The NIRSA conference is a family reunion and so much more

NIRSA members look forward to the annual NIRSA family reunion every year for a reason. They know that the spirit of every NIRSA event—particularly this incredible NIRSA family reunion—is, as NIRSA Student Leader Will Trent has summed up perfectly, “Peace, Love, and NIRSA.”

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institutions represented

The NIRSA Annual Conference is a once-a-year opportunity to reconnect with old friends, embrace new ones, and learn all about the latest trends in collegiate recreation. The 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo more than lived up to expectations of thousands of attendees and exhibitors who are already excited for what NIRSA 2018 in Denver will have to offer.

“NIRSA means family. Every time I have attended conference, I come back with new ideas, new friends, and a refocused attitude and outlook. The sense of family was especially strong this year. ‘Peace, Love, and NIRSA!”

Richelle Harvey, Aquatics and Youth Programs Coordinator at Western Washington University

“The NIRSA Annual Conference is a great opportunity for collegiate recreation professionals to gather and share their knowledge, wisdom, and ideas with each other. It feels like a big family reunion! I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Lisa Shea, Associate Director, Fitness & Wellness, Membership Services, and Marketing at the University of Michigan

“My first NIRSA Annual Conference was an incredible week. Despite there being so many attendees, I never felt like just a number. I felt valued and invested in and I cannot wait for Denver next year!”

Caroline Ciell, Program Assistant at the University of Florida

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education sessions

Whether you come to learn…

There is no better annual professional development opportunity for campus recreation professionals and students than the NIRSA Annual Conference. It’s the place where leading professionals and institutions come together to showcase best practices, cutting-edge programs, and life changing stories.

See related: Watch the NIRSA 2017 panel on “Creating a Culture of Wellbeing

“I left with new ideas, trends, best practices, and useful information and knowledge to implement at my institution. I can’t speak highly enough of the quality and variety of educational sessions.”

Chelsea Phipps, Assistant Director, Marketing & Informal Recreation at the University of Akron

“Every year I attend, I learn more and bring many ideas back to implement at my university.”

Alecia Stegenega, Aquatics Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago

“I learned so much about campus recreation and student development that I did not know before.”

Sarah Mezzy, Videographer for Virginia Tech Recreational Sports Marketing

“The sessions were phenomenal and there was a very broad range of topics. I often found myself wishing I could attend multiple sessions at once.”

Brad Griffith, Director of Community Health Education Complex at John A. Logan College

To be inspired…

As usual, the conference presented members with some amazing keynote addresses. Ben Nemetin kicked off NIRSA 2017 with an inspiring presentation based on the question “What do you want to do before you die?,” pushing NIRSA members to think about how they can turn their hopes and dreams into realities.

Michel Falcon’s Closing General Session address asked members to consider how they can best service their participants, a perfect topic since NIRSA is all about how to improve the student experience and create future leaders.

“The connections you make and the information you learn will change your life and cultivate your passion for recreation.”

Troy Thornton, Marketing Supervisor at California State University, Northridge

“Attending the NIRSA Annual Conference is a sure-fire way of reestablishing my passion, values, and commitment to excellence.”

Liza Thalken, Instructional Programming Graduate Assistant at the University of Nebraska

To connect…

From hallway meetings to planned socials, the connections made outside of educational sessions are also a huge part of spreading and feeling the NIRSA love.