Congrats to 2020 NIRSA Award Winners

2020 NIRSA Award

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We want to take a moment and acknowledge the winners of the 2020 NIRSA Awards.

It’s a huge feat to be recognized, and a high honor.

Bob Golson, the associate director for facilities and operations at James Madison University, said when he got the call on February 24, he was shocked. NIRSA Foundation chair Janice DeMonsi congratulated him on being recognized as the NIRSA Foundation Leadership Award recipient.

“Immediately after it sunk in, I was humbled and honored to be recognized alongside the other past award recipients,” said Golson. “NIRSA and the Foundation has been an organization that has provided me so much over the years; a career, lifelong colleagues and friends, and a place to give back so others can have the same experience I have had for more than 20 years.”

The winner of the Research and Assessment Award — which “recognizes a NIRSA member who has made extraordinary contributions toward advancing research and assessment initiatives on their campus and/or for NIRSA” — had a similar response to Golson. “I very much appreciate the recognition and want to send out a big thank you to those who nominated me,” said Todd Misener, the chief Wellness Officer at Oklahoma State University. “Our profession is lifted higher through research; I want to encourage all my colleagues in NIRSA to build on the evidence base and collectively lift our profession to higher heights.”

Below is the list of award winners as posted on NIRSA’s website:

Honor Award

Eric Nickel, James Madison University

Foundation Leadership Award

Robert M. Golson, Jr., CRSS, James Madison University

William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards

Region I

Niletta Burton, Rider University
Savannah Kirtley, Towson University
Christian Montenegro, Cornell University
CJ Rhan, Cornell University

Region II

Corey Acord, West Virginia University
Leah Bataille, James Madison University
Hayley Robb, Western Kentucky University
Jordan Robinson, University of Georgia
Courtney Smith, UNC Greensboro
Brian Tran, James Madison University 

Region III

Sarina Routowicz, Western Michigan University
Elizabeth Stitzel, Loyola University Chicago 

Region IV

Anaelle Sure, Texas A&M University – Commerce

Region V

Julie Johnson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Kenzi Johnson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Irvin Ramirez-Benavides, University of Nebraska – Lincoln 

Region VI

Emma Federico, Seattle University
Malia Nakamura, Seattle University
Marine Vasseur, Seattle University
Christina White, University of California, Davis 


Kevin Wilson, University of Windsor

Horace Moody Awards

Region I: Scott Flickinger, Cornell University

Region II: Daniel Renfro, University of South Florida

Region III: Todd Dion, University of Notre Dame

Region IV: Andrew Bruni, Centers, LLC at University of Missouri – St. Louis

Region V: Mallory Valentine, University of Iowa

Region VI: Troy Vaughn, CRSS, University of Arizona

Canadian Region: Jordan Robinson, Centennial College

Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Sponsored by AACER

William H. Bell Athletic Center
Trinity University
Marmon Mok Architecture

Recreation and Fitness Center
Jacksonville State University
Moody Nolan

Dr. Jesse C. and Dorothy J. Fletcher Fitness Center
Hardin-Simmons University
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper

Creative Excellence Awards

Audiovisual Promotion

First Place: Welcome to the Leach | FSU Gym Walkthrough
Florida State University  

Second Place: CSUB SRC Stories
California State University, Bakersfield

Third Place: UREC Outdoors Rio Grande Adventure Documentary Short Film
University of Arkansas

Comprehensive Brochure & Facility Publication

First Place: Move With RecWell Faculty Staff Print Piece
University of Maryland, College Park

Second Place: Campus Recreation Annual Report FY 18
UMass Lowell 

Third Place: Campus Recreation 2019-20 Calendar
UMass Lowell

Integrated Marketing Campaign

First Place: Project Positive 2019
Seattle University Recreation

Second Place: Bengal Bouts 2019
University of Notre Dame

Third Place: Shine Well
CENTERS, LLC @ Cleveland State University

Large Scale Signage

First Place: Re-Brand Facility Signage
Seattle University

Second Place: Shooting Sports Education Center Large Signage
Georgia Southern University

Third Place: Celebrating Our Diversity: International Flags Display
The University of Arizona, Campus Recreation

Programming Publication

First Place: Outdoor Recreation Programming Campaign
Sam Houston State University

Second Place: SOAR
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Third Place: Outdoor Rec Brochure
Iowa State University

Social Media Campaign

First Place: Champ Night
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Second Place: Guess What Day It Is? REC DAY
California State University, Bakersfield

Third Place: @UCFRWC Instagram Transformation
University of Central Florida

Student Digital Presentation

First Place: Pride Month 2019
University of Maryland, College Park

Second Place: Radical Self Love
Colorado State University

Third Place: The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT): Video Series
Grand Valley State University

Student Publication

First Place: First-Year Student Poster Series
Colorado State University

Second Place: Polar Bearkat Plunge
Sam Houston State University

Third Place: UCF Outdoor Adventure Patagonia Trip
University of Central Florida


First Place: Iowa State Website Redesign
Iowa State University

Second Place: BUBeWell website
Butler University

Third Place: NIRSA Flag Football Championship Program
University of West Florida

NIRSA/USTA Tennis Ace Awards


Adam Richman,University of Alabama


Indiana State University

President’s Award for the Article of Distinction

Leeann M. Lower-Hoppe, PhD, The Ohio State University
Megan L. Parietti, PhD, University of Wisconsin – Parkside
Andrew Czekanski, PhD, Coastal Carolina University

For their Volume 43, No. 1, 2019 article titled “Current Priorities in Campus Recreation: A Multi-Institutional Study of Strategic Plans.”

Research and Assessment Award

Todd Misener, PhD, Oklahoma State University

NIRSA Annual Service Awards

Student Awards

Alyssa Moncrief, Texas A & M – Corpus Christi
Caroline Ayers Ciell, The University of Alabama 

Professional Awards

Randall Ford, The University of Texas at Austin
David Bowles, University of Florida
Andrew C. Doyle, Southern New Hampshire University
Jenna Smith, The University of Western Ontario 

Group Awards

Faculty of the Aspiring Directors Workshops:

Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC at DePaul University
Stan Shingles, CRSS, Central Michigan University
Eric Nickel, CRSS, James Madison University
Laura Hall, Penn State University
Lisa Stuppy, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Robyn Deterding, CRSS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Bowles, CRSS, University of Florida

NIRSA Championship Series Long-Term Vision Task Force (Series 2.0)

Amanda Deml, Seattle University
Ashley Lax, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ben David Strunk, NC State University
Brooke Turner, University of Alabama
Dan Hazlett, Georgia Institute of Technology
David Peters, RCRSP, Florida State University
Gene Sherry, Georgia Southern University
Jacob Tingle, CRSS, EdD, Trinity University
Mark A. Williams, University of Notre Dame
Marty Dempsey, University of Florida
Scott Flickinger, Cornell University
Stephanie McAlpine, University of Texas at Arlington
Randall Ford, CRSS, University of Texas at Austin

Heather Hartmann is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at

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