April 02, 2009

Two win scholarships to attend NIRSA conference

by Christi Mathis

Sarah Taylor and Nicholas Kramer
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Two Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate students won scholarships to attend this week’s National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association’s (NIRSA) national conference in Charlotte, N.C.

Just seven people nationwide received the General Foundation Scholarships, including Sarah Taylor and Nicholas Kramer. Both are graduate assistant employees for the University’s Recreational Sports and Services.

The NIRSA conference opened Wednesday and runs through Saturday, April 4. It brings together collegiate recreational sports staff, students and vendors for a time of learning, networking, and exchanging information about what’s happening in programming, products and services. The event schedule includes more than 100 sessions and workshops, motivational speakers, a sports exposition and much more.

“It is something special when you have the ability to have one student receive this scholarship. Having two shows not only the dedication of RSS but the dedication Nick and Sarah have toward the field of recreational sports,” said Shane M. Bennett, assistant director of intramural sports and sport clubs for RSS.

Sarah Taylor is a native of Wichita, Kan., and has been a graduate assistant in aquatics since August 2008. The daughter of Howard and Mary Taylor of Lafayette, Ind., she earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Arizona State University.

Taylor is now working on her master’s of science in kinesiology. She plans to continue her career in the field of recreation and particularly enjoys working in aquatics.

Kramer, of Hastings, Neb., became a graduate assistant working in sports intramural sports and sport clubs in August 2008. The son of Clair and Sandy Kramer, he is pursuing his master’s of science in kinesiology with an emphasis on sports management.

Kramer earned his bachelor’s in business administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, he looks forward to a career in the field of recreation.