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Members of the NIRSA Board of Directors kick off the 2015-2016 leadership year with a visit to NIRSA Headquarters

By Pam Watts

For the second consecutive year, new members of the NIRSA Board of Directors were able to start off the 2015-2016 leadership year with an orientation and visit to NIRSA Headquarters in Corvallis, Oregon.  NIRSA President Stan Shingles of Central Michigan University, and NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts hosted  NIRSA President Elect Bill Crockett […]

July 13, 2015|Categories: Leadership|
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NIRSA Foundation Scholarship recipients, where are they now: Jeff Ryder

By Nazifa Islam

Jeff Ryder began working in collegiate recreation his freshman year at Rutgers University where his very first job as an undergraduate student was as an intramural floor hockey official. “I love hockey,” he says, “so I thought I would give it a try.” Fortunately, he ended up really enjoying his first season of […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |
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Strengthening the global perspective for collegiate recreation

By Kathy Obuszewski, Assistant Manager of Aquatics at Case Western University and member of the NIRSA Global Perspectives Commission

As more and more campuses enroll increasing numbers of international students—and as our world continues to become more interconnected—there is a growing need for global perspective competencies within campus recreation departments across North America and beyond. With […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |
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Read all about the 2015 NIRSA Championship Series Summit!

By Alyssa Whitney

The 2015-2016 NIRSA Championship Series Committee convened from June 22–25 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida for the Series’ first full summit since 2012. In recent years, members of the NIRSA Championship Series have been invited to join other key leadership groups at NIRSA’s summer leadership meetings. There, the Championship Series has […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: Leadership, Sports|Tags: |
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Registration for the 2015 Women’s Leadership Institute will open later this summer

By Mary Callender

Aspiring female professionals in higher education and student affairs won’t want to miss the opportunity to gather, grow, and encourage each other at the 2015 Women’s Leadership Institute, which will take place December 6–9 at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida. Registration for this fantastic institute will open later this […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |
  • Welcome New Members July 2015

New Members – July 2015

July 8, 2015|Categories: Networking|
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Read all about the 2015 NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation!

By Sierra Smith

The much-anticipated 2015 NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level I took place May 31–June 4 in St. Louis, Missouri, which provided a fantastic backdrop for the intense interactive workshop. This institute is one of NIRSA’s landmark events, which explains why it sells out quicker and quicker every year; the 48 available spots sold […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |
  • Thank you to all our 2015 Volunteers!

NIRSA 2015 couldn’t have happened without you!

By John Raskauskas

The 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo in Grapevine, Texas was a fantastic experience for everyone involved. NIRSA members enjoyed wonderful educational sessions, listened to inspiring speakers, and had the chance to marvel at the latest fitness equipment in the Expo Hall.

Behind the scenes, a tremendous amount of work and effort […]

July 8, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |
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Members on the Move – July

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

July 8, 2015|Categories: Networking, Uncategorized|Tags: |
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Take your intramural program to the next level by taking advantage of Institutional Registration!

By Alyssa Whitney

Having championed the phrase “It’s more than competition,” the NIRSA Championship Series produces events known not only for their outstanding student athlete performance but also for the development opportunities they provide student officials and professional staff. Don’t miss out on the chance to send student officials and professional staff members to this year’s […]

July 2, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
  • Student Leader's Notes

You’re gonna be…

By Erica Estes, 2015-2016 NIRSA Student Leader

Each one of our lives is filled with an abundance of busyness. This active and engaged style of living comes with having to constantly balance our roles as students, employees, friends, and teammates. While we are perpetually exposed to experiential learning opportunities, I believe that in order to understand […]

July 2, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , |
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Help the educational sessions at NIRSA 2016 shine!

By John Raskauskas

The 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo is taking place in Kissimmee, Florida from April 3–6, and the Association needs your help to build a strong core of education content!

Consider sharing your knowledge with your peers by submitting a presentation proposal for the 2016 Annual Conference by August 12. The Conference […]

July 2, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |
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The 2015-2016 NIRSA Assembly members begin their term!

By Kristal Fehring

The NIRSA Assembly serves as the Association’s “think-tank”—it’s focused on the growth and future of collegiate recreation. As 2014-2015 Assembly member Stephanne Musser, Assistant Director Fitness Services at The Ohio State University, says, the focus is “on the potential issues surrounding our profession.” Assembly members enjoy vetting new ideas, developing leaders, and really want […]

July 2, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |
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Announcing the 2015 NIRSA Championship Series flag football host sites!

By Alyssa Whitney

Eleven sites have been selected to serve as hosts for the 2015 NIRSA Championship Series flag football season. It may not officially kick off until the fall, but now is still the perfect time to start planning how your institution can get in the NIRSA Championship Series game! Mark the following dates for the […]

June 30, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
  • A hardcopy edition of the Benefits of Campus Recreation

NIRSA institutional members will receive a hard copy of The Benefits of Campus Recreation

By Kristal Fehring

Dr. Scott Forrester’s The Benefits of Campus Recreation—a study commissioned by NIRSA and funded by generous donors to the NIRSA Foundation—represents the most comprehensive effort to date to substantiate the positive impact that participation in campus recreation opportunities has on students. While The Benefits of Campus Recreation—alongside numerous other research projects—is available to […]

June 26, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |
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Help advance the green sports movement with three days of learning and sharing!

By Simon Bravo

NIRSA members can save $50 on regular registration rates at this year’s Green Sports Alliance Summit, which is taking place June 29–July 1 in Chicago! The annual Summit is one of the world’s largest and most influential gatherings for the sports community to unite around sustainability. Bringing together more than 800 industry stakeholders […]

June 24, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: |
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Check out updated flag football resources by NIRSA!

By Mary Callender

Every summer, updated clinician kits, exams, and rulebooks become available for the fall intramural sports season. The Flag Football Clinician Kit was recently updated to coincide with the May release of the 17th edition of the NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book and Official’s Manual. Additionally, updates are currently being incorporated into […]

June 23, 2015|Categories: Publications|Tags: , |
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Higher Ed Live hosts “Trends in Campus Recreation” webcast featuring NIRSA leaders

By Pam Watts

The “Trends in Campus Recreation” webcast—part of Higher Ed Live‘s Student Affairs Live series—took place on Wednesday, June 10 and was facilitated by Tony Doody, Director of Student Life on the five New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses of Rutgers University. NIRSA President Stan Shingles joined Don Stenta, At-Large Director on the NIRSA Board of Directors, […]

June 11, 2015|Categories: Special Events|Tags: , , |
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Registration is open for the 2015 NIRSA Triventure!

By Brittany Rejda

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars—the 2015 NIRSA Triventure is taking place in Indianapolis from October 14-16! This event is three institutes in one: the NIRSA Aquatic Institute, NIRSA Fitness & Wellness Institute, and the NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo all come under one roof. Attendees will enjoy full access to all educational […]

June 5, 2015|Categories: Triventure, Professional Development|Tags: |
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Introducing the new and improved NIRSA Buyers’ Guide!

By Heidi Cleary

NIRSA is proud to announce the rollout of the new and improved NIRSA Buyers’ Guide! With nearly 180 NIRSA associate members offering a number of fantastic products and services, the NIRSA Buyers’ Guide is your one-stop shopping destination!

Whether you‘re looking for an architect, apparel, fitness certifications, equipment, flooring, lighting—or everything in between—NIRSA’s valuable […]

June 1, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits|Tags: , |