News and Updates for NIRSA and Collegiate Recreation

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McGregor & Associates’ Best Practices Risk Assessment Tool can help you navigate the complicated world of waivers among other things

By Ian McGregor, McGregor & Associates

Mary steadied herself for the next section of the Zipline—a long, steep, L-shaped curve to the landing platform below. The person in front of Mary had jumped into the void a few minutes earlier and disappeared around the bend. The staff guide cleared Mary to go so she stepped […]

November 25, 2015|Categories: Partners, Professional Development|Tags: , |
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Support the NIRSA Foundation and take part in its Giving Tuesday initiative!

By Kate Sundstrom

Giving Tuesday, a global movement focused on charitable giving, takes place in just a few days! The NIRSA Foundation, which funds research and provides scholarships and professional development opportunities to NIRSA members, would like to encourage you to participate in the celebration of a new tradition of generosity that is sweeping […]

November 25, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , , |
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Host an independent social at NIRSA 2016!

By Sierra Smith

The long-standing tradition of independent socials is an important part of the NIRSA Annual Conference experience. Independent socials provide attendees with a unique opportunity to network and socialize in smaller, more personalized groups as they connect over common backgrounds and interests. NIRSA’s dynamic, member-driven culture makes these events a popular part of […]

November 19, 2015|Categories: Conference, Professional Development|Tags: , |
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Calling all presenters for the 2016 Intramural Sports Institute!

By Brittany Rejda

Don’t miss your chance to share your knowledge and expertise at the 2016 NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute taking place from June 22–24 in Baltimore, Maryland. If you’re an intramural sports administrator or team leader, this is your opportunity to represent your organization!

The Intramural Institute Committee Members are committed to offering a robust […]

November 19, 2015|Categories: Professional Development|Tags: , |
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Emerging collegiate recreation professional Zach Wood was killed in a tragic accident

By Pam Watts, NIRSA Executive Director

It is with great sadness that I share with NIRSA members the news that Zach Wood, a 26-year-old PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University, died on the evening of November 14 after being struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle. Zach had been a member […]

November 18, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |
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Apply for a 2016 NIRSA Outstanding Outdoor Sports Facilities Award by November 30!

By Cindy Cowden, Associate Director of Facilities and Internal Operations at SUNY at Binghamton University and Chair of the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee

Every year, NIRSA recognizes exceptional NIRSA-member-institution facilities with the Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards. These awards recognize the innovative designs of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities at NIRSA member […]

November 13, 2015|Categories: Awards|Tags: , , |
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Registration for the 2016 NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation, Level I opens in December!

By Sierra Smith

The NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation—known informally as The School—provides attendees with a broad range of materials designed to enhance a recreation professional’s management and problem-solving skills. It has both a Level I and a Level II, and runs on a three-year cycle: Level I is offered two years in a row […]

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Join the NIRSA Foundation and participate in the Giving Tuesday global movement

By Kate Sundstrom

Have you ever considered joining a global movement? The NIRSA Foundation invites you to participate in Giving Tuesday, a global campaign to harness the unifying power of giving.

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after the United States’ Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events […]

November 10, 2015|Categories: NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , , |
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Congratulations to Saint Mary’s College of CA, the 2015 Fall Frenzy tournament champions!

By Marisa Penkauskas

Over the past five weeks, 145 colleges from across North America came together in their rec centers to represent their schools and ride their virtual reality Expresso bikes in a tournament unlike any other: the 2015 Fall Frenzy. The bikes have screens with over 40 digital roads and […]

November 10, 2015|Categories: Partners|Tags: , |
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Comedic recreation—a funny thing happened on the way to leadership: Andy Boehnlein, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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

For many years, I’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with NIRSA professional Andy Boehnlein at many NIRSA Championship Series events and Association functions. In addition to being someone who genuinely cares about the […]

November 3, 2015|Categories: Member Spotlight, Leadership|Tags: , , |
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It starts with us!

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

I recently attended both the Michigan and Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports  Association workshops. Attending these workshops brought back fond memories of my formative years of service in the Association. I attended my first NIRSA-related event—the Illinois State Workshop—while a graduate student at […]

November 3, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , , |
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Members on the Move – October

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

November 3, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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The 22nd annual NIRSA National Soccer Championships kick off this month!

By Austin Shick

Ninety-six teams will compete in four divisions at the 2015 NIRSA National Soccer Championships, which are set to kick off in Phoenix, Arizona at the Reach 11 Sport Complex from November 19–21. More than 2,000 student athletes and volunteer tournament staff will take part in this exciting event!

The tournament’s co-directors are Doug […]

November 3, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |
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NIRSA committee and work team applications are coming soon!

By Christine Haluzak

Having the desire to make a difference in collegiate recreation is the first step in inspiring change. Acting on that desire is the next. NIRSA members’ commitment and leadership within the profession propels the advancement of our Association’s goals. Whether you’re a student or an experienced professional, there’s a place for you! Consider […]

November 3, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , |
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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 October 30, 2015. […]
November 3, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |
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Read all about the sixth annual USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational

By Austin Shick

The sixth annual USTA Tennis On Campus Fall Invitational took place on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from October 10–12. The event served as the kickoff to the Tennis On Campus season, which will culminate with The 2016 USTA Tennis on Campus National Championship—part of the NIRSA Championship Series—happening from April […]

November 3, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , , |
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The past and future of NIRSA Championship soccer

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

For many, 1994 was a memorable soccer year—the United States hosted the World Cup and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1930, bringing the game to a whole new level of national consciousness. It’s […]

November 2, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , , |
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Two college teams are striving to win the 2015 Fall Frenzy Championship!

By Marisa Penkauskas

Interactive FitnessFall Frenzy Tournament is coming down to the wire with only one round left to go! With the legendary Golden Spokes trophy in view, Schoolcraft College, Marist College, the University of Iowa, and Saint Mary’s College of CA recruited everyone that walked into their rec centers to cycle for […]

November 2, 2015|Categories: Partners|Tags: , |
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Mark your calendar—registration for NIRSA 2016 opens soon!

By Kristen Gleason

Every year, the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo brings over 2,000 NIRSA student and professional members together for the express purpose of advancing the profession. Attendees have the opportunity to grow their professional skills by attending a wide variety of educational sessions, networking with colleagues at social events, and connecting with […]

October 29, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , |
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Tips for attending NIRSA 2016 on a budget

By Sierra Smith

The 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo taking place in Kissimmee, FL from April 3–6 is just around the corner, and I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am. It’s such a great experience to meet the wonderful people I’m working for during the year; it […]

October 29, 2015|Categories: Conference|Tags: , |