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Congratulations to NIRSA’s newly-elected leaders!

By Stacey Hall, PhD, University of New Hampshire, Chair of the Nominations & Appointments Committee and Jen Gudaz, Cornell University, Chair of the Member Network

NIRSA owes its success to the leadership of dedicated volunteers—to members who generously donate their time and use their experience in the collegiate recreation profession to support […]

February 8, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |
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The 2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute is headed to Tempe!

By Brittany Rejda

Are you starting to build or renovate a rec facility, or do you manage and operate a facility? If so, you’ll want to be in Tempe, Arizona from October 19–21 for the 2016 NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute presented by Mondo! The Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe will serve as home base […]

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Michael Deluca is the 2016 NIRSA Honor Award recipient

By Tom Kirch, retired Director of Recreational Sports at Oregon State University and Nazifa Islam

The NIRSA Honor Award Committee is thrilled to announce that Michael “Mick” Deluca has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 NIRSA Honor Award! The NIRSA Honor Award—the Association’s most prestigious honor—is awarded annually in celebration of a […]

February 4, 2016|Categories: Awards, Leadership|Tags: , |
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NIRSA’s call to action

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

As I pen these notes—after the conclusion of a productive 2015 year and a wonderful holiday season, and at the beginning of a new semester, I do so with great excitement and enthusiasm. It is difficult to feel anything but excitement and anticipation […]

February 4, 2016|Categories: Blogs, Leadership|Tags: , , |
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Doug Ewing is stepping down from NIRSA Soccer creating room for an Assistant Director of Competition

By Austin Shick

After over a decade of dedicated work for the NIRSA Championship Series National Soccer Tournament, Doug Ewing—Director at Fort Lewis College—is stepping down as a Co-Director of Competition. NIRSA would like to thank Doug for his commitment to both the Association and the Championship Series; he has truly been instrumental in […]

February 3, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , |
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Love is in the air

By Kurt Klier, Assistant Director of Cole Fieldhouse and Reckord Armory at the University of Maryland-College Park

As Valentine’s Day approaches, NIRSA members are anxiously waiting to see which NIRSA Championship Series committee or work team they’ll be assigned to. This year, over 180 applications were submitted for various volunteer positions within the Series—I […]

February 3, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |
  • Long-time NIRSA member and leader Jeff Vessely passes away

Jeff Vessely—former president of NIRSA, recipient of the Honor Award, and beloved member for more than 40 years—has passed away

By Pam Watts, NIRSA Executive Director

It is with profound sadness that NIRSA shares the news that Dr. Jeffrey S. Vessely passed away on Monday, February 1. Jeff, affectionately known as “Dr. V.” to many of his students, retired in September 2010 after a 36-year career with Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) School of Physical Education […]

February 3, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Member Spotlight|Tags: , , |
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Host a 2016 NIRSA Regional Flag Football Championship

By Austin Shick

Host site applications for 2016 NIRSA Regional Flag Football Championships will open on Tuesday, February 2. NIRSA member institutions interested in hosting are encouraged to submit an online application.

Hosting a NIRSA Championship Series event in an experience that requires a great deal of time and resources, but it’s also very […]

February 3, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
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A reNEWed year

By Erica Estes, Graduate Assistant for Facilities & Fitness at the University of Southern Mississippi

Whether the New Year rang in like a sweet symphony for you or instead sounded like a clatter that brought about a bit of chaos, I believe it’s critical for each of us to view 2016 as another opportunity for […]

February 2, 2016|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |
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Rec Day 2016 is almost here!

By Cory Granholm

Every February 22, NIRSA members across the country celebrate National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day, a commemoration of NIRSA’s founding date. Rec Day is a time to remember when Dr. William Wasson brought 20 intramural directors from 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities together to share his research on collegiate recreation. This […]

February 2, 2016|Categories: Special Events|Tags: |
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The 2015 NIRSA Championship Series National Flag Football Tournament was one to remember!

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

NIRSA Championship Series flag football ended another fantastic season with the 2015 national tournament, which was held January 2–4 at the University of West Florida. While a cold front over Pensacola led to overcast skies and a […]

February 1, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
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Register for a free webinar about FLSA overtime exemptions!

By Austin Anderson, Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Indiana and Alice Kersting, NIRSA Special Projects Coordinator

NIRSA is thrilled to have been invited to partner with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) as well as with other higher education associations to offer a webinar on the Department of […]

February 1, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |
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The new NIRSA Institutional Data Set platform will open for data collection in late February!

By Nicole Olmeda, Senior Assistant Director at The University of Texas at Austin and Alice Kersting, NIRSA Special Projects Coordinator

Thanks to generous support from donors to the NIRSA Foundation, the NIRSA Institutional Data Set is well on its way to transitioning to a new and improved platform hosted by Dynamic Benchmarking! Now […]

January 29, 2016|Categories: Member Benefits|Tags: , |
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Take advantage of the early bird registration deadline for NIRSA 2016!

By Mary Callender

The NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo is the Association’s premier event. Every year, over 2,500 student, professional, and associate members come together for the express purpose of advancing the collegiate recreation profession. Don’t miss this fantastic professional development event—join your colleagues to develop “A Strong Core, A Bright Future“ at […]

January 29, 2016|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |
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Members on the Move – February

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

January 29, 2016|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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New Members – February 2016

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 January 29, 2016. […]
January 29, 2016|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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The Washington State University SRC is celebrating 15 years of healthy, active lifestyles!

By Kyle O’Malley, Student Communications Assistant and Chantell Cosner, Publications Coordinator for WSU’s Administrative Services,

 This January, Washington State University’s Student Recreation Center celebrates its 10 millionth user in over 14 years of service. Since opening in 2001, the SRC has been an important resource for the personal development of the entire university community. By offering […]

January 28, 2016|Categories: Member Spotlight|Tags: , , |
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Updates from NIRSA’s Small College and Community College Task Force

By Marci Kuhrt, Director of Recreational Sports at Viterbo University

Roughly one-third of NIRSA’s 650+ institutional member schools are community colleges or campuses that serve fewer than 5,000 students. These campus recreation programs may be limited by the size of their staff or their access to resources or facilities; they may offer only limited programs relative […]

January 27, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |
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Registration for the 2016 NIRSA Foundation Golf Tournament is now open!

By Kate Sundstrom

Supporters of campus recreation’s future can now register for the 22nd annual NIRSA Foundation Golf Tournament! This is an amazing opportunity to tee off your 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo experience by playing on the prestigious Disney Palm and Magnolia golf courses on Sunday, April 3. […]

January 25, 2016|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |
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Apply to be the 2018 Conference Program Committee Chair!

By Kristen Gleason

NIRSA has extended the deadline to apply to serve as the 2018 Conference Program Committee Chair! Consider using your talents to help shape the future of NIRSA—give back to your association and our profession, and apply to serve by February 1!

The Program Committee oversees the development of educational content and is critical […]

January 25, 2016|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , |