VRSA State Workshop 2019



UMW is thrilled to host the 2019 Virginia Recreational Sports Association State Workshop in Fredericksburg, VA! The VRSA State Workshop is a unique opportunity where Virginia and surrounding area institutions gather to share knowledge, skills, and exciting new trends in recreation. VRSA is an organization dedicated to fostering and enhancing the quality of recreational sports programs throughout the state of Virginia that models meetings, policies, publications, and goals on the philosophy of NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

About the State Workshop | Registration | Presentations | Schedule Overview | Pre-Workshop Activities | VRSA Dinner & Social | Sponsors | Accommodations | Parking Information & Campus Maps | About UMW | Stay Connected | Explore Fredericksburg

About the State Workshop

Monday, October 14 – Tuesday, October 15, 2019
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Theme: Positive DiRECtion




Early Bird Registration: Closed September 3

Regular Registration: September 4 – October 14

Graduate and Undergraduate Students: $80
Professionals: $100

Registration has closed.

*All presenters must register for VRSA. Sponsors are not required to register. Preferred T-shirt size not guaranteed for those who register after September 24 due to the t-shirt order deadline.


The presentation proposal form has closed. Thank you to all who applied! All presenters should have received an email from Brandon Ravenel on September 24. If you did not, please contact UMW Campus Rec about the status of your presentation at campusrec@umw.edu.

Please note: Presenters must pay for own registration and accommodations.



Schedule Overview

Monday, October 14 (UMW University Center)
8:30AM – 10:30AM: Pre-Workshop Activities
10:30AM – 12:30PM: Check-In/Registration Open on 1st floor
12:15PM – 1PM: Opening Session in Chandler Ballroom 104C
1:15PM – 2PM: Educational Sessions I
2:15PM – 3PM: Educational Sessions II
3:15PM – 4PM: Educational Sessions III
5:30PM: Trolleys begin to depart from hotel to Social venue (sign up for a trolley departure time at registration)
6PM – 8:45PM: VRSA Dinner & Social

Tuesday, October 15 (UMW Hurley Convergence Center) 
6AM – 8AM: Optional Workout at UMW Fitness Center
8AM – 8:45AM: Breakfast & Sponsor Showcase in HCC Atrium
9AM – 9:45AM: VRSA Business Meeting in Digital Auditorium 136
10AM – 10:45AM: Educational Sessions IV
11AM – 11:45AM: Roundtables
12PM: End of Workshop (Boxed Lunches served to-go!)

See the detailed VRSA schedule here!

Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Holly H. Schiffrin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Mary Washington.  She received her degree in developmental psychology from the University of Miami in 1998.  She teaches courses in child development, exceptional child development, positive psychology, and statistics. She also received a master’s-level certificate in parent coaching from the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Schiffrin is co-author of the book, Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life.  Her research has been published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Research in Development Disabilities, and the Journal of Development & Behavioral Pediatrics. She has given numerous presentations at conferences, including the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology among others. Dr. Schiffrin has been interviewed about her research on parenting and well-being by radio programs, newspapers, and magazines across the nation. She has served as the president of the Virginia Academic and Applied Psychologist Academy of the Virginia Psychological Association and the Virginia Association for Psychological Science. She lives in Virginia with her husband, Jon, and two daughters Lauryn (16) and Jordan (12).  They have a Yorkie-poo named Tucker that they rescued from a shelter in Tennessee.  She enjoys singing in the choir, reading, spending time with friends, and watching her daughters dance, play both field hockey and basketball.

Pre-Workshop Activities

October 14, 2019

1) Aeriel Silks/Ninja Warrior Experience (limited to 20 people)
8:30am-10:30am *Transportation provided, pickup and drop off at Hyatt Place hotel
Spend the morning participating in one of two options at Fredericksburg Ninja: 1) learning new skills on Aerial Silks and Poles, or 2) testing your limits in a Ninja Warrior training course. This event is free, thanks to our friends at Fredericksburg Ninja. Specific clothing recommendations and waivers will be provided to those registered for this activity via email in the week prior to VRSA.

2) Campus Rec Facility Tour and Matrix Sprint8 Program Session
8:30-10:15am *Group will walk ~5 minutes together from hotel to rec facility (the route is accessible)
At UMW, Campus Recreation and Varsity Athletics share spaces. Take a tour of the Campus Recreation turf field, sport and outdoor rec storage, indoor pool, basketball courts, locker rooms, dance studios, and fitness center. This free tour will conclude with an introduction to UMW’s fairly new (2016) Technogym strength equipment and brand new (2019) Matrix cardio equipment. Rebecca Peoples from Matrix Fitness will lead an interactive session on Sprint8, a cardio fitness program installed in most Matrix cardio equipment. Workout attire is optional.

3) Self Guided Local Coffee Shop Tour
Calling all coffee enthusiasts! Downtown Fredericksburg is filled with unique and delicious coffee spots, which is why we have partnered with our on-campus coffee shop, Katora Cafe, to offer this self-guided pre-conference experience. Worksheets will be available to pick-up at the front desk of Hyatt Place beginning October 13 and will include many of Fred’s coffee shops, what makes each one unique, and a recommendation of what food or drink item to try while you are there. Many of the shops are in walking distance from one another, so this is a great, free opportunity to spend some time caffeinating and learning before VRSA begins! (Number of copies provided will be determined by the number of people registered for the event online)
Transportation is not provided as this event is self-guided.

How do you register for a pre-workshop activity? You can sign up for a per-conference activity during registration. If you have already registered for VRSA and the activities were not available, please email campusrec@umw.edu. All those who registered before pre-conference activities were available during registration will be contacted soon.

VRSA Dinner & Social presented by Matrix Fitness

Monday, October 14 from 6pm-8:45pm
Strangeways Brewing, 350 Lansdowne Road

Transportation will be provided to and from the social, which is about a 10 minute drive from the hotel. Trolleys will be picking up VRSA guests at the Hyatt Place hotel at various times from 5:45pm-6:45pm. At the VRSA check-in/registration table, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a trolley pick-up time slot. There is parking available at the venue if you choose to drive separately.

The social will feature an indoor and outdoor gathering area with heaters on the patio, board games, lawn games, music, and an arcade inside. There will be a variety of food options provided and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for those 21 years or older with valid ID.

The social transportation, venue, and dinner is provided by Matrix Fitness. The social dessert is provided by Precor. Thank you!


Thank you immensely to our amazing sponsors. This event wouldn’t be possible without your contributions and support!

Matrix Fitness (Social Transportation, Dinner, and Venue)

Aquavation (Presenter Gifts)

Precor (Social Dessert)


4Imprint (Check-In Bags)
Cannon Design (Snack Stations)
Scoville Specialties (T-shirts and Lanyards)
Wellness Solutions
Fredericksburg Ninja (Preconference Activity)

Do you want to be a sponsor? Contact us at campusrec@umw.edu to hear about all of your options!


Hyatt Place Fredericksburg- Mary Washington
1241 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 654-3333

The Hyatt Place- Fredericksburg UMW is located across the highway from the University (.2 miles). There is a block on 50 rooms/ night for Sunday 10/13 and Monday 10/14. The pricing will be $159/night for a Double Queen room and $150/night for a King room, plus local sales tax and occupancy taxes. The deadline to make reservations with guaranteed block pricing is September 22, 2019; thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space available basis only.

Corporate/Group/Block Code: ALX1
Group Name: University of Mary Washington Campus Recreation
Method: Group members may make reservations online by accessing the Hyatt website and completing the online reservation form.
Guarantee Method: Credit Card or Advance Deposit is required to guarantee reservations.
Individual Payment: Guests are responsible for paying all reserved accommodations and incidentals.
Parking: Complimentary Parking will be provided at the Hyatt for the duration of each guest’s stay.
Individual Room Cancellation Policy: In the event individual room reservations are cancelled less than 48 hours prior to arrival, the individual or Group agrees to pay the Hotel a cancellation fee equal to the first night’s room and tax.

Hotel and travel accommodations must be made by the attendee.

Parking Information & UMW Campus Maps

UMW Campus Map (White indicates sidewalks) | UMW Campus Accessibility Map

  • UMW Parking Deck: #6
  • University Center: #25
  • Fitness Center: #7
  • Hurley Convergence Center: #13
  • Hyatt Place: #3

VRSA guest parking will be available on campus at the UMW Parking Deck found at address: 1 Alvey Drive, directly off of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. Route 1). No parking pass or decal is needed in this parking garage, but guests are encouraged to park on the top level of the parking deck. Once parked, please exit the parking deck from the top level and head towards the large campus map. There will be signs to guide you to the University Center (1600 College Avenue) from the top floor of the parking deck. Guests can expect to walk for about 8 minutes before arriving to the University Center. It is a straight shot with beautiful views down “Campus Walk”. If you require handicapped parking closer to the event venue, please email campusrec@umw.edu and we can acquire a closer parking spot for you.

For those staying at the Hyatt Place hotel, there will also be complimentary parking located in Eagle Village for the duration of your stay. The walk from the Hyatt Place to the University Center is about 10 minutes across the UMW pedestrian bridge, so you have the option to walk from the hotel rather than drive. From the Hyatt Place to the Hurley Convergence Center (day 2 location) is even shorter (approximately 5 minutes)!

About UMW

The University of Mary Washington is a public, co-ed liberal arts and sciences university with a student population of 4,700 (4,400 undergraduate, 300 graduate). Learn more about our Department of Campus Recreation here!




Stay Connected






A five minute drive from the Hyatt hotel, attendees are close to historic downtown Fredericksburg; as rich in hospitality as it is history. Traditional college-town meets antiquitous city, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy as they traverse 18th century sidewalks to contemporary restaurants and shopping. For those interested in a one of a kind lunch experience during their time here, there will be no shortage of opportunities downtown. A few of our favorite “fred” recommendations include…

Explore Fredericksburg

We want you to enjoy Fredericksburg as much as we do. If you have time to do some exploring, here are a few of our favorite spots!

Benny Vitali’sA Virginian favorite! A spectacle in any college town, Mr. Vitali holds a place in our hearts as large as his portion. If you’re craving pizza, order a large and you could feed the entire state workshop. Alternatively, get a single slice for $5 and embrace the VA college experience.

Capital Ale HouseDo you like bread? Us too. Flatbreads, tostadas, bavarian pretzels, and german beer are some of the big-hitters on this centrally-located fred favorite. Gluten free? Don’t worry, they have a myriad of options with steaks, burgers, salads, soups, seafood and more. If you peek at the “local” draught list, you may even see some beers featured in your university’s town!

Castiglia’sCastiglia’s is a family-owned favorite with brick-oven, wood-fired pizza and calzones as well as sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes served all day. A traditional italian restaurant with everything you could want from a place with a supply of fresh, hand-rolled cannoli’s.

FoodeMercantile’s sister restaurant, Foode defends “the best Sunday brunch” title as far as we’re concerned. Once you’re past the chicken and waffles and see the lunch and dinner menu, you’ll see why this one is popular every other day of the week. An organic and locally-sourced menu mixes unique flavors; having everything from steak and burgers to ancient grain bowls and a cauliflower melt. A healthier fare with satisfying portions brings out the inner Foode in all of us.

Hyperion: Hyperion is all you could ever dream of in a college-town coffee shop: atmosphere, amazing fresh espresso, free-WiFi, locally baked gourmet pastries… It’s basically the Saturday morning destination for bringing your backpack to with the intention of getting work done until you end up in an hour-long philosophical debate with locals and leave more caffeinated and educated than you planned on. For visitors, we recommend their specialty seasonal flavors in an almondmilk latte or trying some of the unforgettable baked-goods. If you want to show up to VRSA on your “A-Game”, this is THE spot to caffeinate, fredericksburg style.

Mercantile: Mercantile is the ultimate foode spot. Second to maybe only it’s sister restaurant, “Foode”. The hospitable service and diverse menu pleases hipsters and un-hip dads alike with everything from house-made, lavender-infused aperol spritz and vegan pudding to chorizo hash and fried-chicken biscuits with the daily fresh berry jam. The kicker? It’s organic and locally-sourced. Vegan pudding? Check. Bacon-Jalapeno pinwheel? Sold. Ask for a cinnamon bun and you’ll be sold for life.

OrofinoBorn and raised in Italy, head chef and owner Danilo Orofino opened up his first restaurant in Sicily at the age of 18. Add a pitstop in NYC and twenty years refining his skills- we’re still not sure how Fredericksburg got so lucky to have him, but his traditional italian menu has everyone who tries it saying “ancora per favore!”

Pueblo’s: And lastly but surely not least, Pueblos Tex Mex. This one is located right across the street from the Hyatt, and you may want to walk home after seeing their portion sizes. This family-owned, one-room mexican restaurant has it all. Tacos, homemade tamales, or some fresh made plantains make this place a savory experience for those looking to get as close to the southern border as they can from Virginia.

Sedona TaphouseSedona is a chain restaurant too good to leave off the list. Artisan sandwiches, creations with salmon or beet and goat cheese salads, and baja flatbreads make this place a one-stop shop for pleasing all parties.

Sunken WellFrom crab cakes to quesadillas and the city’s largest pancake available, the Sunken Well has been serving up smiles with locally-sourced food and friendly service for over a decade.

VivifyVivify puts a twist on the traditional burger joint, and is known for much more than their creative combinations on a bun. The menu features everything from poutine and kimchi rice bowls to house-made milkshakes with option to add liquor. All bread is baked locally and boasts grass-fed beef, homemade sauces, and farm fresh produce (in season).