News and Updates for NIRSA and Collegiate Recreation

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 […]

March 27, 2015|Categories: Leadership, Uncategorized|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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

The power of rejection

By Kimmi Sterner, 2014–2015 NIRSA Student Leader

Well everybody, it’s that time of year! I cannot believe that we are gearing up, packing, and getting pumped for this year’s NIRSA Annual Conference. In the blink of an eye you will be hopping in a car or leaving on a jet plane to create yet another unforgettable […]

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

Congratulations to NIRSA’s newly-elected and appointed leaders!

By Sarah Leskovec

NIRSA relies heavily on member expertise and commitment for its evolution and advancement. With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the 2015–2016 election results and appointments for the NIRSA Board of Directors, NIRSA Foundation Board, the NIRSA Services Corporation Board, the NIRSA Championship Series, as well as to the Strategic […]

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

Developing leadership capacity in college students involved with collegiate recreation

By Cara McFadden and Don Stenta

The NIRSA Leadership Commission, which is named for one of NIRSA’s six strategic values, is charged with the exploration of leadership development within the collegiate recreation profession. In October 2013, the Commission facilitated a summit at The Ohio State University to formulate the work regarding leadership […]

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

The NIRSA Foundation is excited to announce the Barbara Brimi Honorary Scholarship

By Chris Muller

The NIRSA Foundation is happy to introduce the NIRSA Foundation Scholarship Fund, which gives NIRSA members the opportunity to honor their NIRSA colleagues through scholarships in their name. The first scholarship that will be awarded from this new fund will be in the name of long-time NIRSA member Barbara Brimi who recently […]

March 23, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: |

Make the most of the All Conference Social!

By Heidi Cleary

What better way to kick off your 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo experience than by attending the All Conference Social sponsored by PLAE! The All Conference Social will take place immediately following the Opening General Session on Monday, March 30. And attendees won’t have to go far […]

March 20, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |

Take advantage of your NIRSA member discounts and rewards this spring break!

By Heidi Cleary

In an effort to bring our members more value with their membership, NIRSA offers savings on lodging, fitness certifications, NIRSA publications, and on special programs rates with NIRSA insurance. So as you head out for spring break—or start planning your next summer vacation—don’t forget that your NIRSA membership gives you access to […]

March 20, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits|Tags: |

The 2015 NIRSA Foundation Quilt could be yours

By Chris Muller

Since 1992, the NIRSA Foundation has been raising money to support its mission to enhance the collegiate recreation profession by providing NIRSA members with meaningful opportunities for professional development. At each NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, the Foundation offers attendees engaging events and activities like the Golf […]

March 20, 2015|Categories: Conference, NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |