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February 26-28, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn, Suffolk, Virginia
Visit the 2017

Earn up to 1.3 CEUs!

Education Sessions from 21 Speakers Include:

  • Partners in Collaboration...Partners for Success 
  • Making Personalities Work!!
  • Viking or Farmer
  • Creating Value through Innovation
  • Creating a Community of UPLIFT
  • Managing Change and Transition
  • The Fun-damentals of Innovative Partnerships
  • Unraveling the Grant Writing Conundrum: Securing Resources for the Future
  • And...Action! Ready, Set, Grow
  • Meetings, Meetings, and More Meetings
  • Paradise Creek "A Sustainable Partnership"
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Legends of Main Street:  A Suffolk Ghost Walk
  • Don't Be the Missing Puzzle Piece
  • The ABC's of LinkedIn
  • Manage Up the Ladder
  • Situational Leadership "I'm Ready to Build Peak Performers"

Creating a Community of UPLIFT

Working together as a team can be difficult. Feeling like an integral part of your work, community and future can be daunting.  In today's world, isolation is the default.  How can you play an important role in creating a community that uplifts employees, students, neighbors, friends, co-workers? Join us as we workshop what does UPLIFT look like, feel like, work like? How can we be more encouraging and less passively demeaning in our work and personal lives?

Sheena Jeffers, WELLwomenVB, Old Dominion University

Sheena Jeffers is the found of WELLwomenVB, a monthly networking and workshop series focused on connecting, supporting and developing women throughout Hampton Roads. She is an Arts Integration Director for Young Audiences Arts for Learning, and a dance professor at Old Dominion University. For the last decade, Sheena has worked with various communities to identify their needs and guide them through the process of finding solutions. Sheena is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University where she studied the power of arts integration deeply embedded into communities.
Unraveling the Grant Writing Conundrum:  Securing Resources for the Future

Grant writing is an art, and often overlooked as a potential funding source for parks and recreation agencies.  This session will provide an overview of the basics of grant writing, highlight the importance of collaboration, and examine some potential funding sources based on our nationally-identified pillars: Conservation, Social Equity, and Health and Wellness. 

Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP, Old Dominion University

Dr. Eddie Hill is an assistant professor in the Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies program. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah (2004) with a focus on Youth Development. Eddie Hill earned his B.S (1995) and M.S.Ed. (1998) from Old Dominion University. His focus was on teaching students with learning and behavior disorders. His research interests include: youth development, resiliency-based after school programming, motivation for diabetes management, therapeutic recreation, and outdoor education. He has written multiple grants, published many research papers, and given numerous presentations at professional conferences, all of which targeted positive youth development. Dr. Hill has 15 years  of experience as a ropes course facilitator, Outward Bound field staff, and educator. He is also a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP).

Dr. Doug Kennedy, CPRP, Virginia Wesleyan College

Dr. Doug Kennedy is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College.  He earned his Ed.D. from Temple University with a focus on Recreation Management and Organizational Behavior.  His Bachelor's and Master's Degrees were earned at the University of Delaware and Southern Illinois University.  His research interests and writing address recreation development, high-performing teams, campus recreation, and youth development.  He has received grants related to technology applications in recreation, decision-making in leaders, and facility development.

Dr. Ron Ramsing, Western Kentucky University

Ron Ramsing is an Associate Professor in the Recreation Administration program at Western Kentucky University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah, Master's from University of Northern Iowa and B.S. from the University of Oregon. While Dr. Ramsing is passionate about teaching his research areas of interest include Positive Youth Development, leadership, international education, diabetes, and community recreation.

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