NCAA Student Athlete Policy Changes
Join the NIRSA Assembly as we explore the new NCAA policy name, image, likeness (NIL). We will consider how this will affect collegiate recreation in the future and discuss how to prepare for potential changes required of our industry.
Live program only. No recording will be available.
Associate Director for Facilities and Programs
Western Michigan University
For the past two years I have worked as the Associate Director for Facilities and Programs at Western Michigan University. Prior to that I worked at the University of Vermont and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, primarily overseeing intramural sports programming. I am an active NIRSA member, currently serving on the NIRSA Assembly as the facilitator for the Response & Navigation During Disruptors Work Group.
I enjoy all aspects of the outdoors and have a goal of visiting all of our nations national parks. I also enjoying cooking, movies, officiating, and cheering for my sports teams.
Recreation Management, MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Graphic Design & Photography, BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Executive Director, Campus Life
University of the Pacific
Recreation Operations Coordinator
Austin Peay State University
I am the Recreation Operations Coordinator at Austin Peay State University where I oversee UREC facilities, memberships, and reservations/special events. I am also an active NIRSA member, currently serving on the NIRSA Assembly and the Outstanding Facilities Awards Committee. I enjoy grilling, watching baseball/football, and hanging out with my dog, Penelope.
MS in Recreation and Sport Management - University of Tennessee
B.B.A. in Management, Minor in Leadership - University of North Dakota
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Laura Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Recreation, Sport Leadership & Tourism Management program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Recreation and Sport Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Ed.D from East Carolina University in Higher Education Administration. She has taught a variety of recreation and sport classes at UNCW. In 2013, Dr. Morris was awarded the Lecturer of the Year honor at UNCW.
Her research interests include leisure behavior, recreation/leisure in relation to life-long health and wellbeing, happiness, and recreational sport and college student development.
Director, Campus Recreation
University of North Carolina Asheville
Wendy B. Motch-Ellis is the Director of Campus Recreation at the University of North Carolina Asheville and she serves on the 2021-2022 NIRSA Assembly. As Co-Chair of NIRSA’s Commission on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, she helped co-author NIRSA’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, NIRSA’s National Collegiate Championship Series Transgender Inclusion Guidelines, and served as editor and resource author for NIRSA’s publication Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Resource Guide for Leaders in Colelgiate Recreation. Wendy brought to NIRSA national leading experts on LGBT inclusion in sport as presenters and advisors to NIRSA, served as a consultant on the development of the Campus Pride Sports Index, and she has been instrumental in changing the narrative around LGBT inclusion within collegiate recreation.