Join us for a free two-day virtual event, September 15–16! Hand-picked campus recreation executive leaders from schools across the country will come together for pertinent roundtable discussions and idea exchange alongside exclusive partner content.

The Schedule

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

9–10 am (EST) Webinar:

Campus Recreation Delivers Mental Health Benefits — Presented by Matrix

Matrix WebinarThe role of campus recreation may be more important than ever, given that returning students report unprecedented levels of anxiety and feelings of social isolation. Join Karlie Intlekofer, PhD and the global wellness researcher at Matrix Fitness, to explore the current research related to higher education and COVID-19, the emerging innovative technology solutions that can support the campus community, and ideas for communicating the benefits of campus recreation on mental resilience and academic performance.

10–11 am (EST) Roundtable 1:

The Mental Health Crisis

Roundtable 1 Panelists

Research shows a large percentage of students struggle with mental health issues — and that is not counting what affects COVID-19 will have on incoming and returning students. In this discussion, panelists look to answer questions on top strategies when it comes to training staff, COVID-19’s impact on campus rec’s role in the mental health crisis, when departmental culture comes into play, and more.




Jill Beville, the director of Recreation and Wellness at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Darcie Burde, the director for Fitness and Wellness at the University of Florida
Stacy Connell, the founder of SLC Wellbeing and previously the senior director of health initiatives at Georgia Tech
Josh Downing, the director of Recreation and Wellness at Butler University
Alexis Steptoe, the wellness coordinator at North Carolina State University

11:30–12:30 pm (EST) Webinar:

Five Trainable Qualities in One — Presented by Keiser

Keiser WebinarMac Calloway, human performance and education specialist, will discuss the importance of training for strength, power, speed, endurance, hypertrophy and how Keiser equipment can do all five. Whether your members are weekend warriors, athletes or hard core training buffs, this session will provide you with the whys and hows to truly benefit all.

1–2 pm (EST) Roundtable 2:


Data/Analytics PanelistsCollecting data is essential to the success of campus recreation and numbers are a key factor in helping articulate the impact it has on campus. In this roundtable, the panelists discuss what ways sharing data has helped to justify the effect of recreation on their campuses, as well as determining what outcomes will best articulate that message. They also dive into building the data literacy skills of their teams and what analytics are needed to prove relevancy in the case of being 100% virtual.




Elizabeth Greenlee, the associate director of Recreation and Wellness at Radford University
Nicole Olmeda, the associate director of Research and Assessment at the University of Texas at Austin
Steven Trotter, the associate director of Wellness and Fitness at East Carolina University
Michelle Whipple, the interim senior associate director of Programs at Purdue University
Katie White, the associate director of Programming and Assessment at Towson University

3–4 pm (EST) Roundtable 3:

Inclusion — Programming for Alternative/Adaptive Recreation

Roundtable PanelistsMore students are clamoring for inclusion into campus recreation. Plus, diversity and equity are two big initiatives that we need to consider not only as a staff, but in our service to students. In this roundtable, panelists center their discussion around adaptive/alternative recreation programming ideas like esports, where EDI comes into play, how partnerships can be powerful and the most significant barriers to inclusive programming.




Jen Armbruster, the inclusive Rec and Fitness Center Coordinator at Portland State University
David Kirk, esports program director for Campus Recreation at Illinois State University
Ebony Ramsey, the assistant dean for Student Involvement at Maryville University
Skyler Rorabaugh, the director of Campus Recreation at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Mirum Washington-White, the director of Athletics at St. Cyril of Alexandria School and the previous associate director of Programs and Assessment at the University of Houston

4–5 pm (EST) Webinar:

Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks: Best Practices for Promoting Community Health by Increasing Physical Activity — Presented by GameTime

GameTime WebinarLearn how to effectively advocate for outdoor fitness spaces as solutions to providing affordable, enjoyable ways to exercise outdoors and on campus. Anne-Marie Spencer, the corporate vice president of marketing and master trainer at PlayCore, and Fred Wiechmann, the vice president of marketing and product development at GameTime, will teach viewers how to plan, design, implement and champion fitness initiatives that provide a well-rounded workout.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9–10 am (EST) Webinar:

Exercise vs. Training: Performance Based Solutions — Presented by Technogym

Technogym webinarThe main goal of any fitness program should be to maximize results while reducing the chance of any type of injury. In today’s high-intensity environment, the focus on intensity has overshadowed other key training principles. Marty Miller, the director of education and training at Technogym North America, will help uncover unique training opportunities in this webinar that allow for a safe and effective systemic approach to high-intensity training.

10–11 am (EST) Roundtable 4:

Trending Technology

Tech Roundtable PanelistsTechnology, especially in 2020, has never been more prominent. However, a lot of questions surround the principle ways campus recreation departments are implementing it. The panelists share how they are using technology during the current climate, what needs to be on the radar to successfully implement new technology and the role trending tech will play specifically with your staff.




Linda Buonanno, the senior associate director of facilities and operations for Campus Recreation at Penn State
Jeff Huskey, the assistant dean of Wellness and the director of Recreation at the University of California Santa Barbara
Tim Mertz, the senior director at HealthFitness
Jay Souza, the director of Recreation and Wellness at the University of South Florida
Mike Warren, the director of Recreation and Wellness at Purdue University


11:30 am–12:30 pm (EST) Webinar:

The Biggest Trends Reshaping Collegiate Recreation and Wellness — Presented by CannonDesign

CannonDesign WebinarColleges and universities are boldly investing in new or rejuvenated recreation and wellness facilities amidst constant change around new technology, shifting generational preferences and new cultural norms. In this session, Colleen McKenna, the principal and director of Sports, Rec + Wellness practice at CannonDesign, will offer real-world examples of how institutions can advance inspiring facility solutions that address current needs while planning for the future. Every collegiate recreation leader will leave this presentation with actionable tips and advice to help their campus community.

1–2 pm (EST) Roundtable 5:

The Future — Strategic Planning


All roundtables and webinars will be be available to watch on-demand following their release times and dates. Register to receive them directly to your inbox!

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