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					                                                               Laurie E. F. Braden, M.S., CRSS
                                        17087 Arroyo Bank Drive, Harlingen, TX 78522  956.893.0403 (c)  956.548.8735(w)
                                                                                                      laurie.braden@utb.edu


Education

1991           Master of Science in Recreation Resource Management
               North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1988           Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration
               University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional Experience

2007-present   Director, Campus Recreation
               University of Texas – Brownsville, Brownsville, TX

                Administrative
                           Lead and develop Campus Recreation department from ground zero for UTB/TSC
                           Lead staff in determining department mission, vision and goals
                           Prepare monthly and annual area reports for Assistant Vice President
                           Participate on university planning committees for multiple campus events
                           Develop student learning outcomes
                           Participate and lead multiple search committees

                Fiscal Management
                           Develop 1.9 million departmental budget for Campus Recreation based on fee assessments
                           Review personnel budgets for all CRec program areas
                           Oversee supply and equipment budgets for all departmental areas
                           Responsible for all capital improvement equipment purchases and project management
                           Secure additional funding for program expansion through partnerships and sponsorships
                           Responsible for all aspects of departmental inventory control for capital assets
                           Determine and develop membership categories and recommend pricing structure to UT System
                           Responsible for revenue generation to offset operational expenses

                Personnel Management
                           Develop job descriptions for multiple professional recreation programmer positions
                           Work with university and UT System human resources guidelines in developing campus recreation team
                           Interview, hire and supervise five full time professional staff members
                           Review and approve all policies and student staff guidelines for campus recreation operations
                           Conduct mid-year and annual performance goals and evaluations for staff

                Facility Management/Development
                         Participate and provide critical operational feedback regarding the construction and functioning of 26
                          million dollar campus recreation facility
                         Develop operational policies for all aspects of departmental daily operation protocols
                         Responsible for selection and purchase of capital equipment inventory in excess of 1 million dollars

                Consulting
                         Assist other campus departments in ideation and design of large scale special event programs

                Adjunct Instructor
                         Lifetime Fitness and Wellness – KINE 1164 Department of Health & Human Performance
                         First Year Experience - Division of Student Affairs Instructor for At-Risk Probationary students

                Risk Management
                         Responsible for all aspects of departmental risk management including; asset control, inventory
                          management and fiscal accounting
                         Ensure proper emergency action plans are developed for campus recreation department events and
                          facility operations
                         Coordinate review of all risk management plans and risk exposure control plans with university general
                          counsel
2006 - 2007   Associate Director (Facility Operations), University Recreation
              Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
              
               Administrative
                        Participate and lead multiple university search committees
                        Prepare monthly and annual area reports
                        Participate on university wide planning committees for multiple campus events
                        Participate as integral part of leadership team in developing department mission, vision and goals
                        Lead departmental liaison for Risk Management and Safety
                        Familiar with university operating systems; Timelink, SAP, Outlook and Microsoft
               Fiscal Management
                        Review personnel budgets for all URec facility areas
                        Monitor supply and equipment budgets for all facility areas
                        Responsible for all capital improvement equipment purchases and project management
                        Secure additional funding for program expansion through student government association
                        Participate as part of URec Leadership Team management of 1.2 million department budget
                        Manage all aspects of departmental inventory control for all capital assets
               Personnel Management
                        Interview, supervise and evaluate two professional Assistant Directors, two Graduate Assistants and
                         union facility support staff
                        Conduct mid-year and annual performance goals and evaluations for staff
                        Lead facility area goal setting and mid-year and annual assessment of goal progress
                        Accountable for facility area student staff
               Facility Management/Development
                        Responsible for renovation of fitness and weight training center facilities and equipment
                        Plan and lead all long range facility operations and expansion projects
                        Coordinate Disc Golf course/community passive recreation easement with community users
                        Oversee 19.5 acre Outdoor Sports Complex including IM/Club sports and community rentals
                        Coordinate maintenance of Student Activity Center, Outdoor Sports complex and Disc Golf course
                        Supervise and direct all facility rental operations and revenue generating opportunities
                        Coordinate local and regional liaison opportunities to expose the university to new audiences
                        Implement new participation tracking and reporting of over 1 million annual visitors
                        Re-design and implement student staff manuals for facility operations
                        Develop and implement safety drill week procedures and compliance
               Consulting
                        Community Action Program coordinator for Women’s Sports Foundation- Mid-Michigan area
                        Design, program and operation consultant for Residence Life fitness facilities
                        Participate as local board member for Girls on the Run national running program
                        Provide disc golf course development and course design information to surrounding communities
                        Pursue collaborative relationships with other university units
               Adjunct Instructor
                        Recreation, Parks and Leisure - RPL 540 - Recreation Programming – Designing Leisure Experiences
                        Physical Education and Sport - PES 169 - Disc Golf
               Risk Management
                        Collaborate with URec Leadership Team on risk management procedures
                        Assess and review all new program and facility operation initiatives for risk management issues
                        Participate as team member for university wide community and risk management assessment team
                                                                                    Laurie E. F. Braden, M.S., CRSS
Professional Experience (continued)

1999-2006    Associate Director (Programs), University Recreation
             Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
             
              Administrative
                       Prepare monthly and annual program area reports
                       Participate on university wide planning committees for multiple campus events
                       Participate as integral part of leadership team in developing department mission, vision and goals
                       Lead departmental liaison for Internal & External Review Assessment for University Recreation
              Strategic Planning
                       Facilitate Strategic Planning for all units in Finance and Administrative Services – 9 units/493 employees
                       Lead 12 hour strategic planning sessions tailored to each units needs
                       Compile and write results of strategic planning workshops by unit
                       Meet and coordinate strategic planning process with each unit director and leadership team
                       Update university Assistant Vice President and Division unit directors on strategic planning process
              Fiscal Management
                       Review personnel budgets for all URec program areas
                       Monitor supply and equipment budgets for all program areas
                       Responsible for all capital improvement fitness equipment purchases
                       Research, write and submit grant proposal requests
                       Secure additional funding for program expansion through student government association
                       Participate as part of URec Leadership Team management of 1.2 million department budget
              Personnel Management
                       Interview, hire, supervise and evaluate two professional Assistant Directors and six Graduate Assistants
                       Conduct mid-year and annual performance goals and evaluations for staff
                       Lead program area goal setting and mid-year and annual assessment of goal progress
                       Accountable for program area student staff of 200 students
              Programming
                       Lead growth & expansion of sport club programs from 8 clubs to over 25 clubs
                       Develop and implement policy and procedure processes for club sport operations
                       Coordinate and lead “Rec-X-travaganz - SAC-tacular 10 Celebration” for University Recreation
                       Implement and manage partnership with local healthcare provider to conduct massage services for URec
                       Initiate and lead URec/ Athletics National Girls & Women in Sport Day event
                       Community liaison for local running club and Homecoming 5k
                       Initiate and lead university wide Finals Focus exam week – recreation & study program
                       Initiate and assist Aquatic Coordinator in implementing Learn To Swim program for URec
              Facility Management/Development
                       Responsible for10,000sq. ft. renovation of fitness and weight training center facilities and equipment
                       Research, develop and lead community building of Central Michigan University 43 acre Disc Golf course
                       Coordinate Disc Golf course/community passive recreation easement with community users
                       Oversee 19.5 acre Outdoor Sports Complex including IM/Club sports and community rentals
                       Coordinate maintenance of Outdoor Sports complex and Disc Golf course
              Consulting
                       Community Action Program coordinator for Women’s Sports Foundation- Mid-Michigan area
                       Design, program and operation consultant for Residence Life fitness facilities
                       Provide disc golf course development and course design information to surrounding communities
                       Pursue collaborative relationships with other university units
              Adjunct Instructor
                       Recreation, Parks and Leisure - RPL 540 - Recreation Programming – Designing Leisure Experiences
                       Physical Education and Sport - PES 169 - Disc Golf
              Risk Management
                       Collaborate with URec Leadership Team on risk management procedures
                       Assess and review all new program initiatives for risk management issues
                                                                                        Laurie E. F. Braden, M.S., CRSS
Professional Experience (continued)
1996-1999        Associate Director (Facilities), Recreational Sports
                 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
                  Facility Management
                           Collaborated on the development and design of the $12M; 65,000 square foot expansion and
                            renovation of the 131,000 square foot Student Recreation Center addition.
                           Oversaw and coordinated routine maintenance and repair of equipment in the facility
                           Researched and purchased capital equipment for the Student Recreation Center
                           Developed new reports for increased tracking of monthly and annual usage patterns
                           Prepared Facilities annual reports and developed Facilities monthly reports
                           Market, schedule and monitor revenue producing rental program for the Student Recreation Center
                  Administrative
                           Assisted with departmental strategic planning and organizational assessment
                           Served on Student Affairs bench marking and assessment committee
                           Operated Microsoft Windows 2000 and NT, Microsoft Office 2007 (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint,
                            Publisher) and Adobe Acrobat
                  Fiscal Management
                           Prepare Facilities and equipment budgets for FY96-97, FY97-98, and FY99-00
                           Review & respond to cash & utilization reports on a daily basis
                           Developed and maintained inventories for the 196,000 square foot facility
                           Oversaw quarterly operations of network locker database system and rentals of 3,070 lockers
                           Daily monitoring and review of Facilities student staff payroll
                           Developed and maintained relationships with equipment vendors
                  Personnel Management
                           Hire, supervise and evaluate Assistant Director of Recreational Sports-Facilities and 90 student staff
                           Conducted mid-year and annual performance evaluations for staff
                           Facilitated staff training programs with attention to customer service, diversity
                            awareness/sensitivity training and leadership development
                           Provide training programs for custodial staff addressing risk management and safety practices
                           Developed written training manuals for student staff.
                           Conducted departmental sexual harassment training, bloodborne pathogens/universal precautions
                            training, right-to-know training, and violence in the workplace training sessions
                  Programming
                           Planned, organized, marketed, and facilitated wallyball tournament for the Rec Sports All-Nighter
                           Supervised, coordinated and managed staffing and set-up for special events and rentals
                           Assisted as planning team member for Residence Life opening week activities
                           Oversaw and coordinated set-up needs for HESS classes in the Student Rec Center
                           Lead planning coordinator for National Girls & Women in Sports Day
                           Serve as planning advisor for Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon
                  Risk Management
                           Risk Manager for the Student Recreation Center & Safety Coordinator for Recreational Sports
                           Prepared, organized, and co-conducted personnel Red Cross CPR and First Aid in-services
                           Daily inspection of Student Recreation Center for preventive maintenance and repairs
                           Review and assess risk management issues for all events held in the Student Recreation Center
                  Adjunct Instructor
                           Heath, Physical Education & Recreation - HPER - Creative Management in Recreation & Leisure


2000 - present   Founder/Director, SAGE=Sport Affects Girls’ Excellence - 501 (c ) 3 Non-Profit Organization
                 SAGE provides resources for girls to attend summer sports camps where they can learn valuable life skills such as
                 teamwork, confidence, responsibility, goal setting and leadership.
                 
                  Programming
                           Coordinate and plan annual golf outing and scholarship recognition banquet
                           Develop scholarship criteria for applicants
                           Market and advertise organization purpose and mission to local community and scholarship applicants
                           Plan and implement marathon training program to complete 26.2 mile marathon runs
                  Fiscal Management
                           Secure 501 (c ) 3 non-profit status
                           Lead fundraising for organization through solicitation of donors and event sponsors
                           Responsible for raising and disbursing over $10,000 since organization’s inception
                  Board Development
                           Develop and review board member roles and responsibilities
                           Seek local community leaders to participate and assist as board members
1995 - 1996     Facility & Programs Coordinator
1991-1995       Recreational Sports & Aquatic Coordinator
                University of Texas-Houston – Health Science Center, Houston, TX
                 Administrative and Facility Management
                         ● Assumed all supervisory responsibilities of Recreation Center operation in the director's absence
                         ● Assisted professional staff in developing and implementing positive customer service strategies
                         ● Managed all aspects of athletic fields including scheduling, rental contracts and turf management
                         ● Developed and reviewed all policy manuals related to internships, recreational sports, and aquatics
                         ● Assisted as planning team member for facility expansion project
                 Fiscal Management
                         ● Inventoried, purchased and evaluated all equipment for recreation and aquatic programs
                         ● Planned and implemented budget for the recreational sports, aquatics program and front desk operations
                 Personnel Management
                         ● Hired, trained, and supervised facility staff, interns, sports officials, aquatic staff and contract workers
                         ● Conducted in-service training and performance evaluations for program staff
                         ● Developed and supervised departmental internship program
                         ● Assisted as team member in implementation of youth summer sports camps
                 Programming
                         ● Planned and implemented all aspects of the comprehensive intramural sports and aquatics program
                         ● Oversaw United States Swimming sanctioned team and coordinated Learn-to-Swim program
                         ● Initiated, developed and directed children’s special event and recreation series
                 Risk Management
                         ● Managed the operation of 50 meter swimming pool including daily inspections and chemical sanitation
                         ● Daily inspection of intramural facilities including preventive maintenance and repairs


1989 - 1991     Graduate Assistant, Intramural Sports
                North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

                 Programming
                       ● Assisted in planning and conducting all structured informal sports activities and special events
                       ● Developed and administered self-directed fitness program for students, faculty, and staff
                       ● Conducted captain's meetings and scheduled co-recreational sports events
                 Marketing / Advertising
                       ● Coordinated distribution of public relations materials to all campus publications
                       ● Developed flyers and promotion materials for Rec Sports events
                 Personnel Management
                       ● Supervised 20 student supervisors and facility operations staff on a rotational basis
                       ● Assisted in training and scheduling 200 officials for major intramural sports
                       ● Developed officials evaluation procedures


Professional Memberships and Organizations
1989 -Present   NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association)
1999- 2007      MIRSA (Michigan Intramural-Recreational Sports Association)


Professional Service & Committee Work
2006-2007       NIRSA Awards & Recognition Committee
2005-2006       NIRSA Finance & Budget Committee (2.2million annual budget)
2004            MIRSA State Workshop Program Committee
2001-2006       MIRSA State Treasurer
2003            NIRSA Annual Conference Program Committee
2000-2001       NIRSA Budget & Finance Committee
1998-2000       NIRSA Nominations & Elections Committee
1998-1999       NIRSA 50th Anniversary Annual Conference Program Committee
1998            NIRSA Big XII & Friends Conference Program Committee
1998            NIRSA Mission & Name Review Task Force
1994-1995       NIRSA Certification Task Force.
1994-1995       NIRSA Professional Development, Certification Subcommittee Chairperson
1993-1994       NIRSA Professional Development, Certification Subcommittee
                                                                                      Laurie E. F. Braden, M.S., CRSS

Professional Presentations

   2006   Only Serving 90% of the Campus Population? NIRSA 56th Annual Conference
   2004   I Ain’t Mad at You – I Got Nothin’ But Love For Ya – Managing Conflict at Work. CMU Student Leaders Training 2004
   2004   Sexual Harassment: Drawing the Line in University Recreation. NIRSA 54th Annual Conference
   2002   Collaboration, Outreach & Service Learning=National Girls & Women in Sport Day. NIRSA 53rd Annual Conference
   2000   First Year Success: Strategies for a Successful Job Transition . NIRSA 51h Annual Conference
   1999   I See Your Lips Movin’, But Nothin’ is Coming Out. NIRSA 50th Annual Conference
   1999   National Girls and Women in Sport Day - A Photographic Pictorial. Conference on Women in Higher Education
   1999   Your Resume’ = The Ticket to Ride the Job Search Roller Coaster. NIRSA Region IV Student Lead-On Workshop
   1997   Facilities & Program Management - Texas Style. NIRSA Texas State Workshop
   1995   The Job Search Process-Enjoying the Roller Coaster Ride. NIRSA 46th Annual Conference
   1995   Internship Programs: What You Might Expect. NIRSA Region IV Student Lead-On Conference
   1994   The Internship Process: Not Just For Credit Anymore, NIRSA Region IV Conference
   1994   The Job Search Process-Enjoying the Roller Coaster Ride. NIRSA Region IV Student Lead-On Conference
   1991   Informal Recreation: Alternative Programming for Diverse Leisure Time Needs. NIRSA State Workshop


Professional Certifications

   NIRSA- School of Recreational Sports Management – graduate 2000
   NIRSA - Certified Recreational Sports Specialist
   American Red Cross - Community Safety & First Aid Instructor
   American Red Cross – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & AED Instructor

Previously Held Certifications

   Lifeguard Training
   Water Safety Instructor
   National Swimming Pool Foundation - Certified Pool Operator

Professional Awards

2008   NIRSA – NIRSA Foundation Will Holsberry Scholarship
2007   MIRSA – Michael J. Stevenson, MIRSA Outstanding Service Award
1998   NIRSA – Outstanding Service Award – Mission & Name Review Task Force
1995   NIRSA – Outstanding Service Award – Certification Review Task Force
                                                                     Laurie E. F. Braden, M.S., CRSS


Professional References
Mr. Stan L. Shingles                                 Dr. George Ross
Director, University Recreation                      President
Central Michigan University                          Alcorn State University
SAC 200                                              1000 ASU Drive #359
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859                             Alcorn State, MS 39096-7500
Shing1sl@cmich.edu                                   geross@alcorn.edu
989.774.3686                                         601. 877.6114
Previous Supervisor                                  Previous Vice President


Ms. Traci Guinn                                      Ms. Marcy Weston
Director, Minority Student Services                  Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Bovee UC 121                                         Rose Center
Central Michigan University                          Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48850                               Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Guinn1tl@cmich.edu                                   westo1mc@cmich.edu
989.774.3945                                         989.774.6689
Colleague                                            Colleague


Ms. Pauline Habetz                                   Dr. Jennifer Hammat
Director, Recreation Center                          Assistant Vice President – Student Affairs
University of Texas-Houston, Recreation Center       University of Texas - Austin
7779 Knight Road                                     121 Main Building -- G 5000 - P. O. Box 7699
Houston, TX 77054                                    Austin, Texas 78713
Pauline.M.Habetz@uth.tmc.edu                         j.hammat.austin.utexas.edu
713.500.8425                                         (512) 232-3992
Former Supervisor                                    Colleague


Mr. Greg Jordan                                      Dr. Suzy Gray
Director, Campus Recreation & NIRSA Past-President   Director of Sales
Oakland University                                   Spectrum Health Clubs
Rochester, MI 48309
Jordan@oakland.edu                                   San Antonio, TX 78249
248.370.4888                                         sgray@SpectrumClubs.com
Colleague                                            …………………
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