Design a recreation and wellness center that engages your entire campus community.
Learn how to design an engaging recreation and wellness facility for your campus. Expert-led sessions on visioning and design best practices, a site visit, and methods for incorporating student services into your facility will allow you to leave this conference with the knowledge to start planning your own rec facility. Conference sessions will focus on:
Learn key strategies for effectively branding individual workout spaces, as well as using social media to promote a dialogue between your facility and students. MizzouRec at the University of Missouri will serve as a case study on how branding and social media can effectively take your facility to the next level.
During this event, you will have the opportunity to visit the University of Utah for a tour of their newly constructed Recreation and Wellness Facility. Following the visit, you will be able to discuss the newly constructed facility with campus stakeholders and private partners most intimately involved with the project. See a preview of the facility below.
Bring your team of physical education personnel, campus planners, campus architects, and chief student affairs officials to benefit from shared conversation around how a new or renovated recreational facility can positively impact the academic mission of your institution.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to address key considerations for designing a recreation and wellness facility.
Any successful recreation and wellness facility begins with a visioning process that balances the future needs of students with existing campus characteristics. This session will introduce you to the conceptual design process, which influences budget, space and program design. This visioning exercise will give you an opportunity to hear from experts before working with fellow attendees in outlining major considerations in this critical first step. Questions to spur the process will include:
George has worked in Student Affairs and Collegiate Recreation and Wellness for over 33 years. He previously served as Executive Director and Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs for 29 years at the University of Alabama. 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 (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) and is currently serving on the Healthy Campus 2020 leadership team of the ACHA (American College Health Association) and an active member of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). His research interests are physical activity and holistic wellness among college students. He oversees and directs a comprehensive University Recreation and Wellness department with 64 full and part-time staff, in addition to over 750 student employees. University Recreation and Wellness at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities annually serves over 70% of the total student population.
Stevie supervises a staff of over 50 in a comprehensive NCAA Division III athletics program, supporting 600 student-athletes in 23 sports. In her current role, Baker-Watson manages student health care on campus through DePauw Health, a collaborative relationship between DePauw University and Hendricks Regional Health.
Baker-Watson played a significant role in the development of the Athletics and Recreation Facilities Master Plan and in 2014, DePauw completed Phase I of the Plan, totaling close to $30 million in improvements to the Lilly Center and the Athletics Campus, which included the revitalization of Blackstock Stadium and the addition of the Welch Fitness Center and Reavis Stadium. She also spearheaded a rebranding initiative of the athletics department, energized the department with both her hiring practices and comprehensive staff development programs, and successfully launched the Tiger Club, a fundraising affinity group for athletics.
Prior to DePauw University, Stevie served as the Assistant Athletics Director/SWA at North Central College, Head Athletic Trainer/SWA/Instructor of Physical Education at Aurora University, and Head Women’s Athletic Trainer at St. Xavier University.
Stevie is currently a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council, Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects Committee, and Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, in addition to serving as an Executive Board member for NADiiiAA. She is currently working with the RISE Foundation and facilitating conversations with DePauw student-athletes regarding race, privilege, and sport.
Diane Dahlmann is a member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation board of directors, serves on the editorial advisory board of School Construction News, is the editor of MizzouRec NATION magazine and is a featured Mondo Expert.
Formerly she served on the Special Olympics – Missouri Board of Directors and editorial advisory board of Athletic Business magazine.
As a graduate of Elmhurst College and Illinois State University, Diane has worked and studied under several great mentors. This led to 40-plus years as a teacher, mentor, director and consultant in higher education recreation. Over the years, she has visited over one hundred leisure facilities in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, and Europe.
She is known as a quality crusader for excellence, an award-winning innovator, speaker and leader who has greatly influenced the manner in which recreation opportunities and leisure experiences are delivered. Noted for her exceptional creativity and unique perspective, Dahlmann has created some the nation’s most successful programs and facilities (including the MU Student Rec Complex, which has been cited as the best in the nation.) Her program models, facility designs, student development applications and revenue-generating initiatives have been instrumental in shaping higher education and community recreation today.
With thirty-six years of experience with award-winning design, Erik Kocher leads Hastings+Chivetta’s design efforts with specialized expertise in athletic and recreation and is a sought-after speaker nationwide at industry conferences. His design excellence comes from the physical expression of sound ideas, innovation, and creativity combined with an open flow of communication. Erik received a bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Grinnell College and a master’s of architecture from Washington University. NCARB Certified and LEED Accredited, he is a registered architect in twenty-six states.
Eric has been the Director of University Recreation at James Madison University since April of 1995. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from SUNY Plattsburgh, and his master’s degree in Sport Management from The Ohio State University. Eric is a life member of NIRSA (Leaders in Collegiate Recreation) and has served two terms on their Board of Directors, and has also served as president of both the NIRSA Foundation and the NIRSA Services Corporation. He is a frequent presenter and speaker on and off campus. Eric is a professional consultant, conducting collegiate recreation program reviews and addressing operational and leadership issues as well as recreation facility design and construction. Eric has served as a faculty member and Chair of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management and is an adjunct faculty member in the Hart School of Hospitality, Recreation and Sport Management at JMU. Eric is married (wife, Jacki) and is the proud father of three boys (Ryan, Kyle, and Tyler).
Carrie has been at MizzouRec Services and Facilities at the University of Missouri since 2006. She holds a Bachelors in Parks, Recreation, & Tourism and a Masters in Architectural Studies. At MizzouRec, she started as an Aquatic Coordinator, overseeing aquatic programing and special events. She transitioned to the “dry side” of the facility in 2010, and began managing facility operations and leading award-winning teams and projects from bare concepts to successful implementations.
As a critical member of the senior leadership team, Carrie's direct oversight includes the 300,000 sq. ft. facility and outdoor sports complex. In addition to daily operations, she has led capital projects and renovations, including the transformation of the in-house spa. She also helped create social space for MizzouRec members and special areas in the facility for boxing and functional fitness workouts.
Jen is the strategic communications manager for MizzouRec Services and Facilities at the University of Missouri. She earned a BFA in Visual Communication from Truman State University, is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from Mizzou, and has worked as a creative in higher education for 10 years.
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The rate is $129 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of April 2, 3 and 4, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to March 13, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
The Sheraton Salt Lake City is perfectly located in the heart of the downtown business and entertainment district. Temple Square and City Creek Mall are within walking distance. If you prefer to stay in, the hotel offers a couple of dining outlets to choose from.
The Sheraton Salt Lake City is approximately six miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). The hotel provides guests with complimentary shuttle transportation to SLC and to the surrounding area. Please call 801-401-2000 to make your reservation.
“Provided much food for thought as we move forward with the design and build of our proposed facility. Very timely in terms of information and expertise being made available to us.”- Linda Moore Martin, Dean, School of Health Sciences, Red Deer College
“A good professional experience for those looking to learn or interact with the experts that impact projects like rec centers. Excellent presentations, solid interactions and thought challenging discussions. For my 20+ years in the campus recreation field, one of my best professional development experiences.”- Jim Walczyk, Director of Recreation Services, UNC Charlotte
“Well organized, effective speakers, useful choice of topics.”- Cathy Rock, Project Manager, Facilities, Red Rocks Community College
“Excellent conference, very applicable information.”- Shane Ray, Manager, Athletics and Recreation Services, Red River College
“This session helped our team to come together and focus on a topic that has immediate impact on the future growth of our institution and on the success of our students.”- Maureen Toews Manager, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Red Deer College
“This conference provides hands-on education and practical information that was applicable to those in all phases of recreation facilities planning, design, or construction.”- George Brown, Executive Director of University Recreation, University of Alabama
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