The primary NIRSA Website at nirsa.org is undergoing maintenance. Check back here at this temporary site, nirsa.net, for Association updates.
Update, December 18: See related article, “NIRSA website update: A story of teamwork, databases, and an errant bit”.
Given that the NIRSA website is currently undergoing maintenance, registration for the 2015 NIRSA School of Collegiate Recreation Level I in St. Louis, Missouri from May 31–June 4 will now open at 12:00pm EST on January 14. This altered registration date allows ample time for issues related to the NIRSA website’s service interruption to be resolved.
2015 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo
March 30–April 2 | Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas
While NIRSA Headquarters continues toward resolving issues related to the NIRSA website, to register for NIRSA 2015 head over to nirsa.net/nirsa2015 or download the NIRSA 2015 Registration Form PDF and fax it to NIRSA Headquarters at 541-766-8284. We’ll send you a notification of receipt as soon as we can.
It’s hard to believe, but just a few months ago NIRSA very quietly, and with very little fanfare, won an award for its website, www.nirsa.org. The award itself is a small glass monolith sitting here on my desk. It was presented to us last September from ASI, the company that develops our association management software, iMIS. This is the software that we use to both run our membership database as well as our website.
At the time we received the award, nirsa.org was experiencing some growing pains. We had just updated to the latest version of our database system and immediately began experiencing an abundance of site downtime. Some sort of errant bit in the software/server configuration wasn’t working.
After a few weeks of testing different solutions, and with the bug only getting worse, our IT department made an impossible decision. After a call with our website development partners and server hosts on Wednesday, December 3, it became clear we had to take the NIRSA website offline and rebuild it.
One thing I’ve truly discovered this semester: it’s never too late. We spend our lives in such a hurry trying to make it to our meetings on time, meet our deadlines, and wake up before the sun rises. Being punctual is an essential quality to being a great employee, but sometimes our best realizations happen when we slow down and look at where we are rather than worrying about what will happen when we get there.
The gift of time—the opportunity to experience a bit of respite from our work—is something I hope you take advantage of this December. I also hope that it helps you recharge for the coming year. During this winter break, many of us will no doubt take some time to reflect upon the previous semester and the year as a whole before we begin anticipating and making plans for 2015.
Approximately two years ago at the NIRSA Region IV Conference, I attended a presentation by colleagues Andy Lemons—Director of Campus Recreation at St. Edwards University—and current NIRSA President Laurie Braden. The presentation focused on the LGBTQ community’s participation in campus recreation programs and included an activity where each participant was given a traditionally-minority role—many of which were paired with negative word associations and stereotypes. This activity led many attendees, myself included, to think what it might be like to lose the privileges many of us so often take for granted and have to suddenly fight for our ability to participate.
On December 2, the NIRSA Foundation participated in #GivingTuesday—a national movement that encourages charitable giving during the holidays—for the very first time. This pioneer grassroots effort seeks to harness the collective power of charities, businesses, families, and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season.
The Association has identified equity, diversity, and inclusion as a strategic value of the collegiate recreation profession. So it is with great pride that NIRSA’s volunteer leadership and the NIRSA Championship Series Committee announce recently-adopted updates to the participation guidelines and policies of the NIRSA Championship Series tournaments.
Registration for NIRSA 2015 is now open! Join your NIRSA family in the great state of Texas where they say everything is bigger—including the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo. We can’t wait to see you at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine from March 30–April 2 as we continue to move our values forward.
Participants and spectators alike had a great time at the 21st Annual NIRSA National Soccer Championships
The 21st Annual NIRSA National Soccer Championships returned with a vengeance this year! The 2014 tournament took place at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tennessee from November 20–22, and brought together 95 teams competing to become a NIRSA National Champion. After three days of intense competition, it turned out The Ohio State University was the school to watch—both its Men’s and Women’s teams won national championship titles.