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Course Descriptions
January 15 - 17, 2016
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Terrace Solarium Ballroom Fountain Board Room Courtyard Theatre
Rodeo Production from A to Z
8:30-11:30
Royalty Prep School
9:00-12:00
Effective Marketing for Special Events
8:00-10:00
Web Design 101
8:00-9:45
TOPs: Trustee Orientation & Planning Summit
8:00-9:45
Who's On First?
8:00-9:15
Making Sense of Your Insurance Policy with IGRA
10:15-11:30
Quick and Dirty Website.
10:00-11:45
Robert's Rules
10-11:45
You're Covered!
9:30-10:45
Lunch (on your own)
Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
1:30-2:45
Announcing
1:30-3:15
Fundraising & Sponsorship for Special Events
1:30-3:30
What's Under the Hood?
1:00-2:45
CrewsN The Rodeo
1:30-2:45
Planning A Rodeo School
3:00-4:15
Royalty Master Class
3:30-5:00
Social Media
3:45-5:00
Use Protection
3:00-4:15
Effective Meetings
3:00-4:15
Working With Your Convention Bureau
3:00-4:15

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rodeo Production from A to Z (3 credits)

Instructors: Laura Scott & Others
Participants will learn about rodeo production. Topics include the importance of the rodeo planning committee, budgeting, timelines and deadlines, registration & awards, and the ABC's of rodeo. Participants will leave a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the rodeo director.

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention (1 credit)

Instructor: Sandy Bidwell
Participants will learn how to recruit volunteers for rodeo and other special events and how to keep them coming back year after year.

Planning A Rodeo School (1 credit)

Instructor: Rob Somers
Participants in this course will learn what goes into planning a rodeo school and how to implement those plans. Participants will be provided with and utilize forms and handouts that are being used to plan rodeo school is member associations.

Royalty Prep School (3 credits)

Instructors: Andrew Goodman, Michael Vrooman, & Jason Bernard
Participants in the prep school will learn about preparing for and succeeding in the IGRA Royalty Competition. Through practical exercises, participants will leave understanding the different parts of the IGRA Royalty contest, the criticalness of advanced preparation, and the important tools needed to succeed as royalty.

Rodeo Announcing: Coolest Job at the Rodeo or Longest Day Ever? (2 credits)

Instructor: Douglas Graff
Participants will learn what it takes to be a quality rodeo announcer. Participants will learn the role of the announcer from registration through the last rodeo event. Through hands-on applications, participants will practice announcing, begin to refine their "announcing color", and be ready to successfully handle any challenges that may arise.

Royalty Master Class with Michael Vrooman (1 credit)

Facilitator: Andrew Goodman
Participants in this course will learn the path to royalty as traveled by Michael Vrooman (Mr. IGRA 1996 & Miss IGRA 2000). Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the life lessons he learned along the way, as well as the importance of remaining involved in gay rodeo.

Effective Marketing for Special Events (2 credits)

Instructor: Bradley Houseton
Participants in this course will receive a working blueprint for how to develop and execute an event marketing strategy to increase contestant and spectator attendance, volunteers, media coverage, and revenue. This course will provide students with general knowledge of how to develop a marketing strategy and effectively execute that strategy with a toolkit that includes: digital marketing, social media, email, print, media/PR, etc. Participants will leave this course with the essential marketing toolkit that can be implemented in their own associations to promote events in their community.

Fundraising & Sponsorships for Special Events (2 credits)

Instructor: Bradley Houseton
Participants in this course will leave with a working blueprint for how to develop and cultivate sustainable revenue streams through fundraising, in-kind donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, concessions, and vendors. Participants will leave this workshop with an effective and applicable understanding of fundraising strategies that can be implemented in their own associations to generate the necessary resources for hosting special events in their communities.

Working With Your Convention Bureau (2 credits)

Instructor: Jim McMichael, Specialty Markets Manager and Global Business Sales--Las Vegas Convention and Visitors' Authority
Learn the ins and outs of working with your local convention bureau. Discover how it can support your event in a variety of ways. Learn the best methods of making contact, establishing and maintaining a worthwhile and mutually beneficial relationship, and how the bureau and your association can support each other.

Web Design 101, the basics (1 credit)

Instructor: Frank Harrell
Participants in this course will discuss web site requirements, types of sites, and types of development tools. This course is for both the beginner and those who have dabbled in websites before but want to understand what other options are available for creating or managing their website. Participants will also learn what makes a site useful and user friendly.

A Quick & Dirty Website (1 credit)

Instructor: Frank Harrell
Participants in this course will get a website up and running in 30 minutes using software you already know how to use. Participants will use their own word processor program and FileZilla, a free program used to put your finished pages on the web. Participants will also learn how to regain control of a current website if you have lost your previous webmaster. Requires a notebook computer with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Apache Open Office.

What's Under the Hood? How it all works (2 credits)

Instructor: Frank Harrell
Participants in this course will look behind the scenes at what makes a webpage work. This course will cover the basics of html, style sheets, and a light look at JavaScript, what they are, and where to use them. Participants will learn why a page looks like it does and why that page you built didn't do what you expected it to do. Participants will also begin to understand that writing code isn't as hard as you might think.

Who's on First? Certified Officials (1 credit)

Instructor: Ron Trusley
Participants in this course will learn the general requirements for IGRA-certified personnel as well as the specific requirements for individual positions. Participants will also learn how to work toward certification, why annual recertification is necessary, and why all certified officials at a rodeo must work together as a team.

You're Covered! New Rodeo Rules (1 credit)

Instructor: Ron Trusley
Participants will review all new and changed rules for 2016-especially rodeo rules. Participants will learn how these rule changes impact the jobs of certified personnel.

CrewsN the Rodeo (1 credit)

Instructors: Kami Boles & Barbara Bugg
Participants in this course will learn about the vital roles of the chute and arena crews. Participants will learn about each of these groups separately, and understand how they impact (either positively or negatively) the smooth running of a rodeo.

TOPs: Trustee Orientation & Planning Summit (2 credits)

Instructor: Guy Puglisi
Participants in this course will learn the roles and responsibilities of association trustees and what is expected of them at meetings and rodeos. This course will also serve as a planning session and roadmap for the 2016 rodeo year. This course will also be beneficial to rodeo directors and association board members.

Robert's Rules of Order (2 credits)

Instructor: Benjamin Avant
Participants in this course will learn about Robert's Rules of Order and how, when effectively utilized, they can make a positive impact on meetings. Participants will leave with specific strategies that can be implemented immediately.

Running Effective Meetings (1 credit)

Instructor: Benjamin Avant
Participants in this course will learn how to conduct effective meetings. Participants will learn about meeting formats, strategies for improving the flow of meetings, and how to deal with difficult meeting participants.

Use Protection! Trademarking (1 credit)

Instructor: Brian Helander
Participants in this course will learn about the trademarking process and related topics.

Social Media (1 credit)

Instructor(s): John Hill
Participants in this course will learn about various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition to the nuts and bolts of how these platforms work, participants will learn which applications are best used for various situations.

Making Sense of Your Insurance Policy with IGRA (1 credit)

Instructor: Tommy Channel
Participants in this course will learn about the insurance policy held by IGRA and the potential of that policy to support your association royalty, board, and directors. Participants will leave with an understanding of what is covered and not covered, how to add to the insurance policy as appropriate, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the person who handles the IGRA policy, the IGRA Administrative Assistant.
First posted Oct 21, 2015
Last update Jan 7, 2016