Welcome, Volunteers2018-10-31T20:16:19+00:00

Welcome, Volunteers

This is a team effort

Volunteers like you help to make the conference better every year.

The NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Exposition is enriched in no small part through the generous contributions of the time and talent of our amazing membership.

The benefits of volunteering are familiar to returning volunteers; but if you’ve never offered your service at the NIRSA Annual Conference, you might be surprised to learn that your own conference experience will be enriched as much as all the people you serve.

NIRSA 2019 Host Committee

Jeff BennettBoston University    Dean BowenWorcester State University    Rebecca CegledyBoston College    Emily CharnowskiBoston College    Shane ContiUMass-Boston    Tyler DeLeonMIT    Rick DiScipioBoston University    Sara DoBoston University    Jamie DrahosMIT    Kate DurantBoston University    Matthew GordonMerrimack College    Jill IsabelleUMass Amherst    Kelly JanosSalem State University    Brian KabelWestern New England University    Shana KesslerSalem State University    Alison LaMotheMIT    John LukUMass-Lowell    Andrew LutzBoston College    Phil MarcinekNortheastern University    Meredith MerchantWPI    Cliff MerrittBoston University    Tim MertzMIT    Tim MooreBoston University    Scott NaletteBoston University    Kathleen NelsonBoston University    Tom RandBrandeis University    Michael RodierAssumption College    Joe RouseBoston University    Stephanie SmithMIT    Alec SouthallBoston University    Caitriona TaylorBoston College    Kenny TurbushBoston College    Monica VerityWellesley College    Dave WitkusBoston University

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to lend your time and talents to.

Current Opportunities

Education Program Proposal Reviewers
Volunteer Registration for this opportunity is currently open.

Serving as a proposal reviewer is a great way for members to get involved in crafting the NIRSA 2019 education program. All potential reviewers must be current NIRSA members. They also must have presented at a previous NIRSA education event, have an appreciation and understanding of current trends in the field, and have a solid understanding of one or more of NIRSA’s Core Competency framework domains.

Interested members will need to be available to review approximately 15-20 education proposals between June 25–July 11. While the amount of time it takes to review varies, volunteers have reported that it is typically a five-hour commitment.

If you are interested in reviewing sessions, please fill out and submit the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference Proposal Reviewer Interest Form.

I Want To Review Proposals!

Important Dates

Education Program Proposal Reviewers 2018
Reviewer Registration DeadlineJuly 1
Proposal Review PeriodJune 25– July 11
Reviewer Sign-up
  • Closed: Reviewer Registration 

  • Closed: Proposal Review Period

Sign-up opportunities will be made available in Fall 2018. Monitor this page as more information becomes available.

Anticipated Opportunities

More information will be available in the fall

  • Registration Greeters
    Meet and greet conference attendees as they check in, answer questions, help assemble/distribute registration materials at the NIRSA Registration Booth.

  • Ribbon Wall Attendance
    Share information about conference ribbons and assist conference attendees with the selection of ribbons that are assigned to them.

  • Conference Navigators
    Traffic direction volunteers are responsible for giving directions to conference attendees at posts throughout the conference facility. Attendees will expect you to have the answers to everything, so familiarize yourself with the conference schedules, the conference onsite guide, the mobile app, room locations, etc.

  • Campus Rec & Wellness Expo Volunteers
    Tasks vary but typically include support in the NIRSA booth and at the Fitness Forum. Duties may include handing out the attendee giveaway, assisting the emcee in the expo hall, and monitoring activities in the Fitness Forum, and other activities in the Expo.

  • Career Services Center Volunteers
    Some volunteers are charged with greeting candidates and employers, answering questions, and ensuring a smooth Career Services Center operation. Others help monitor computer usage or assist with employer mailboxes by placing information from candidates, such as resumes and correspondence letters, in mailboxes. Or you may be asked to assist in providing resume and mock interview help.

  • Authors
    Help NIRSA recap the 2019 Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo. Love to take photos and videos? Interested in visually documenting your conference experience? Help us capture the excitement of this premier professional development experience. Send NIRSA your photos and videos from NIRSA 2018! Feel free to send captions—they can be as long or short as you’d like—along with your visual contributions.

  • Session Hosts
    Session hosting is a great way to connect with presenters and attendees.  Session hosts help welcome presenter and attendees to session rooms. Hosts provide support to presenters (ie—helping to keep time, distribute materials, etc)  and encourage attendees to complete session evaluations.

  • Education Table Staff
    Serving at the Education Table can be a fun opportunity to support presenters, room hosts and help attendees navigate conference.  Table staff help to check-in volunteer session hosts and answer questions from presenters and attendees about the education schedule. For members who may have an interest in serving on the Conference Program Committee at some point, this provides a good glimpse into the work of this committee.

More information coming soon!

Information regarding sign-up opportunities, presentation formats, and submission instructions will be made available in fall 2018. We’ll updates this page as more information becomes available.

NIRSA 2018 Volunteer Sign-up