News and Updates for NIRSA and Collegiate Recreation

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Pac-12 directors stop by NIRSA Headquarters during their summer business meetings

By Kevin Marbury and Keli Kuykendall

The Pac-12 campus recreation directors met in Eugene, Oregon last week to kick off their 2015 summer business meetings. The directors held a number of meetings at the University of Oregon campus and toured the new U of O Student Recreation Center—the $51 million expansion project includes a new aquatics […]

May 20, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Headquarters|Tags: , , , , |
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The 2015 NIRSA Salary Survey has been released!

By Kristal Fehring

The 2015 NIRSA Salary Survey is now available to NIRSA institutional members! This report tracks and summarizes 2014 salaries in the collegiate recreation field. It represents the confidential responses of over 220 NIRSA institutional members and is the most powerful collection of salary data within the industry.

The report represents thousands of salaries in […]

May 20, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: , , |
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Oh, the places you’ll go

By Stan Shingles, Assistant Vice President at Central Michigan University

Writing to you for the first time as NIRSA President, I’m mindful of NIRSA’s recent accomplishments, its talented leadership and active member engagement, and the considerable challenges facing our profession and our association. As I reflect on these opportunities, assets, and obstacles, I’m reminded of a […]

May 13, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: |
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Don’t miss the 2015 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit!

By Brittany Rejda

The 2015 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit, also known as CS3, will be held June 24–26 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Come see what Purdue is doing to create a culture of sustainability on their campus. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to colleagues share stories about the challenges they’ve experienced, […]

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Leave it better than you found it!

By Stephanie McAlpine, 2015-2016 NIRSA Championship Series Committee Chair

As I thought about my final entry in the NIRSA Championship Series Notes—and the final month of my years within this leadership position—I started thinking about something my dad taught me: leave everything better than the way you found it. This past week was the third anniversary […]

May 13, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , |
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Members on the Move – May 2015

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

May 12, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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NIRSA 2015 photos are now available!

By Cory Granholm

Whether you were saying “cheese” with colleagues, looking introspective at an ed session, or racing armadillos, relive the memories from Grapevine, Texas!

Photos from the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo are now available for viewing, downloading, purchasing, and tagging at These photos are only available for a limited time, so […]

May 12, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: |
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New Members – May 2015

May 12, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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Present at the 2015 NIRSA Triventure!

By Brittany Rejda

The 2015 NIRSA Triventure—a co-location of NIRSA’s Aquatic Institute, Fitness & Wellness Institute, and Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo—will take place in Indianapolis from October 14–16. Don’t miss your chance to get involved in one of the Association’s largest professional development events—present at the 2015 NIRSA Triventure and be a part of […]

May 11, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: |
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Announcing the 2015-2016 NIRSA committee chair appointments!

By Sarah Leskovec

This past March, NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series finalized committee appointments for the 2015-2016 year. NIRSA committees perform an important role by focusing their work on specific topics relevant to both the collegiate recreation profession and the Association.

NIRSA’s abilities and achievements are a direct result of the incredible, dedicated […]

May 11, 2015|Categories: Leadership|
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Members were happy to “Pay It Forward” at the 2015 Annual Conference in support of the NIRSA Foundation!

By Sarah Leskovec

The 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Sport Expo at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas was a stellar success for your NIRSA Foundation! Attendees took part in a number of exciting NIRSA Foundation conference opportunities, and donors generously gave to support the Foundation in its work of providing NIRSA members with opportunities […]

May 11, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |
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Participants had a great time at the 2015 NIRSA National Basketball Championships at NC State!

By David Peters, Tournament Media Coordinator

The numbers from the 2015 NIRSA National Basketball Championships at North Carolina State University are simply staggering: 13,940 points, 1,063 participants, 205 volunteers, 160 games, 95 teams, 25 hours, 11 courts, 4 champions, 1 weekend. Over 1,000 student participants from 65 institutions joined 205 volunteer staff from over 70 schools […]

May 11, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
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A new beginning

By Erica Estes, 2015-2015 NIRSA Student Leader

“Life is always turning a new page and encouraging us to begin again.”  –Terry Cohen

Congratulations on completing another successful, exciting, and eventful year as an active student in collegiate recreation! As many of you are anticipating the turning of a new page in life—whether that’s through graduation, summer internships, […]

May 11, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , |
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The latest issue of the Recreational Sports Journal supports NIRSA’s Value of Collegiate Recreation Initiative

By Paul R. Milton, PhD, Kent State University

The Recreational Sports Journal is NIRSA’s scholarly publication. Supported by the NIRSA Foundation, the RSJ collects empirical, theoretical, and applied research in the field of collegiate recreation. Volume 39, Issue 1 of the RSJ is now available, and this long-anticipated issue is devoted to the value of recreational […]

May 5, 2015|Categories: Publications|Tags: |
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Congratulations to all the 2015 NIRSA Foundation Scholarship winners!

By Sarah Leskovec

The NIRSA Foundation is committed to supporting the future of collegiate recreation. With this goal in mind, the Foundation funds scholarships and stipends that help ensure that all NIRSA members—regardless of personal income—are able to take advantage of the many NIRSA educational and professional development opportunities available each year. The Association would like […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: |
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Annual membership dues are set to increase on July 1—renew now and save!

By Kendra Hall

NIRSA institutional and individual membership dues will increase by approximately 2.4% on July 1. This increase is calculated based on the Consumer Price Index for Portland, Oregon, as is consistent with NIRSA’s bylaws.

Institutions trying to maximize unused end-of-year funds can also save 5-10% on dues over the next two to three years through […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits|Tags: |
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Take advantage of the NIRSA Institutional Prepay Program!

By Kendra Hall

The end of the fiscal year is approaching for many NIRSA member colleges and universities. As a Director of a Department of Recreation, have you looked at your budget and found unused funds budgeted for professional development? Did you know that instead of losing those resources, you can invest unused funds from this year’s […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits|Tags: |
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Support “A Strong Core, A Bright Future” by submitting a presentation proposal for NIRSA 2016!

By Cara McFadden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport and Event Management at Elon University and 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference Program Committee Chair

Fellow leaders in collegiate recreation, I encourage you to consider presenting at the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sport Expo, which will take place in Kissimmee, Florida at the Gaylord Palms […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |
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Share your observations by submitting a topic for the NIRSA Trends in Collegiate Recreation Project!

By Kristal Fehring

NIRSA is committed to staying ahead of the curve regarding current trends in the collegiate recreation field, and believes in providing its membership with resources and best practices related to those trends. In light of this commitment, the Association annually conducts the NIRSA Trends in Collegiate Research Project sponsored by NIRSA Platinum partner […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: Research & Assessment|Tags: |
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Apply for a position on the NIRSA Flag Football Editorial Board!

By Nicole Green-Valentine, the University of Michigan and Flag Football Editorial Board Chair

Recently, the NIRSA Board of Directors approved a proposal for the creation of an editorial board for the NIRSA Flag & Touch Football Rules Book & Official’s Manual. This rules book was first published in 1983 to provide a standardized code of rules, […]

May 1, 2015|Categories: Leadership, Sports|Tags: , , |