Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute
We are excited to announce Dr. Chuck Jackson, western humorist, native Oklahoman, and noted educator, as the Keynote and featured speaker for the 2016 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.
Dr. Jackson has devoted his 40 year career to education at all levels of life. From elementary school to the workplace, he uses his knowledge and skills to entertain, uplift, and most importantly enlighten his audiences.
Dr. Jackson began his career in 1974 as an inner city teacher with the Tulsa Public Schools. Chuck’s ability to encourage and motivate young learners brought him early recognition. In only his second year of teaching, he was invited to address the National Science Teachers Convention. Soon Chuck’s concern for the emotional well-being of his students motivated him to pursue a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, which was granted by the University of Tulsa in 1977. This course of study culminated in serving as a guidance counselor in Tulsa’s magnet school program which led to school administration. After only a year as an assistant principal, Chuck received an appointment as one of the youngest principals in the history of the Tulsa Public Schools. During his tenure as a school administrator, Chuck was known as a progressive leader in pioneering programs with his school being recognized as one of the top eight outstanding elementary schools in the state of Oklahoma in 1984.
While pursuing further graduate studies, Chuck launched his current career by serving as a facilitator/trainer for the Tulsa Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Accepting invitations to speak at a variety of forums around the country served as a springboard for the establishment of his own consulting firm, Human Factor Services, through which he offers presentations on motivation, communication, management, and effectiveness. Dr. Jackson completed his doctoral studies in Counseling and Psychology at the University of Tulsa with a dissertation examining stress related anxiety in gifted adolescents.
Dr. Jackson’s keynote address, entitled “Are You on Fire or Just Plain Burnt Out?” will examine the stages of professional burnout and present strategies parks and recreation professionals can utilize to prevent it. In his experience as a public administrator, Chuck noticed that highly competent individuals often have a tendency to expect a great deal of themselves, and they tend to experience great anxiety when they are unable to deliver the level of performance for which they strive. Over time, these individuals may start to exhibit symptoms of what is commonly referred to as "Burnout". Even though they must battle the demands of outside factors such as deteriorating work conditions, budget cuts, new regulations, and more rigorous accountability, these individuals do not let their commitment to excellence waiver. This daily conflict of trying to deliver quality services to the public at a level that is unsustainable may ultimately take its toll on the physical and emotional health of these individuals.
Dr. Jackson’s second presentation, “I am Their Leader - Which Way Did They Go?” will be discussing the influence of an individual’s family of origin on that person’s leadership behavior. Chuck will take us on a humorous “walk down memory lane” and reveal the evolution of American leadership. In his final presentation, “Giving Performance a Goose”, Chuck will scrutinize the collective behavior of Canadian Geese in order to glean insights on how we humans can utilize the geese’s example to enhance our team effectiveness.
Registration is underway for the 4th Annual Dr. B Dan Kamp Golf classic. You can register on our website SWPRTI.org.
The 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate scholarship applications are now posted online. Application deadline for anyone applying is November 23, 2015.
Congradualtions to our very own, Jill Beam, 2015 Ms. Texas Senior America Pagent winner. Jill also won Ms. Congenlality and the Volunteer Service Award. Way to Go Jill!
Registration has started for the 4th Annual Dr. B. Dan Kamp Golf Classic. This year the golf classic will be held at Keeton Golf Course (2323 N. Jim Miller Road). Register your team today!
For those of you who will be spending the night in Allen on Thursday (or if you just want to stop by and join us) Robert has arranged a couple of activities for us. First we will have a behind the scenes guided tour of Allen ISD’s recently reopened Eagle Stadium. After the stadium tour, we’ll eat dinner at a restaurant of the groups choosing. Then once we’re all stuffed to the gills, we’ll take a short tour of various Allen amenities.
The exact time and place for us to meet will depend on where people end up staying, Robert is anticipating that we’ll need to get moving about 5:30PM.
We’re right at weeks away from our mid-year meeting in Allen on June 19th. Where have the last three months gone?
Please send your committee reports to Robert Townsend by June 5th it would be greatly appreciated.
There wasn’t able to get enough commitments on hotel rooms nights to be able to arrange for a block of rooms with a group rate. Here is a list of Allen hotels listed in order of shortest distance from our meeting location:
We will be meeting at the Allen Event Center starting at 9:00; however, you’re welcome to show up at 8:00 for a “Bacon, Business, Gritts, and Gossip” Session! We plan on breaking for lunch shortly before noon at one of the restaurants in The Village at Allen.