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Lead On 2013

NIRSA Region III Lead On

January 24-26, 2013

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NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. This year, DePaul University will host the NIRSA Region III Student Lead On Conference at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center and Student Center.

The Region III Student Lead On is an annual student-run, student-led conference that hosts over 350 young professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada who are interested in becoming professionals in the field of campus recreation. This conference gives students the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through networking, presenting to their fellow peers, and raising awareness about the opportunities that lie within campus recreation. The workshops offered throughout the conference range from résumé and interview skills to topics more specific to the different program areas in collegiate recreational sports including facilities, group fitness, intramural sports, and more.

Registration is FULL

Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center
Free lodging will be available at The Ray in DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus.  Participants must provide their own blankets and pillows if they choose to stay at this location.  A free breakfast will be available.

The Best Western Plus River North Hotel
 The Conference Hotel is the Best Western Plus Hotel located at 125 West Ohio Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  Unfortunately, as of January 4, the Best Western is out of DOUBLE ROOMS. Rooms with King Size beds are still available.The discounted rate of $95 includes parking, WiFi, and two complimentary breakfasts. Additional breakfasts can be purchased at a cost of $10/person. Please refer to DePaul University when booking your room.The hotel can be reached at (312) 467-0800. 

Hotel Indigo
Rooms are available for $95 a night plus tax at Hotel Indigo located at 1224 N. Dearborn Parkway, (312) 787-4980.  Parking is $38 a night. The committee is looking for alternative parking options in the area.  WiFi is included. Please refer to DePaul University when booking your room.

Additional Hotel Options
Please refer to the DePaul website for additional hotel options. 

Professional Development
As always, there will be plenty of professional development programs, sessions and speakers at this year’s NIRSA Lead On Conference.  The conference will be offering resume reviews and information regarding potential graduate assistantships and career opportunities throughout the region.

The Region III Mentor Program is a new development for this year’s conference.  The Region III Mentor Program will be structured through the 2013 spring semester with suggested activities for mentors and mentees to complete. Students, graduate assistants, and professional staff will be involved and matched with their preference of mentor/mentee with similar interests. The program is free and non-NIRSA members are welcome to join. Individuals do not need to attend Region III Lead On to be apart of our program, but we encourage attendance in order to meet and greet with their assigned partners.

If people are not signed up by noon on Wednesday, January 16, they will not be partnered with a mentee or mentor until AFTER the conference has completed. Those who sign up after noon on January 16  will be partnered on a rolling basis and will join the program depending on it’s status during that time in the semester.

Are you uncertain if Campus Recreation is your preferred career choice?  Are you unsure if you plan on working in Campus Recreation upon graduation? That’s okay!  The Region III Mentor Program is still for you! You will be paired with an individual who can provide advice during the graduate school application process or navigating the job market. Additionally, activities throughout the semester will include familiarizing oneself with BlueFishJobs.com, shaping up your resume, providing you interview practice, and helping to hone your networking skills.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form. You will be emailed before the conference with your mentor and will meet them at the conference lunch on Friday if you’re both in attendance. Following this interaction, the 2013 Lead On Professional Development Committee will provide you and your mentor structured activities to complete throughout the spring.

Graduate students and professionals - you too are needed to make this program possible! Mentors are needed work with younger students to provide the growth opportunities necessary to develop the future leaders of NIRSA and beyond. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form above. Encourage your co-workers to volunteer as well!

Volunteer Opportunities
There will be many different opportunities to volunteer at the conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate your interest on the registration form. You will be contacted shortly after to secure your participation. Please direct any volunteering related questions to Jillian Dolciato.

Lead On 2013 provides many opportunities for networking and fun with people through our social events. The conference socials start off on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Cafe located at 230 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL  60610.  At the Hard Rock you can enjoy good music, good food, and good people.

The official all-conference social will be taking place Friday night at Dave and Busters. At Dave and Busters you can expect to partake in great food, company, karaoke, and arcade fun. The social will start at 7 pm and go until midnight. Dave and Busters is located at 1030 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610

Sponsor Expo
This year’s conference marks the 26th Annual Region III Lead On, which will feature the region’s first ever sponsor expo.  The expo will be used in conjunction with educational opportunities to celebrate our region’s continuous development as an organization, innovation in the area of campus recreation and partnerships with many outside companies and affiliates.

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If you have any questions or concerns? Contact us!

Kristin Hayes, 2013 Region III Lead On Student Coordinator:
(W) 614.688.8787 or (C ) 419.388.3631



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