This March, NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series finalized committee appointments for the 2017-2018 year. NIRSA committees perform an important role by focusing their work on specific topics relevant to both the collegiate recreation profession and the Association.
Nearly 250 NIRSA members applied to serve on committees and work teams this year, showing a tremendous amount of support for the Association. It comes as no surprise, given our profession’s focus on students, that the highest level of interest was in committees related to student development: Career Opportunities Center, Student Professional Development, and William Wasson Student Awards Committees.
NIRSA’s abilities and achievements are a direct result of the incredible, dedicated volunteers who tirelessly strive to help the Association realize its vision of inspiring healthy people and communities worldwide. These individuals—who give so much time and talent to NIRSA and collegiate recreation—are the reason the field has come so far. They are the guarantee of great things to come.
Congratulations to the newly-appointed 2017-2018 committee and work team chairs!
Annual Conference Program Committees
The leadership year for the NIRSA and NIRSA Foundation committees runs from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Please join us in welcoming these NIRSA leaders to their new roles.
|Career Opportunities Center||Chair: Owen McFadden, Furman University|
|Conference Expo||Co-chairs: Matt Horst, Georgia Southern University|
|Conference Expo||Co-chairs: Blair Schuyler, University of Kansas|
|Conference Program||Chair: Becky Todd, University of Arkansas|
|Student Professional Development||Chair: Jean Holt, Old Dominion University|
NIRSA Awards Committees
|Creative Excellence Awards||Chair: Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University|
|Honor Award||Chair: Mick Deluca, UCLA|
|NIRSA Annual Service Award||Chair: Stephanie McAlpine, The University of Texas at Arlington|
|Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards||Chair: Silvia Chan, University of Connecticut|
|William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards||Chair: Chris Fiocchi, Clemson University|
NIRSA Governance Committees
|Audit & Finance||Chair: Ken Morton, Stephen F Austin University|
|Bylaws||Chair: Stan Shingles, Central Michigan University|
|Nominations & Appointments||Chair: Ken Morton, Stephen F Austin University|
|Policy & Legislation||Chair: Mark Ritter, University of South Carolina-Upstate|
|Research & Assessment||Chair: Jessica Kiss, MEd, Bowling Green State University|
NIRSA Professional Development Committees
|NIRSA Intramural Sports Institute||Chair: Jason Linsenmeyer, Oklahoma State University|
|NIRSA Aquatic Institute||Chair: Bethany Bower, Georgetown University|
|NIRSA Fitness & Wellness Institute||Chair: Steven Trotter, Virginia Tech|
|NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute||Co-Chairs: Katy Locke, The University of Tennessee|
|NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute||Co-Chairs: Tina Villard, Rice University|
NIRSA Foundation Committees
|NIRSA Foundation Scholarships||Chair: Jen Gudaz, EdD, Cornell University|
|NIRSA Foundation Stipends||Chair: Shomari Kee, Florida Gulf Coast University|
NIRSA Championship Series Work Teams
The service year for NIRSA Championship Series runs from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. The following appointments have been made for the 2017-2018 year.
|NIRSA Championship Series: Exec||Chair: Oscee Wheatfall, Texas A & M University-College Station|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Exec||Vice Chair: Randall Ford, The University of Texas at Austin|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Exec||2nd Vice Chair: Scott Flickinger, Cornell University|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Assessment||Chair: April Flint, Emory University|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Basketball||Chair: Megan Morris, Loyola University Chicago|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Brand Management||Chair: Nicole Widmer, San Diego State University|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Club Basketball||Chair: Drew Cantwell, Louisiana State University|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Flag Football||Chair: Mark Comer, University of Baltimore|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Soccer||Chair: Laura Thomas, Texas Tech University|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Standards of Competition||Chair: Keegan Ashbee, University of Florida|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Student/Professional Development||Chair: Arianne Judy, University of Notre Dame|
|NIRSA Championship Series: Tennis||Chair: Gary Cahen, University of Central Florida|
Communities of Practice Conveners
NIRSA Communities of Practice are online professional networks designed for discussion surrounding a given topic. They are intended to accumulate knowledge and resources that become intellectual assets for NIRSA members while simultaneously increasing the connection points between members and the volunteer leadership of the Association.
Each community of practice has a volunteer convener to help facilitate discussions and manage the resource library. The conveners will use their respective Communities of Practice to accomplish their charges.
|Aquatics Communities of Practice||Convener: Christopher Crume, Denison University|
|Facilities Communities of Practice||Convener: Candice Douglas, Western Kentucky University|
|Fitness Communities of Practice||Convener: Taylor Kent, Saint Ambrose University|
|Health & Wellbeing Communities of Practice||Convener: Carrie Baines, Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Intramural Sports Communities of Practice||Convener: Jarrode Davis, The Ohio State University|
|Marketing Communities of Practice||Convener: Connie Kottmann, Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Outdoor Recreation Communities of Practice||Convener: Abe Cross, Lindsey Wilson College|
|Risk Management Communities of Practice||Convener: Michael Howard, Duke University|
|Sustainability Communities of Practice||Convener: Linda Clauss, California State University-East Bay|
You can find details on other NIRSA volunteer leaders for the 2017-2018 leadership year in the news article “Congratulations to NIRSA’s newly-elected leaders.”