Every year, the RAWC uses our annual awards as a way to recognize and appreciate the exemplary work in the field of recreation, athletics, and wellness. Below are the names of individuals who are excited to recognize for the hard work and dedication in the field of Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness.
Distinguished Scholar: The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the RAWC for their scholarly contributions to the advancement of intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, or wellness. Candidates must be a current member in good standing of ACPA and the RAWC and register to attend the 2019 ACPA National Convention in Boston. Individuals may self-nominate for the award or be nominated by another member of the RAWC. In addition to the online nomination form, a current resume or CV and brief summary of their work not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages should be submitted for review. The award recipient will be asked to provide an edited version of their work for publication in the RAWC newsletter prior to the convention.
- Previous Awardees:
- 2012 - Lawrence Mrozek, Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
- 2013 - Kristina Navarro, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
- 2014 - Scott Hirko, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University
Outstanding Contribution: The ACPA Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness Commission is accepting nominees for the RAWC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness. The purpose of this award is to honor a member of the community for their contributions and commitment to student learning and development in campus recreation, intercollegiate athletics, and/or wellness. Nominees do not have to be members of ACPA or the RAWC for consideration.
- Previous Awardees:
- 2012 - Jim Pignataro, Associate Athletic Director, Michigan State University
- 2013 - Jennifer Hoffman, Asssistant Professor, Center for Leadership in Athletics, University of Washington
- 2014 - Stacy Hall, Director of Campus Recreation, University of New Hampshire
- 2018 - James Archibald, Associate Professor, Valdosta State University
Graduate Student/New Professional Travel Award: The purpose of this award is to assist a new professional with the cost of attending the 2019 ACPA National Convention in Boston while supporting them in the engagement of the activities of the RAWC. The recipient of this grant will receive a $150 stipend to help off-set the costs of their convention registration fees, hotel accommodations, or travel expenses. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be a current member in good standing of ACPA and the RAWC. Applicants must have no more than 4 years of post-collegiate professional experience in intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, or wellness, excluding part-time employment or graduate assistantships.
- Previous Awardees:
- 2012 - Melanie Warren, Graduate Student, Canisius College
- 2013 - Casey Stark, Graduate Student, Bowling Green State University
- 2014 - Molly McInerney, Undergraduate Student, University of West Georgia
- 2018 - Catherine Thompson, University of Louisville
Outstanding Wellness Program for Students: This award recognizes an outstanding wellness program geared toward students. Wellness programs encompass many areas including, but not limited to, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social, and intellectual dimensions. The recipient of this award will be an innovative program that has wide-reaching influence on student wellness on campus.
Outstanding Wellness Program for Higher Education Professionals: This award recognizes an outstanding wellness program geared toward higher education professionals (faculty and/or staff). Wellness programs encompass many areas including, but not limited to, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social, and intellectual dimensions. The recipient of this award will be an innovative program that has wide-reaching influence on faculty and/or staff wellness on campus. The recipient(s) received a plaque and $100 to go toward the continuation and advancement of their wellness program.
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