NIRSA and the entire field of collegiate recreation are made great by the passion, drive, and dedication of some truly amazing individuals and institutions. Each year, NIRSA is proud to recognize some of its extraordinary members with a variety of awards. Recipients of many NIRSA awards are announced ahead of the NIRSA Annual Conference, while others are first made public during the Association’s signature event.
The Association would like to congratulate all award recipients for their excellence, especially those individuals listed below who were announced for the first time during the NIRSA 2019 Annual Conference and & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo!
Foundation Leadership Award
The NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award annually recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the NIRSA Foundation and its mission.
Thomas Kirch, Oregon State University
Juliette Moore People of Color Distinguished Leadership Award
The Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award honors those individuals who have helped further the goals of building a diverse and inclusive culture in our Association by fostering equality of opportunity, encouraging diverse perspectives, and creating a welcoming and supportive climate.
Lashica Thomas, Columbus State University
Regional Awards of Merit
The Regional Award of Merit acknowledges exceptional performance or dedication of NIRSA Members.
Kevin George, CRSS, Rowan University
James Wilkening, University of Central Florida
Jess Gentry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stephanie E. McAlpine, The University of Texas at Arlington
Andy Milton, Saint Ambrose University
Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University
Debbie Marinoff Shupe, McMaster University
Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award
The Sarah Fain Distinguished Service Award recognizes cumulative efforts made through years of dedication to the NIRSA Championship Series.
Howard Taylor, CRSS, Purdue University
Again, congratulations to all this year’s NIRSA award recipients, true leaders in collegiate recreation! The full roster of 2019 NIRSA awards recipients will soon be added to the historical list of recipients on the individual award pages of the NIRSA website.
- For more information about NIRSA awards, please contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Coordinator, Lani Sherman.