The 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo has ended.

We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix for NIRSA 2020!

Networking & Socials

 Deadline extended to September 21

  • If you have submitted any education proposal for NIRSA 2019, you will be receiving any updates about your submission from Please adjust your email settings so these messages are not directed to your junk folder.
  • If you submitted a proposal for a concurrent education program, you can expect to receive a status update by end of September.
  • If you submitted a proposal for Lightning Talk, Research Hour, or Poster Presentation, you can expect to receive an accept/decline notification not later than the end of October.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the education program at NIRSA 2019 in Boston!

Social Events

All Conference Social
Sponsored by 

Lucky Strike Boston
Sunday, February 17 | 8:30pm–12:00am

Join your NIRSA friends for the All Conference Social at Lucky Strike, sponsored by PLAE.  NIRSA attendees will be hosted among 70,000 square feet of multi-dimensional entertainment spanning three floors. Bowling, video games and pinball machines, as well as a craft beer brewery are all part of this great complex behind historic Fenway Park.

The social space allows for dancing and game playing as well as quieter areas for networking and socializing. An appetizer buffet and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available on all three floors.

Transportation between the Convention Center and the social will be provided throughout the evening.   At only on half mile away from the hotels the venue is walkable as well.

Canadian Member Welcome Social

Saturday, February 16 | 8:00-9:00pm

All individuals from Canada are encouraged to attend this social. Kick-off your conference experience by connecting with colleagues from other Canadian Institutions who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses.

Join us for snacks and great conversations!

Small College & Community College Social

Saturday, February 16 | 8:00-9:00pm

All individuals from small schools and community colleges are encouraged to attend this social. Connect with you colleagues from other small and community colleges who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses. This is a great opportunity to network with you peers and establish connections for the rest of the conference. Join us for snacks and great conversations!

LGBTQ & Friends Social
Sponsored by 

Sunday, February 17 | 6:00pm–8:00pm

An annual favorite, the LGBTQ social fosters and encourages the involvement of LGBTQ individuals and allies in the Association.

We’ll also recognize the recipients of the Fredrick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice.

Join us as we support inclusion and diversity within NIRSA.

Take a Student to Lunch

Monday, February 18  | 11:30am-1:00pm

Students and Professional members alike, don’t miss out on this annual conference favorite! The Take a Student to Lunch program is an excellent opportunity for you to interact with the great minds in our Association and share your passion for collegiate recreation. All conference attendees are encouraged to participate in this great networking opportunity!

Directly following the Student Member Connection meeting, members of the Student Leadership Team and the Member Network will assist in matching students with professionals who will treat them to lunch. Both students and professionals are encouraged to indicate their intention for involvement when they register for Conference.

Lee Wasson People of Color Social
Sponsored by 

Monday, February 18 | 6:00pm–8:00pm
Commonwealth Room – Sheraton Hotel

Take this opportunity to celebrate the powerful accomplishments of NIRSA members with respect to ERSL, HBCU Summit, Founders Scholarship, and the Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award.

Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and all NIRSA members and guests are welcome to attend.

Honor Award Banquet

Tuesday, February 19 • Semi-formal attire

NIRSA has a long tradition of exceptional volunteer leaders. Join your colleagues at the Honor Award Banquet to recognize the NIRSA Service Award recipients as well as the Honor Award.

All attendees must reserve an Honor Award Banquet seat

Download, fill out and return a table reservation form as soon as all members of your group have registered for the conference, and we will have your seat waiting for you.


5:30pm-6:30pm – Pre Banquet Reception
6:30pm-9:00pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony
9:00am-10:00pm – Honor Award Reception

Download the Reservation Form

Independent socials

Independent socials are an important part of the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo experience.

These exciting socials provide attendees with great opportunities to network in smaller groups. NIRSA regions, states, vendors, and individual institutions have all hosted exciting independent socials at past NIRSA Annual Conferences. And so we invite you to consider hosting an independent social at NIRSA 2019 where the Bac Nay area of Boston provides abundant options!

To inquire about available space and options within the Sheraton Boston Hotel or Boston Marriott Copley Place, reach out to NIRSA Director of Meetings & Events, Sierra Smith. Sierra will connect you with the right person so you can put on a great event!  If you are interested in one of the many venues in the surrounding area, contact Kaylee Berkelhammer with the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Questions? Email Sierra Smith.