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University Recreation Awards & Distinctions

Awards

MSU Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award
2008 Executive, Managerial, Administrative Laura Walling
MSU Division of Student Affairs Award:
2008 Support Staff of the Year (Custodial/Maintenance) Ricky Howard
2007 New Professional of the Year Nick Tasich
2006 Support Staff of the Year (Custodial/Maintenance) Phillip Collins
Professional of the Year Brent Crocker
2005 Support Staff of the Year (Clerical) Shirley Flowers
Support Staff of the Year (Custodial/Maintenance) Carrie Thomas
1999 Young Professional of the Year Greg Altorfer
Mark Garneau
Veda Sargent
NIRSA Awards:
2005 NIRSA Region II Award of Merit for outstanding contributions to Region II Laura Walling
2002 Service Award for outstanding service to the association as members of the NIRSA Natural High Task Force Laura Walling
Deborah Jackson
1997 Cybex Scholarship Bob Miller
1995 Service Award for outstanding service to the association as chair of the Softball Committee and producer of the softball umpires training video Laura Walling
Facility Awards:
2007 Joe Frank Sanderson Center named Best Fitness Center in the state Mississippi Magazine, Jul/Aug edition
2001 The RecPlex named Outstanding Outdoor Facility National Intramural/Recreational Sports Association
2000 Joe Frank Sanderson Center named Outstanding Indoor Facility National Intramural/Recreational Sports Association
NIRSA Office Holders:
Dirron Allen National Student Representative 2002-2003
Ralph Bender Intramural Committee Chair1992-1993
State Director1986-1990
Chris Chance State Director 1995-1997
Mark Garneau State Director 1998-1999
Laura Walling State Director2004 - 2006
Region II Historian2001 - Present
NIRSA Natural High Task Force Chair2000-2001
Softball Committee Chair1992-1994
State Director1990-1992
Tournament Host:
ACSI Regional Basketball (Magnolia Madness IV)2008
NIRSA Regional Basketball (Magnolia Madness III)2005
NIRSA Regional Basketball (Magnolia Madness II)2004
NIRSA Regional Basketball (Magnolia Madness)2003
e-follette.com Super Hoops Regional2000
State Flag Football1986-1988, 1991
State Basketball1985
Tournament Host:2000

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Distinctions

Conference Presentations:

Walling, Laura: Guidelines for Planning Recreational Sports Space, Mississippi Association of College Student Affairs Professionals Conference, Hattiesburg, MS, May 2008. (with Mike Giles, University of Southern Mississippi and Bill Kingery, University of Mississippi)

Walling & Fields, Tony: Old Skool vs. New: Perspectives of Recreational Sports from Seasoned and New Professionals, MS/AL State Workshop, Orange Beach, AL, January 2008. (with Bill Kingery and Tracy Meredith, University of Mississippi)

Walling: NIRSA/CAS Recreational Sports General Standards, MS/AL State Workshop, Hattiesburg, MS, January 2006.

Walling: Assessment Roundtable, NIRSA Regional Conference, Charlotte, NC, Nov. 2004.

Walling & Jackson, Deborah: Recreational Sports and Alcohol Use, NIRSA National Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2003.

Allen, Dirron w/ Sean Fitzgerald & Mac-Neary Siner: The Fast and the Furious, How Becoming a GA Goes by So Quickly, NIRSA Regional Conference, Roanoke, VA, Nov. 2001.

Walling: Region II, A Brief History, NIRSA Regional Conference, Roanoke, VA, Nov. 2001.

Jackson: Alcohol and Drug Abuse on College Campuses: Psycho-educational Groups as an Effective Strategy, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Mar. 2001.

Walling: Everything I Know About Managing People I Learned from Umpiring Softball, NIRSA Regional Conference, Memphis, TN, Nov. 2000.

Wooten, Amy: Multiple Addictions in Undergraduate College Students, Mid-South Educational Research Association, Bowling Green, KY, Nov. 2000 (with Dr. Kathy Dooley, MSU). (Presentation also accepted for the National Gaming Association's Annual Conference, but was not given due to lack of funding.)

Walling: Things I Know Now I Wish I Knew Then, NIRSA Facilities Symposium, Austin, TX, Oct. 2000 (with Eric Nickel, James Madison University; Greg Jordan, Oakland University; and Jill Schindele, University of California - Irvine).

Jackson: Effective Use of the SASSI-3 with College Alcohol/Drug Abusers, ACA Conference, Washington, DC, 2000.

White, Kami: Marketing Roundtable, Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Crager, Mark: Intramural Sports Roundtable, Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Crager: Writing Your Resume, Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Altorfer, Greg: X-Training - Exposing Your Students to All You Have to Offer, Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Hickson, Jason & Crager: Selling Yourself to Employers, Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Waden, Steve & Adam Germek: Are Sports Clubs Necessary? Mississippi NIRSA State Workshop, Starkville, MS, 2000.

Jackson: Binge Drinking on College Campuses, Mississippi College Alcohol/Drug Prevention Conference, Jackson, MS, 2000.

Walling: Trends for the Future in Recreational Sports, Mississippi Chief Student Affairs Officers Conference, Hattiesburg, MS, 2000. (with Sid Gonsoulin, University of Southern Mississippi)

Walling: Ta Da! Some Tips to Help You Avoid Construction Mistakes, NIRSA Regional Conference, Birmingham, AL, 1999.

Walling, Sargent: Planning for a Successful Opening, SACSA Conference, Louisville, KY, 1999.

Jackson: Rec. Sports & Wellness - Two for One, NIRSA National Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 1999.

Jackson, Walling: Welcome to OZ! Alcohol Education Programming, NIRSA National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 1998.

Altorfer, Garneau: X-Training, Unifying a Diverse Program, NIRSA Regional Conference, Biloxi, MS, and 1997.

Walling & Chris Chance: Nice Call, Blue - The NIRSA Softball Umpire Video, NIRSA National Conference, Nashville, TN, 1994. (with Dr. Sandy Smith, Penn State - Fayette)

Walling, Mini-Football, An Activity for Tomorrow's Intramural Sports, NIRSA Regional Conference, Nashville, TN, 1992.

Bender, Ralph w/ Walling & Chance: Officiating 5000, An Approach to Excellence in Intramural Officiating, NIRSA Regional Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1990.

Journal Articles:

Jackson, Walling, Thompson: Recreational Sports Participation as a Mediating Factor for College Student Alcohol Use, Recreational Sports Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2, October 2007.

Chromiak, Smedley, Carpenter, Brown, Koh, Lamberth, Joe, Abadie, and Altorfer: Effect of a 10-Week Strength Training Program and Recovery Drink on Body Composition, Muscular Strength and Endurance, and Anaerobic Power and Capacity, Nutrition, Volume 20, Number 5, 2004.

Abadie, Altorfer, Schuler: Does a regression equation to predict maximal strength in untrained lifters, remain valid when the subjects are technique trained?, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, V29, S8, 1997, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2000.

Miller, Robert D.: Campus Recreation Risk Management, NIRSA Journal, Spring Issue, Vol. 22, No. 3, 1998.

Altorfer, et al: Predicting StairMaster 4000PT VO2 max based on equations developed for submaximal treadmill exercises, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 67, A-60, 1996.

Smith, Walling, Chance: The Effect of AIDS and the ADA on Softball, NIRSA Journal,Winter Issue, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1995.

Professional Productions:

Nice Call, Blue - The NIRSA Softball Umpiring Video, produced by Walling; written by Walling, Chance, and Sandy Smith (Penn State - Fayette), 1993.

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Student Employees of the Year

AwardRecipientYear
Aquatics Employee of the YearTracy Watkins1999 - 2000
Olivia Giarrusso2000 - 2001
Justin Gilman2001 - 2002
Dustin Johnson2002 - 2003
Alesia Brown2003 - 2004
Lauren Jennings2004 - 2005
Jason Funderburk2005 - 2006
Jason Funderburk2006 - 2007
Anna Reed2007 - 2008
Climbing Wall Employee of the YearQuinton Sasnett1999 - 2000
Louis Shedd2000 - 2001
Brandon Thornton2001 - 2002
Louis Shedd2002 - 2003
Cole Payne2003 - 2004
Katie Necaise2004 - 2005
Patrick Duckworth2005 - 2006
Becky McKenzie2006 - 2007
Adam Croxton2007 - 2008
Outdoor Adventures Employee of the YearMike Strange2005 - 2006
Fletcher Haaga2006 - 2007
Mike Hodges2007 - 2008
Building Supervisor of the Year Greg Clark1999 - 2000
Kenrick Short2000 - 2001
Kenrick Short2001 - 2002
Kate Neely2002 - 2003
Eric Clark2003 - 2004
Rachel Lidell2004 - 2005
Lana Turner2005 - 2006
Lana Turner2006 - 2007
Lana Turner & Felisha Ferguson2007 - 2008
Equipment Issue Employee of the YearMonica Davis1999 - 2000
Julie Walker2000 - 2001
Eric Clark2001 - 2002
Adrienne Phillips2002 - 2003
Tiandrea Beasley2003 - 2004
Tiffany Silman2004 - 2005
Forrest Toland2005 - 2006
Brooke Presley2006 - 2007
Terah Turner2007 - 2008
Floor Supervisor of the YearShasta Bowens1999 - 2000
Zachery Hall2000 - 2001
Brenetta Davis2001 - 2002
Mario Hall2002 - 2003
Pierre George2003 - 2004
Jason Burkes2004 - 2005
Brandy Howard2005 - 2006
Michael Howell2006 - 2007
Kristy Walker2007 - 2008
Welcome Center Employee of the YearAngela Simpson1999 - 2000
Anecia Washington2000 - 2001
Shelley French2001 - 2002
Rashundra Scott2002 - 2003
Corey Brown2003 - 2004
JaQue Moody2004 - 2005
Kiona Bolton2005 - 2006
Felisha Ferguson2006 - 2007
Shamika Bryson2007 - 2008
Facilities Team Star PerformerMelanie Minter2003 - 2004
Big Dawg Challenge Course Employee of the YearKatie Necaise2005 - 2006
Fletcher Haaga2007 - 2008
Aerobics & Group Exercise Instructor of the YearSarah Rucker1999 - 2000
Holly Gentry Wiley2000 - 2001
Cathy Sharp2001 - 2002
Mandy Alexander2002 - 2003
Casey Cossitt2003 - 2004
Mandy Burleson2004 - 2005
Mary Katherine Wasson2005 - 2006
Courtney Altizer2006 - 2007
Lemuria Carter2007 - 2008
SAC Trainer of the YearAdam Bell1999 - 2000
Stephen Enfinger2000 - 2001
Bob Brown2001 - 2002
Tabitha Hodges2002 - 2003
Brad Holt2003 - 2004
Christopher Card2004 - 2005
Christopher Cain2005 - 2006
Prewitt Gregory2006 - 2007
Sasha Latham2007 - 2008
MSU Golf Course Employee of the YearLindsey Archer2006 - 2007
Lee Shurden2007 - 2008
Intramural Sports Office Employee of the YearAmishau Hogsett1999 - 2000
LaToya Roberts2000 - 2001
Judy Haydel2001 - 2002
Jill Porter2002 - 2003
Ashley Jones2003 - 2004
Heather Krasniewski2004 - 2005
Amber Davis2005 - 2006
Kelly Watson2006 - 2007
Sawyer Bowering2007 - 2008
Intramural Sports Supervisor of the YearBryce Hopkins1999 - 2000
Neely Cupit2000 - 2001
Matthew Alford2001 - 2002
Wade White2002 - 2003
Macy Wilbanks2003 - 2004
Amber Sharitt2004 - 2005
Heather Krasniewski2005 - 2006
Joseph Newell2006 - 2007
Kelly Watson2007 - 2008
Intramural Sports Rookie Official of the YearDale Turner1999 - 2000
Sam Porter2000 - 2001
Ame Robertson2001 - 2002
Andrew Shaffer2002 - 2003
Tiffany Bolton2003 - 2004
Chris Rivers2004 - 2005
Earnest Willis2005 - 2006
Austin Wilbanks2006 - 2007
Brian Everitt2007 - 2008
Chris Chance Intramural Sports Official of the YearBryce Hopkins1998 - 1999
Paul Hobson1999 - 2000
Kyle Overstreet2000 - 2001
Trish Curtis2001 - 2002
Trish Curtis2002 - 2003
Ron Stromeyer2003 - 2004
Shawn Berrien2004 - 2005
Jon Rector2005 - 2006
Ron Stromeyer2006 - 2007
LaChristopher Lewis2007 - 2008
RecPlex Employee of the YearMarcus Mullis1999 - 2000
Jason Dawkins2000 - 2001
Mitch McNeely2001 - 2002
Mario Hall2002 - 2003
Jason Dawkins2003 - 2004
Travis Woods2004 - 2005
Travis Woods2005 - 2006
Matt Reynolds2006 - 2007
Trevor Woods2007 - 2008
Scorekeeper of the YearMissy Lawrence2005 - 2006
Julie Waters2006 - 2007
Erica Harvell2007 - 2008
Ruth Nowlin Award for Member ServicesRobert Turner1999 - 2000
Ann Marie Foster2000 - 2001
Jason Fowler2001 - 2002
Chris Mealer2002 - 2003
Erskeen Nichols2003 - 2004
Andrea Crouther2004 - 2005
Jacqueline S. Pietrzak2005 - 2006
Anthony Bowe2006 - 2007
Valencia Carter2007 - 2008
Graduate Assistant of the YearMarcia Turner2005 - 2006
Lauren Phelps2006 - 2007
Renee LaBruyere2007 - 2008
Rec. Sports Employee of the YearBrent Crocker1999 - 2000
Brent Crocker2000 - 2001
Dirron Allen2001 - 2002
Matt O'Connor2002 - 2003
Jason Townsend2003 - 2004
Marcia Harrison2004 - 2005
Robert Neel2005 - 2006
Prewitt Gregory2006 - 2007
Tommy "TJ" Walker2007 - 2008

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