Monday, February 27, 2017 Nebraska continues to add to nation-leading Wasson Award winners
Four University of Nebraska-Lincoln students received the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award presented by NIRSA, the national association for campus recreation leadership, during the association’s annual conference held 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.
Nebraska's recipients this year 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