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June 20, 2016
By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University graduate student Austin Slayday, attended the National Intramural Recreation and Sport Association’s (NIRSA) conference in Orlando, Florida, in April, where he learned about the success of other intramural programs and enhanced his own network.
Slayday received a scholarship to attend the conference. The award was based on a letter of recommendation, volunteer hours completed at NIRSA conferences or tournaments, grade-point average and participation in other professional organizations.
As a graduate assistant at Northwest, Slayday oversees club sports, intramural sports and facilities.
“The conference was created to improve professional development skills as well as make connections with others who are part of the NIRSA organization,” Slayday said. “The conference allowed me to learn new techniques that other universities use that are successful for their programs.”
Slayday received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in wellness from California State University-Monterey Bay before attending Northwest to pursue a Master of Science in recreation. He hopes to become the director of an intramural program in southern California.
Slayday is active on the Northwest campus, assisting with basketball and sand volleyball tournaments. He also traveled to state flag football and basketball tournaments.
“All of these experiences have set me up for a successful career within the recreation field,” Slayday said.
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