Update, August 28, 2018: This article has been edited to reflect the most current roster information.

This April, NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series finalized committee appointments for the 2018–2019 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 200 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 some of 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 2018–2019 committee and work team chairs!

Annual Conference Program Committees

The leadership year for the NIRSA and NIRSA Foundation committees runs from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Please join us in welcoming these NIRSA leaders to their new roles.

Career Services CenterChair: Kathryn Thies, Loyola University Chicago
Conference ExpoCo-chairs: Suzanne Ries, Florida Gulf Coast University
Conference ExpoCo-chairs: Blair Schuyler, University of Kansas
Conference ProgramChair: Walter Kolis, Georgia Institute of Technology
Student Professional DevelopmentChair: William Boucher, The University of Alabama

NIRSA Awards Committees

Creative Excellence AwardsChair: Laura Munroe, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Honor AwardChair: Greg Jordan, Oakland University
NIRSA Annual Service AwardChair: Jean McClellan-Holt, Old Dominion University
Outstanding Sports Facilities AwardsChair: Stephanne Musser, The Ohio State University
William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic AwardsChair: Steve Drasdis, University of Connecticut

NIRSA Governance Committees

Audit & FinanceChair: Leah Hall Dorothy, Oregon State University
BylawsChair: Stan Shingles, Central Michigan University
Nominations & AppointmentsChair: Leah Hall Dorothy, Oregon State University
Government AffairsChair: Yvette Kell, CENTERS, LLC At University of Missouri-St Louis
Research & AssessmentChair: Austin Anderson, University of Southern Indiana

NIRSA Professional Development Committees

NIRSA Collegiate Sport Club InstituteChair: Mario Rios, Texas State University

NIRSA Foundation Committees

NIRSA Foundation ScholarshipsChair: Sammy Axley, University at Albany
NIRSA Foundation StipendsChair: Maxwell Miller, Swarthmore College

NIRSA Championship Series Work Teams

The service year for NIRSA Championship Series runs from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. The following appointments have been made for the 2018-2019 year.

NIRSA Championship Series: ExecChair: Randall Ford, The University of Texas at Austin
NIRSA Championship Series: ExecVice Chair: Scott Flickinger, Cornell University
NIRSA Championship Series: Exec2nd Vice Chair: Marty Dempsey, University of Florida
NIRSA Championship Series: AssessmentChair: April Flint, Emory University
NIRSA Championship Series: BasketballChair: Jeffery Logsdon, University of Cincinnati
NIRSA Championship Series: Brand ManagementChair: Oscee Wheatfall, Texas A & M University – College Station
NIRSA Championship Series: Club BasketballChair: Drew Cantwell, Louisiana State University
NIRSA Championship Series: Flag FootballChair: Jarrode Davis, The Ohio State University
NIRSA Championship Series: SoccerChair: Laura Thomas, University of Alabama
NIRSA Championship Series: Standards of CompetitionChair: Kelli Rockwell, Georgia Institute of Technology
NIRSA Championship Series: Student/Professional DevelopmentChair: Arianne Judy, University of Notre Dame
NIRSA Championship Series: TennisChair: 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’re 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 Community of PracticeConvener: Kyle Chavis, Lafayette College
Facilities Community of PracticeConvener: Tim Moore, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Fitness Community of PracticeConvener: Katie Lundberg, University of Northern Colorado
Global Perspectives Community of PracticeConvener: Rahul Rajan, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Health & Wellbeing Community of PracticeConvener: Stacy Connell, Georgia Institute of Technology
Intramural Sports Community of PracticeConvener: Michael Berdowski, Western Michigan University
Leadership Community of PracticeConvener: Eric Maki, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Marketing Community of PracticeConvener: Brittany Heiring, Colorado State University – Fort Collins
Outdoor Recreation Community of PracticeConvener: Abe Cross, Lindsey Wilson College
Risk Management Community of PracticeConvener: Angela Nagle, Saint Joseph’s University
Sport Clubs Community of PracticeConvener: Maxwell Miller, Swarthmore College
Sustainability Community of PracticeConvener: Megan Krone, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University
You can find details on other NIRSA volunteer leaders for the 2018-2019 leadership year in the news article “Congratulations to NIRSA’s newly-elected leaders.”