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Student receives highest honor this week from National Intramural Recreational Sports Association

March 29, 2012
By Amanda Ford

Austin Ord, a senior HDFS major and Business Administration minor, will graduate in May with more than just honors from CSU.

Working as the head lifeguard and supervisor at the CSU Campus Recreation Center taught Ord a lot about involvement on campus and the importance of leadership. As a result, Ord this week is receiving the William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association or NIRSA.

This is the highest honor a student can receive from NIRSA.

'High level of dedication'

Ord was nominated for the award by Erin Patchett and Heather VanHall, supervisors at the CSU Campus Recreation Center.

“The reason we nominated Austin for the NIRSA award was simply because he displays great leadership and a high level of dedication to this department,” said VanHall. “Austin is genuinely invested in growing our programs and services and represents the Department of Campus Recreation in a very positive manner.”

“Austin is committed to developing himself as a young professional and to improving the department as a whole,” VanHall said.

“His greatest attributes as a leader on our student staff are his critical thinking skills, his maturity, his drive to improve himself and the programs he works with, his knowledge of all aspects of aquatics, and his personality,” said Patchett.

'An amazing experience'

After graduation, Ord plans on moving to Kentucky to get his Master's in Health Administration. He also obtained a Graduate Assistant position at University of Kentucky as an Aquatics Graduate Assistant.

“Working at the Rec as head lifeguard was such as amazing experience and I am so happy to continue my love for aquatics at the University of Kentucky,” said Ord.

“The award is a huge honor for me,” he said. “Particularly as I'm starting to transition from being a student to a professional.”

Rec Center receives facility award

Accompanying Ord to the ceremony was Judy Muenchow, executive director of Campus Recreation who was there to accept the 2012 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

Facilities that are selected for the honor are evaluated based on the construction project’s correlation to the campus master plan and mission; the relationship between facility design and staffing; innovative use of construction materials or methods; sustainable features; and technological benefits for the members, staff or budget.