UNL leads nation with 70 Wasson Award winners

(clockwise, from left) Cameron Binder, Beth Broderick, and Aaron Dueker
(clockwise, from left) Cameron Binder, Beth Broderick, and Aaron Dueker

Three University of Nebraska–Lincoln students received the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award presented by NIRSA during the associations’s national conference March 30–April 2, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. This year’s additions bring UNL to a nation-leading 70 recipients since the award’s 1993 inception. UNL is also the only higher-ed institution in the nation to have at least one Wasson Award winner every year the award has been given. The award is named after NIRSA’s founder Dr. William N. Wasson and is bestowed upon twenty-four undergraduate and twelve graduate students nationwide each year. It recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are active participants, employees or volunteers in collegiate recreational sports departments. Criteria for the award includes self-improvement through leadership, academic success, activities, volunteerism, and promoting inclusion. This year’s recipients are:

•Cameron Binder, a senior Economics & Business Administration major from Mequon, WI
•Beth Broderick, a senior Elementary Education & Special Education major from Stromsburg, NE
• Aaron Dueker, a Higher Education Administration master’s degree graduate student from Maryville, MO

About NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports. Headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA was established in 1950 at a meeting at Dillard University of 22 African-American men and women from 11 historically black colleges and universities. NIRSA now includes more than 4,000 highly trained professional, student and associate members throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. Serving an estimated 5.5 million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life: student leadership, development, and personnel management; wellness and fitness programs; intramural sports; sport clubs; recreation facility operations; outdoor recreation; informal recreation; and aquatic programs.
For additional information about NIRSA visit the Web site http://www.nirsa.org

About UNL Campus Recreation
UNL Campus Recreation services over 25,000 memberships annually to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Over 725,000 annual visits are logged at the Campus Rec Center on City Campus, the Outdoor Adventures Center, and the Fleming Fields Annex Building on East Campus which serve as the campus’ exercise, fitness, and recreational sport facilities. The department also manages over 170 acres of outside/green recreation space and administers the intramural sports, fitness & wellness, sport clubs, rec & leisure classes, academic instructional classes, outdoor adventures, aquatics, injury prevention, massage therapy, and youth activities programs.

Info: Christopher Dulak 402-472-8749