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NIRSA is the leading resource for professional and student development, education, and research in collegiate recreational sports.  Campus Recreation at the University of New Haven is committed to following NIRSA standards and practices and actively participates in the organization. Professionals and students at the University of New Haven attend and present at conferences and participate in various committees. By doing so we ensure that the campus is providing the best experiences to our students through recreation, sport, fitness, and student employment. For more information about NIRSA click here. 


2013 NIRSA National Fitness & Wellness Institute Committee Member: Michelle Scott

2013-2015 Elected RI/CT State Director: Jeff Ryder

2013 Region III Lead-On Volunteer: Stephanie Souvenir 

2012 National Recreation Facilities Institute: Mike Schneider


William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award Recipient
Jeff Ryder - 2008
Michael Daely - 2012
Colin Allison- 2015

Conference Involvement

Connecticut/Rhode Island State Workshop. August 1st, 2012
Hosted by the University of New Haven
  • It was a one day workshop that included pre-conference activity of either golfing or working out, a facility tour, a director led opening session, lunch, 6 different options for round tables discussions, and dinner.  There were about 35 in attendance from 10 different schools.

Presentations  by ChargerREC Staff

Offering New/Different Intramural Sports: Ideas, Costs and Why - 2012 NIRSA Region I conference
Jeff Ryder, Liz Urcinas, and Michael Gutzwiller
  • Learn about new ideas and the associated cost and obstacles to offering new and different intramural sports.  Discussing why offering new sports is important and beneficial to your campus, and potential university partners to work with.  Sports and programs discussed included but not limited to Team (European) Handball, Fiddle Stix, Friday Night Lights, and Learn It Play It.
From Ground Breaking to Grand Opening -  2012 NIRSA Facilities Institute
Mike Schneider and Greg Ross
  • Learn how to prepare to open a new or renovated facility.  This presentation covers all the important questions to ask during construction, and provides a clear timeline for your team.
Big and Small Events You Can Conquer - 2012 NIRSA Annual Conference
Stephanie Souvenir
  • Learn about a variety of no-cost, small and big budget events that you can bring to your campus. At the end of this presentation, you will learn how special events can be implemented on any campus regardless of your size location and budget.