The Honor Award Banquet is the final event of every NIRSA Annual Conference, and it took place only hours after the Closing General Session. The banquet gave members a chance to dress up in semi-formal attire and get together to celebrate both the 2016 Honor Award recipient and the hard work of other Association leaders. This year’s Honor Award recipient was Michael “Mick” Deluca, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life at UCLA. Rick McNeil, Director at Michigan State University, gave a funny and heartwarming speech detailing Mick’s history in collegiate recreation and with NIRSA before the man of the hour himself took the stage and delivered his acceptance speech.
While the official leadership transition takes place on May 1, the banquet was also host to the symbolic passing of the gavel. Outgoing NIRSA President Stan Shingles welcomed incoming President Stacey Hall, and thanked Association leaders for all their hard work over the past year.
Looking forward to National Harbor
We hope this year’s “I write for NIRSA” conference campaign has reminded you of how wonderful your time in Kissimmee was and made you look forward to another fantastic conference in National Harbor, Maryland in 2017. In National Harbor, there will be even more amazing educational sessions, inspiring speakers, a great Expo Hall, and so many fun networking opportunities!
Consider joining the ongoing “I write for NIRSA” campaign—lend your voice to the Association and gain professional development by writing feature articles for the NIRSA News. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring your unique perspective to all Association members. We would love to hear from you! If you’re interested in writing for NIRSA, please contact NIRSA Communications Coordinator Nazifa Islam.
Members can relive some fantastic NIRSA 2016 memories by checking out the NIRSA Facebook page, and the @nirsalive Instagram and Twitter feeds; a search for the #NIRSA2016 hashtag will bring up great moments from Kissimmee. Photos taken by Steven Miller, NIRSA’s official conference photographer, will be available in a matter of weeks—keep an eye on the NIRSA News for that announcement!
The Gaylord Palms was the perfect place to reconnect with friends and colleagues, to reaffirm our commitment to our strategic values, to strengthen our core competencies, and to support the important work NIRSA members are doing every day in the collegiate recreation field. We had a wonderful time building “A Strong Core, A Bright Future” with our NIRSA family and cannot wait to see everyone again next February in National Harbor for NIRSA 2017!
If you have questions or comments about NIRSA 2016 or NIRSA 2017, please contact NIRSA Director of Professional Development Kristen Gleason.