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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/19/2022 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    Join this live event with NIRSA Members Luna Boydstun and Tanika Santos McSwain to check in how the school year is going thus far within your facilities and fitness programs. They will lead conversation which will allow you to engage and connect with your peers to virtually collaborate, share challenges as well as share solutions. Ideas in Motion Roundtables are not like traditional education sessions where you just “listen”, but rather we encourage you to actively participate in the conversations. *This session is live and will not be recorded.

    Join this live event with NIRSA Members Luna Boydstun and Tanika Santos McSwain to check in how the school year is going thus far within your facilities and fitness programs.  They will lead conversation which will allow you to engage and connect with your peers to virtually collaborate, share challenges as well as share solutions.   Ideas in Motion Roundtables are not like traditional education sessions where you just “listen”, but rather we encourage you to actively participate in the conversations.   *This session is live and will not be recorded.

    Luna Boydston

    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Tanika Santos McSwain

    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/15/2022 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    Campus recreation departments are looking to expand beyond the walls of indoor recreation areas. The goal is to create a Healthy Campus™, where student and faculty health and wellness are part of the college experience. This session will teach proven ways to advocate for new campus recreation initiatives, a framework to quantify results, and a design methodology to transform outdoor areas into spaces where people engage in “Accidental Fitness™.” Our experts will present research on the physical, social, and emotional health benefits of outdoor fitness. You’ll also see case study examples of campus recreation professionals who champion this outdoor fitness approach and the positive outcomes of their efforts.

    Campus recreation departments are looking to expand beyond the walls of indoor recreation areas. The goal is to create a Healthy Campus™, where student and faculty health and wellness are part of the college experience.

    This session will teach proven ways to advocate for new campus recreation initiatives, a framework to quantify results, and a design methodology to transform outdoor areas into spaces where people engage in “Accidental Fitness™.”

    Our experts will present research on the physical, social, and emotional health benefits of outdoor fitness. You’ll also see case study examples of campus recreation professionals who champion this outdoor fitness approach and the positive outcomes of their efforts.

    • Learning Objectives:
      • Discuss how outdoor recreation initiatives can support the health and wellness of students and faculty
      • Review best practice recommendations and examples
      • Identify real-life examples of a Healthy Campus and the successful strategies utilized for elevating the role of campus recreation
      • Summarize some research and unique benefits that outdoor recreation initiatives offer campus recreation and campus communities alike
      • Discuss advocacy tips and tools

    Russell L. Carson, PhD

    Research and Health & Wellness Advisor

    PlayCore

    With a PhD in Health and Kinesiology, numerous notable honors, and 70+ peer-reviewed publications and research presentations, Russ is passionate about the subject of health and wellness and possesses a vast knowledge on the importance of fitness throughout our lives to share with his audiences. 


    Jon Walker

    Product Manager (Outdoor Fitness & Freestanding Play)

    GameTime

    Jon Walker is a product manager with GameTime specializing in outdoor fitness equipment and Universal Design. For more than a decade, Jon has worked with parks professionals, health club owners, and colleges and universities to design outdoor gyms based on best-practice design principles. Guided by research from Utah State University Center for Persons With Disabilities, Jon advocates for inclusive outdoor fitness and recreation projects across North America. He speaks at industry events on the benefits of Universal Design and Inclusive Recreation and is a PlayCore-certified instructor for continuing education workshops on the topics of adult outdoor fitness and inclusive recreation.

    Alison Cross

    Director of Recreational Sports

    Virginia Tech

    Ali Cross serves as the director of recreational sports and a member of the student affairs leadership team at Virginia Tech.  In this capacity, she provides leadership to 38 full-time and 600+ part-time employees, two indoor recreational facilities, 20+ acres of outdoor recreation space and recreational programs.    

    1. B.S. in Sports Medicine with the Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) at the University of Southern Mississippi  

    2. M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology with the Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise (HNFE) Department at Virginia Tech  

    3. Certified Chi Running Instructor and Coach / Les Mills Instructor / ACE GFI / CPO / ACSM-EP / Facilitator for Discovery Learning, INC CSI

    4. National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Faculty from 2015-2018 

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/08/2022 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    Join NIRSA CAS Directors, Jake Eubank and Jason Vlastaras to learn more about CAS Standards and hear about the new Esports Standards that are in development. A summary of the Esports Standards will be shared, with opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. We will provide detail on the revision process for the collegiate recreation standards and put out a call for experts to guide that work!

    Join NIRSA CAS Directors, Jake Eubank and Jason Vlastaras to learn more about CAS Standards and hear about the new Esports Standards that are in development.  A summary of the Esports Standards will be shared, with opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. We will provide detail on the revision process for the collegiate recreation standards and put out a call for experts to guide that work! 

    Jacob Eubank, EdD

    Assistant Professor - Recreation Education & Therapy

    CUNY Lehman College

    Dr. Jake Eubank is the Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor in the Recreation Education and Therapy Program in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. His research focus is primarily on the impact of recreation and physical activity on the college student experience in the areas of stress, well-being, sense of belonging, academic success, and motivation. His other interests include higher education institutional policy and programming, particularly related to the health and well-being of college students. He received his Doctor of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his Master of Education with a concentration in Leisure and Tourism Studies from Bowling Green State University.  Dr. Eubank has held various positions in the field of recreation and leisure such as Assistant Director of Aquatics and Fitness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Assistant Director of Aquatics and Safety at Indiana State University.

    Jason Vlastaras

    Associate Director of Student Success

    Iowa State University

    n/a

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/07/2022 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    ​Want to learn more about ways to engage and lead within NIRSA? Join the Engagement and Leadership session facilitated by Wendy Windsor and Erin Patchett. During this session you will have the opportunity to learn about the numerous ways to get involved with NIRSA both at the regional and association level. Participants will learn more about the Pathways into Leadership and will then have the chance to participate in breakout rooms. Representatives from across the NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation and Champ Series, will be hosting the breakout rooms where you will learn more about the various volunteer opportunities and ask questions!

    Want to learn more about ways to engage and lead within NIRSA? Join the Engagement and Leadership session facilitated by Wendy Windsor and Erin Patchett.  During this session you will have the opportunity to learn about the numerous ways to get involved with NIRSA both at the regional and association level.  Participants will learn more about the Pathways into Leadership and will then have the chance to participate in breakout rooms.  Representatives from across the NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation and Champ Series, will be hosting the breakout rooms where you will learn more about the various volunteer opportunities and ask questions!

    Wendy Windsor, EdD, CRSS

    NIRSA President Designee; Director, Campus Recreation

    Tulane University

    I am currently the Director of Campus Recreation at Tulane University where I provide leadership and oversight to all aspects of our recreations and wellness programs.  Prior to Tulane, I held positions at UCLA, LSU, MTSU, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Being a former athlete, my passion is sports as I am a huge supporter of women's intercollegiate athletics.

    I enjoy all sorts of recreation activities including golf and hiking. I am also a passionate Samples baseball fan!

    Education Background
    Psychology, B.A., Clemson University
    Health & Human Performance, M.Ed   Auburn University
    Sport Management,  Ed.D, United States Sports Academy  

    Erin Patchett, PhD

    NIRSA President Elect; Director, Administration and Assessment

    Colorado State University-Fort Collins

    My name is Erin Patchett (she/her) and you can call me EP. I currently work for Colorado State University Campus Recreation as the Director of Administration and Assessment, and I also teach in our undergraduate and graduate Sport Management programs. I've volunteered with NIRSA throughout my career, most recently as the 2021 NIRSA Annual Conference Program Chair and with the EDI Commission. Some of my most cherished friendships are with folx I've met during my journey in this field.

    I am a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.S. Exercise Science, M.A. Leisure Studies) and the University of Northern Colorado (Ph.D. Sport Administration).

    My favorite things to dialogue about are assessment, research, gender, pronouns, social justice, tattoos, emotional intelligence, and coffee. 
    @epatchy_w on IG

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/03/2022

    Join us live on August 3 to discuss University of Colorado, Colorado Springs’s Promising Practice in-depth. Hear from the experts themselves about the long and winding road for this campus to build an integrated model that thrives through academic and cross-campus partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration. Be sure to check out UCCS’s Promising Practice PDF as well!

    Join us live on August 3 to discuss University of Colorado, Colorado Springs’s Promising Practice in-depth. Hear from the experts themselves about the long and winding road for this campus to build an integrated model that thrives through academic and cross-campus partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration. Be sure to check out UCCS’s Promising Practice PDF as well!

    Jessica Kirby, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences; Graduate Program Coordinator, MSc in Health Promotion; Assistant Director, Center for Critical Sport Studies

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Dr. Kirby is a Colorado native that enjoys staying active with her husband and two daughters. She received her Master's degree in Health Promotion from UCCS, and her PhD in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity from the University of Northern Colorado. As an assistant professor at UCCS, Dr. Kirby teaches the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of sport, health, and wellness to include Sport Psychology and Health Behavior Theory for undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Kirby's research focuses on exploring the sport and physical activity experiences of individuals across the lifespan, as well as the impact of social connection and peer relationships on psychological well-being in sport and physical activity settings. Dr. Kirby currently serves as Assistant Director for the Center for Critical Sport Studies, and the faculty advisor for the UCCS Fitness Buddies program.

    David Fehring

    Director of Campus Recreation

    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    David is originally from Wisconsin and received a B.S. in Communication Studies with a specialization in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.  He began his career path in collegiate recreation at La Crosse as an intramural sport official and supervisor.  David then served as the graduate assistant for intramural sports at Oregon State University, where he earned his M.S. in College Student Service Administration.  He continued at OSU for 17 years serving as a Coordinator of Sport Clubs, Assistant Director of Sport Clubs and Intramural Sports, and the Associate Director of Programs.  In 2017, David transitioned to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs to become the Associate Director and is currently the Director of Campus Recreation.   David leads a comprehensive campus recreation department that supports the health and well-being of the UCCS community. David resides in Colorado Springs with his family where they can often be seen participating in local recreational activities.

    Katie Smith

    Katie Smith is a health and wellness professional with over ten years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech in 2014, where she got her start in campus recreation. For the past seven years, she served as the Wellness Promotion Manager at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her professional interests include program design and implementation, strategic planning, mental health prevention, and body activism. Katie now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with her family. 

    Lindsey Visscher

    M.Sc. Health Promotion Student

    University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    Lindsey Visscher is a Health Promotion graduate student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She enjoys staying active by hiking the beautiful Colorado trails and training in martial arts such as Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. During her time at UCCS, Lindsey is focusing on studying the psychosocial cornerstones of wellness. She is interested in researching the cross-over between the mind and the body, especially regarding the importance of emotion regulation, social connection, and motivation in health behavior patterns. Lindsey currently serves as the UCCS Wellness Promotion graduate assistant, and works closely with the Wellness Center team to provide psychoeducation to students, faculty, and staff on campus. Lindsey also served as Dr. Kirby’s lead research assistant for the NIRSA grant-funded project “Mountain Lions on the Move”, which studied the impact of social connection and peer relationships on psychological well-being in sport and physical activity settings. After graduation, Lindsey hopes to use her Master’s degree in Health Promotion to assist in creating impactful health interventions, and optimizing the wellness of those in her community. 

    Dr. Gregory Reinhardt (Moderator)

    Associate Director of Programs

    University of Washington

    Starting in mid-February, Greg began leading the Programs team for the University of Washington Recreation. He has the chance to serve the areas of Fitness, Personal Training, Mindfulness, Intramural Sports and Rec Clubs. He also leads the Staff Development program. Prior to the University of Washington, Greg worked for the University of Utah, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Florida State University. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Sport Management at Florida State University, where he began working as a student in their Campus Recreation Department. He also obtained his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah. 

    Greg has served in NIRSA on various committees and work groups since 2014. He also serves NIRSA through presenting at state, regional, and national conferences. He is a member of the NIRSA Health and Wellbeing Task Force 2.0 where he works with the Education and Resources sub-committee and the Promising Practices Work Group. He is also the 2022 recipient of the Horace Moody Award for Student Development for Region VI. 

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/28/2022

    The Fall semester is around the corner and many of us are preparing for new and returning student employees. Do you have innovative solutions/success stories for student recruitment, onboarding and training? In need of updates to your current protocols and procedures? This discussion will be hosted by Patty Williams, Assistant Director of Athletics for Club/Intramural Sports at the University of New England and Tabbitha Gardner, Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness at St. Edwards University on behalf of the Small Programs Committee.

    The Fall semester is around the corner and many of us are preparing for new and returning student employees. Do you have innovative solutions/success stories for student recruitment, onboarding and training? In need of updates to your current protocols and procedures? This discussion will be hosted by Patty Williams, Assistant Director of Athletics for Club/Intramural Sports at the University of New England and Tabbitha Gardner, Assistant Director of Recreation & Wellness at St. Edwards University on behalf of the Small Programs Committee.

    Tabbitha Gardner

    St. Edward’s University

    Patty Williams

    University of New England

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/13/2022

    Join Climate Study Implementation Team Co-Chairs Victoria Lopez-Herrera (NIRSA At-Large Director), Cara Lucia (2021-2022 NIRSA Board President) and Pam Watts (Executive Director) to review key findings and recommendations from the final Climate Study. Priority action steps, timeline and opportunities for member involvement will be shared.

    Join the Co-Chairs of NIRSA’s Climate Study Implementation Team—At-Large Director on the NIRSA Board Victoria Lopez-Herrera, 2021-2022 NIRSA President Cara Lucia, and NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts—to continue the conversation around key findings and recommendations from the Climate Study report. Priority action steps, timelines, and opportunities for member involvement will be shared.

    Pam Watts

    Executive Director

    NIRSA Headquarters

    Cara Lucia, PhD

    NIRSA President

    Elon University

    Victoria Lopez-Herrera

    Senior Associate Director

    The University of Texas at San Antonio

    Victoria Lopez-Herrera is a partner, mother, sorority woman, Xicanista, and lover of coffee. Victoria’s passion for the empowerment of women, social justice issues, and advocacy for underrepresented students has guided her work in Student Affairs for 20 years. 

    Victoria currently serves as the Senior Associate Director for Campus Recreation at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her role, she oversees the development and training for approximately 300 student staff, the management of a 185,00 square foot facility, the Aquatics Center, Members Services, and administrative staff. Victoria is a certified indoor cycling instructor and Strengths Coach. She has served in administrative capacities at Columbia University, The New School, Cornell University, and Texas State University-San Marcos where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

    Victoria currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education and is a volunteer leader for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. 

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    This publication highlights University of Colorado - Colorado Springs's initiative. This publication further explains the long and winding road for this campus to build an integrated model that thrives through academic and cross-campus partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.

    This publication highlights University of Colorado - Colorado Springs's initiative.  This publication further explains the long and winding road for this campus to build an integrated model that thrives through academic and cross-campus partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/25/2022

    ​Certification is generally considered to be the “gold standard” of professional credentialing. A valued certification program provides enormous promise for educators working in student affairs and campus recreation to demonstrate ongoing learning, identify high quality professional development opportunities, and open new pathways for their professional mobility and career advancement. This session will provide an overview of how NIRSA volunteer leaders have spent the last two years in partnership with our student affairs peers to develop a new certification, and what developments you can expect in the upcoming months.

    Certification is generally considered to be the “gold standard” of professional credentialing. A valued certification program provides enormous promise for educators working in student affairs and campus recreation to demonstrate ongoing learning, identify high quality professional development opportunities, and open new pathways for their professional mobility and career advancement. 

    This session will provide an overview of how NIRSA volunteer leaders have spent the last two years in partnership with our student affairs peers to develop a new certification, and what developments you can expect in the upcoming months. 

    Pam Watts

    Executive Director

    NIRSA Headquarters

    Joey DeSanto Jones

    Executive Director

    Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification

    Amanda Wright

    Associate Director of Specialty Certification Relations

    Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    In 2021, NIRSA partnered with 122 Consulting to embark on a climate assessment initiative with the aim of gathering data about the ways members were experiencing the Association through a lens of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI). Over the fall and winter, a climate assessment—grounded in 122’s Sustained Impact Model that includes self (self-awareness, individual accountability), spheres (interpersonal dynamics, relationships), and systems (embedded culture, policies, and practices)—was conducted by 122 Consulting with oversight and support from NIRSA’s EDI Climate Study Steering Committee. Crucially, this work was supported by NIRSA Foundation donors. Data for the climate study was gathered by surveying members and nonmembers, facilitating focus groups, and receiving input from the Steering Committee. Findings from those efforts are presented and discussed in this report.

    In 2021, NIRSA partnered with 122 Consulting to embark on a climate assessment initiative with the aim of gathering data about the ways members were experiencing the Association through a lens of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI). Over the fall and winter, a climate assessment—grounded in 122’s Sustained Impact Model that includes self (self-awareness, individual accountability), spheres (interpersonal dynamics, relationships), and systems (embedded culture, policies, and practices)—was conducted by 122 Consulting with oversight and support from NIRSA’s EDI Climate Study Steering Committee. Crucially, this work was supported by NIRSA Foundation donors.

    Data for the climate study was gathered by surveying members and nonmembers, facilitating focus groups, and receiving input from the Steering Committee. Findings from those efforts are presented and discussed in this report.