NIRSA Awards

NIRSA Regional Awards of Merit

NIRSA professionals wear countless hats; to be successful they often become innovative, dedicated, pioneers in the field of collegiate recreational sports.

Many of us know colleagues who have demonstrated an outstanding capacity for innovation, gone above and beyond in their dedicated volunteer service to the association, or have significantly contributed to the advancement of the profession in our states, provinces, and regions.

The NIRSA Regional Awards of Merit recognize a professional from each NIRSA Region who demonstrates exceptional performance or dedication to NIRSA or the field of collegiate recreation on a state or provincial wide, or regional basis. Honor the exceptional efforts or achievements of one of your NIRSA colleagues by nominating them for a NIRSA Regional Award of Merit.

Presented each year during the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo, awards will be conferred on individuals who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to serving their NIRSA region.

Nominations are due November 16, 2020.

Submit a Nomination

Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination, the individual should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold current membership in NIRSA
  • Have held continuous membership in NIRSA for five years preceding the nomination for award
  • Have worked or resided in the region during the period of time for which the award is based
  • Receive a nomination from a current member of the individual’s region.
  • Be a member in good standing and exemplify standards of ethical behavior, consistent with the NIRSA Member Code of Ethics

It is recommended that the Regional Representative for each region not be nominated, strictly because he/she occupies that position and the award is to recognize other contributions made to the region or state.

Selection Criteria

To illustrate how your nominee exemplifies outstanding service to NIRSA, please describe how your nominee contributed to one or more of the following areas during the past year:

  • Leadership of a pioneering nature in the formulation or development of regional/state/provincial activities.
  • Significant contributions to the establishment, development or operation of a NIRSA endorsed regional or state/provincial conference, workshop or tournament.
  • Significant contributions to the cultivation of individual or institutional NIRSA membership within the state/provincial or region.
  • Extraordinary dedication or creativity exhibited as a member of a regional/state/provincial NIRSA committee.
  • Significant contributions to NIRSA publications, media presentations or special projects conducted on a regional or state/provincial wide basis.
  • Significant contributions to the implementation of the Association’s affirmative action objectives, conducted on a regional or state/provincial wide basis.

Previous Recipients

1990-1999

Region I
Gene Grzywna
Region II
Mark Fletcher
Region III
John Colgate
Region IV
Jim Garrett
Region V
Mick Deluca
Region VI
Mike Huff & Linda Dezzani
Region I
David M. Ames
Region II
Susan Ivie Boling
Region III
Sally Myers
Region IV
James Potter
Region V
Stan McDowell
Region VI
Sandra Vaughn
Region I
Art Tuveson
Region II
Samuel Hirt
Region III
J. Michael Dunn
Region IV
Fred Perez
Region V
Stan Campbell
Region VI
Tony Softli
Region I
Thad Dwyer
Region II
Newell Dorsey
Region III
Patricia Besner
Region IV
Don C. Bailey
Region V
Suzanne Slepitza
Region VI
Steve Martin
Region I
Cy Fritz
Region II
Evans Brown
Region III
Dixie A. Bennett
Region IV
John W. Reznik
Region V
Mike Cigelman
Region VI
Joseph Long
Region I
Lynn Heyliger
Region II
William Healey
Region III
William Sells
Region IV
Barbara Brimi
Region V
Bill Ellis
Region VI
Michael Munson
Region I
Susan DiMonda
Region II
Stephen Rey
Region III
James A. Nasiopulos
Region IV
Dennis Corrington
Region V
Chanell Walby
Region VI
Thomas Kirch
Region I
Steve Young
Region II
Cheree Causey
Region III
Maureen McGonagle
Region IV
Doug Kuykendall
Region V
Craig Stinson
Region VI
Darcy Bingham
Region I
Ned Britt
Region II
Sid Gonsoulin
Region III
Carol Stickel
Region IV
Steve Kintigh
Region V
Dan Allen
Region VI
Lloyd Hisaka
Region I
Patti Bostic
Region II
Andrew Honker
Region III
Jeff Vessely
Region IV
Raydon H. Robel
Region V
Jim Langel
Region VI
Bob Gildersleeve

2000-2009

Region I
Nadine Essel
Region II
Jim Eubanks
Region III
Robert England
Region IV
Randy Mast
Region V
Scott White
Region VI
Dave Koch
Region I
Silvia Chan
Region II
David Scott
Region III
Kathryn Bayless
Region IV
Joe MacLean
Region V
Diane Belz
Region VI
Gary Leonard
Region I
Jodi Hawkins
Region II
William Ehling
Region III
Elizabeth Davis
Region IV
Butch Sutton
Region V
Loretta Capra
Region VI
Pamela Su
Region I
Hazel Varner, CRSS
Region II
Rhonda DuBord
Region III
Jan Wells
Region IV
Kent Bunker
Region V
John Meyer
Region VI
Kathleen Hatch
Region I
Eric Stein, CRSS
Princeton University
Region II
Leslie Whitmer, CRSS
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach
Region III
Troy Vaughn, CRSS
Ball State University
Region IV
Tom Dison, CRSS
University of Texas at Austin
Region V
Joe Kaminski, CRSS
University of Nebraska – Omaha
Region VI
Paul Lee, CRSS
University of California – Santa Barbara
Region I
Kurt Klier, CRSS
University of Maryland (College Park)
Region II
Laura Walling, CRSS
Mississippi State
Region III
Patrick Kennedy, CRSS
Case Western Reserve
Region IV
Wayne Harper, CRSS
University of Louisiana (Lafayette)
Region V
Ron Seibring, CRSS
Saint Cloud State University
Region VI
Rich Sedgwick, CRSS
Western Oregon University
Region I
John Leahy, CRSS
Stonehill College
Region II
David Gaskins, CRSS
East Carolina University
Region III
Stan Shingles, CRSS
Central Michigan University
Region IV
John Campbell, CRSS
University of California, Davis
Region V
Mark Powell, CRSS
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Region VI
Mirum Washington White, CRSS
University of Arizona
Region I
Bill Crockett
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Region II
Eric Nickel, CRSS
James Madison University
Region III
Greg Jordan, CRSS
Oakland University
Region IV
Warren “Spider” Simpson, Ph.D.
Hardin-Simmons University
Region V
Todd Pfingsten, CRSS
Minnesota State University Mankato
Region VI
Mick Deluca, CRSS
UCLA
Region I
Barbara Aiken, CRSS
University of Maryland
Region II
Nancy J. Mize
East Carolina University
Region III
Jesse “Tony” Clements
University of Illinois
Region IV
Suzette Smith, CRSS
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Region V
Harry Ostrander, CRSS
University of Iowa
Region VI
John Knight, CRSS
Weber State University
Region I
Jocelyn Hill
American University
Region II
Robert Frye, CRSS
Florida International University
Region III
Stacey Hall, CRSS
Indiana University
Region IV
Paul Wilson, CRSS
University of Oklahoma
Region V
Mark Hecht
Augustana College (South Dakota)
Region VI
Lisa Stuppy
Boise State University

2010-2019

Region I
Tim Moore
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Region II
Julie Wallace Carr
James Madison University
Region III
Tom R. Jones, CRSS
Central Michigan University
Region IV
Mary Ellen Milam, CRSS
Texas Christian University
Region V
Vicki Highstreet, CRSS
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Region VI
Chad Ellsworth, CRSS
Arizona State University
Region I
Andrea Dutcher, CRSS
Cornell University
Region II
Eric Hawkes
Florida Atlantic University
Region III
Kim M. Schmidt, CRSS
University of Cincinnati
Region IV
Mary Chappell, CRSS
University of Kansas
Region V
Mick McComber, CRSS
University of Minnesota Duluth
Region VI
Joe Watz
University of California, Berkeley
Region I
Denny M. Byrne, RCRSP
University of New Hampshire
Region II
Dr. R. Kevin Marbury, RCRSP, CRSS
Old Dominion University
Region III
Mila L. Padgett
University of South Carolina Aiken
Region IV
Randall Ford, CRSS
The University of Texas at Austin
Region V
Chris Dawe, RCRSP
Mount Royal University
Region VI
Jen de-Vries, RCRSP
Oregon State University
Region I
Jeffrey Sessine, RCRSP, CRSS
Centers
Region II
David Bowles, RCRSP, CRSS
University of Florida
Region III
David DeAngelo, CRSS
The Ohio State University
Region IV
Michael Waldron, RCRSP, CRSS
Texas A&M University
Region V
Mike Widen, CRSS
University of Iowa
Region VI
Douglas Ewing, CRSS
Arizona State University
Region I
Steve Gambino, Ed.D., RCRSP
West Chester University
Region II
Eric Hunter, CRSS
University of South Florida
Region III
Sarah E. Hardin, Ph.D.
DePaul University
Region IV
PeeWee Roberson, CRSS
Texas Tech University
Region V
Robert Denney
Creighton University
Region VI
Alex Accetta, RCRSP
Portland State University
Region I
David Hall, CRSS, Ed.D.
Springfield College
Region II
Dale Ramsey, CRSS
University of Louisville
Region III
Brian Cousins
University of Illinois at Chicago
Region IV
Tony Daniels, CRSS
Prairie View A&M University
Region V
Steve Erickson, CRSS, RCRSP
Montana State University
Region VI
Laura Hall
University of California-Davis
Region I
Jennifer Gudaz
Cornell University
Region II
Tom Roberts, CRSS
University of Richmond
Region III
Rin Seibert, CRSS
Valparaiso University
Region IV
Laurie Braden, RCRSP, CRSS
Louisiana State University
Region V
Erin Patchett, RCRSP,CRSS
Colorado State University
Region VI
Mike Weinberger
University of California, Berkeley
Region I
Gordon Nesbitt, PhD, CRSS
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Region II
Steven Bobbitt, RCRSP
James Madison University
Region III
Therese Kennedy, CRSS
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Region IV
Kristy Caldwell, CRSS
Texas State University
Region V
Zac Brost
University of Nebraska
Region VI
Brent Harrison
University of Oregon
Region I
Earl Cabellon
University of Maryland, College Park
Region II
Mark Crager
University of Southern Mississippi
Region III
John Lentz
Indiana State University
Region IV
Laura Munroe
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Region VI
Mary O’Mahoney
California State University – Bakersfield
Canadian Region
Chris Dawe
Region I
Kevin George, CRSS
Rowan University
Region II
James Wilkening
University of Central Florida
Region III
Jess Gentry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Region IV
Stephanie E. McAlpine
The University of Texas at Arlington
Region V
Andy Milton
Saint Ambrose University
Region VI
Janice DeMonsi
Santa Clara University
Canadian Region
Debbie Marinoff Shupe
McMaster University

2020-2029

Region I
Matt Grimm
Stevenson University
Region II
Cara Lucia, PhD
Elon University
Region III
John Sweeney
Marquette University
Region IV
Andrew Lemons, RCRSP
St. Edward’s University
Region V
Karina Knutson, RCRSP
University of North Dakota
Region VI
Marc Falkenstein
University of the Pacific
Canadian Region
Perry Karnofsky
McGill University

For More Info

For more information about the NIRSA Regional Awards of Merit, please contact the NIRSA Member Relations Manager, Sarah Leskovec.