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Please note: Registration for Preconference Workshops closes March 9

The “Secret Sauce” for Successful Integrated Health & Wellbeing

March 29, 2022, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Attendees must pre-register for this workshop.

It’s becoming more and more critical for collegiate recreation leaders to not only contribute to but also lead wellbeing efforts on their campuses. How do you integrate your recreation department’s work into divisional/institutional level priorities? How do you measure success? Participate in this preconference workshop to learn why assessment is the “secret sauce” for a successful wellbeing initiative. Participants will use time during the workshop to draft plans so they can bring ideas, tools, and strategies back to their campuses and subsequently lead successful wellbeing initiatives.

Through participation in this program participants will be able to

  • Partner with stakeholders on campus to create an integrated assessment plan to measure comprehensive wellbeing initiatives on campus.
  • Apply backward design principles to align program outcomes with departmental/ divisional/institutional priorities.
  • Effectively communicate the value of integrating campus recreation work into divisional/institutional-level priorities to help gain buy in from campus leaders.
  • Prioritize wellbeing in assessment practices to increase accountability for moving wellbeing initiatives forward across all areas of the recreation department.

Research & Evaluation, Business Management

  • Josh Downing, Butler University; Director of Recreation & Wellness
  • Beth Lohman, Butler University; Associate Director of Recreation & Wellness
  • Dr. Frank Ross, PhD, Butler University; Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Bridget Yuhas, Butler University; Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Planning

3.0 NIRSA CEUs

$30 early bird rate/$40 regular rate

Women Leading Women: MOVE into the Future

March 29, 2022 • 9:00am-4:00pm
Attendees must pre-register for this workshop.

Join women-identifying attendees for a day filled with personal and professional development, self-reflection, storytelling, and best practices to MOVE your career forward. The workshop will have sessions that explore motivation, taking ownership of your success story, and ways to encourage ourselves and each other through challenging times. The workshop includes a topic-driven lunch as well as a networking hour.

This program will feature facilitation by Women+ Caucus members and guest presenters. The day will feature committee members Stefani Plummer (California Baptist University), Mila Padgett (University of South Carolina, Aiken), Katie Geter (University of Arkansas), Kelsie Jones (Western Carolina University) , Kristin Traskie (Michigan State University) and Rachael Finley (York College of Pennsylvania) as well as presenters Lashica Thomas (Columbus State University), Tiffany Lomax (Colby College), and Tamara Jarrett (Connect2Concepts).

Through participation in this program participants will be able to:

  • Identify their own personal leadership style and the impact it has on others.
  • Identify a resource or relationship to enhance professional development and identify at least one woman with whom they would like to build a relationship with after the workshop.
  • Integrate positive practices offered by the MOVE strategy into their personal leadership style that enables them to advocate more effectively.
Personal & Professional Qualities

This program will feature facilitation by Women + Caucus members and guest presenters. The day will feature committee members Stefani Plummer (California Baptist University), Mila Padgett (University of South Carolina, Aiken), Katie Geter (University of Arkansas), Kelsie Jones (Western Carolina University), Kristin Traskie (Michigan State University), and Rachael Finley (York College of Pennsylvania) as well as presenters Lashica Thomas (Columbus State University), Tiffany Lomax (Colby College), and Tamara Jarrett (Connect2Concepts).

7.0 NIRSA CEUs
$80 early bird rate/$90 regular rate

Student Staff Development for the Forward Thinking Professional: Investing in Yourself to Invest in Students

March 29, 2022 • 8:00am-Noon
Attendees must pre-register for this workshop.

For most institutions, campus recreation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our student employees. We know that students who work on campus, specifically in collegiate recreation, get much more than just a paycheck. Now more than ever it’s important to consider how we invest in our most important resource: our student staff.

Join members of the Student Staff Development Task Force for a half-day filled with time for professionals to consider and re-consider student development. This is more than just a training session. It’s about investing in our students and ensuring that they’re growing and developing as a result of their employment within collegiate recreation.

Attendees will have the chance to customize their workshop experience by engaging in topical discussions around their interests or learning goals.

Some of the topics discussed will include:  The difference between training and development, learning outcomes, student development theory, development in changing times, graduate student development, EDI practices, training sessions, and assessment.

Through participation in this program participants will be able to

  • Describe the value of student staff development and identify the unique challenges and barriers to successful student development.
  • Analyze their staff training and development models.
  • Evaluate their personal and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities against the NIRSA student staff development competencies for students and professionals.
Human Resources Management
  • Matthew Altendorf, The Ohio State University; Student Staff Training & Development Coordinator
  • Chris Bullard, Portland State University; Outdoor Program Senior Coordinator
  • Katie Burns, Utah State University; Associate Director
  • Jeff Heiser, University of California-Davis, Associate Director, Recreation
  • Jenny Larson, Elon University; Associate Director, Facilities and Programs
  • Victoria Lopez-Herrera, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Senior Associate Director, Student Development
  • Andrew Reddish, Sacramento State University, Assistant Director, Intramural Sports and Student Staff Development
  • Sam Trapp, Tulane University, Senior Program Coordinator, Business Operations
3.0 NIRSA CEUs
$30 early bird rate/$40 regular rate

Senior Leader Strategies: Moving from Now to Next

March 29, 2022 • Time: TBD (anticipated to be all day ~9:00am-4:00pm)

Higher education and campus recreation is being disrupted by the war for talent, and the lasting impacts of a once in a century global pandemic. Senior leaders need to imagine new ways to engage or re-engage employees and recruit and retain top talent in a labor market where employees hold more power than ever before. What methods employed during the pandemic are here to stay, and what needs to be discarded in the transition to a new normal?

At the same time, two years of a global pandemic is disrupting participant expectations, program delivery, and value propositions for campus recreation. At a time when leaders are making changes or reductions to programs and program delivery to align with current resources and participant expectations, updated value proposition must align and continue to demonstrate meaningful impact on student success.

In this highly participatory workshop, senior leaders will consider these change drivers and co-create new paths and new models for the campus recreation portfolio of the future. Participants will learn more about the leadership skills needed to navigate disruption and have an opportunity to crowd source solutions to current challenges.

Through participation in this program participants will be able to

  • Identify unique leadership skills needed to navigate disruption.
  • Build a workplace culture that maximizes intergenerational strengths.
  • Demonstrate the value of campus recreation while making strategic decisions.

Personal & Professional Qualities, Business Management

  • Mila Padgett, Director, Campus Recreation & Wellness, University of South Carolina, Aiken
  • Jill Krantz, Executive Director of Campus Recreation, University of Pittsburg
  • Dr. Wendy Windsor, Director, Campus Recreation, Tulane University

6 NIRSA CEUs

90 Early Bird rate/$100 regular rate

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