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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 01/17/2023 at 10:00 AM (PST)

    Curious to learn more about the many opportunities to volunteer with NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation, and NIRSA Champ Series? Come join current and former volunteers as they share their experiences about volunteering on committees and work teams. You will learn about the upcoming opportunities available for the 2023-2024 leadership year. Information will be shared about time commitments and workload involved, as well as the experience and networks you can gain by volunteering on a committee or work team!

    Curious to learn more about the many opportunities to volunteer with NIRSA, NIRSA Foundation, and NIRSA Champ Series? Come join current and former volunteers as they share their experiences about volunteering on committees and work teams. You will learn about the upcoming opportunities available for the 2023-2024 leadership year. Information will be shared about time commitments and workload involved, as well as the experience and networks you can gain by volunteering on a committee or work team!  

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/01/2022 at 10:00 AM (PST)

    Join us as we catch up with past Promising Practice campuses – Oakland University, Rowan University, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. We’ll hear from each campus about what has changed for them, what has remained the same, and what they have planned for the future. This roundtable will invite conversation between the panelists and attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities for integrated wellbeing in these ever-changing times. NIRSA is able to provide this free to Institutional members because of the generous support of our sponsor. Thank you, NIRSA Foundation!

    Join us as we catch up with past Promising Practice campuses – Oakland University, Rowan University, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. We’ll hear from each campus about what has changed for them, what has remained the same, and what they have planned for the future. This roundtable will invite conversation between the panelists and attendees to discuss the challenges and opportunities for integrated wellbeing in these ever-changing times. 

    NIRSA is able to provide this free to Institutional members because of the generous support of our sponsor. Thank you, NIRSA Foundation!

    Becky Lewis

    Associate Director Programs & Administration

    Oakland University

    Becky’s 27-year career in campus recreation started in the fitness arena as an undergraduate at Central Michigan University and then a GA at Miami-Ohio.  In 2010 Becky made the transition to Oakland University from Northern Illinois University.  At OU Becky is responsible for the oversight of programming and administrative tasks for University Recreation and Well-Being.  Since her arrival to OU, she has been actively engaged in, and directly responsible for creating and rolling out a healthy campus initiative that the OU administration can support.

    Becky’s involvement in campus life also includes participation in the summer family orientation program, working closely with the Dean of Students office on various student conduct committees, chairing a subcommittee for the Grizzlies Healthy Planet Initiative, serving as the current President of the Administrative Professionals employee group and she is a member of the School of Health Sciences Board.

    Over the years, Becky’s teaching and primary work have been important to her because of the lives she has been able to influence and the numerous people who have crossed her path. She has a passion for the development of people, whether students or employees, and providing opportunities for individuals to be successful in their personal lives, careers, health and well-being.

    Kevin George, M.E.S.

    Director of Campus Recreation

    Rowan University

    Kevin leads a comprehensive campus recreation department that supports the health and well-being of the Rowan community. The department supports students through informal recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, group fitness, personal training, and aquatics programs. Kevin’s energetic team of professional staff, graduate coordinators, and over 200 student and part-time staff supports campus well-being through multiple indoor and outdoor facilities, various and diverse programs and services, and initiatives that provide opportunities for student learning and growth. Through collaborations with a variety of divisions and departments, Kevin leads the integration of a well-being culture across the campus by helping students and employees who are navigating the dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, community, social, financial, and purpose.

    He attended Robert Morris University and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Sport Management and has a M.E.S. in Sport Management from the University of Florida. While at UF, Kevin served as a graduate assistant of intramural sports at the Recreational Sports Department and served as a Summer Sports & Fitness Intern with the Navy MWR in La Maddalena, Italy. His Rowan University career began at the Rec Center in 2004. An active member of NIRSA – Leaders of Collegiate Recreation, Kevin has been recognized by the association with the Horace Moody Award for Student Development in 2006 and the Region I Award of Merit in 2019.

    Kevin resides with his wife and 3 daughters in Haddonfield, NJ and enjoys spending his spare time officiating women’s collegiate basketball and playing in the Rowan Summer Employee Softball League.

    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.

    Caitlyn Hennings

    Employee Wellness Coordinator

    Oakland University

    Caitlyn serves as the Employee Wellness Coordinator at Oakland University. She develops, delivers, and evaluates employee wellness programming as well as fosters collaborations with departments on and off campus. She earned her bachelor's and master's from the University of Delaware. She has received a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Health Coaching and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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    Iowa Guided Reflection on Work (GROW®) conversations are a powerful tool that Campus Recreation student supervisors can utilize to make on-campus employment a high impact practice. GROW® takes the form of brief, structured conversations between students and supervisors to help students connect the skills that they are learning on the job to their career and academic aspirations. To date, over 200 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad have contacted the University of Iowa about implementing GROW® at their institutions. In this roundtable conversation, we’ll hear from Teri Schnelle, Director of Projects and Partnerships for the University of Iowa before moving into a conversation about GROW® use cases in Campus Recreation. Attendees can view the supplement [see Contents tab] to see how peer institutions have brought GROW® to life on their campuses. This roundtable is perfect for anyone interested in practical student staff development resources!

    Iowa Guided Reflection on Work (GROW®) conversations are a powerful tool that Campus Recreation student supervisors can utilize to make on-campus employment a high impact practice. GROW® takes the form of brief, structured conversations between students and supervisors to help students connect the skills that they are learning on the job to their career and academic aspirations. To date, over 200 colleges and universities in the United States and abroad have contacted the University of Iowa about implementing GROW® at their institutions. In this roundtable conversation, we’ll hear from Teri Schnelle, Director of Projects and Partnerships for the University of Iowa before moving into a conversation about GROW® use cases in Campus Recreation. Attendees can view the supplement [see Contents tab] to see how peer institutions have brought GROW® to life on their campuses. This roundtable is perfect for anyone interested in practical student staff development resources!

    Sam Trapp

    Tulane University

    Jeff Heiser

    University of California-Davis

    Teri Schnelle

    University of Iowa

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/15/2022

    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)

    During the 2020-2021 NIRSA Assembly Term, the Inclusive Recreation Work Team focused on exploring inclusive recreation needs and trends within collegiate recreation. With forward thinking data collection – including roundtable conversations, surveys, and needs assessments – the Assembly was able to focus on the future of collegiate recreation and tackle the question of how to advance inclusive recreation. The assessment tool contains questions that are centered around yes or no assessment of departmental aspects of inclusive recreation. The goal is to help departments know where they are currently at with inclusive recreation.

    During the 2020-2021 NIRSA Assembly Term, the Inclusive Recreation Work Team focused on exploring inclusive recreation needs and trends within collegiate recreation.  With forward thinking data collection – including roundtable conversations, surveys, and needs assessments – the Assembly was able to focus on the future of collegiate recreation and tackle the question of how to advance inclusive recreation.  The assessment tool contains questions that are centered around yes or no assessment of departmental aspects of inclusive recreation.  The goal is to help departments know where they are currently at with inclusive recreation.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    In June and July of 2022, campus rec departments at 92 institutions shared the details of their remote work guidelines within their department. Departments were asked about equipment and supplies offered to remote workers, the impact their remote guidelines had on staffing, which areas of the department were more likely to be in-person vs. remote, and more.

    In June and July of 2022, campus rec departments at 92 institutions shared the details of their remote work guidelines within their department. Departments were asked about equipment and supplies offered to remote workers, the impact their remote guidelines had on staffing, which areas of the department were more likely to be in-person vs. remote, and more.

  • 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. 

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    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.