Thursday, October 14, 2010

UIS hosts Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference

The University of Illinois Springfield is welcoming intramural and recreational sports staff from 12 different Illinois colleges and universities to campus.

It’s the first time UIS has hosted an Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference. The conference is designed to give professionals a chance to network with one another and talk about issues they have in common.

“Everyone will have their own experience and their own opinion and it’s good to gather that information because you’re not always going to have all the answers,” said Matt Panich, UIS Recreational Sports assistant director for facility and member services.

Conference topics centered on developing leadership skills, creating customer service models for reaction staff and included a round table discussion for new professionals entering the field.

Participants also learned what it takes to “go green” with tours of Springfield’s energy efficient Southwind Park & Erin’s Pavilion.

“This year we’re talking about green initiatives and sustainability. You never even would have heard that term 10 years ago,” said Kristin Duitsman, assistant director of facilities for Campus Recreation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The two-day conference concludes on Friday, October 15 with sessions on “Engaging Sport Clubs in the Community” and “Get’em Oriented. Giving your staff the vitals”.

For more information on the Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference visit their website.

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