2010 Task Force for Recreation and Athletics -- Convention Activities

TFRA Sponsored Proposals

A key component of the TFRA’s Action Plan is to provide professional development opportunities as well as to engage in opportunities to present programs and research on college recreation and athletics at annual conferences. To meet those goals, the TFRA is pleased to sponsor the following programs at the 2010 convention:

  • TFRA Roundtable: Student Learning and Development through Recreational Sports and Intercollegiate Athletics. Presented by Scott R Hirko – Michigan State University and the TFRA Directorate. Monday, March 22, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM; Sheraton Boston Hotel - Beacon D.

    Significant numbers of students participate in some form of recreational sports and/or athletics during their collegiate learning experience. However, understanding of the impact of participation on student learning and development is limited. The Task Force for Recreation and Athletics (TFRA) seeks to engage student affairs professionals in exploring ideas and strategies for advancing informed and effective practice. Areas of emphasis include: multicultural competency and inclusion; student conduct; recruitment and transition to college; student retention and academic achievement; and, professional preparation. 

  • Division III Athletics: For the Love of the Game? Presented by Colleen A. McDonough and Heidi R Spence – Michigan State University. Monday, March 22, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM; Boston Marriott Copley Place – Dartmouth.

Based on our research on student athlete identity development at the Division III level, we will examine how students incorporate athletics into their college experience and to what degree institutions place value on athletic participation. Learning objectives include understanding: [1] the role of athletic involvement in students’ collegiate experience and identity development, [2] the impact of institutional enrollment planning around DIII recruiting [3] the measures institutions are taking to help student athletes balance athletics with other extracurricular endeavors. 

  • Predicting First-Year Athletes Success Using Demographic, Academic, and Athletic Variables.Presented by Roger D. Wessel and James E. Johnson – Ball State University. Monday, March 22, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM; Sheraton Boston Hotel - Beacon G

The NCAA has implemented several academic reform measures to reaffirm the academic commitment of member institutions. The latest reform package included the Academic Progress Rate determined by the academic success of student-athletes. This program will review a 2009 study that sought to predict first-year student-athlete GPA and retention using demographic, academic, and athletic (i.e., type of sport, coaching change, playing time, and team winning percentage) variables with emphasis on how campus educators can enable the academic success student-athletes. 

  • The Impact of College Recreation Center Renovation on Student Utilization. Presented by James R. Kilchenman and Lawrence J. Mrozek – Wright State University. Tuesday, March 23, 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM; Sheraton Boston Hotel - Fairfax B

Building expensive, multi-million dollar campus recreation facilities can help students transition to and succeed at the university level, but the cost may prove prohibitive in financially difficult times. However, renovating existing facilities may have the same significant impact but at a lower cost. In this presentation we will present the findings from a study on changes in student use as a result of a campus recreation renovation project, and the implications for future facility development. 

  • The Work Experience of Female College Coaches. Presented by Kerry Jones – Bowling Green State University. Tuesday, March 23, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM; Boston Marriott Copley Place - Dartmouth

Since the inception of Title IX in 1972, proportionality the number of women coaching college teams has decreased in half even while the total number of opportunities available has increased (Acosta & Carpenter, 2008). In order to begin to understand this complex issue in collegiate sports, this study explored the work experience of five current female coaches. Through semi-structured interviews the participants provided an understanding of time commitments, motivational factors, and gender issues that they manage in their coaching positions.