Nebraska continues to add to nation-leading Wasson Award winners

2017 Wasson Award receipients (clockwise): Renee Craft, Brook McCluskey, Melanie Rossetti, and Courtney Schnell.
2017 Wasson Award receipients (clockwise): Renee Craft, Brook McCluskey, Melanie Rossetti, and Courtney Schnell.

LINCOLN, NE – Four University of Nebraska–Lincoln students will receive the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award presented by NIRSA during the association’s annual conference February 21-24, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Nebraska leads the nation with 78 recipients since the award’s inception in 1993 and is the only higher-ed institution in the country to have at least one Wasson Award winner every year the award has been given. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the award is named after NIRSA’s founder Dr. William N. Wasson and is annually bestowed upon twenty-four undergraduate and twelve graduate students across the United States and Canada. 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:

• Renee Craft, a senior Athletic Training major from Castle Rock, CO
• Brook McCluskey, a junior Nutrition, Exercise & Health Science and Dietetics double-major from Newcastle, NE
• Melanie Rossetti, an Educational Leadership/Administration master’s degree graduate student from Portland, OR
• Courtney Schnell, a Community Nutrition and Health Promotion master’s degree graduate student from Alliance, NE

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

About Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation services over 26,000 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 Rec & Wellness Center 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.