NIRSA News

News and Updates for NIRSA and Collegiate Recreation

Considering the impact that participation and employment in collegiate recreation has on student development

By Dave Hall and Catherine Cramp and Kristal Fehring

In the spring of 2014, NIRSA and the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) launched a work team to study how the skills gained through participation and employment in cocurricular experiences helps to prepare students for their careers. The goal of the project was to identify […]

March 2, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Partners, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

Growing up in NIRSA

By Stephanie McAlpine, 2014–2015 NIRSA Championship Series Committee Chair

There’s a lot that’s unnerving about your first few NIRSA Annual Conferences and/or Championship Series tournaments. You aren’t always sure what you signed up for and can find yourself stuck in the middle of a three-ring circus, you feel like you have to start figuring out what […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , , |

Leadership opportunity: apply to be a part of the NIRSA Assembly

By Christine Haluzak

If you want to be a catalyst for action, generate results, and vet ideas in a highly-participatory think tank, consider submitting an application to serve on the NIRSA Assembly! The Assembly is the leadership body of NIRSA that focuses on the dynamic and long-term needs of the collegiate recreation profession.

JT Timmons, Director of […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |

CAS standards for recreational sports programs to be revised for 2015–2016

By Douglas Franklin, Ph.D.

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) was founded in 1979 and is a consortium of 41 professional associations affiliated with student service, student affairs, and student-development programs. As explained by the 2015 Council for the Advancement of Standards, the CAS associations works “collaboratively to develop […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Partners, Research & Assessment|Tags: , |

NIRSA partners with Jossey-Bass to offer members a new discount

By Kristal Fehring

Did you know that your NIRSA membership entitles you to discounts on certifications, hotels, and other items? NIRSA has partnered with a number of companies and organizations in an effort to bring its members great deals. The Association is excited to announce that Jossey-Bass, a well-known publisher in higher education, is […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Partners|Tags: |

Reflections on my “WHY?”

By Laurie Braden, 2014-2015 NIRSA President

As I sit down to draft my entry in the NIRSA President’s Notes leadership blog, I am fortunate to do so from a unique position of opportunity; I am looking back on recently enjoying the experience of the Emerging Recreational Sports Leaders Conference in Orlando, FL. This storied conference […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , |

NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships have tipped-off

By Alyssa Whitney

The NIRSA Regional Basketball Championships are underway! At stake for the winners of these 12 tournaments are automatic bids to the NIRSA National Basketball Championships, which will be hosted by North Carolina State University from April 17–19. Teams will demonstrate their dedication, efforts, skills and sportsmanship in a battle for a […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

Creating meaningful relationships at the 2015 Annual Conference

By Kimmi Sterner, 2014–2015 NIRSA Student Leader

With the Annual Conference coming up, you’re most likely registered, have your hotel rooms booked (hopefully!), and are busy preparing your schedule. In between all of the planning, it’s important to remember that one of the biggest aspects of our conference is building relationships. The people you meet […]

February 25, 2015|Categories: Blogs|Tags: , |

Welcome to our new members!

February 25, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |

Members on the Move – March 2015

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

February 25, 2015|Categories: Networking|Tags: |

NIRSA’s tradition of service continues to shine bright

NISRA members turned out in force this fall with a staggering 321 members applying for the opportunity to serve on a NIRSA committee or work team. There was  a 178% increase in applicants over last year and the 321 individual applicants is a record  for the Association. These figures illustrate how willing members are to […]

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

Up close with the Professional Registry: Megan Feasel, Armstrong State University

By Nazifa Islam

Megan Feasel’s passion for the collegiate recreation profession was kindled as an undergraduate at Wright State University. For four years, she was a Student Facility Assistant; that’s “where it all started,” she says, “cleaning treadmills, selling memberships, swiping ID cards.” She soon discovered that she “absolutely loved working in the recreation center,” […]

Take the Global Perspectives Commission’s new survey

By Kevin Marbury

The NIRSA Global Perspectives Commission will be exploring topics like campus employment, programming, facilities, services, and staff training as they relate to global perspectives. It is interested in identifying members’ levels of awareness regarding globalization and how to serve their international populations on a daily basis.

In an article published in […]

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

Introducing the new look of NIRSA Connect: the Community for Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

Over the past few months, some of our more savvy members may have noticed that how they connect with other NIRSA Members online has undergone some changes.

Now we proudly deliver an enhanced service as an improved member benefit: NIRSA Connect.

NIRSA Connect is built on responsive design […]

February 23, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Networking, Technology|Tags: , |

We need your input on NIRSA’s regional structure

By Tom Kirch

NIRSA’s Regional Realignment Task Force was appointed in the fall of 2014 to evaluate the Association’s current six-region structure, which was set in 1981. NIRSA’s regional networks exist to give members local opportunities to connect with their NIRSA neighbors and take advantage of nearby events. The Task Force is working to ensure […]

February 23, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |

Check out all the great NIRSA Foundation activities at the 2015 Annual Conference


By Chris Muller

In addition to its Annual Giving Campaign, the NIRSA Foundation will have numerous activities at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo in which you can get involved. All NIRSA members are invited to participate in this diverse line-up of activities at the Gaylord […]

February 23, 2015|Categories: Conference, NIRSA Foundation|Tags: , |

The NIRSA Collegiate Recreation Trends Research Project is excited to announce a topic

NIRSA wants to provide its membership with resources and best practices when it comes to current trends in the field. With this goal in mind, the Association annually conducts the NIRSA Collegiate Trends Research Project sponsored by Precor, a NIRSA Platinum partner. After reviewing the number of great project topics submitted by members this year, […]

February 22, 2015|Categories: Member Benefits, Research & Assessment|Tags: |

Are you celebrating Rec Day?

Whether you’re observing National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day on the official date, February 22, or inviting students to your rec center all week long, we want to hear about it! […]

February 22, 2015|Categories: Special Events|Tags: |

NIRSA Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign is set to kick off

By Chris Muller

The NIRSA Foundation invites you to join us in our Annual Giving Campaign at the 2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo! This year, our conference campaign goal is to raise $28,000 by asking our members to “Pay It Forward.”

At NIRSA 2015 you will have the opportunity to contribute […]

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

Meeting the needs of our environment at NIRSA 2015

By Sierra Smith

NIRSA members are conscious of whether or not their actions are having a positive effect on the environment. It is for this reason that promoting sustainable communities is one of NIRSA’s strategic values. The Association is invested in a sustainable future and is intentional in selecting for its professional development opportunities event […]

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