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LCU Student Awarded NIRSA Leadership Award

Lubbock Christian University junior ESS-PT major, Caitlynn Carman, has been selected as a winner of the 2014 William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award. This award, given by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Awards Committee, recognizes top undergraduate and graduate students who are participants of or employed by the Department of Recreational Sports.

Caitlynn is a Lubbock native and has been working in the Rhodes-Perrin Recreation Center since it opened in 2011 after an extensive renovation. Since then, her leadership skills and dedication to market rec-life programs led to her promotion to Lead Staff and Evening Building Manager. Director of Recreational Life Michele Culpepper recognized Caitlynn’s dedication to the Rec Center and nominated her for this award. Caitlynn is the first student from LCU to be awarded NIRSA award.

“Ever since she was hired, she continuously has asked for additional ways to help the Rec,” says Culpepper. “Her loyalty and commitment to the success of the Rec Center, including all programs and services, is why I nominated her.”

Caitlynn originally came to LCU to play softball, but has since found community at the Rec Center and now spends her extracurricular time representing the Rec as a member of the LCU Student Leadership Council, a student group involving all the student leaders across campus. Over the past two years, she has had the responsibility of training and mentoring new Rec Center Staff.

NIRSA is the standard for campus recreation across the country and the world. LCU falls under Region IV of the NIRSA, which includes all public and private schools in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Last year only four awards were given in Region IV.