Colorado State University Campus Recreation recently returned from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association’s annual conference with a bevy of honors and awards.
Erin Patchett and Jason Foster, two CSU professional staff members, received this year’s Research and Assessment Award for a project entitled “Inclusive Recreation: The state of collegiate policies, facilities, trainings, and programs for transgender participants.”
Campus Recreation’s website won first place in the NIRSA Creative Excellence Awards and CSU was awarded first place for staff apparel in the T-shirt design competition for “BPOC, the Best Place on Campus,” the theme for its student staff training shirts.
Arianne Judy and Joey Halpin, both of whom are Campus Recreation coordinators, won scholarships to attend the national conference, which was held in Grapevine, Texas. Erin Guy, a senior at CSU, also received a scholarship to attend.
In addition, Colorado State students who attended were awarded graduate assistantships with peer institutions to continue their careers in campus recreation. Guy will be attending University of Tennessee. Katherine Montgomery will go onto the University of Georgia. Brandon Ohr will attend Boise State University.
Adam Hickle, a CSU graduate who attended the conference, was offered a full-time position at the Colorado School of Mines.
“In a testament to their work in research, technology design, and creative efforts directed towards building community and promoting inclusion in recreation programming and services, CSU Campus Recreation staff garnered the highest level recognition from NIRSA ,” said Judy Muenchow, executive director of Campus Recreation. “These awards and scholarships, presentations, and association committee/service contributions enhances professional development that transfers directly to the CSU community on a daily basis via exceptional wellness and healthy lifestyle choices provided in a safe and welcoming environment by a dedicated and accomplished professional and student staff.”