Campus Recreation Wins Big at NIRSA 2019

Colorado State University Campus Recreation professional and student staff attended the NIRSA Conference in Boston, MA, an annual gathering of higher education recreation and sports staff from across the country and Canada. For the fifth year in a row, the marketing team at Campus Recreation won several marketing and communications awards, adding four new trophies for a total of 14 awards.

1st Place, Student-Created Video: I Am A Woman

CSU was awarded first place in the student-created videography category for their video, I Am A Woman, created and produced by former student staff member, José Sáenz. The video was a collaborative effort between marketing and the Outdoor Program staff and highlights the experiences of woman-identified outdoor trip leaders at Colorado State University.

2nd Place, Video: Rec’ing Ramifesto

Awards and ribbons

A second place award was won for Campus Recreation’s internal staff training video, Rec’ing Ramifesto. The video was created and produced by the entire student staff marketing team along with the professional staff member and is used to help set the tone and culture for new employees working with Campus Recreation. Narrated by Stefani Shamrowicz, the 3-minute video walks staff through the values and mission of the department and highlights the various positions held by students.

Creators: José Sáenz, Nick Wasmundt, Bailey McCaffrey, Jenna Fischer, Claire Stanziale, Stefani Shamrowicz, Sara Baheta, Brian Dusek, Brooke Flaten, Brit Heiring

1st Place & Best in Show, T-Shirt: Staff Shirt

Two final marketing awards were given for the 2018 staff shirt design, both a first place prize and a best in show ribbon. The 2018 staff shirt, given to all Campus Recreation staff members, was selected out hundreds of t-shirts from across the country and Canada as the stand-out design of the year. The shirt was designed by professional staff member, Brit Heiring.

Rec staff shirt

Individual Awards: Research and Service, Taylor Sidore & Erin Patchett


In addition to the marketing and communications awards, two professional staff members walked away from the conference with individual awards for their work in the field.

Taylor Sidore, Fitness Coordinator, won the NIRSA Annual Service Award for her work as a Graduate Assistant at Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as the NIRSA Region V student leader. During her time as the student leader, Taylor developed a guide for future NIRSA regional student leaders to help them in their positions.

Erin Patchett, Associate Director for Administration, won a NIRSA Research Award to support her work as a PhD candidate. Erin’s research seeks to identify the factors that influence recreation professionals’ involvement in social justice and will be conducted later this year. To read more, visit this link on the NIRSA website.

Congratulations to all the award winners!