News and Updates for NIRSA and Collegiate Recreation

Early bird registration for the 2015 NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute is coming up fast!

By Brittany Rejda

Whether you’re a new or veteran sport club professional or student, you won’t want to miss the 2015 NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club Institute taking place in Minneapolis from June 10-12! This institute allows participants to attend an array of educational sessions focused on sport club topics—descriptions of the ed sessions and roundtables can […]

April 24, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |

The 2015 NIRSA Recreational Sports Expo was a huge success!

By Heidi Cleary

The 2015 Recreational Sports Expo in Grapevine, Texas featured 163 outstanding vendors who shared their expertise and new products with over 3,200 attendees and exhibitors. The Expo Hall was truly the place where attendees wanted to stay and play at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference!

The Grand Opening of the Expo Hall offered conference […]

April 23, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: |

Progress in motion: 3,200+ leaders in college rec moved our values forward at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference

By Nazifa Islam

NIRSA members from the United States, Canada, and Mexico packed their bags and made their way to Texas this spring for the express purpose of furthering the collegiate recreation profession. The 66th NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo took place from March 30–April 2 in Grapevine, Texas, and over 3,200 attendees and […]

Reflections on the 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute

By Pam Su, Director of Campus Recreation at San Francisco State University and Annual Director on the 2015-2016 NIRSA Board of Directors

The 2014 Women’s Leadership Institute—held this past December in Dana Point, California—is one new trailhead on my journey toward practicing better leadership. NIRSA is one of this Institute’s sponsoring organizations and one of the […]

April 17, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |

You won’t want to miss the 2015 International Experiential Learning Institute

By Don Stenta, Ph.D.

The International Experiential Learning Institute experience ties professional development in experiential learning with a sense of place. At the 2015 Institute—which is taking place from July 12-15—that place will be Boston, Massachusetts, and the learning community will be informed by Boston’s history and culture.

People from this area—both together and across differences—built a […]

April 17, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |

Check out the 2015 NIRSA Award recipients!

By Mary Callender

Both NIRSA and the field of collegiate recreation are made great by the passion, drive, and dedication of some truly amazing individuals and institutions. So each year, NIRSA is excited to have the chance to recognize some of its extraordinary members with a variety of well-deserved awards. The Association would like to congratulate […]

April 14, 2015|Categories: Awards, Leadership|Tags: , , , |

The application deadline to serve on the NIRSA Assembly is quickly approaching

By Kristal Fehring

It’s not too late to submit your application to serve on the NIRSA Assembly. The Assembly is the leadership body of the Association focused on the dynamic and long-term needs of the collegiate recreation profession. Stephanie Musser, Assistant Director Fitness Services at The Ohio State University, says that the Assembly focuses on “the […]

April 10, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |

NIRSA events are committed to inclusion despite Indiana’s recent ‘Religious Freedom’ legislation

By: NIRSA President Laurie Braden and NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts

NIRSA celebrates equity, diversity and inclusiveness. We embrace these pillars of excellence as crucial to healthy people and healthy communities.

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Pense signed legislation (SB101) a bill that affords individuals and businesses greater legal protection to refuse services to members of the LGBT Community […]

March 27, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

NIRSA Foundation Scholarship winners, where are they now: John Washo

By Nazifa Islam

John Washo has been working in recreation centers since he was just 12 years old. He started out as a scorekeeper for men’s league games and an official for third grade soccer and basketball games at his community recreation facility. His work in recreation continued throughout high school—he worked just about every position […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |

Ian McGregor will be a faculty member at the 2015 Student Organizations Institute

By Cheri Hawkins

The Student Organizations Institute is a chance for professionals and student organization advisors to further their understanding of advising, risk management, and student conduct among other topics. The 2015 Institute with a focus Title IX—which is occurring thanks to a partnership between NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, the Association of College Unions International […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Partners, Professional Development|Tags: |

Submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 NIRSA Triventure!

By Cheri Hawkins

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of one of NIRSA’s largest annual educational gatherings! Present at the 2015 NIRSA Triventure, which will take place in Indianapolis from October 14-16. The NIRSA Triventure is a co-location of NIRSA’s Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo, Aquatics Institute, and Fitness & Wellness Institute. Registration for […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: |

Embracing social media at #NIRSA2015

By Kimmi Sterner and Nazifa Islam

As you all know, we live in a world of constant updates, easily-accessible entertainment, and simple communication. Thanks to the internet and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so many NIRSA’s members are able to take the momentum from the Annual Conference to stay connected throughout the year. […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Conference, Networking|Tags: , , |

Keen eye on the social guy: strategies from a serial networker

By Paul Wesselmann, The Ripples Guy

The purpose of professional networking is to build and maintain relationships that are MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL. Successful network accomplishes three main goals: the exchange of information and ideas, the exploration of future possibilities, and engagement in satisfying connection.

To help you accomplish these goals, below is a summary of the tips I […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Conference, Networking|Tags: , |

The 2015 NIRSA National Basketball Championships are almost here!

By Alyssa Whitney

The twelve NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships have come to a close, and now we look ahead to North Carolina State University where the 2015 NIRSA National Basketball Championships will be held April 17-19. The hard work, drive, and determination has paid off for hundreds of players who will flood Raleigh in hopes of […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

Questions about NIRSA 2015? We’ve got answers!

By Sierra Smith

If this is your first NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, you might be wondering what to wear or when you can check in. If you‘re a returning attendee, you might be looking for tips of where to eat or where you can download the special edition NIRSA 2015 Facebook graphics for […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: |

Making the most of your moments

By Laurie Braden, 2014–2015 NIRSA President

In just a short time we will be gathering in Grapevine, Texas for our 66th Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition.  In addition to being the very best opportunity for collegiate recreation professionals and students to grow their skills, this annual event is both a homecoming and a family reunion […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , |

NIRSA Rec Day 2015

By Cory Granholm

What started as 11 schools convening about intramural activity on February 22, 1950 has become a worldwide phenomenon supporting the belief that recreational sports on campus matter. This original meeting established the National Intramural Association which would eventually become NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

With pride, we celebrate February 22 as NIRSA Recreational Sports […]

March 25, 2015|Categories: Special Events|Tags: |

Welcome to our new members – April 2015

March 24, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |

Members on the Move – April 2015

Congratulations to the following movers and shakers within NIRSA! […]

March 24, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |

99% perspiration

By Stephanie McAlpine, 2014–2015 NIRSA Championship Series Committee Chair

Whether you’re currently pursuing a degree or assisting others in their pursuit, it’s about that time in the spring semester that perspiration takes over. Earlier this year, I wrote about some things that inspire me. Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” […]

March 24, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , |