The 2016–2020 NIRSA Facility Construction & Renovation Report is now available!

By Aaron Kroth, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Safety at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ruben Guzman

In order to continue providing our member base with relevant information regarding facility construction trends in the field of collegiate recreation, we are now making available the results of the 2015 NIRSA Facility Construction & Renovation survey to […]

May 25, 2016|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |

Apply for the reimagined NIRSA Research Grant!

By Erin Patchett, Assistant Director of Facilities and Aquatics at Colorado State University

The NIRSA Research and Assessment Committee is currently accepting applications for the streamlined NIRSA Research Grant Program. The new format was launched at the 2016 Annual Conference and features two grant awards of $10,000 and $2,000 each. Both awards are […]

May 24, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: |

Host a NIRSA regional basketball or soccer tournament!

By Valerie McCutchan

Hosting a NIRSA Championship Series event requires time and resources, but it also provides your department with a flood of fun and staff development. It is also a great opportunity to showcase your campus. Consider hosting an event—host site applications for 2016 NIRSA Championship Series regional basketball and soccer tournaments […]

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

Beloved collegiate recreation leader Steve Young has passed away

Update, May 20: This article has be updated with information regarding Steve Young’s memorial service.

By Pam Watts, NIRSA Executive Director

It is with incredible sadness that NIRSA shares the news that Steve Young passed away on Wednesday, May 18 after a five-year battle with brain cancer. He was 59. Steve—known as “SY” to many students […]

May 19, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Member Spotlight|Tags: , , |

Save the date for an upcoming, free webinar about FLSA overtime exemptions

Update, May 19: This article has be updated with information regarding how to register for the webinar, which it is confirmed will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 1pm EST.

By Yvette Kell, Director of Campus Recreation for Centers, LLC at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Erin O’Sullivan, NIRSA Executive Communications, […]

May 17, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |

Alberta campus rec centers help residents affected by the Fort McMurray fire

By Emily Hughes

Over the last week and a half, we have watched and listened to the reports of the devastating fire in Fort McMurray, Canada. It is being reported that over 500,000 acres have been torched and the fire is still continuing to burn. The nearly 80, 000 residents of Fort McMurray have been relocated […]

May 16, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: |

What a long strange trip it’s been

By Kurt Klier, Assistant Director at the University of Maryland-College Park

“The NIRSA Championship Series is a platform for professional development for NIRSA members to build skills and engage in all levels of learning through their programming, staff, official, and volunteer positions.” As my time as the NIRSA Championship Series Committee Chair comes to […]

May 13, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |

Announcing the 2016–2017 NIRSA Committee Chairs!

By Christine Haluzak 

This spring, NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series finalized committee appointments for the 2016–2017 year. NIRSA committees perform an important role by focusing their work on specific topics relevant to both the collegiate recreation profession and the Association.

Hundreds of NIRSA members applied to serve on committees and work teams […]

May 11, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , |

Humans of NIRSA

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

Hello fellow NIRSA members! For my term as NIRSA President, I thought I’d try a new format for the President’s Notes leadership blog. I invite you all to watch this short video: […]

May 11, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , , , |

Learn about the 2016 increase in annual membership dues

By Christine Haluzak

Membership rate increases for the Association are calculated based on the CPI index for Portland, Oregon, and are governed by NIRSA Bylaws. On July 1, NIRSA institutional and individual membership dues will increase by 1%, which means that NIRSA institutional members will see an increase between $3 and $17. Professional and student members […]

May 11, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: |

Members on the Move – May

Congratulations to the following movers and shakers within NIRSA!

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May 11, 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 May 6, 2016. […]

May 11, 2016|Categories: Membership|Tags: , |

Oh, the places we have gone!

By Stan Shingles, 2015-2016 NIRSA President, Assistant Vice President at Central Michigan University

As I prepare my final entry in the NIRSA President’s Notes leadership blog, I do so reflecting on a simply outstanding year for the Association. This has been a tremendous journey as the NIRSA President this past year, but one that I […]

May 11, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , , , , |

Help us collect the best educational sessions for NIRSA 2017!

By Kristen Gleason

The 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo is taking place in National Harbor, MD from February 21–24, and the Association needs your help to build engaging and competency-based content!

A great way to get involved in NIRSA 2017 is by volunteering to be a reviewer of presentation proposals. All potential reviewers […]

Thank you for an unforgettable journey!

By Erica Estes, Coordinator of Member Services at James Madison University

Number of days in the term: 365. Number of members on this unforgettable Student Leadership Team: 7. Number of conference calls: 30. Number of times Jordan took an elbow to the eye for the team: 1. Number of memes shared via group messages: 27. […]

May 10, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

Players and volunteers alike had a great time at the 2016 NIRSA National Basketball Championships!

By Scott Flickinger, Director of Intramural Sports at Cornell University and NIRSA Championship Series Brand Management Work Team Chair

The venue may have changed this year, but the action and excitement at the 2016 NIRSA National Basketball Championships remained at an all-time high. The Ohio State University saw 84 teams with 843 participants, along with 70 […]

May 10, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

The impetus of change

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

If you’re reading this, congratulations! You’ve made it to summer and another successful year is in the books.

Summer, for a lot of us, is a catalyst of change—whether that’s due to graduation, summer internships, landing a graduate assistantship, or onboarding […]

May 10, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

Help us gather a treasure trove of educational sessions for NIRSA 2017!

By John Raskauskas

The 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo is taking place in National Harbor, Maryland from February 21–24, and the Association needs your help to make this year’s education content an international treasure!

Consider sharing your knowledge with your peers by submitting a presentation proposal for the 2017 Annual Conference by June 8. The Conference Program Committee is […]

May 10, 2016|Categories: Conference, Professional Development|Tags: , , |

The “I write for NIRSA” conference campaign brings you an insider view of NIRSA 2016: Kicking off NIRSA 2016

By Grant Deppen, Katie Birdsall, Teri Bladen, Jessica Elsaid, Samantha Wallace, and Nazifa Islam

Over 2,600 attendees and 650 exhibitor representatives had a fantastic time building “A Strong Core, A Bright Future” in Kissimmee, Florida at the 67th  NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo. NIRSA members came together from all around the world from April […]

The “I write for NIRSA” conference campaign brings you an insider view of NIRSA 2016: Expo fun

By Katie Helms, Nazifa Islam, and Nick Zumbrun

Over 2,600 attendees and 650 exhibitor representatives had a fantastic time building “A Strong Core, A Bright Future” in Kissimmee, Florida at the 67th  NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo. NIRSA members came together from all around the world […]