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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/07/2024 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

    Join us August 7 for the Ideas in Motion: Marketing and Outreach - Round 5, to connect with fellow marketers, exchange ideas, and learn from each other's experiences. It will be a chance to get involved in open discussions, collaborative brainstorming, and problem solving! On the agenda: Freshman/First-Year Engagement, Street Team, New/Future Trends

    Campus Recreation Marketers: 

    Are you part of the Campus Recreation marketing efforts at your institution? Are you seeking new ways to promote your programs and engage with your campus community? If so, we invite you to be part of the Campus Recreation Marketing Collective! 

    As a member of your Campus Rec team, you play a vital role in shaping outreach strategies through graphics, videos, photos, tabling, social media, and events. This virtual roundtable is exclusively designed for marketing and outreach personnel who are committed to elevating the impact of Campus Recreation on their campus! 

    Join us August 7 for the Ideas in Motion: Marketing and Outreach - Round 5, to connect with fellow marketers, exchange ideas, and learn from each other's experiences. It will be a chance to get involved in open discussions, collaborative brainstorming, and problem solving! On the agenda: Freshman/First-Year Engagement, Street Team, New/Future Trends 

    Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to network with your peers and gain new perspectives! 

    Facilitated by: Diane Yee 

    Diane Yee

    MSU Denver

    With 20 years of collegiate recreation experience across seven campuses, Diane's diverse background (big/small, public/private, residential/commuter) has given her a range of insight as it relates to students' needs and interests. She specializes in custom events and collaborations to attract new engagement.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/11/2024 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    In late Spring, the US department of Labor (DOL) released their final rule, updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s overtime pay requirements. The rule increases the minimum salary threshold to $43,888 on July 1, 2024, and then to $58,656 on January 1, 2025. While many expect legal challenges will delay implementation of this ruling, many departments are still asked to prepare for compliance. Join NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts and fellow NIRSA senior leaders to discuss navigating the uncertainty of this legislation's roll out and its potential impact to salary compensation and overall department budgets. Come ready to share your ideas, adaptive strategies, concerns, and questions with your network as we consider how campus recreation can best navigate changing regulations now and in the future.

    In late Spring, the US department of Labor (DOL) released their final rule, updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)’s overtime pay requirements. The rule increases the minimum salary threshold to $43,888 on July 1, 2024, and then to $58,656 on January 1, 2025. While many expect legal challenges will delay implementation of this ruling, many departments are still asked to prepare for compliance. Join NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts and fellow NIRSA senior leaders to discuss navigating the uncertainty of this legislation's roll out and its potential impact to salary compensation and overall department budgets. Come ready to share your ideas, adaptive strategies, concerns, and questions with your network as we consider how campus recreation can best navigate changing regulations now and in the future.

    Pam Watts

    Executive Director

    NIRSA Headquarters

    Pam Watts is the Executive Director for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, which comprises over 3,250 members on nearly 900 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. A former CPA, Pam joined NIRSA in 2000 and in her tenure with the Association she served primarily as NIRSA's second-in-command until assuming the Executive Directorship in early 2012. She works closely with the NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation, and NIRSA Services Corporation Boards of Directors to actuate the aligned strategic plan of all three entities in service to members. 

    Pam is a Certified Association Executive and in her role as NIRSA’s Executive Director she served as the Chair of the Council for Higher Education Management Association’s Steering Committee; as a member of the American Council on Exercise’s Industry Advisory Panel; and on the Advisory Council for the Healthy Campus Initiative in the University of California System.  She currently serves as President of the Physical Activity Alliance, on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Wellbeing at Butler University and is Vice-President of the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification Board of Directors. 

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/20/2024 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

    From facility support, coaching development, and education programs to social and competitive play on college and university campuses, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) provides comprehensive support for collegiate tennis across the United States. Join our upcoming webinar to learn more about these resources and how to utilize tennis to inspire healthier people and communities everywhere.

    From facility support, coaching development, and education programs to social and competitive play on college and university campuses, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) provides comprehensive support for collegiate tennis across the United States. Join our upcoming webinar to learn more about these resources and how to utilize tennis to inspire healthier people and communities everywhere.   

    Learning Outcomes:

    a. Learn how the USTA can offer facility support via grants, design/technical assistance, & business services. 

    b. Identify new ways tennis can be played on your campus helping students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community get active. 

    c. Discover grant opportunities for your club team and recreation departments.  These incentives will enhance the tennis experience and offerings on campus regardless of ability level.  The total incentive available is up to $1,920 per Tennis On Campus program and an $800 equipment package for the Red Ball pilot programs. 

    d. Make tennis delivery on your campus simple by learning more about the USTA's introductory coach opportunities. 

    Elissa Hill (Moderator)

    Senior Director, Collegiate Tennis

    USTA

    Todd Carlson

    Director, Tennis Venue Services, Parks, & CTAs

    USTA

    Karl Davies

    Director, Community Education and Parent Support

    USTA

    Matt Barnhart

    Senior Director, Play & Competition

    USTA

    Josh Bramblett

    National Manager, Tennis on Campus and High School Tennis

    USTA

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/05/2024

    Join the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) leadership team to learn about the development and outcomes of the UBelong Initiative. UBelong evolved from a committee formed in response to national and local social injustices, tragedies, and conversations, to an embedded initiative creating a sense of wellbeing, community and belonging through collaborative partnerships and programs. Hear from RecWell leadership how challenging times and conditions spurred self-reflection, education, and intentional action. Dr. George Brown (AVP and Director), Lisa Stephenson (Associate Director for Programs + Wellness), Ben Kohler (Fitness / Wellness Director) and Olivia Wicker (Brand Strategy + Communications Director) will share their experiences and perspectives on creating conditions for students to bring their authentic selves into recreation and wellness spaces and forge the links between equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDI-B) and the undeniable relationship to health and wellbeing.

    Join the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) leadership team to learn about the development and outcomes of the UBelong Initiative. UBelong evolved  from a committee formed in response to national and local social injustices, tragedies, and conversations, to an embedded initiative creating a sense of wellbeing, community and belonging through collaborative partnerships and programs. Hear from RecWell leadership how challenging times and conditions spurred self-reflection, education, and intentional action. Dr. George Brown (AVP and Director), Lisa Stephenson (Associate Director for Programs + Wellness), Ben Kohler (Fitness / Wellness Director) and Olivia Wicker (Brand Strategy + Communications Director) will share their experiences and perspectives on creating conditions for students to bring their authentic selves into recreation and wellness spaces and forge the links between equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDI-B) and the undeniable relationship to health and wellbeing.

    Thanks to our event sponsor, University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness.

    As a result of attending the webinar, participants will:

    1. Assimilate the development of the University of Minnesota RecWell UBelong Initiative and its direct links to EDI-B and health and wellbeing, including the policies, the systems and the environment within an organization that can support–or derail–these efforts and initiatives. 

    2. Be able to apply intentional marketing and communication approaches, tactics, and messaging used to support this initiative, and the importance and impact of embedding this into the overall department brand. 

    3. Discover examples of successful events and programs that result from collaborations with departments and student organizations; and learn how resources, such as funding, are identified and dedicated to these efforts.

    4. Articulate how EDI, belonging, and a culture of wellbeing are integrated into department and divisional strategic priorities and plans, furthering the support of the UBelong initiatives and programming.

    George Brown

    Assistant Vice Provost and Director of University Recreation and Wellness

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

    George Brown serves as an Assistant Vice Provost in the Office for Student Affairs and is on the Leadership team for the Division as well as Director of University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC).

    He has served within Higher Education in Student Affairs and Collegiate Recreation and Wellness for 40 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1982 from Trinity University and his Master of Arts in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1983 from Miami University. He completed his Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion in 2010 from The University of Alabama. He has served in many leadership areas and presented on numerous occasions within NIRSA and is also a current and active member of the ACHA and NASPA.

    His research interest is physical activity and holistic health and wellbeing among college students. At UMTC he oversees and directs a comprehensive University Recreation and Wellness department with 55 full and part-time staff in addition to over 650 student employees. University Recreation and Wellness at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities annually serves over 60% of the campus community and realizes nearly 1.2 million annual visits to recreational and wellness facilities.

    Lisa Stephenson

    Associate Director for Programs and Wellness

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

    Lisa Stephenson is the Associate Director for Programs and Wellness at University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC).

    She has worked in the health and wellbeing industry for over 25 years, primarily in higher education and student affairs, where she’s contributed significantly to the conversation around mental health, belonging and overall wellbeing for students, and also staff and faculty. She has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire,  and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Lisa has had active roles with NIRSA and the Association for Outdoor Education (AORE), presenting, serving on committees, leading workshops, and as conference host for both organizations. 

    Lisa’s experience includes success in project and program planning, cultivating leadership capacity, building relationships, and creating the conditions for people to thrive. Lisa’s main goal is helping others discover purpose, belonging, and community through health and wellbeing. 

    Ben Kohler

    Fitness and Wellness Director

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

    Ben currently serves as the Fitness and Wellness Director at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In his 9 years at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Ben has been responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Massage Therapy programs. In addition to his role in Fitness, Ben has served as the chair of the UBelong committee, a department-wide initiative to create engagement with underserved/marginalized populations on campus that wouldn’t otherwise use RecWell due to real or perceived barriers. Ben has also served on committees and work groups focused on food and housing insecurity on campus.

    Ben earned his master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has been certified in Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Health Coaching from and serves as a subject matter expert with the American Council on Exercise for the last 10 years. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to group fitness, exercise psychology, and fitness professional development. He is always seeking new challenges and goals for himself, as he looks to provide the best experience for the people that he works with and prepares the next round of fitness professionals in this awesome field. 

    Olivia Wicker

    Director of Brand and Creative Strategy

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities

    Olivia Wicker serves as the Director of Brand and Creative Strategy for University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Recreation and Wellness (RecWell). She has been part of RecWell since 2015. As the lead of the marketing team she oversees RecWell’s communications, marketing and promotions, and creative work. In 2020 she began work on the “You Belong Here” marketing campaign, focusing on creating a sense of belonging, inclusiveness, and storytelling throughout RecWell and RecWell material. “You Belong Here” continues to be RecWell's central campaign. 

    Olivia earned her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2015 from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and her M.A. in Graphic Design in 2020 from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. 

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    There are numerous scales that measure wellbeing. In an effort to assist NIRSA members in selecting the best instrument for the goals and objectives of their work, the Wellbeing Research Work Group, a subgroup of NIRSA’s Health & Wellbeing Task Force, has curated a list of scales that have been: 1. utilized in higher education settings, 2. with college student populations, 3. validated through published research, 4. and are minimal to no cost.

    There are numerous scales that measure wellbeing. In an effort to assist NIRSA members in selecting the best instrument  for the goals and objectives of their work, the Wellbeing Research Work Group, a subgroup of NIRSA’s Health & Wellbeing Task Force, has curated a list of scales that have been:

    1. utilized in higher education settings,
    2. with college student populations,
    3. validated through published research,
    4. and are minimal to no cost.

    This resource is a non-exhaustive list of selected scales that are commonly used to measure wellbeing. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    This three-part webinar series is designed by CSAEd-CR certified NIRSA members to provide their best tips and tricks for studying for the certification exam. We’ll dive into specific competency areas that you’ll need to understand to prepare for the examination and provide some study resources that other certificants found useful. Additionally, you’ll gain access to an exclusive NIRSA Connect community where you can connect with peers who are also seeking certification, form study groups, and share new resources. These webinars will be live and recorded. If you are interested in joining in the live Q&A with current certificants, you must register at least 24 hours before the scheduled webinar. Otherwise, you will still have access to the webinar, but you will need to utilize the connect community for your questions.

    This three-part webinar series is designed by CSAEd-CR certified NIRSA members to provide their best tips and tricks for studying for the certification exam. We’ll dive into specific competency areas that you’ll need to understand to prepare for the examination and provide some study resources that other certificants found useful. Additionally, you’ll gain access to an exclusive NIRSA Connect community where you can connect with peers who are also seeking certification, form study groups, and share new resources.  

    These webinars will be live and recorded. If you are interested in joining in the live Q&A with current certificants, you must register at least 24 hours before the scheduled webinar. Otherwise, you will still have access to the webinar, but you will need to utilize the Connect community for your questions.  

    Webinar 1 Description

    Join us to dive deeper into the Leadership core domain. We’ll discuss how this domain may show up in the exam, and things to consider when we are looking at this core industry component through the lens of campus recreation. 

    Webinar 2 Description

    Join us to dive deeper into the Facility & Crisis Management core domain. We’ll discuss how this domain may show up in the exam, and things to consider when we are looking at this core industry component through the lens of campus recreation. 

    Webinar 3 Description

    Join us to dive deeper into the Social Justice & Inclusion, and Talent Management core domains. We’ll discuss how this domain may show up in the exam, and things to consider when we are looking at this core industry component through the lens of campus recreation. 

    Tricia Losavio

    University of Texas – Dallas

    Patsy Davis

    Augusta University

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) Department presents "Embrace the Challenge, Foster Systemic Change: A Journey Towards Inclusive Wellbeing." ​​Along with our live webinar, read this publication to learn about the development and outcomes of the UBelong Initiative. UBelong evolved from a committee formed in response to national and local social injustices, tragedies, and conversations, to an embedded initiative creating a sense of wellbeing, community, and belonging through collaborative partnerships and programs. Explore lessons learned and discover how their guiding principles might serve your own institution.

    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) Department presents "Embrace the Challenge, Foster Systemic Change: A Journey Towards Inclusive Wellbeing." Along with our live webinar, read this publication to learn about the development and outcomes of the UBelong Initiative. UBelong evolved from a committee formed in response to national and local social injustices, tragedies, and conversations, to an embedded initiative creating a sense of wellbeing, community, and belonging through collaborative partnerships and programs. Explore lessons learned and discover how their guiding principles might serve your own institution.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Leaders from the NIRSA Board, NSC Board, NIRSA Foundation Board as well as the Member Network, Assembly, and NIRSA Executive Director will share accomplishments from 2023 and priorities for 2024 that advance NIRSA’s strategic plan and deliver value to members.

    Leaders from the NIRSA Board, NSC Board, NIRSA Foundation Board as well as the Member Network, Assembly, and NIRSA Executive Director will share accomplishments from 2023 and priorities for 2024 that advance NIRSA’s strategic plan and deliver value to members. 

    Pam Watts

    Executive Director

    NIRSA Headquarters

    Pam Watts is the Executive Director for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, which comprises over 3,250 members on nearly 900 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. A former CPA, Pam joined NIRSA in 2000 and in her tenure with the Association she served primarily as NIRSA's second-in-command until assuming the Executive Directorship in early 2012. She works closely with the NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation, and NIRSA Services Corporation Boards of Directors to actuate the aligned strategic plan of all three entities in service to members. 

    Pam is a Certified Association Executive and in her role as NIRSA’s Executive Director she served as the Chair of the Council for Higher Education Management Association’s Steering Committee; as a member of the American Council on Exercise’s Industry Advisory Panel; and on the Advisory Council for the Healthy Campus Initiative in the University of California System.  She currently serves as President of the Physical Activity Alliance, on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Wellbeing at Butler University and is Vice-President of the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification Board of Directors. 

    Wendy Windsor, EdD, CRSS

    NIRSA Board President; Director, Campus Recreation

    Tulane University

    Dr. Wendy Windsor is the Director of Campus Recreation at Tulane University, where she has served since 2017.  In addition to Campus Recreation, Wendy is also currently providing leadership oversight for the Health Promotion unit. Wendy’s first Campus Recreation professional position was in the role of Associate Director of Recreational Sports at Texas A&M University, Kingsville (TAMUK). Following her tenure at TAMUK, Wendy held positions at Middle Tennessee State University, Louisiana State University, UCLA and now Tulane University. Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Master of Education in Health & Human Performance, and Doctor of Education in Sport Management. 

    An active member of NIRSA for over 18 years, Wendy is currently serving in the role of President-designee. She has also served on Faculty for the NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation (NSCR), served as Chair of the Championship Series Standards and NIRSA Student Professional Development committee(s), served as Tennessee State Director,  and served on the Leadership and Sustainable Practices Commission(s), nominations & appointments, and NIRSA Annual Conference Program Committee(s). Wendy also served as NIRSA Region II Soccer Director for 7 years and was co-founder of the Southeast Collegiate Soccer Alliance.  Wendy has presented at the state, regional, and national level and served as the keynote speaker during the 2014 NIRSA Region VI Student lead-on.

    In addition to her involvement within NIRSA, Wendy is an active member of the Tulane community serving in multiple capacities to include the Wave of Support (Mental Health) advisory board, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) taskforce, Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee, Black Women Collective and the LGBTQIA Faculty/Staff Affinity Group. Wendy also serves as a mentor for the Tulane Women’s Basketball mentorship program.

    In her spare time, Wendy is a huge supporter of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletes. She enjoys traveling spending quality time with family/ friends, and serving as a float lieutenant for one of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewes. Wendy prides herself in network building, providing mentorship, and influencing the leadership development of others.

    Erin Patchett, PhD

    NIRSA Board President Designee; Director of Administration and Assessment

    Colorado State University

    My name is Erin Patchett (she|her), and you can call me EP. I work in Campus Recreation at Colorado State University as the Director of Administration and Assessment. I am currently serving on the NIRSA Board of Directors (President Designee) and have had the opportunity to serve NIRSA in several other ways including the Annual Conference Program Committee Chair, EDI Commission, and Research and Assessment Committee. Some of my most cherished friendships are with folks I've met during my journey in this field.

    I am a two-time graduate of the University of Iowa (B.S. Exercise Science, M.A. Leisure Studies), and I completed my doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado (Sport Administration) in 2019.

    My favorite things to dialogue about are assessment, research, gender, tattoos, emotional intelligence, books, coffee, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
    @epatchy_w on Instagram

    Lashica Thomas

    NIRSA Board President Elect; Director, Campus Recreation

    Columbus State University

    Sophia Marshall

    Foundation Board President; Director, Center for Wellness Promotion (CWP)

    UNC Charlotte

    Sophia Marshall received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University and her Master of Sports & Recreation Management from Hardin-Simmons University. She held numerous roles at UNC Charlotte UREC, including Assistant Director for Fitness, Associate Director of Programs, and Senior Associate Director, where she spent 22 years of her Higher Education career before transitioning to the Director of the Center for Wellness Promotion (CWP) in July 2022. As the Director of CWP, Sophia provides leadership to a multidisciplinary team of professionals who address topics important to students’ health, wellbeing, and safety including interpersonal violence prevention, substance use prevention, recovery from substance misuse, sexual health, and general wellness. Sophia is dedicated to promoting health and wellness to the Charlotte community, and is passionate about educating students, faculty, and staff on developing healthier attitudes and behaviors.

    Seneca Wilson

    Foundation President Elect; Director of Recreation

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Jill Krantz

    NIRSA Services Corporation (NSC) Board President; Executive Director of Campus Recreation

    University of Pittsburgh

    Jill Krantz is the Executive Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to this, Krantz served for more than six years as Associate Athletics Director and Department Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports at the University of Virginia (UVA). Before her tenure at UVA, Krantz served as the facility manager at the Chilson Recreation/Senior Center in Loveland, Colorado, as a principal with GreenPlay, LLC, as the recreation and tourism director/instructor in the School of Business at the University of Colorado, and as the recreation supervisor for Onslow County, North Carolina. She is an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association and of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

    David Peters

    NIRSA Services Corporation (NSC) Vice President; Senior Associate Director, Campus Recreation

    Florida State University

    At FSU since 1995, David started in Campus Recreation as an IM flag football official moving up to the ranks to become the Director of Intramural Sports in the mid-2000s.  Since 2013, he has been an Associate Director for the department.  Active in NIRSA, David serves in various roles in the NIRSA Championship Series and was recently part of the Member Network and the Annual Conference Program Committee.  Despite a self-proclaimed lack of athletic talent, he is an avid wallyball player.

    Greg Durham

    Member Network (MN) Chair; Director, Partnerships & Programs

    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Greg Durham currently serves as the Director of Partnerships and Programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Currently, he is responsible for Outdoor Recreation, Competitive Sports, Fitness and Wellness Programs as well as corporate and alumni engagement. Before that, he served as the Director of Campus Recreation at Creighton University where he spearheaded many new initiatives and facility projects. Greg has a history with NIRSA where he has served in a variety of leadership roles such as the Member Network Chair, and Region V representative. Greg also has served as the Director of Competition with National Basketball and the Tournament Director for the first-ever NIRSA esports tournament. Greg was the winner of the 2022 Horace Moody Award and the 2021 NIRAS Annual Service Award. 

    Brooke Turner

    Member Network (MN) Incoming Chair; Director, Recreation Programs

    The University of Alabama

    Currently serving as the Region II Representative and Member Network Vice Chair, Brooke has been an active NIRSA member and volunteer since 2004.

    Allie Bogard

    Assembly Convener; Assistant Director, Sport Clubs

    Colorado State University

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    Wellbeing is all the buzz in higher education right now and it seems everyone is striving to be part of it. But what does wellbeing actually mean? How does it show up in the work of campus recreation? How does recreation’s work impact campus wellbeing? Whether you’re a director or a coordinator, whether you’ve been in the field for decades or are just starting your recreation career, whether your department has long been a part of campus wellbeing efforts or you’re just starting out, there is so much to learn in this dynamic and ever-evolving area. Recreation for Wellbeing guides participants through understanding the foundations of wellbeing, why wellbeing is critical to and inherent in all areas of campus recreation, how to understand the landscape of wellbeing on your campus, and how to advocate for wellbeing on and beyond your campus. As a result of participating in the Recreation for Wellbeing course, participants will be able to advocate recreation’s impact on wellbeing for the campus community, and they will leave the course with an action plan in mind so they can immediately put their learnings into practice and further foster wellbeing within their department and campus. Join for 8 weeks of study, dialogue, critical examination, and growth; we’re always stronger when we move forward together.

    Course Description

    Wellbeing is all the buzz in higher education right now and it seems everyone is striving to be part of it. But what does wellbeing actually mean? How does it show up in the work of campus recreation? How does recreation’s work impact campus wellbeing? Whether you’re a director or a coordinator, whether you’ve been in the field for decades or are just starting your recreation career, whether your department has long been a part of campus wellbeing efforts or you’re just starting out, there is so much to learn in this dynamic and ever-evolving area.  

    Recreation for Wellbeing guides participants through understanding the foundations of wellbeing, why wellbeing is critical to and inherent in all areas of campus recreation, how to understand the landscape of wellbeing on your campus, and how to advocate for wellbeing on and beyond your campus.  

    As a result of participating in the Recreation for Wellbeing course, participants will be able to advocate recreation’s impact on wellbeing for the campus community, and they will leave the course with an action plan in mind so they can immediately put their learnings into practice and further foster wellbeing within their department and campus. Join for 8 weeks of study, dialogue, critical examination, and growth; we’re always stronger when we move forward together.

    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Articulate the concept of wellbeing and understand its distinction from wellness 

    2. Apply the principles of wellbeing to one’s daily role in the campus community 

    3. Advocate recreation’s impact on wellbeing for the campus community  

    4. Formulate an action plan for progress on one’s campus.

    Course Format

    This course is eight weeks long, running from February through March 2024. It is anchored by four live, 90-minute learning modules. In between these modules will be opportunities for asynchronous learning and engagement, as well as interactive dialogue with peers. As a general rule, outside of the live course modules, you can expect to spend approximately 1 hour per week on this course.  

    Assignments and knowledge checks are included throughout the course, culminating in a final project that allows participants to integrate their learning directly into their day-to-day job and departments’ needs.  

    Attendees will be provided tools and resources to help them document their learning journey and capture everything in one easy to access place.  

    Participants will have an opportunity to gather in person at the NIRSA 2024 Annual Conference to build off conversations started in the course, continue to network, and celebrate their accomplishments. This in person celebration is optional and not mandatory for course participation. 

    Course Modules

    Module 1: Foundations of Wellbeing

    By completing this module, learners will be able to:  

    • Articulate the differences between wellness and wellbeing 
    • Explain the components of the inter-association definition of wellbeing 
    • Use the Inter-association definition to reflect on one’s own wellbeing 

    Module 2: Why is Wellbeing in Recreation Important?

    By completing this module, learners will be able to:  

    • Articulate how recreation contributes to wellbeing 
    • Explain at least one way that wellbeing is supported through their work 
    • Understand how to stay current on emerging research 

    Module 3: Putting Wellbeing into Practice on Your Campus

    By completing this module, learners will be able to:  

    • Identify resources & Assessments available to inform wellbeing efforts 
    • Identify processes to initiating a systemic change in perspective toward wellbeing 
    • Define phases of campus readiness toward a culture of wellbeing 

    Module 4: Advocating for Wellbeing: On YOUR Campus & Beyond

    By completing this module, learners will be able to:  

    • Identify ways for sharing the impact on wellbeing 
    • Create an action plan for initiating progress 
    • Utilize wellbeing resources to inform future work

    Module Live Session Dates & Times

    The four 90-minute live sessions will be held every other Thursday from 2:00pm Eastern/11:00am Pacific to 3:30pm Eastern/12:30pm Pacific. They are scheduled for the following dates:

    Module 1: February 15

    Module 2: February 29

    Module 3: March 14

    Module 4: March 28

    Continuing Education Credits

    Participants who complete the course will be eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credits in either the Core Student Affairs Educator Certification (CSAEd™) or Certified Student Affairs Educator-Campus Recreation (CSAEd-CR™). 

    NIRSA has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd™). Programs that qualify for CE credit in this program are clearly identified. NIRSA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

    The four course modules qualify for the amount and types of CE credit listed below:

    • Module 1 = 1.5 Core credits in the Foundations of the Profession domain
    • Module 2 = 1.5 Core credits in the Foundations of the Profession domain 
    • Module 3 = 1.5 Campus Recreation Specialty Credits in the Leadership domain 
    • Module 4 = 1.5 Campus Recreation Specialty Credits in the Leadership domain
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    NIRSA Core Competencies

    Philosophy & Theory; Programming

    Registration Options

    Course participants may register as an individual, or up to five individuals affiliated with the same institution may register via the Institutional Bundle option. The Institutional Bundle is available for Institutional Members only; the participants assigned to one of the five bundle slots are not required to hold their own individual NIRSA membership.

    Course Requirements & Expectations

    All participants must have access to a computer with high-speed Internet to participate in the live modules and other course activities. We strongly recommend having a webcam for live online participation as well as engagement with your learning cohort. By enrolling and participating in this course, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to adhere to NIRSA's Online Program Policies.

    Mark Ferguson

    Assistant Vice President, Well-Being

    Ohio University

    Mark serves as the Assistant Vice President for Well-being at Ohio University and is a current member of the NIRSA Health & Wellbeing Task Force.  With over 20 years of experience in collegiate recreation and student affairs, Mark has extensive experience leading organizational change, developing strategic direction, and building cohesive teams.  His work aims to transcend traditional approaches through transformative, integrated initiatives that empower the whole campus community.

    Lindsay Brookey

    Assistant Director, Fitness for Wellness and Recreation

    North Carolina State University

    Lindsay is the Assistant Director, Fitness for Wellness and Recreation at NC State University. She currently serves on the NIRSA Health and Wellbeing Task Force and is the co-chair of the NIRSA Wellbeing Briefing Work Group. Lindsay has worked in collegiate recreation for over 10 years, and was previously at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Florida Atlantic University before joining the NC State team.

    Erin O'Sullivan

    Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships

    NIRSA Headquarters

    Erin is NIRSA's Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships. She is the staff liaison to the NIRSA Health & Wellbeing Task Force and helps lead the inter-association wellbeing work for NIRSA. She is also a governance team member for the ANEW - the Action Network for Equitable Wellbeing.

    Dr. Jacob Eubank

    Assistant Professor - Recreation Education

    Lehman College, City University of New York

    Dr. Jacob Eubank is an Assistant Professor in the Recreation Education program at Lehman College, City University of New York. He currently serves as the NIRSA CAS Director and as a member of the NIRSA Health and Well-being Taskforce 2.0. His research focuses on recreational behavior and its impact on college student health and well-being, including outcomes such as reduction in stress and anxiety, increased sense of belonging, and increased life satisfaction. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehman College CUNY, Dr. Eubank served as the Assistant Director of Aquatics and Fitness at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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    The Industry Insights report highlights key findings and potential impacts for the profession. The report is based on a 2023 survey that considered the future environment within which campus recreation professionals work, how that environment influences their needs, and what their goals are, given the market and environmental factors identified. Using the results of the survey along with other data and context relevant to the field, NIRSA leaders outlined possible next steps for institutions, organizations, leaders, and professionals to consider. This report was made possible through funding from the NIRSA Foundation.

    The Industry Insights report highlights key findings and potential impacts for the profession. The report is based on a 2023 survey that considered the future environment within which campus recreation professionals work, how that environment influences their needs, and what their goals are, given the market and environmental factors identified. Using the results of the survey along with other data and context relevant to the field, NIRSA leaders outlined possible next steps for institutions, organizations, leaders, and professionals to consider. 

    This report was made possible through funding from the NIRSA Foundation.