In each issue of Campus Rec Magazine, we seek the expert advice to answer your most pressing questions. Below is a recap of the best advice from professionals in the industry on the top trending 2019 campus recreation topics.
Campus Rec: What are three lessons you’ve learned over the years when it comes to creating a successful esports program?
Dylan Wray: One: successful program has people that are good at managing people. Two: Solo casting on twitch is easy; putting on a broadcast for an actual game with casters and observers is complicated. You need to know what can be easy wins for your program, and what challenges you need to work up to with your resources. Three: Esports management is just Discord and spreadsheets. Organization and communication are your two greatest allies.
CR: How do you decide on the budget for the year/where funds are going to be allocated? What does that process look like?
Skylar Rorabaugh: The entire planning process takes about six months to complete. Our process for budget planning is a multi-faceted approach:
CR: What is your advice on adding green technology to a campus recreation center?
Cassiopeia Camara: While some of the items such as Connect2Concepts may seem expensive, they can be worth their value in time saved and environmental impact. If products like these aren’t an option, our biggest piece of advice is no action is too small: choose energy-efficient appliances moving forward, research eco-friendly companies, pick-up that piece of litter, recycle paper and make a difference where you can.
CR: What are the top things it takes to make a club sport successful?
Aaron Mowen: The success of a club sport is rooted by student leaders. They must be individuals who are dedicated to more than just playing the sport. The club leaders need to be organized and able to balance academic, social and club responsibilities. It can be challenging to lead your peers, and interpersonal communication skills must be polished to have all members of the team steered toward the established goals.
CR: What is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to overseeing Group X offerings?
Casey Plastek: No. 1 is determining what is a fad versus a trend so when you are investing time, space, money and personnel into a new format it is sustainable. I think a close second would be staying on top of instructors’ teaching methods and ensuring they align with the department mission and vision.
CR: When looking to start a renovation, what are the top three things you take into consideration?
Colleen McKenna: There’s no singular recipe for successful renovation projects, but here are three steps that should inform essentially all such efforts:
Define Stakeholders: Today’s recreation centers can bring together all different teams and departments in exciting new ways. It’s important to define all the stakeholders who will help shape the renovation to ensure their voices are heard from Day One.