Join outdoor recreation colleagues at AORE 2016 this fall

By Megan Sullivan, AORE’s Communications Manager

Don’t miss your chance to connect with fellow outdoor recreation professionals, students, and organizations at this year’s AORE Annual Conference. Taking place at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from November 9-11, the AORE Annual Conference offers NIRSA members a great opportunity to learn, network, and improve performance in […]

July 28, 2016|Categories: Partners|Tags: , |

Submit a poster presentation proposal for NIRSA 2017

By Kristen Gleason

The Annual Conference Program Committee is now accepting poster presentation proposals for consideration as part of the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo taking place in National Harbor, MD from February 21–24. A poster presentation showcases research and/or an institutional program. An effective poster operates on multiple levels; a […]

Volunteer for the NIRSA Championship Series!

By Valerie McCutchan

The NIRSA Championship Series is dedicated to bringing individuals invested in collegiate recreation together through high-level competition. Students get to play against equally-skilled opponents, and the Series also provides professional development opportunities for NIRSA members. This is your chance to gain experience in tournament planning and coordinating, or officiating!

The Series strives to foster student […]

July 26, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

Announcing the NIRSA Canadian Region Task Force

By Leah Hall-Dorothy, Ph.D., Director of Recreational Sports at Oregon State University

This spring, the NIRSA Board of Directors appointed eight volunteer members to serve with a member of the NIRSA Headquarters team on the newly-constituted NIRSA Canadian Region Task Force . The newly-created Canadian Region Task Force volunteers have been appointed to assist the NIRSA […]

July 26, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Membership|Tags: , , , , |

We’ve only just begun

By Brooke Turner, Assistant Director of Competitive Sports at The University of Alabama

This year, we are celebrating ten years of the NIRSA Championship Series, and I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. My professional career started just weeks after the framework of the Series was shaped and our guiding principles were […]

July 25, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

The deadline to submit 2016 Marketing Institute presentation proposals has been extended

By Alexander Marse, Assistant Director, Marketing & Special Events at Florida State University

NIRSA and ACUI members are getting set to learn all about the latest buzz in collegiate marketing at the 2016 NIRSA/ACUI Collegiate Marketing Institute this November! But before attendees head off to Las Vegas for two-and-a-half days of networking and learning, the 2016 […]

Volleyball officiating and intramurals leader Gary Colberg has passed away

By Brian Smith, Competitive Sports Program Director at UCLA and  Region VI Representative on the NIRSA Member Network

It is with sadness that I share with you the recent passing of a long-time volunteer leader in the Association: NIRSA Life member Gary Colberg has passed away after a lengthy battle with myelodysplastic syndromes.

Gary was passionate about collegiate recreation […]

July 20, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: , , , |

Announcing NIRSA Championship Series flag football host sites!

Update, July 20: This article has been updated to include the tournament taking place at the University of Iowa.

By Valerie McCutchan

Eleven sites have been selected to serve as regional hosts for the 2016 NIRSA Championship Series flag football season. It may not officially kick off until the fall, but now is still the perfect time to […]

July 20, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

NIRSA affirms its active commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

By the NIRSA Board of Directors and Pam Watts

We are heartbroken once again. The horrific violence in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas has left us reeling. As was the case with the hateful and tragic attack in Orlando, NIRSA grieves with and offers our condolences to the […]

July 18, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , |

Officiate for the 2016 NIRSA National Soccer Championships

By Valerie McCutchan

For the 23rd Annual NIRSA National Soccer Championships, the NIRSA Championship Series Committee is excited to once again extend an officiating opportunity to NIRSA members who are NISOA certified and have experience working collegiate matches. A select number of spots on the NIRSA National Soccer Championships team of officials will be […]

July 11, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

Registration for the 2016 Women’s Leadership Institute is open

By Kristen Gleason

Collegiate recreation professionals won’t want to miss the opportunity to gather, grow, and encourage each other at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Institute! This fantastic professional development opportunity will take place from December 6–9 in Dana Point, California, and registration is now open! The deadline for early bird pricing is October 9.

As […]

July 6, 2016|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |

Where are they now? RJ Canning

By Nazifa Islam

RJ Canning worked as a camp counselor during his summers off from high school, and it was actually one of his supervisors there who set him off on a path in collegiate recreation. That supervisor encouraged RJ, a soon-to-be college freshman, to work at Rowan University’s REC Center in the intramurals department. RJ, […]

Just what is the NIRSA Board of Directors?

By Stacey Hall, Ph.D., RCRSP, CRSS, 2016-2017 NIRSA President and Campus Recreation Director at the University of New Hampshire

Hello again fellow NIRSA members. What an exciting start to my term as NIRSA President it has been! Between a visit out to NIRSA Headquarters and the annual Summer Leadership Meetings, we are off to a truly […]

July 4, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , , , , |

Members on the Move – July

Congratulations to the following movers and shakers within NIRSA!


July 1, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: , , |

New Members

Join us in welcoming our new professional, student, institutional and associate members who are now part of the NIRSA community. The following members joined NIRSA as of June 29, 2016. […]

July 1, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: , |

All about PechaKucha

By Mila Padgett, Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness at the University of South Carolina Aiken

If you attended the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference in Kissimmee, FL, you may have seen the words PechaKucha and asked yourself “What is a PechaKucha?” A typical response I received when just saying the phrase PechaKucha was “Can […]

July 1, 2016|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , |

Can campus recreation do more around intentional leadership development?

By Mila Padgett, Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness at the University of South Carolina Aiken and Melissa Longino, Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Dayton

As campus recreation professionals—whether we work in aquatics or marketing, facilities or club sports—most of us are first and foremost in the business of developing students and increasing […]

The 2016–2017 NIRSA Assembly members begin their term!

By Keeley Naughton

The NIRSA Assembly, a leadership group made up of NIRSA professional and student members as well as non-NIRSA members, is focused on the future of collegiate recreation in “big picture” terms. The Assembly is an important mechanism for generating new ideas and shaping the future of the profession.

As we welcome the newly-appointed […]

June 28, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Humans of NIRSA: Tori Allmendinger

By William Trent, Graduate Assistant for Marketing & Social Media at James Madison University

In last month’s edition of my notes, I alluded to summer being a catalyst for change. Summer has in fact brought its fair share of changes my way as I’ve taken a break from my graduate assistantship to return to my […]

June 28, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

Celebrating ten years of the NIRSA Championship Series!

By Valerie McCutchan

It was 10 years ago on June 27, 2006 that 13 NIRSA members gathered in the NIRSA Headquarters conference room for the summit that would result in the creation of the NIRSA Championship Series’ guiding principles. Those principles still serve as the framework of the Series.