This Year's Expo
The 2012 Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo will be hosted in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech on February 25 & 26, 2012. This 2-day networking event allows student employees in fitness programs from universities in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States to come together and share ideas, choreography, programs, and friendships. The Fitness Expo is an opportunity for students to teach other students and will allow them to practice and enhance skills in public speaking, time management, self-understanding, leadership, service, innovation and professional development.
For the 2012 Fitness Expo, there will be several tracks offered to help guide attendees in choosing the sessions most appropriate to feed their needs. Such tracks being offered are group exercise, personal training, wellness, and a professional track. The professional track is being added this year to offer insight to fitness professionals, both novice and advance, to incorporate ideas and allow networking to occur at the management level. It will also allow those interested in becoming a fitness professional to learn more about furthering their education and following their passion.
The theme for the 2012 Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo is “Inventing the Future of Fitness.” Derived from Virginia Tech’s tagline “Invent the Future,” the theme resonates in taking what we have learned and practiced in the fitness field and making an imprint of where it is to go in the future. We hope to implement the theme by focusing the program initiatives on sustainability, technology, and fitness tomorrow. By keeping the expo as sustainable as possible, we hope to reduce waste costs by: communicating through email, the website, and social media rather than paper mailings; and providing expo handouts on the website and reducing the amount of paper printed for event. In addition to making the expo sustainable, we hope to make our bodies sustainable by selecting and offering sessions that promote fitness and wellness as a long-term lifestyle commitment and not using fitness as a “quick-fix.” In addition to sustainability, the Fitness Expo we remain as technology-advanced as possible. By a commitment to sustainability, we can enhance our technology uses by reducing paper waste, communicating via social media and the Internet, and providing check-in and registration in a streamline and efficient manner. Because of our theme of “Inventing the Future of Fitness” and the initiatives of sustainability and technology, it goes without say that we ultimately want to create a sense of fitness tomorrow, today.
The Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo began at the University of Virginia under the direction of Erica Perkins, former Fitness Director at UVA, as a one-day choreography exchange in 1995. The choreography exchange grew from a local networking event to a larger scale expo, brining in master presenters, provided continuing education credits/units, and enrolling over 325 attendees. The 2012 Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo will be the 18th annual event and we hope it to be the largest and most exciting yet.