversity policies aimed at creating open and accepting campus recreational environments and programming aimed at including specific demographic participant groups.
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 310

Panel of representatives from US, Canadian, and European institutions

The wellbeing of the campus community is critical to student success and achieving the mission of higher education. This perspective is shared by leading institutions around the globe. A panel of international delegates will share their strategies, successes and lessons learned in implementing proactive, upstream, and integrated approaches to wellbeing for their campus communities.

Audience

Mid-level Manager, Executive

Core Competencies

Programming • Business Management • Human Resource Management

Learning Objectives
  • Describe strategies used by campuses around the globe to implement an integrated and holistic approach to wellbeing for their campus community
  • Understand the impact of championing upstream approaches to wellbeing for the campus community
  • Articulate why campuses around the globe are leaning into this work
3:45pm-4:45pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 311

Nicole Green, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Nicholas Brigati, RCRSP, Penn State University; Jason Gant, RCRSP, Farmingdale State College

The Flag Football Editorial Board and its chair will present the new content included in the 19th edition of the NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Officials’ Manual. Changes and rationale will be discussed and attendees will be able to ask questions.

Audience

Student, New Professional, Mid-level Manager

Core Competencies

Programming • Philosophy & Theory

Learning Objectives
  • Be able to describe the NIRSA flag football rule changes for 2019 and 2020.
  • Be able to describe the NIRSA flag football mechanics changes for 2019 and 2020.
  • Understand the impact these changes will have on game philosophy, interpretations, and the training of flag football officials.
3:45pm-4:45pm

   Sunday, February 17: 3:45pm-4:45pm    Room 313

Jordin Williams, Delaware State University; Tony Daniels, CRSS, Prairie View A & M University; Chavonne Shorter, University System of Georgia

This roundtable will address the challenges and trends impacting Historically Black Colleges and Universities regarding all aspects of collegiate recreation. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other HBCU collegiate recreation professionals.

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory • Programming • Personal & Professional Qualities

5:00pm-6:00pm

0.1 NIRSA CEUs    Sunday, February 17: 5:00pm-6:00pm    Ballroom (3rd Level)

Pam Watts, NIRSA Headquarters

Campus Recreation leaders need to be not only aware of potential changes ahead, but actively engaged with their organizational leadership, their staff, their students, and their peers to plan for and create opportunities from these changes. This ongoing general session series at the Annual Conference provides thought leadership and resources to empower campus recreation professionals to move beyond trends – what people are doing now – to what you need to know to prepare for and lead in the future.

Core Competencies

Personal & Professional Qualities • Business Management

Learning Objectives
  • Understand a driver of change that can affect the future of campus recreation
  • Discover ways to plan for and create opportunities from this change
6:00pm-8:00pm

   Sunday, February 17: 6:00pm-8:00pm    Room 210

Sponsored by PLAE

An annual favorite, the LGBTQ social fosters and encourages the involvement of LGBTQ individuals and allies in the Association. We’ll also recognize the recipients of the Fredrick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice. Join us as we support inclusion and diversity within NIRSA. Everyone is welcome.

8:30pm-11:55pm

   Sunday, February 17: 8:30pm-11:55pm    Lucky Strike Boston

Buses will run on a continuous loop from 8:15pm to midnight between the Lower Level Boylston entrance of the Hynes Convention Center and Lucky Strike Boston.

Join your NIRSA friends for the All Conference Social at Lucky Strike, sponsored by PLAE. NIRSA attendees will be hosted among 70,000 square feet of multi-dimensional entertainment spanning three floors. Bowling, video games and pinball machines, as well as a craft beer brewery are all part of this great complex behind historic Fenway Park. The social space allows for dancing and game playing as well as quieter areas for networking and socializing. An appetizer buffet and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available on all three floors. Transportation between the Convention Center and the social will be provided throughout the evening. At only on half mile away from the hotels the venue is walkable as well.

7:00am-8:00am

   Monday, February 18: 7:00am-8:00am    Room 204

Come join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and ChildObesity180 (CO180) for breakfast to learn more about the Healthier Campus Initiative (HCI) and our new evaluation examining student health behaviors and outcomes. PHA created HCI in 2014, and, to date, nearly 70 campuses have joined, reaching nearly 1.5 million students, faculty, and staff. During the 2018-2019 school year, PHA is partnering with CO180, housed in one of the world’s leading schools of nutrition at Tufts University, to conduct an evaluation of HCI guidelines for perceived effectiveness in influencing student health behaviors as well as evaluating the changes in student health behaviors and outcomes to provide insights around HCI’s potential effectiveness.

7:00am-5:30pm

   Monday, February 18: 7:00am-5:30pm    Room 209

The NIRSA Wellness Lounge is sponsored by Technogym

The Wellness Lounge is a space with quiet music, soft lighting and some comfortable seating where you can unwind and relax in-between educational sessions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the Conference excitement. This room will be available throughout the conference.

7:30am-noon

   Monday, February 18: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

The Education Program Table provides assistance to conference presenters, volunteer session hosts, and attendees who have questions about the education program– such as where education session rooms are located and and how to use the conference app.

7:30am-noon

   Monday, February 18: 7:30am-noon    Near Registration

Do you have questions about becoming a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional (RCRSP)? Are you a current RCRSP who has questions about earning CEUs at conference? Visit the Registry Information table to pick up information and talk with an RCRSP to learn more about this program.

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    3rd Level Boylston Hallway near Room 300

Students! Swing on by the Student Lounge to take a break and relax. Come connect and network with other NIRSA students from across the Association. We will also have Talk to a Pro/GA sessions and State Student Leader panels where you can have all your questions answered about how to get involved in Campus Rec both on your campus and within NIRSA. Don’t miss out on the free giveaways each day! Hope to see you there!

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Expo C Hallway (2nd Level)

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Near Registration

8:00am-4:00pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-4:00pm    Near Registration

This year NIRSA will be giving back to the local community through a glove drive with Cradles to Crayons. A community within a community, Cradles to Crayons is built on the belief that everyone deserves the everyday essentials they need to thrive and survive. Their vision is a world where all kids can access what they need to reach their potential. NIRSA participants have the opportunity to do their part by donating gloves (sizes newborn to age 12) for local Boston low-income and homeless youth. Please bring gloves to the convention center. Donation bins will be located at the Host Committee Table.

8:00am-3:45pm

   Monday, February 18: 8:00am-3:45pm    Near Registration

This is your go-to resource for information about the NIRSA Foundation! Come explore the items in the T-Shirt Competition & Apparel Sale, make a gift benefiting your NIRSA family, and pick up your donor badge swag! If you have questions about the NIRSA Foundation or how you can support the future of campus rec, please visit!